James Larkin

James Larkin was born in Liverpool, England, on January 21, 1876. He didn’t have much in the way of a formal education due to his being raised poor and not being from an upper class neighborhood.

He was forced to work and help supply the family with income, therefore, he worked several different jobs throughout his youth, ultimately he became a foreman of the Liverpool docks.

In 1903, James married Elizabeth Brown, and together they had four sons.

James Larkin believed workers were treated poorly and he would later join the “National Union of Dock Labourers (NUDL)”, and became a trade union organizer full-time in 1905.

In 1907, he relocated to Dublin, that is when he started a union of his own called the “Irish Transport and General Workers Union.” This union had one goal in mind, and that was to unite all Irish workers, whether skilled or unskilled.

In 1913, over 100,000 workers had become involved in a strike, known as the “Dublin Lockout”. The strike lasted for eight months, and eventually the workers were awarded their right to fair employment.

James Larkin would later take part in protests against the war, around the time World War I was just getting started; afterwards he came to America to help raise money to fight the British. He was arrested during the “red scare” of 1919, and found guilty of anarchist communism in 1920; he was then pardoned and deported to Ireland three years later.

That was when he organized the Workers’ Union of Ireland and confirmed recognition from the Communist International group in 1924.

For James Larkin, the 1920s were hell and the 1930s he was in a sort of purgatory. He had left the limelight and was concentrating on the WUI, which was not doing well.

James Larkin was focused on creating support for his seat on the Dublin Corporation. By the time the 1940s arrived, James was mellowing out, his ambitions were behind him, allowing him to show his kinder, gentler side.

He had been sensing that his life was coming to an end shortly after the death of his wife, Elizabeth in 1945 and it was important to him that he make amends with the Church.

He remained active in the WUI up until his last breath, it was late 1946 when he had an accident. He had fallen through a floor as he was supervising some repairs that needed done to the WUI’s “Thomas Ashe Hall”. He passed away on January 30, 1947 at Meath Hospital.

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Lacy and Larkin Frontera Fund, Voice a Voice to the Voiceless

Imagine if you were in a strange land with no one to protect you. Imagine that you were in a strange land where everything you did was treated with suspicion.

Such are the hospitality with which immigrants in our country go through on a daily basis. Immigrants are in dire need of someone to advocate for their civil, human and migrant rights.

They need parties and unions that will make sure they are respected and treated with dignity.

With that in mind, Michael and Jim, two daring journalists, came up with the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.

The two journalists are the co-founders of Phoenix New Times and the Village Voice Media. The two media channels were on the forefront of running new pieces that were used to articulate for the rights of the minority immigrants as well as exposing the powerful people behind the suffering of migrants.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested because of the stories and advertisements they ran on their media channels. They did a story on Sheriff Joe Arpaio and how he abused his powers to discriminate members of minority groups, especially the migrants.

They were arrested and jailed for allegedly violating grand jury secrecy laws by the Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. After being arrested and falsely accused and jailed, the two were later released.

Michael and Jim sued the county, owing it to their fighting spirit. They won the case and the court awarded them 3.75 million dollars as settlement for damages.

Lacey and Jim did not want to keep the money for themselves. Lacey and Larkin wanted to help others, and so they did. In honor of their call to serve and protect the rights of other people especially the migrants, the two philanthropic journalists established the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.

The fund was set up with the sole purpose of supporting groups that advocate and fight for civil, human and migrant rights. In response of what reggae musician Gregory Isaacs once sung, ‘No Speech, No Language,’ the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund help in advocating for the speech as well as the civic participation throughout the state of Arizona as well as along the Mexican border. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Twitter

Through the fund, groups that champion for the rights of migrants have been able to find financial assistance that has helped them in their campaigns.

Some of the activities which the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund sponsors and helps migrant rights advocacy groups to do include and that help to

  • enlighten the migrants on their rights,
  • advocate for the better pay for those who are employed
  • and protect migrants from unlawful detention.

Another movement that shares the same dreams as the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is the Advocate for Human rights which spearhead the world’s human rights.

The organization is non-profit and independently and impartially works in creating, fighting as well as upholding lasting and comprehensive all-inclusive change both locally and globally.

The group works tirelessly in exposing human rights violations around the world and in the process, helping millions of vulnerable families as well as migrants have a voice in life and not accept to be mistreated.