The Fighting Spirit that Never Dies

The truth is scarce in the world. Those who say the truth end up getting branded liars and those who tell lies end up be baptized as seekers and speakers of truth. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested for standing for justice.

They were accused and thrown behind bars for exposing evil in society. As journalists, Michael and Jim refused to align themselves with the political class, denounced the hypocrisy of the status quo and opted to fight the injustice that oppressors directed towards the minority.

They stood against oppression through writing stories and advertisements that showed the suffering that the minorities were going through the hands of those who considered themselves superior. They wrote a story about one Sheriff Joe Arpaio, one man who made members of minority groups tremble by merely coughing.

The story exposed the sheriff and inhuman and one who was unleashing terror against the minority groups. Apart from abusing his power and office, the story unearthed the sheriff’s behavior of labeling and grouping the minorities racially.

The old sheriff became furious, sent his boys over to ruthlessly arrest Michael and Jim. Part of the reason for arresting them was to intimidate them, scare them and keep them from interfering with his activities. But he was mistaken.

Upon their release, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin sued the county for unlawful detention. The court ruled in their favor and justice prevailed. To compensate them, the court awarded them 3.75 million.

What would you have done if you received such money? Perhaps you would think of a new house, new car, and a cruise around the world.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin instead of thinking of using the money to pursue their own happiness, thought of how the money could be useful in championing the rights of the minority groups, especially the immigrants.

They decided to establish the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and to base its operations in Arizona and the Mexican border. The fund was set up specifically to help support groups that were advocating for the rights of the immigrants. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

The fund could help them with the much-needed finances to help them run their operations among the training and accommodating immigrants. Their efforts have helped bring smiles to many families which had lost hope before and has been instrumental in making the world know the need to protect and respect the rights of the minority.

Other groups performing similar functions include ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Projects which is known for its efforts in protecting and upholding civil, human and migrant rights of all the immigrants. The organization has been successful in its mission through the following ways:

 Advocacy

 Outreach

 Trainings

 Seminars and

 Litigation

All these have been aimed at bettering the lives of immigrants. Another group is the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights which is on the forefront of fighting for the rights of the families of immigrants as well as individuals.

It advocates for the right to free mobility, upholding of human rights and championing for the right to participate in a democratic process.