Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two journalists who have always been the voice of civil, human, and migrant rights as well as free speech and they have never stopped fighting for these most fundamental rights that we all have. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737
Although human and civil rights are available to all humans and they should be, these rights are also the most important ones that we have. Unfortunately, these benefits are usually the ones being violated by the very institutions we elected to protect these rights. Many law enforcers end up using their power and reputation to get an edge over other people, and some use their reach to be above the law.
That is why the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund is aiming to support all the groups that are passionate and fight for civil, human and migrant rights and the essential freedom of speech.
Although there are many groups that have the non-profitable goal of fighting for the rights of every citizen, they often struggle with not having monetary support backing their decisions and actions with real resources. The creation of the Frontera Fund, however, has changed this reality forever.
This fund came from the $3.75 million settlement money awarded to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin when the two journalists sued the Maricopa County when they were illegally arrested on October 18, 2007. Why were they arrested? Because the two journalists were doing their job and investigating the past of a law enforcer that had already been accused of fraud, corruption, and irregularities. It was the famous Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Their incarceration was the result of them exposing the grand jury proceedings that sought reporters notes for articles about Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
They also revealed that there were even subpoenas issued by the grand jury demanding the identities and information of individuals who follow the news articles involving Sheriff Joe Arpaio. All of these as well as the incarceration of the two journalists were clear attempts of a cover-up and the suppression of freedom of information as well as a right to privacy.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are calling for all the groups out there that fight for these most important rights that we have to come to them if they need funding and support. Because if we do not fight oppression and violation of our most basic rights, then there will be more impunity by the very institutions we expect to defend our rights.
Michael Lacey & Jim Larkin Reaction towards Joe’s Behavior
Michael and Jim are the co-founders of Front Page Confidential. They came out to speak concerning the pardon of America’s sheriff, Joe Arpaio by President Donald Trump. This is after a story of the arrest of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin which happened almost ten years ago where the two were arrested at their homes in Phoenix, Arizona. They were arrested through the orders to agents from Maricopa County Selective Enforcement Unit. Joe Arpaio gave the orders for their arrest on claims that the two had a crime of revealing details about the grand jury investigations. That time, Larkin was the chief executive officer of their company, “Village Voice Media newspaper”, while Lacey was the executive editor. Before their arrest, they had published a message concerning the grand jury probe through the company’s publications called the “Phoenix New Times.”
Michael and Jim revealed that the grand jury had been investigating them. Moreover, this was a set up for the two by Joe because of their consistent coverage of the ill deeds that were happening in his department thus, exposing him. Phoenix New Times revisited this story and it was made available on Front Page Confidential. The matter was settled by Maricopa County after paying $3.75 million to set the two free. They invested the money on endowing a new non-profit organization called Frontera Fund. This organization is dedicated to upholding and protecting the rights of both immigrants and migrants. People have lost faith with Joe and that has cost him the loss of positions in the state. President Donald Trump came in and pardoned Joe hence sparing him of the prison term that he was to face. In response to this, Lacey reacted by saying that the reason for the pardoning could have been to establish his relationship for political reasons. All this was done with some personal intentions at heart.