Lacey and Larkin Suffered for What They Believed In

The only way to stop the atrocities that mankind does to one another is for a few good men to stop up and prevent it from happening anymore.

When we all unite and do this, evil cannot spread and goodness will reign once again. There are two people who understand and have stood up for their disenfranchised brothers and sisters. Their names are Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are passionate about immigrant rights and they stood up to another man who disagreed with them and wrongfully tried to exert his tyranny over them. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://james-larkin.com/about/

It was actually from this wrong use of authority that the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was born. The Lacey and Larkin Fund now aids other non-profits in standing up for immigrant rights, civil rights, and free speech.

It all began when Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin stood up against the self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Sheriff”, Joe Arpaio. Arpaio was called this because he took a racially biased stance against Latinos.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin found that this went so far as to almost be considered hate crimes against their fellow men. They published their findings through their media outlets, the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Angel.co

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin published stories showing how Sheriff Arpaio had racially profiled and persecuted Latinos simply because of their skin color. He would then haul them off to his jails which would fail health inspections if they were not being done by his buddies in law.

They were so unhealthy that many inmates died just from being there. They would also release documents showing that Sheriff Arpaio had misappropriated funds for personal gain. They did this full well knowing that Arpaio was a man of vengeance.

On October 18, 2007 Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin discovered just how vengeful this Sheriff was. Sheriff Arpaio arrived at the homes of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin in several SUVs that were unidentifiable and had illegal plates.

The special unit that Arpaio would bring with him would break into Larkin and Lacey’s homes, remove them from their beds, arrest them on false charges, and illegally jail them.

Americans cried out against this immense injustice. Soon they were released.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin would file a lawsuit of $3.75 million and win. This is what started the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.