Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey teamed up to form Phoenix New Times in 1972. Jim Larkin had just abandoned campus at the Arizona State University. Michael Lacey was brought up in Newark, New Jersey. He then moved west in late 1960’s where he and some students published the inaugural issue of the phoenix new times responding to anti-conservative local media of campus demonstrations.
Lacey works as an executive editor while Larkin heads the advertising department. The bubbly, free weekly newspaper grew its readers touching on various political and social issues developing agenda of the nation’s backup paper.
Larkin and Lacey were arrested on 18th October 2007 at their homes after writing in Phoenix New Times that the jury subpoenas had targeted the editors, writers and the readers, which was an insult to the US Constitution. The detention was done and brought about by Joe Arpaio, the disreputable anti-immigrant sheriff of the county of Maricopa Arizona. Due to public demand, within 24 hours all accusations were dropped. The subpoenas were also crushed ending the grand jury inquiry. Investigations done showed that the jury warrants produced by the vengeful prosecutor were fake which ignored all legal procedures.
Maricopa county compensated Lacey and Larkin with $3.75 million as settlement for the lawsuit of the fault arrest in 2013. The money was used to establish Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund in 2014, with the purpose of assigning produce from the settlements to Latin-American groups all over Arizona State
Village Voice Media Holdings headed by Jim as the CEO and Michael as the Executive Editor gained fame for long-term investigative journalism, magazine-like writing and refined broadcasting of movies, food, art, music and civic events.
They decided to sell VM to a group of longtime business executives in 2012, and it did so well where there were about 9 million prints readers and 56 million online viewers every month and awarded hundred journalistic honors including Pulitzer prize.
The former sheriff of Maricopa, County Joe Arpaio, was detained for criminal content in July 2017. He has been a contended figure both in Arizona and the national stage. Arpaio was among President Trump’s major vocal supporters way back when he started birther movement against President Obama alleging he wasn’t born in the United States, which was a great move by Joe Arpaio as he was granted a presidential pardon.
America’s toughest sheriff, as he calls himself, built his career on being a hard knock to illegal immigrants. In Maricopa County, where there is the largest population of Hispanics and Latinos, the sheriff would do anything to fight illegal immigration. The sheriff, who is now 85 years old, violated every right for his selfish gains. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
After getting away with his behavior, Arpaio felt untouchable to facing the law. He began to change in December 2011 when Judge G.Murray Snow issued a preliminary injunction against him and his office.
The presidential pardon and Sheriff Arpaio release were strongly condemned by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey since Arpaio took place in their illegal detention and how he has been treating the Hispanic and Latino community especially the Latino drivers.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin believe that Joe Arpaio deserved more charges than just criminal contempt of court. Lacey and Larkin believe that Arpaio is guilty of numerous crimes such as negligent homicide, assault, sex-crimes, hate crimes, and harassment.
Taking into consideration the long list of crimes that Lacey and Larkin believe Arpaio to be guilty of, you can imagine their response when Arpaio received a presidential pardon from Donald Trump.
Arpaio was ordered by a judge to cease his enforcement of federal immigration laws, an order which Arpaio promptly ignored. Arpaio was then charged with criminal contempt of court. Ever since Trump took office, the media began wondering whether Trump was brazen enough to pardon the controversial local politician, and he was.
“[Arpaio and Trump are] the perfect marriage of two corrupt individuals,” Michael Lacey said. “Look at the grim parade of corpses and mutilated bodies that came out of that jail of his.”
Michael Lacey attributed the pardon and lack of serious charges against Arpaio as a complete failure of the justice system. “It ends up with contempt of court…as opposed to being held accountable for the people who were [killed, tortured and abused.
In case you are wondering where Larkin and Lacey’s hatred for Joe Arpaio comes from, it is certainly not without reason. Larkin and Lacey, as the owners of The Phoenix New Times, initiated an journalistic investigation against Arpaio. Eventually Arpaio had the duo subpoenaed and arrested under unlawful circumstances.
The two paper-men were almost immediately released and that is when they filed a lawsuit against the county Arpaio represents. Larkin and Lacey went on to win the lawsuit and have since started a couple of new organizations to fight against the oppressive agenda of people like Joe Arpaio.
