Larkin and Lacey, upholding the truth

There was a time, albeit long ago, when our rights as Americans were upheld regardless of the precautions we took to defend them. It’s sad to say that now, your rights are what you make of them. If you choose not to stand up for them, you’ll never be allowed the freedoms the United States has to offer. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

For every justice warrior and constitution defender, there are at least ten others who would see the destruction of freedom altogether.

There’s no doubt you know the type. We’ve all worked those ‘go nowhere’ ‘dead-end’ jobs that seem to get worse the more effort you put into them. Whether a single boss or a billion dollar corporation, the embodiment of evil is the same. Hard work no longer leads to promotion…it’s something that rhymes with bass missing…if you know what I’m saying.

But, fret not. There is light in the darkness. When all hope seems lost and you feel like you’ve exhausted all their efforts, don’t give up. There are organizations out there dedicated to defending the rights and freedoms of people everywhere.

The Frontera Fund is one such organization. The fund exists in Arizona, including the border, and is dedicated to defending the rights of immigrants, minorities, and free speech for all.

Story time. That’s right, this organization was formed under some pretty interesting circumstances. It’s a tale of truth, justice, and corruption.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were two journalists who founded a newspaper called the Phoenix New Times. They spent their days telling the truth and defending and exercising their right to free speech. The trouble didn’t really start until they revealed the existence of grand jury proceedings to attain notes from authors who had written articles covering the sheriff.

Once the truth was out about him, the upstanding lawman did what anyone abusing their position of power would do. He had the journalists arrested. That’s right, on October 18, 2007, the sheriff ordered the two men be taken from their homes in the middle of the night and thrown in the county lockup.

Can you say lawsuit? Because Larkin and Lacey can, and they did. They won a whopping $3.75 million and used the settlement to bankroll the Frontera fund. The fund is still going strong today, standing up for civil, human, and migrant rights all throughout Arizona, including the Mexican border.

The moral of the story? Don’t roll over and take it when you feel your rights are being attacked. If you don’t defend them, no one will. Even when times seem darkest you can’t quit. Remember to utilize the tools and organizations out there that are in place to help you.

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