The conflict between the two veteran journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, and America’s self-proclaimed toughest sheriff, Mr. Arpiao, symbolizes a much bigger picture.
Mr. Arpiao is widely accused of being racist and oppressive while Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin represent their most tenacious pro-human rights activists in the United States. The two disagree sharply because of the opinion stands.
However, the constitution of America is clear on how people should live and interact with each other, therefore, if justice prevails, the likes of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin would always triumph. Unfortunately, the American law enforcement and justice system is plagued by some officials who are too racist and stubbornly so to uphold the law they enforce.
For justice to prevail, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, other activists, and lobby groups have to keep the fight for justice stronger than ever. Fortunately, through wit and sheer gut, some activists like Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been able to keep the oppressors at bay.
Via the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, oppressed members of minority communities are welcome to seek assistance in pursuing justice for any of their rights violated.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was created by the two veteran journalists after they were awarded 3.75 million dollars in damages for the wrongful detention that Mr. Arpiao put them through.
Mr. Arpiao felt aggrieved by the two journalists when they exposed his flagrant abuse of power by racially profiling members of the Hispanic community and mistreating them when he wrongfully took them prisoners.
The Sheriff was, as a result of the law suit and exposé by the two journalists, fired from office and found guilty of criminal contempt of court. The two journalists, in a continued spirit to pursue justice for immigrants and in pursuit of empowering minority groups’ right to expression, dedicated the 3.75 million dollars to the fund for such causes.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Puente Arizona Society, and other human rights activist groups often, puts in concerted efforts to rebuke publicized cases of oppression. They also join hands to fight oppressive policies strategically through litigation.
Sometimes, the specifically pick on particular cases to provide legal, financial, and social aid just to set precedence. Some other times, they challenge the constitutionality of laws and policies that infringe on the provisions of the First Amendment.
Other times, they simply conduct research and generate statistics of racial and ethnic discrimination just to make it known how cruel some laws are to immigrants. Read more: Phoenix New Time and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
For instance, the ACLU reports that America holds over 40 million immigrants and 83 percent of them get deported without due process. It also lists policies that make it seemingly criminal to be an immigrant. Such laws and policies allow for authorities to detain immigrants indefinitely.
Some even make the detentions mandatory. Through publicizing such policies, the public can rebuke them and reject them, ultimately leading to their abolishment.