Jim Larkin

Ireland’s trade union leader and activist, Jim Larkin, had fought for years to create fair pay and better conditions for all union workers, no matter if they were skilled or unskilled laborers. He longed for all of Ireland’s industrial workers to belong to one union only.

His leadership and willpower has helped to bring awareness towards the plea for workers’ rights during the 1900’s. Jim Larkin was born on January 21, 1876, to parent that emigrated from Ireland to reside in Liverpool, England. He was the second oldest son in his family and his childhood was spent in utter poverty.

From an early age, Larkin would have to find manual work from various sources to help supplement his family’s income. In his twenties, he found work at the local docks as a docker and was promoted to a dock foreman in 1903. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.historyireland.com/20th-century-contemporary-history/big-jim-larkin-hero-and-wrecker/ and http://spartacus-educational.com/IRElarkin.htm

His very first strike campaign was alongside his fellow Liverpool dockers in 1905. Only a few foremen participated in the strike and Larkin was relieved of his foreman duties afterwards.

He became a member of the National Union of Dock Labourers, or NUDL, when the union became impressed with Larkin’s spirit at the strike. They assigned him as a temporary strike organizer until late 1905, when he had received a permanent status within the NUDL.

After many strike campaigns and recruitment were conducted in places like Glasgow, Preston and Dublin, the NUDL started to notice that Larkin’s strike methods were becoming almost ‘militant’. He was expurgated from the NUDL and he quickly moved to Dublin, Ireland, and had formed the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union, ITGWU, in 1907.

Jim Larkin and his friend James Connolly and founded the Irish Labour Party in 1912. Under his leadership, Connolly would help lead a series of strikes and boycotts across Ireland. One of their most well-known was the ‘Dublin Lock Out’ that took place in 1913. Some of Dublin’s largest industrial labor companies would lock out their employees that were affiliated with the ITGWU.

They didn’t like the idea of Larkin wanting to unionize their workforce as a whole, so they devised a pledge for their employees to sign stating that they must leave the ITGWU or be locked out from employment. The strike went on for almost seven straight months and over 100,000 workers, employers and their families were severely affected by it.

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Getting The Right Treatment For Osteoarthritis

When people think of the word arthritis, they often are led to believe that there is only one form of the disorder, even though the term is used to explain a number of different types of joint conditions. Osteoarthritis is one of those conditions that affect a large number of people all over the world. The United States alone sees more than fifty million people every year being diagnosed with some or the other form of arthritis, and a lot more people going untreated because of misinformation regarding the disorder.


Osteoarthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis and can affect anyone above the age of twenty. The disease is mainly comprised of a degenerative joint disorder, whereby each one of the joints in your body slowly starts to disintegrate. As a person ages or experiences physical development, the cartilage between the bones starts to get weaker, resulting in more wear and tear, which can lead to osteoarthritis. People who are diagnosed with osteoarthritis often experience a great deal of pain and discomfort, only after which they decided to see a doctor about it. Having a good doctor to treat your condition is one of the most important aspects of having arthritis and is something that everyone who experiences joint pain should look into.


There are many reasons why one could be diagnosed with osteoarthritis (Manta). There are numerous risk factors such as weight gain, age, injury and sometimes even genetic links that can lead to someone being diagnosed with the condition. Whatever the source might be, getting a diagnosis on time and in the proper manner is a must.

Pesto Relief Institute is a medical clinic that is dedicated to helping patients who have or think they have osteoarthritis. The clinic is located in New Jersey’s Wall area and comprises of some of the best doctors who are trained to help patients who have been diagnosed with this disorder. The clinic aims to help patients by providing them with the right course of treatment that will help them with the problems and pain that they are facing as a result of this condition.

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The Story Behind the Birth of the Frontera Fund

Working in media houses comes with its own challenges. Media personalities clash with authorities at one time or another. This is the situation Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin found themselves in, on October 18th, 2007, when they were arrested. The two Village Voice media Executive had their privacy invaded by the Maricopa County Sheriff office. The arrest constituted armed deputies from the Sheriff’s office who are referred to as “Selective Enforcement Unit.”


The armed deputies who were under the orders of the Sheriff at the time, Joe Arpaio, locked the two journalists in two separate jails. Over the course of time, Joe Arpaio had become known as “America’s Toughest Sheriff.” The Sheriff was not a big fan of the two reporters due to their stories at the Phoenix New Times. These stories brought to the light his involvement in promoting anti-Mexican fear in Arizona. It also reported of the mismanagement of finances in the Sheriff’s office.