With the settlement money received from the Arpaio incident, Larkin and Lacey founded a new paper, Front Page Confidential, in order to inform people of instance where their first amendment rights were being stepped on. The page publishes pieces concerning politics, civil rights and human rights. By making use of their new publication, the former Phoenix New Times owners intend to do their part in the battle against oppressive politicians.
A newspaper wasn’t the only thing the two did with their settlement money. Larkin and Lacey have also created their own charitable organization. With the intent of assisting local immigrant in the State of Arizona, they created the Frontera Fund. By applying their time and resources to the Frontera Fund, the journalists assist and educate immigrants on their rights.
In a time when the average United States citizen is having their first amendment rights criticized on a daily basis by its political leaders, it is impossible to express the importance of individuals like Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
Most of us don’t have the resources needed to fight against such forces, but Lacey and Larkin do. The two have shown that they will do whatever possible to prevent the situation that happened to them from happening to anyone else.
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Maricopa, a county in Arizona, has received some press coverage in most part due to its rogue former sheriff who was recently pardoned by president trump. The Sheriff Joe Arpaio was known for racial profiling as he engaged on his tough on immigration way of doing business. The sheriff who was self-declared America’s toughest sheriff was one of the earliest supporters of Trump. Since the onset of the Birther movement that kept claiming that President Obama was not born in America, the sheriff became a staunch supporter of trump. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://james-larkin.com/
The current president also seemed to develop a liking for the sheriff, and thus it came as no surprise when trump granted him a pardon long before his conviction date this was issued as soon as his guilty verdict was issued. U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow had found Joe Arpaio guilty of violation of court orders.
The judge was referring to orders of reform issued by Judge Bolton that the sheriff was supposed to implement after he was found guilty of racial profiling. The judge had come up with some reforms that needed to be implemented to bring back the office to its former glory. The judge would even appoint a monitor who would oversee the implementation of this reforms and report on the progress or lack of at any given time.
The presidential pardon did not surprise many but for Jim Larkin and Micheal lacey they saw this as the subversion of justice for a man who had made his career abusing the rights of others he deserved to have the law clap back at him. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey had been some of the most prominent critics of the sheriff’s ways, and this was done mostly through the paper they run the phoenix new times.
The newspaper had been reporting that included human rights abuses such as the beating of inmates, sexual offenses as well as death and suicides of inmates in the sheriff’s custody. The sheriff always seemed to have one reason or another whenever this happened and never personally taking responsibility.
The death of a veteran in a “jail riot” as well as the that of a woman who slipped into a coma after she was denied medication while in custody are just some of the few examples that Jim and Micheal reported on.
They also had their problems as the sheriff was known to harass and intimidate anyone that dared oppose him. The there paper was the subject of threats and harassment culminating in the banning of its reporters from all of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s press conferences. This was followed by the arrest of Micheal lacey and Jim Larkin in August 2007.
They were arrested in the middle of the night for allegedly printing the contents of a subpoena that had deemed to control what information about the sheriff’s actions they could report.
The actions would turn against the sheriff, and it ended up costing the Maricopa taxpayer 3.75 million as the money given to the pair as settlement for the case.
Across Arizona and communities close to the U.S.-Mexican border in the Southeast of the nation, The Frontera Fund has grown a strong reputation as one of the leading human rights organizations fighting for the lives of the Hispanic community. The roots of The Frontera Fund have an unlikely source, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the one-time Maricopa County Sheriff who has seen his name become a byword for the injustices leveled at the Hispanic communities of the border region.
Sheriff Arpaio did not provide the funding for The Frontera Fund directly but was part of a criminal conspiracy to silence two investigative journalists who were looking into the financial irregularities of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department. Village Voice Media executives and investigative journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin published their story in the Phoenix New Times and almost immediately faced the backlash of Sheriff Arpaio and his Maricopa County allies; a Grand Jury subpoena was quickly obtained in an illegal way calling for the disclosure of the personal information of the readers of the Phoenix New Times.
