Lacey and Larkin are two individuals who have contributed immensely to bringing justice to America in their fight against racial discrimination. They got to experience first hand what it was like to be discriminated against based on their race, which is why they started the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund in the first place.
The duo decided that they had to do something to help those who do not have the means to fight against racial discrimination. A lot of the people coming to America want to start out their lives afresh from their hometowns.
These people often do not come with all the funds that one would need to get enough lawyers to fight court cases. Lacey and Larkin knew that they had to do something to empower such people, which is why they came up with the organization.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were both writers who had their news agency which put out newsletters for the people of Phoenix to read. At the time, Joe Arpaio, who was dubbed as ‘America’s Toughest Sheriff’ was leading the charge in Maricopa County.
He was responsible for numerous jails and holding facilities throughout the state of Arizona, which was filled with people that he had put away. However, ninety percent of the people that he put away belonged to the Latin American community and were not being charged with anything serious.
People started coming forward claiming that they did not even commit the crimes that they were being accused of, and it was all concocted to get them behind bars and earn more money.
Lacey and Larkin, being from the Latin American community themselves thought that it would be in the best interests of the people to educate them about this and publish it in their newsletter. A day after the article was published, Lacey and Larkin were taken forcefully from their homes in the middle of the night and put into jails which were both handled by Arpaio.
This sparked a lot of outrage, and the case started getting a lot of media coverage. Lacey and Larkin were released after spending a total of forty-eight hours in these jails but not before they were threatened by Joe Arpaio himself and told that they were put in for their writing.
Having experienced this, Lacey and Larkin decided to sue Joe Arpaio and ultimately were given a settlement offer which they used to start up the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
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