Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin have significantly contributed to the overall movement against racial discrimination in America. They are the founders of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, which is an organization set up to mainly help people who are coming from the Hispanic community.
America identifies with being a secular nation, but the reality is far different. Every day, in some part of the country, people who belong to minority groups are being singled out and discriminated against, just because of their heritage.
This can have a severe negative toll on the people who are victims of this, not to mention is an all out hate crime. People all over the country now realize that they have to come together to help one another to put an end to this injustice that is being caused. People who belong to the Hispanic community in particular face a lot of discrimination on daily bases.
They are consistently seen as criminals in society, and people who are living here illegally. This mindset of the people who inflict this discrimination needs to be altered, and people like Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin are trying to fix this very issue.
Through the Fonterra Fund, Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin have helped numerous people and improved the lives of countless of those who have had wrongful convictions upon them. The fund was founded with the settlement that Lacey and Larkin had received because of certain injustices caused to them. They experienced first-hand what it was like to be discriminated against, and therefore decided to work towards making the country a safer place for people who are coming from Hispanic backgrounds.
Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin were both writers at an agency that posted local news. At the time of the incident, they were living in Phoenix, Arizona, which was known to have a significant number of illegal immigrants living there. Joe Arpaio was the sheriff at the time who was known to put a lot of these illegal immigrants away.
He was known throughout the country as ‘America’s Toughest Sheriff.’ However, news started surfacing that all of the arrests that he conducted wasn’t actually valid since the people were indeed legal citizens. Further analysis of these numerous arrests shed light on the fact that most of these people belonged to the Hispanic community.
Mike and Jim wanted to bring to light this information and therefore decided to write about it. Soon after this information was made public by them, they were arrested at their respective homes and taken to separate lock up facilities. The person who warranted these arrests was Joe Arpaio, the main subject of their writings. Since they had not committed a crime, they were released after forty-eight hours, soon after which they sued Joe Arpaio for the injustice caused to them.
The matter was ultimately settled, and Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin were given a substantial compensation for the wrongdoing. Instead of keeping the money for themselves, they decided to use it to start the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, to ensure that this kind of injustice doesn’t happen again.
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