The Life and Times of Jim Larkin

Jim Larkin was one of the greatest trade unionist and social activist. He was born on 21st January 1876 in Liverpool England. His parents were of Irish origin. Jim Larkin had a dark past, and he grew in poverty invested area of Burren in Southern County Down.

As a young boy, Jim used to work in many jobs and hence h received little education as he was working most of the time. After the death of his father, Larkin worked in many places including being a sailor and by 1903 he had been promoted to a dock foreman.

Jim Larkin developed a key interest in socialism from as early as 1893, and he became a member of the Independence Labor Party. He took part in many strikes including the 1905 Liverpool dock strike.

As a result of great influence he wilded among the masses, he was elected on the strike committee. Larkin later joined a movement that was known as the National Union of Dock Labourers (NUDL), and by 1905 he had become a full-time trade unionist and organizer.

Due to the militant nature and destruction that was characteristic of NUDL that attracted the attention of the authorities, Larkin was transferred to Dublin in 1907. Read more: Jim Larkin | Biography and Jim Larkin | Wikipedia

It is while working in Dublin that he founded the Irish Transport and General Workers Union. The main aim of the trade union was to consolidate all Irish industrial workers into one key organization.

Jim Larkin was a trade unionist and a fighter at heart. He led the worst lockout in 1913 that has come to be fondly known as the Dublin Lockout. This was after the industrial dispute between Dublin United Tramway Company and workers of the Irish origin who had joined the NUDL. The lockout lasted for seven months, and it involved more than 100000 workers.

Larkin was against the Wolrd War, and he staged some protest against the war in Dublin. He also travelled to the United States to raise awareness and concerns against the war.

He also joined the trade unions in the United States including the American Communist Party. He died on 21st January 1947 aged 71 years.

Lacey and Larkin Will Not Lose

There are two things I am proud of my life. I am a very proud American. I believe the United States of America is one of the greatest countries in existence.

We fight for people to be able to achieve all that they can in this great country. It is here that you can be a success. It is here that you can achieve your dream. It is here that, no matter your starting station of life or race, you can become whatever you like.

The second thing I am proud of is my religion. I am a very proud seventh day Adventist. While my denomination is not perfect by any means, we do believe in advocating for social justice and social reform.

We firmly believe that God gave us the Sabbath day not only as a day to worship him on, but also as a day to fight for those who are suppressed and being oppressed by tyrannical governments.

I do not know if Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are Seventh-day Adventists, I doubt that they are, however, I know they are proud Americans who are fighting for immigration reform.

The immigration reform that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin believe in is a holistic and realistic approach that I believe fully integrates immigrants, no matter what their origin, to the United States. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/

In order to integrate immigrants from United States of America, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin believe that we need to begin by teaching them the English language. Now to be clear here, we are not saying that they lose their entire culture and heritage. We believe they should keep these things. Rather, we want to help them function in the United States of America.

The second step is to begin teaching them skills and strategies that will help them as they get a job here in the states. Thirdly, we gain them employment and work with corporations who are willing to bring immigrants into their workplace.

As Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have pushed for this ideal, Sheriff Joseph Arpaio has stood to oppose them. He is not wanting to see Hispanics or Latinos being integrated into the United States of America.

He has been responsible for burning homes of Hispanics to the ground, killing Hispanic men in their jail cells, racially profiling Hispanics through his police force, and granting money to these officers were able to send back to Mexico illegal immigrants.

Sheriff Joseph Arpaio tried to silence these two great men by entering into their homes and holding them at gunpoint. Luckily, they did not budge an inch. Rather, they stood up for their rights and countersued the Maricopa County Police Department. The resulting lawsuit was used to start the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn

This wonderful nonprofit looks to not only defend American rights, but grant rights to immigrants. They fight for the freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, the right to vote, and the right to immigrate to this great country.