It has been said that “Evil can only prevail if good men step aside and allow it to happen.” That has occurred far more in this country than I’d like to admit, especially in the realm of immigration. We seem to have forgotten that this is the land of opportunity. Thank the universe that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have not.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two good men that stood against what they knew to be injustice. When they did so, the man behind this injustice thought he could silence them. However, goodness has a sense of humor, and through that attempt to silence these good men, they received the money needed to start the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. This is their story.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin began publishing articles and podcasts through their private media outlet known as both Phoenix New Times and also Village Voice Media. The reported how Sheriff Joe Arpaio had illegally profiled people according to their race.
In Arizona, if you were a Latino, Arpaio’s men would have you pulled over and detained if they could. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin would show that Sheriff Arpaio would always put the Latino’s in the mst unsanitary jails and cells. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn
Several Latinos became so sick that they died because they had gone to the jails of Arpaio. In addition to this, it was discovered that Sheriff Arpaio was illegally using the funds given to his department to further his own personal agenda and was not using the money to help the force.
Sheriff Arpaio decided he needed to silence his critics. After paying off his friends in high places, Arpaio would cruise toward the homes of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Upon arriving, he would barrel through their doors in the middle of the night and illegally detain them.
A national outcry roared throughout the country. The American people would not stand for this evil. Sheriff Arpaio caved to this pressure and Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were soon let free.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin would eventually win a lawsuit against the Maricopa County for a total of $3.75 million, which they would give to what would later be known as the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
This fund, would be used to grant other non-profits the financials they would need to stand up for civil and human rights.