When Danger Comes to Your Door: Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin and the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund
The wife of Jim Larkin, one of the men that was wrongfully arrested for disclosing the information that he had for the grand jury indictment woke to flashlights attached to guns pointed at her and her husband. The editor of Village Voice Media in Phoenix, in a similar fashion, for the same thing. What was all of this about?
By 2000, Michael Lacey was leading a small company that published the truth about information that is out in our world today. His publishing company was well respected and known for reaching people at their level.
The name of his publishing company was the Village Voice Media. He was known for being a bit brash, but always insightful about human rights. The invasion was by the police for which he was being charged with a crime. The invasion was a standard procedure, arrest.
The case went on to lead to one of the biggest stories in human rights. That, led to the creation of the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund. It was created after the two successfully fought the law and won a judgement in the amount of 3.7 million dollars.
That substantial amount of money might tempt some to go away to a foreign country and live their life in peace and wealth. Instead, the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund was created to help support and act as an advocate for those that are caught in human rights and migrant worker legal battles.
As Arizona comes to a head over migrant workers and other legal battles of human rights, one might say that it couldn’t have come at a better time. It is a much needed advocacy.
Ironically, this is a story that Lacey would have loved to print himself, if it weren’t for him being the main character. Either way, he is not out of character for responding exactly as he did. It makes you wonder what will happen with the freedom of speech in the future when so many journalists and publishers are fighting charges for stating the simple truth.
Some might wonder if this is legal. The short answer is yes. The truth is that until people fight back, this type of atrocity will continue to happen to people everywhere. Now some of those people in Arizona have a voice through this advocacy Fund.
The truth is that anybody can be charged with a crime if somebody has the power to attach them. That’s scary when you realize that the United States in well known for being the one place that you are supposed to have a voice.
Freedom of speech is an assumed right by most Americans. The problem is speaking up about these issues is starting to remind some of the Nazi years in Europe. Is that what we have become? Not if the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund has anything to say about it. Going forward, the fund is available to anyone that is dealing with human rights violations and migrant worker issues.
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