The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is an organization that was started to help people who have been wrongly convicted of crimes that they did not commit, and for those who face racial discrimination on any level.
The organization was founded by Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin after they had to experience first hand what it was like to be discriminated against. People from minority communities in the United States always have to face oppression owing to the color of their skin or the place that they come from. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/
The particular incident that gave rise to the Fonterra Fund happened in Phoenix, Arizona, and involved one of the country’s most well-known sheriffs. Joe Arpaio at the time was known to be one of the toughest sheriffs in the country and was responsible for putting away many illegal immigrants in the state.
However, multiple reports started surfacing that the people who he was convicted were legal citizens with a green card. However, a lot of these people belonged to the Hispanic community, and those coming from countries in South America.
Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin also belonged to this community, and we’re working with a media company at the time. They decided to publish an article on this, highlighting the injustice that was happening. In an unexpected turn of events, they were arrested a day after their report reached the public.
They were taken from their homes and put into separate vans and taken to a holding facility that was run by Joe Arpaio. They were kept there for a total period of forty-eight hours and were told what they were in for only after the period had ended. Read more: Michael Larcey | Twitter
The reason for their arrest was apparently their writing. Since America has freedom of expression, what they did could not be deemed as a valid reason for their request which is why they were released.
Having experienced his ordeal, they decided to sue Joe Arpaio for the discrimination he inflicted upon them. This also stood as a strong testament in the case against Joe Arpaio, considering that he was doing this to a lot of people in the state.
Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin ultimately won the case and got a massive compensation for the injustice caused to them. Instead of using the settlement money on themselves, the two of them decided to put it to good use and establish a fund to help people who are put in similar situations.
People who have to face this kind of injustice don’t always have the means to fight for their rights. If the individual inflicting this is an important person in the government, the fight can be even harder.
Through the fund, Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin want to give people belonging to the Hispanic community the means to be able to continue their fight against racial discrimination and injustice in the system. Since its inception, the fund has changed the lives of numerous people, bringing them the fair justice that they deserve.