Knowing the subpoena was illegal and included an attack on the U.S. Constitution, Larkin and Lacey refused the request and decided the best option was to make the actions of Sheriff Arpaio and his allies front page news. Following the publication of the article in the Phoenix New Times, Larkin and Lacey were arrested at their homes on the night of October 18, 2007, by officials in unmarked vehicles. This obvious intimidation tactic from Sheriff Arpaio and his allies saw Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin detained overnight for their failure to comply with an obviously illegal subpoena.
The fight against the actions of Sheriff Arpaio began almost immediately with media outlets across the nation coming out on the side of the two journalists and calling for their release at the earliest opportunity. Following their release, Larkin and Lacey began a court case which would end up in the Ninth Circuit Supreme Court where they were awarded $3.7 million for their unlawful arrest and incarceration. The compensation was used by Larkin and Lacey to create The Frontera Fund which has been at the heart of the fight to restore the pride and integrity of the Hispanic community in the Southeast which was the target of the much of the victimization of Sheriff Arpaio over the course of two decades.
Born in Liverpool, England on January 21, 1876, Jim Larkin, more widely known as Big Jim by his cohorts, was an Irish unionist and staunch Marxist. Jim Larkin had very little formal education, which was common to many people growing up in the slums of Liverpool at the time, and worked a number of menial jobs in order to assist his family in making ends meet. He was married to Elizabeth Brown in 1903, eventually having four sons, further emphasizing his need to enact change within the world of Irish laborers.
Eventually, Mr. Larkin would secure a job as a foreman on the Liverpool docks, and due to his socialist beliefs, soon developed the common opinion that Irish workers were experiencing unfair treatment on the whole, which led to him joining the National Union of Dock Laborers. Read more: Jim Larkin | Wikipedia and James Larkin | Ireland Calling
In 1905, Mr. Larkin would become a union trade organizer, working the position full-time, but as his methods of protest were deemed to be too radical for the organization, the National Union of Dock Laborers chose to relocate him to Dublin, where he would continue his efforts.
After relocating to Dublin, Ireland, Jim Larkin founded the Irish Transport and General Workers Union in 1907, whose ultimate mission was to unite the Irish workers in the region, forming one powerful collective.
After heading a series of effective labor strikes, including the Dublin Lockout, for which 100,000 Irish Workers protested for nearly eight months, the Irish Transport and General Workers Union would fall apart. In 1914, after form the Irish Labor Party, Mr. Larkin went to the United States in order to raise money in an effort to protest the British. While his time in the United States was initially fruitful, Jim Larkin would go on to be convicted of criminal anarchy and communism and eventually deported back to Dublin, Ireland.
During his time in Dublin, Mr. Larkin formed the Workers Union of Ireland, continuing to fight for the rights of Irish laborers until his death in 1947. Today, Jim Larkin is regarded as one of the instrumental figures in enacting changes regarding how unions operated, as well as changing the unethical practices of the corporations of the time.
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Post-2016 Presidential Election, the extremist conservatives of GOP started targeting the diverse sects of the civil society of the country. Even before they started campaigning against pro-liberal measures, the inclusion of LGBT rights, policies friendly to migrants, and more. But all of a sudden, they got the license to target all of these with strange reasons after the election. The effect was very clear, and a large number of policies that gave a humane treatment to migrants and other sects have suddenly disappeared, and new ones came which were hostile to those sects. Now, the latest target of the extremist GOP members confirmed; it is DACA program that benefitted undocumented youth in the country.
To the people who are not familiar to DACA, it is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program designed by the former President Barack Obama to help the undocumented youth to escape from the perils of deportation. It provides an opportunity to seek employment in the country along with an SSN for a period of generally two years – which is renewable. Apart from that, many states even provide in-state-tuition fees and facilitate driver’s license to support their living. The move against the program started when the Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, sent a letter to the Federal government to revoke the program – specifically no renewal of DACA henceforth – or else face the legal consequences.
The message is clear; the popular program is going to be removed. Evan a governor of a red state and another nine attorney generals attested their names in the letter directed to the government. In the early weeks of July, this year, a small group of Hispanic Caucus met the John Kelly, current Homeland Security Secretary, in a closed-door discussion. He gave out the message that the program that offered opportunities and protection to nearly 800,000 people is experiencing threats by pointing out the legal challenges associated with the cases filed by the GOP members.
