The Frontera Fund’s History Starts With The Illegal Acts Of Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a name many people who were aware of racial politics in the early 21st-century will remember for the victimization of various minority groups including Mexican migrants and people of color. One of the few bright moments to come from the stewardship of the law in Arizona’s Maricopa County comes from the fact The Frontera Fund charitable group was created from the embers of the downfall of the man who described himself as “America’s toughest sheriff”.

 

The Frontera Fund was formed by journalists and media executives, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin to fight for the rights of minority groups who are often robbed of their basic human rights in communities along the U.S.-Mexican border. The incident leading directly to the creation of The Frontera Fund took place on October 18th, 2007 when Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were removed from their homes in Phoenix, Arizona in unmarked SUV’s at the behest of Sheriff Arpaio and members of Maricopa County’s justice department.

 

In the days and weeks prior to the arrest of the Village Voice Media executives, the battle between them and Sheriff Arpaio had grown in anger following an investigation by the Phoenix New Times of Village Voice Media into the financial irregularities seen at Maricopa County’s Sheriff’s Department. In response to the investigation, officials at Maricopa County used an illegally-obtained Grand Jury subpoena to ask for the personal information of Phoenix New Times staff and readers including IP addresses of Online readers.

 

As legal battles continued over the subpoenas, Sheriff Arpaio dispatched his allies to the Phoenix area homes of Larkin and Lacey to arrest the two men and illegally imprison them. The fact Sheriff Arpaio had failed to take into account the media and public backlash against his acts revealed how far out of touch he had become with the law and resulted in a Supreme Court fight resulting in a $3.7 million compensation payout to the two journalists. Choosing to use the compensation fund for good, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey decided to create The Frontera Fund which fights on behalf of migrants and people of color in their continuing battle against the stigma created about them by Sheriff Arpaio and his allies over the first decade of the 21st-century.

 

Vijay Eswaran Journey to Business Success

Vijay Eswaran was born on 7 Oct 1960 in Penang, Malaysia. He is a businessman and author, and a husband to Umayal Eswaran. He is a 1984 graduate of London School of Economics with a socio-economic degree and an MBA holder from Southern Illinois University.

Being not so lucky to find a job, Vijay engaged in several odd jobs such as being a cab driver and plucking grapes, before he learned about binary system marketing.

Vijay Ventures In Business

After his master’s degree in the United States, Vijay Eswaran worked part-time in multilevel marketing, and later in the same line of business with Cosway Group in his return to Malaysia.

This triggered a strong interest in the business and in 1998 he co-founded, QI Group, a multilevel marketing company. This e-commerce business has greatly expanded and today it has subsidiary companies in over 10 countries and has regional offices in Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia.

QI Group of Companies deals in telecommunications, education, corporate investments, and hospitality, among others.

Vijay business philosophy

It may look strange to look at fear as a driving force to success than a paralyzing bullet, but that’s what Vijay believes. In a certain article, he states how fear though mostly perceived as a bad thing, can bring a positive impact on life when taken positively. Read more: Two Minutes from the Abyss by Vijay Eswaran

He describes fear as excitement in disguise: meaning that fear on anything, can be translated as excitement if only one used the positive lens to look at it. He also states that fear can push one to strive for a better life thus motivates growth. In fact, to Vijay fear is more of an energizer, especially to business than a paralyzer.

He also believes that for an entrepreneur to be successful in any business, he/she does not only need to be intense in everything they do but also inquisitive and intuitive.

He also pends his success to his ability and that of his partners to practice servant leadership, where they are able to: Set up a clear vision, show care to employees, strongly holding to the company’s core values, fully committing to growth as well as having a willingness to sacrifice.

His books

Vijay is nothing less of a great author with four published books which are In the Sphere of Silence, 2005, In the Thinking Zone, 2008, 18 Stepping Stones, 2010, and Two Minutes From The Abyss, 2016.

He has also participated as a speaker in various business forums.

The Great Activist

He started out as a simple dock worker, but went on to become one of the most celebrated names in the Irish labor movement. Jim Larkin, a.k.a “Big Jim,” was born in Liverpool, England in 1876.

Because his family was so poor, Larkin began working at the age of seven. In later years, he took a job on the docks, and worked his way up to foreman at age 27. Read more:

A devout socialist, Larkin sided with the workers during the Liverpool dock strike of 1905. The leaders of the National Union of Dock Labourers were so impressed with his efforts they made him an organizer, and sent him to Glasgow and Preston to form unions in those cities.

In 1907, Larkin went to Dublin, where he formed the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union. He went a step further when he became a founding member of the Irish Labour Party.

One of his biggest accomplishments as a labor organizer was leading the Dublin Lockout of 1913, where 100,000 workers across the city went on strike to demand better pay and working conditions. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/books/the-definitive-biography-of-big-jim-larkin-372254.html and http://www.rte.ie/centuryireland/index.php/articles/jim-larkin-released-from-prison

When World War I broke out, Larkin helped organize anti-war protests. He later went to the United States, where he gave many speeches in favor of Communism and the Soviet Union. This resulted in his arrest in 1920 on charges of criminal anarchy. Larkin was deported back to Ireland in 1923.

He continued promoting worker rights and communism until his death in 1947. Larkin continues to be honored by Ireland to this day, including a statue of him erected on O’Connell Street in Dublin.