It’s rare to find social activities and political reformers who could commit to swinging for the fences. Not many can give their all. Not many are strong. Not many have the bully pulpit personality that withstands the attacks of a mob.
Fortunately for Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, they have the courage, talent and powerful connections to push the advocacies that matter to them.
For now, that advocacy is to voice out their concern against the growing connections of Former Sheriff Arpaio, most especially the one with no other than President Trump himself.
The Arpaio Case
We all remember that Joe Arpaio was the sheriff who illegally captured Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey in the middle of the night at their home without a warrant.
It was declared by the side of Michael and Jim that the issue of Joe Arpaio right now is even made more controversial by the fact that President Trump is an ally of Former Sheriff Joe and is now bailing the sheriff out.
The sheriff won’t be spending a single day in prison after he was convicted for contempt of court for a technical issue that involves him not following the rules of the court.
It should also be noted that President Trump has also made it clear that the pardon of Arpaio is his belief in the sheriff’s innocence, or at least in an analysis by Michael and Jim themselves.
About Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin
Two of the most intrepid journalists today, Michael and Jim have made a reputation for being feisty journalists who will push for their human rights and the rights of immigrants.
They’re people who feel that it’s their mission to make immigrants all over America to get the protection, opportunities and legal buffers granted to them by the constitution.
It is said that no one can make you feel inferior without your consent first, and so that means, in the case of Michael and Jim, the pardon of Joe Arpaio is not the end of their battle.
It doesn’t mean that the two journalists will already acquiesce to the intimidation of the sheriff. It doesn’t mean that the journalists are inferior to Joe.
In response to such branch of the Joe Arpaio case, Michael and Jim are now using the money they earned from the settlement case against Joe Arpaio to build Frontera Fund, a non-profit group to fight cases that are similar to that they experienced. They want other immigrants not to experience what they did.
They want to protect them with an organization that would make way for such problems and gives them the attention they deserve.
So far, the Frontera Fund has been successful in initiation press features and campaigns to protect people from the threats of free speech and their other necessary rights.
In relation with the Frontera Fund, Michael and Jim also started the Front Page Confidential newspaper, which is an online paper that also does the same thing: expose the abuses of police officers and make sure that these abuses are given the exposure that the people need to know.