Though advocates and DREAMers were hinting about this, the announcement of Kelly made the people really panic. At present, DACA has completed five years of operations and offered innumerable benefits to the undocumented youth. The program helped more than 95% of beneficiaries to choose work, continuing education, or do both. They boosted the economy with millions of dollars in the form of college fees, paying taxes according to the earnings, investing in housing, vehicle, and more, and continuing higher education. The organizations such as Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund have started campaigning for a permanent solution to this.
Frontera Fund played an instrumental role in changing the migrant lives in Arizona positively for the last few years. It is the child of Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey – two news reporters from Arizona – after they decided to spend the money they received as the settlement from the Court of Appeals for the well-being of struggling migrants. They were arrested by the Sheriff of Maricopa County for writing about a grand jury instruction. However, the Court of Appeals discharged them from the charges and awarded a settlement amount of $3.7 million for their illegal arrest – which transformed as Frontera Fund.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, two outspoken critics of the infamous former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, were enjoying an evening in their homes on October 18th, 2007 when they were forcibly removed and taken away in handcuffs at the hands of the aforementioned sheriff. They were each taken to separate jails that were run by Arpaio. The pair had regularly used their media platform, Phoenix New Times, to report on the self proclaimed, “America’s Toughest Sheriff.” Their stories reported details about Arpaio’s civil rights violations that include unlawful detainment of Latinos,and poor health conditions and abuse of inmates at the jails he was in charge of. Arpaio made no attempts to hide his malice or racists views and eventually lost re-election for county sheriff to a democrat.
Lacey and Larkin were arrested for their coverage of Maricopa County’s flagrant rebuff of the United States Constitution when they issued grand jury subpoenas requesting the personal information of the Phoenix New Times’ employees and readers, to which Lacey and Larkin would not, and should not have complied. The outrageous charges were dropped shortly after the arrest, but Lacey and Larkin would then commence a court battle that would argue that Maricopa County had abused their power and infringed upon the journalists’ First Amendment rights.
The court ruled in favor of Lacey and Larkin and the pair were awarded a settlement of $3.7 million. After seeing first hand the abuses of power present in Maricopa County and confident that Arpaio did not represent the views of the majority of Arizonans, Lacey and Larkin vowed to use their settlement money to create the Frontera Fund. The Frontera Fund is an organization that is committed to helping the victims of Arpaio and the racist atmosphere created in Maricopa County and all over the country. The Frontera Fund supports groups that aim to help bring justice for immigrants who suffer civil rights violations and help undocumented immigrants on a path towards citizenship. Some of the groups supported by the Frontera Fund include the American Civil Liberties Union – Arizona, American Immigration Council, Arizona Justice Project and Promise Arizona.
Two Journalists are at Combat with Joe Arpaio
When someone gets a cash settlement of almost 4 million dollars, you expect them to retire, or buy a new house, new cars or a whole new life. When Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey got a 4 million dollar cash settlement they created a charity.
The Frontera Fund is what they created. The charitable fundraising organization assists charities such as Promise Arizona, Owl and Panther, Phoenix Immigrant Justice project and dozens of others like them. The provide resources and funds to charities that work with-in Arizona to create a better way of life for its residents.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin spedt a large percentage of their efforts in assisting the Hispanic community because they too are victims of Joe Arpaio. The same year Lacey and Larkin were arrested illegally by Joe Arpaio, a Mexican citizen was visiting Arizona legally and was arrested by Arpaio for no other reason then his skin color. Both incidents led to lawsuits. Arpaio cost the county millions of dollars and soon found himself convicted of contempt of court.
Now, with Arpaio out of office, Lacey and Larkin intend to stop him from ever holding public office again. Since Arpaio has announced his intention to run for a seat on Capital Hill as a representative of Arizona, Lacey and Larkin have been using their new paper, Front Page Confidential, to spread awareness on issues relating to Arpaio’s illegal and unjust activities.
Lacey and Larkin have had their first amendment rights stomped on by Arpaio in the past. By making use of The Frontera Fund and Front Page Confidential, they want to make sure that no one else has their constitutional rights revoked by Joe Arpaio.