The accusations thrown at the Sheriff’s office were many. He was accused of mistreatment and death of inmates under his supervision; racial profiling; detention of Latin Americans in an unconstitutional manner; poor health conditions in his jails and abuse of power.


Joe Arpaio used his connection in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and invaded the privacy of Jim and Mike by going through their personal browsing histories and IP addresses. Luckily for the two media personalities, the public demanded their release and they were released in less than 24 hours. This case brought about another court battle, which was mainly centered on the First Amendment rights and abuse of power. It was discovered that everything about the case concerning Jim and Mike had been illegal.


Therefore, the two received a settlement of $3.7 million, which was paid by the Maricopa County in 2013. This settlement money gave birth to Frontera fund. The Fund was founded by Jim and Mike for the Hispanic community. The Hispanic community had been largely discriminated in Arizona. Jim Larkin attributes his giving heart to his upbringing. They continue to distribute funds through Frontera Fund to non-profit Organizations that are fighting for the rights of the Hispanic people.


According to Mike Lacey, the Sheriff’s office discriminated against everybody with brown skin. They went as far as creating advertisements that showed ISIS terrorists crossing the border from Mexico to Arizona. This was highly degrading for the Mexican people. Through the Frontera Fund, Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin continue to support members of the Hispanic group, and they will continue to fight for their rights. This goes to show how the minority groups need their own voice in the country. Through people like Mike and Jim, their cry is being heard.


The Story of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are publishers of the website Front Page Confidential. Michael came from a working class family in Newark, New Jersey. He moved to Arizona in the 1960’s to attend Arizona State University. He dropped out of school in 1970 and co-founded the Phoenix News Times as an opposition paper against conservative news coverage of campus anti-war protest. A short time later, Michael teamed up with Jim Larkin to make the business self sufficient. The paper continued to increase its circulation and by 1983, the duo expanded by purchasing multiple newspapers across the country to create a multimillion dollar conglomerate.


In 2007, Michael and Jim were arrested in their homes at the direction of Sheriff Joe Arpaio for revealing in their paper that grand jury subpoenas targeted their employees. The arrest was seen as a violation of their first amendment rights by them and their readers. Due to public outcry, the charges against them were dropped within 24 hours and the grand jury subpoenas were subsequently dismissed because an investigation discovered they were illegal.


Lacey and Larkin sued Maricopa County for false arrest and won a settlement of $3.75 million in 2013. The two used the money to create the Frontera Fund, which distributed the money to Latin American groups across the country.


The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund Supports the Arizona Justice Project

The Arizona Justice Project states seeking justice for the innocent and the wrongfully imprisoned as its primary mission.

Founded in 1998, the organization is committed to helping those who have been wrongfully imprisoned and those who are innocent undergoing legal battles in the state. It is only the fifth such organization registered in the United States at the time of its founding and registration in 1998. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Twitter

Today, there are over 60 organizations which like the Arizona Justice Project, is committed to helping inmates who have been wrongfully convicted to overturn their convictions and not suffer the injustice of serving sentence for crimes they have not committed.

The project was formed by members of the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice to ensure that victims of wrongful convictions would not be denied access to justice.

The founders believed very strongly that each time a person was denied justice or served injustice; it was an indication of how easy it would for other members of the society to suffer similar circumstances.

To ward off such a potent threat to the entire society, the project was formed to protest such injustices and provide assistance to those who had suffered such.

The Arizona Justice Project is one of many organizations which receive funding from the Lacey and Larkin FronteraFund. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was founded in 2012 from the proceeds that the founders received out of a settlement from their unlawful arrest orchestrated by Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpaio.

Their detention happened in the year 2007, emanating from their coverage of the illegal activities of the county sheriff in perpetuating injustices against immigrants from neighboring Mexico and against his opponents, who he used county resources t intimidate into silence.

Following an expose covered in their publication in the same year, the sheriff led the revered Selective Enforcement Unit in arresting the two journalists from their houses in the middle of the night. The incident resulted in a massive public outcry which prompted the county authorities to release the two.

However, the two consider themselves true believers and defenders of the First Amendment. Driven by this string commitment to this Amendment and protesting the unjust and inhumane manner in which they were treated, they filed a lawsuit against the county government.

After a protracted court battle, they were awarded a 3.75 million dollar settlement in 2012 by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. It is the proceeds from this settlement that they used to start the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.

The fund is committed to supporting finically and logistically other charitable organizations that commit themselves to the provision and defense of social justice to the weak and convicted members of society. It works in close conjunction with the team in Arizona in the United States and across the border in Mexico.

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