Have you ever thought of changing the world? I bet you have, primarily because you happened to get discontented about one thing or the other. I too have wanted to alter the world for as long as I can remember, to help solve most of the world’s problems. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase and Michael Larcey | Twitter
However, my breakthrough is yet to come, so I tend to think. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two individuals that are changing society through their Frontera Fund.
The professional journalists have been using their wealth and influence to support organizations in the State of Arizona that richly advocate for civil and human rights. In 2007, Jim and Michael were victims of a rather unfortunate circumstance, where they were whisked off by Maricopa County Commandos from their homes in the middle of the night, in a rather unclear situation.
A few hours after the ordeal, it got determined that the two journalists got arrested because they had exposed the then Maricopa County Sherriff, Joe Arpaio, for atrocities committed while holding public office. To the disbelief of many, the duo got released after community members made a public outcry towards the arrests.
Days after their release, Jim, and Larkin got engaged in constant court battles where they sued Maricopa County for mistreatment and defamation. In an unprecedented move, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit awarded Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey with a $3.75 million settlement which they have so far used to finance the Frontera Fund.
Since the establishment of the Frontera Fund, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been instrumental to the success of Promise Arizona. For seven years, Promise Arizona that is also known as Paz has been used to create the peace between society and the Hispanic Community. As a faith-based human rights organization, Paz has brought to book an individual like Arpaio, who has for many years caused untold pain and suffering to the Hispanic Community.
With a strong leader like Petra Falcon, Paz has been able to train young leaders, all with the aim of promoting civic engagement. To add the icing to the cake, Promise Arizona has also initiated several nonpartisan voter registration drives meant to register more voters so that they can eliminate oppressive regimes.
With the help of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, Promise Arizona has nurtured a lot of young leaders in a godly and impartial way, so that when they reach a level of authority, they get to lead with a lot of wisdom.
In its small way, the Frontera Fund has helped promote world peace by inspiring the local communities in Arizona to live in tolerance and harmony.
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