Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund is a movement meant to act as a voice for the voiceless and the less fortunate in the society. Jim and Michael have once worked as journalists and they encountered people who are discriminated against and have no one to speak for them. Not only have they gotten in touch with such people but they have gone through such circumstances. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Phoenix New Time
When they were journalists they were arrested for no valid reason, giving them more reasons to fight for the voiceless in the society. There are things that happen that are against the law but people in power support them because they have more power than those who are discriminated against.
Lacey and Larkin know that what they are into is not a simple task but they are determined to make it happen. They are focused and determined, knowing that some fay their hard work and commitment will bear fruits. They believe that there is a time when discrimination will be done away with and people will get along regardless of aspects such as gender, age, race, color and social class.
There are other organizations which have a goal similar to create unity in the society and speak for the voiceless. The organization is referred to as border Angels. It is a non-profit organization founded in 1986 by Enrique Morones.
Border Angels is a charitable organization and just like Larkin and Lacey, it was created with the intention of dealing with issues in migrant rights, immigration reforms and preventing the deaths of migrants along the border. Border angles, is involved in educating members of the community as well as creating awareness through programs involving guide trips for migrants.
The guide trips is used to help migrants learn more about the United States –Mexico border policy and learn more about the migrant routes. Migrants are among the people who have their rights violated most of the time. In this case, such organizations are formed to help them.
Border Angels have operated for quite a while since in 2014 they were active during the 2014 American immigration. It is in this case, clear that organizations to support the voiceless in the society have been active for years. During the crisis, children from Central America were seeking to enter the United States and Border Angels distributed more than 45 tons of donated books, toys, food as well as clothing for the migrants.
The organization also ensured that they blocked the way for those who tried to block the migrants. Knowing that they have support from other organizations, Jim and Michael keep on moving hoping for the best.
Larkin and Lacey Launch the Front Page Confidential Website
Larkin and Lacey launched the Front Page Confidential website. The renowned journalists are the publishers; with Tom Finkel working as the editor. The website is a tribute to the freedom of speech. The site is meant for commentaries and news surrounding the freedom of speech. The two are also the brains behind the Frontera Fund
The Frontera Fund
The Frontera Fund looks after the rights of immigrants and minorities whose rights are overlooked or infringed by the authorities. They assist immigrants to process their documentation and represent others in court where there is a need to so. The Fund was started using monies that were paid by the then Maricopa County Sheriff for the wrongful arrests of the two journalists. He sent the county police to raid the apartments of the two journalists and arrested them under the guise that they revealed jury investigation details. However, the charges did not stand the test of the law. The journalists, in turn, sued and accused Arpaio of wrongful arrests and infringing on their rights. The courts sitting in Arizona agreed with the plea and awarded Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey $3.3 million in damages, which was to be paid by Joe Arpaio as a court fine. The journalists directed all the money to start the, now, established Frontera Fund.
Larkin and Lacey Versus Joe Arpaio
Larkin and Lacey are the founders of the Frontera Fund, which is a non-profit organization that seeks to fight for the rights of minorities in Arizona. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are former journalists and founders of the Village Voice Newspaper that offered the locals around Phoenix area news regarding activities in their county. The journalists also took a special interest in the activities of the county officials including Joe Arpaio. They disclosed the actions of the then Maricopa County Sheriff and explained how he was operating outside the law. They also published news of misappropriation of funds in the Sheriff’s office. Joe Arpaio did not like it.