Frontera Fund – Rising to Right all Wrongs

Lacey and Larkin Frontera und had a stat from lack of justice and oppression. What it has become, however, is an organization that provides support for all of those Arizonian groups that share a common goal- to take care of minorities and represent those who cannot find representation elsewhere.

The Frontera Fund was established by two journalists who have been working together as colleagues and friends for many years.

The organization is called after Micheal Lacey and Jim Larkin, Phoenix-based journalists who have been writing about corruption and injustice, and advocating for the rights of immigrants, refugees, and minorities in the state of Arizona,

The turning point in the career of Lacey and Larkin was back in 2007 when they were arrested in the middle of the night and dragged right out of their homes only to be taken into unlicensed cars and put in prison with no explanation or layer. The order was given by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, now former Sheriff of the Maricopa County.

He has been targeting Latinos and Hispanos not only on the road as drivers but anyone who would come in contact with him. It was revealed that he also issued orders o his deputies to act in the same unconstitutional way. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co

Not only that, but Joe Arpaio also targeted journalists and any publication about him that made know what he has been up to.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio had sent Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin an e-mail with some alarming demands after they wrote about him. He demanded that Lacey and Larkin provide him with information about the readers of the online news outlet New Phoenix Times.

That was alarming because, first, Arpaio had no right to demand such information without a court order, and second, it appeared he was going to target the readers of the publication along with the journalists behind it. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/

What Lacey and Larkin did next put an end to the unconstitutional behavior of former Sheriff Joe Arapaio. Instead of doing his bidding, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin followed up by publishing an expose about Arpaio and his demands. Soon after, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin found themselves in separate prisons with Arapio himself in charge of both. That led to a huge wave of anger from the Phoenix community and beyond and so the two journalists were released a few hours later.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin filed a case again the Sheriff and the whole Maricopa County. The battle was arduous at times, and it dragged on for years. In the end, however, Sheriff Joe Arpaio lost his job, and he was going to suffer the consequences of his actions had it not been for his saving grace, Donal Trump.

Although both Trump and Arpaio denied it, there were pictures of them shaking hands from years ago. Trump pardoned Arpaio with the power of his presidency, and so the man is free and enjoying his generous pension instead of being in prison.

Lacey and Larkin created the Frontera Fund from the 3.7 million dollars they received from the settlement, trying to right the wrongs that Arapio had been doing for years.

Mike Baur – Helping Create New Innovations in Technology

After earning his business degree at Bern University and the University of Rochester, Mike Baur began what became a very successful career in banking. Baur was very successful and rose to prominent positions, giving advice to wealthy Swiss investors. Although he could have remained in the comfortable and lucrative world of banking, Baur chose instead to follow his passion for helping entrepreneurs.

 

In 2014 Baur co-founded the Swiss Start Up Factory with the goal of helping the young owners of technology start-ups. In addition to providing funding to promising start-ups, SSUF provides mentoring, training and free rent to these new enterprises. The young entrepreneurs get a chance to network with each other, learn how to raise money and how to pitch their products globally. Baur has designed to program to help insure the long term success of the start-ups.

 

Unlike many other incubators, SSUF operates independently. This avoids any conflicts of interest that might otherwise arise. It also allows it to take action without outside interference. Although it remains independent, SSUF has formed strategic partnerships with a number of companies.

 

One of these companies, Think Reloaded, (also founded by Baur)provides advice to affluent clients. Affiliations with CTI and BV4 added to the total range of services Baur and SSUF could utilize to help start-ups succeed. In short, Baur put together a group of companies that could complement the mission of SSUF and provide a wide range of expertise and assistance.

 

Baur is incredibly passionate about helping entrepreneurs bring to fruition their innovative technology. In addition to his time, he and his co-founders invest substantial funds in SSUF and the enterprises it serves. He works hard and expects the young entrepreneurs he supports to work just as hard. His strategies have created a successful and profitable company for which Baur still does financing and fundraising.

 

Although Baur left a 20 year career to create his own “start-up”, he did much more. He enabled young entrepreneurs to bring cutting edge technology to the marketplace. His faith in these people and their start-ups has resulted in an added value to the economic well being of many.

 

Jim Larkin the great socialist of his time

James Larkin (Big Jim) was a born January 21, 1876 in the slums of Liverpool, England to an Irish family. He is considered a great socialist that believed all workers should be treated fairly and spent a great deal of his life fighting for that treatment.Born to a extremely poor family unfortunately Jim had to start working at a very young age to help support his family.

At some point being a foreman for the Liverpool docks. Because he was poor and working at such a young age Jim Larkin had little to no formal education, but that didn’t stop him from leading an extraordinary life. In 1903 he married Elizabeth Brown and had four sons.

And in 1905 he began that extraordinary life by becoming a full-time trade union organizer for national union dock laborers (NUDL). At this point in time less than 10% of Irish workers were unionized, with the majority in British unions.

Many of the activists including Jim Larkin felt very neglected and overall ignored by the British labor and wanted an Irish based union. So in 1907 Jim founded The Irish transport and general workers union(ITGWU).

With that union he wanted to bring all Irish industrial workers together into this one organization, where they could make sure they were all treated more fairly. Later on he also formed the Irish labor party and lead a series of peaceful strikes.

The most noted strike was the 1913 Dublin lockout. More than 100,000 people went on strike for seven months, winning fair employment by the end.

He was always peaceful on his strikes, because he knew that he would never been able to build a mass trade union if he destroyed the company his members worked for. And for that and his success in helping so many his union ended up being the region’s biggest union.

That lead him to a position in outlining the political program of the ITGWU in 1908. This included eight hour work days and pensions for all workers over 60 years old.

Even with all the good he did for his members the Irish press were against him, but that didn’t matter he had other supports such as Patrick Pearse and William Butler Yeats.

He was a very empathetic and modest person with his union members, but when faced with a rival he could be petty and jealous.

In 1914 when world war one started Jim Larkin openly opposed it by organizing large anti-war demonstrations were he would call to all Irishmen asking them to stay out of the war.In 1914 he also went to the United States for a lecture tour, and to raise funds for his fight against the British.

While in America he joined the socialist party of America and the Industrial workers of the world. During all his work with in America a friend of his died. James Connolly died in 1916 in the Easter rising in Ireland.

A few years later in New York on March 17,1918 Jim founded the James Connolly socialist club in honor of his good friend.

Later on back in England he was convicted of criminal anarchy and communism, but pardoned three years later. He died January 30, 1947 in Dublin, England, but not before he organized The workers union of Ireland. He was a great man that worked his entire life to ensure his people were treated fairly, some even called him a hero.

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