Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two individuals that have proved that the world can be a better place if we all join hands in combating impunity and oppression. From the get go, Jim and Michael have at one point in time suffered at the hands of oppressive regimes, getting arrested in the process.
Their story begins back in 2007 when Jim and Michael, two journalists and the co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, got to expose Sheriff Joe Arpaio for crimes committed while holding public office.
After the ordeal, Joe Arpaio was not a happy man, and so he ordered the immediate arrest of Michael and Jim. Shortly after their release, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin vowed to teach Maricopa County a lesson that would last a lifetime.
What followed were a series of lawsuits against the county and the sheriff’s department, cases that were later won by Jim and Michael in 2013. Thanks to the ruling issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Michael and Jim are now $3.75 million richer.
Since 2013, Jim and Michael have had extensive involvements in philanthropy, using their newly found fortune to create the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, an organization that has shouldered civil and human rights groups in the State of Arizona financially.
One group that has gotten to benefit from Jim and Michael’s good will is none other than the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition. Since its inception, the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition has leveraged the power of undocumented students, to try and respond positively to a 2006 law that has compelled undocumented students to pay exorbitant tuition rates for more than a decade.
Also, the group has been very vocal particularly on matters centering on scholarships, since the 2006 law has also made a lot of undocumented students lose out on their dreams.
Ever since the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition got created, some of the pioneers of the organization have been able to pursue their dreams, thanks to their bravery that helped highlight many atrocities committed by educational bodies in the State of Arizona.
The Arizona DREAM Act Coalition has since evolved to represent undocumented students in a court of law legally.
Some of the issues highlighted by the group include education rights, human rights, immigrant rights, and lower tuition rates. Because the most affected by discrimination are immigrants and the poor, the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition has become the voice for the voiceless. However, without the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, the group could still be in the shadows.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have sacrificed a lot to see to it that minority groups in the State of Arizona are well represented. Because of their devotion, the world is now a better place.
Through the Frontera Fund, Jim and Michael can finance human and civil rights organizations to legally fight for the rights of people who have been a constant target of social profiling and racial discrimination.