The Larkin Frontera Fund Has Inspired Hope

There are many organizations that seek to do good here on this Earth. Because of their presence, this world becomes a better place with all the good deeds that they do. One such organization that has made this world a more wonderful place is the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.

Founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, their goal is to fund other’s who advocate for civil, human, and migrant rights. They are very prominent in the areas of free speech and civic participation throughout all the State of Arizona along the Mexican border.

The funds that they used to support all these other nonprofits came from the time when their own rights were trampled upon. This occurred on the evening of October 18th 2007 when police officers from the Maricopa County forcibly remove them from their phoenix-area home underneath the authority of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

That night, they were stuffed into unmarked SUVs which had dark tinted windows and unknown license plates. They were then taken and booked in the different jails which were both managed by Sheriff Arpaio. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

This man had dubbed himself America’s Toughest Sheriff. He had long been outraged by the articles he would see in the Phoenix New Times which were written by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. They reported on his rampant mismanagement within the police office, his vengeful spirit which sought to abuse his power against his critics, and how all of Arpaio’s jails had substandard health conditions.

It became clear very soon that Sheriff Arpaio’s persecution and racial profiling of Mexicans would not just stop with that country, but would be focused on even American citizens who spoke out against him. Because he was so angry that they used their right of free speech, he had them illegally arrested and illegally detained.

These illegal maneuvers led to a national outcry which saw the release of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin within 24 hours. However, the fight was not yet over. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin would soon take Sheriff Arpaio to court and eventually win a settlement of 3.75 million dollars.

It was from the money that they won in the settlement that they began funding all the other nonprofits so that they could continue to do good things in this sad world. The moral is clear, it is when you stand against evil that you can make a difference.