Michael Laey and Jim Larkin Speak Out Against Presidential Pardon of Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arapaio

Front Page Confidential co-founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin stepped into the spotlight this November when they protested President Trump’s pardon of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Arpaio, who gave an order to arrest Larkin and Lacey for the crime of disclosing grand jury investigation info ten years ago, was on the losing end of the federal civil rights lawsuit Melendres vs. Arpaio but was pardoned by Donald Trump.

Arpaio had previously come under fire for a variety of immoral practices as sheriff, most notably the death of various detainees who were held in jail cells that he was in charge of.

In response to the Presidential pardon after Mr. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt, Mr. Larkin and Mr. Lacey have accused President Trump of pardoning Arpaio to pander to white nationalists who love Arpaio for his anti-Mexican political stance.

The duo have been in conflict with Sheriff Arpaio since he jailed them in 2007. They were jailed for disclosing information from a grand jury investigation using their newspaper, the Phoenix New Times.

The grand jury investigation in question, however, was an investigation into the practices of Mr. Larkin and Mr. Lacey themselves, and the pair claim that it was part of a long-term set up by the Sheriff. Arpaio, they say, began the investigation into them so that they’d write about it and he could arrest them–in other words, it was a complete setup. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://about.me/michael-lacey and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin

Arpaio would certainly have had a motive for his vendetta against them. Lark and Lacey’s New Times had consistently exposed the Maricopa Sheriff Department’s offensive and immoral actions, and sending them to prison would clearly help to take some of the heat off of Arpaio.

Mr. Lacey says that when President Trump was sworn into office, Arpaio “rode his coattails” knowing that many of his supporters were also supporters of Trump.

They believe that the President pardoned a man he knows committed wrongful actions as sheriff to bolster his own political stance and please his constituents, and it would certainly appear that Lacey and Larkin raise a compelling point.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are longtime supporters of Latino rights in their state of Arizona, first met at Arizona State University. In 1970, both of them dropped out to found the Phoeinix New Times with Jim Larkin taking care of advertising and Lacey acting as executive editor.

The paper was created to fight against the hyper-conservative local media’s coverage of antiwar protests on the ASU campus, but it soon began to cover a wide array of social and political issues from a liberal-minded point of view.

The paper soon expanded, and is now part of a large conglomerate of like-minded papers such as the Village Voice and the L.A. Weekly.

Larkin and Lacey were jailed by Sheriff Arapaio in 2007, but they were released after 24 hours due to widespread outrage, and a later investigation showed that the grand jury warrants were issued illegally by a prosecutor who was working with Arapaio. In 2013, Maricopa County paid the duo 3.75 million dollars to settle a wrongful arrest lawsuit that they brought against the county.

Soon after, their company became known as Village Voice Media Holdings, and although it was sold in 2012, they continue to be politically active, largely through their publication Front Page Confidential.

Both Mr. Larkin and Mr. Lacey have since been awarded multiple journalistic honors, including a Pulitzer Prize.

As A United Force Of Good, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Continue The Fight Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio

In times of unrest and turmoil, we often see people coming together for the same cause. Such is the story of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, two media executives who were wrongly accused, arrested, detained and victimised by Joe Arpaio.

While the constitution of the United States of America, protects its citizens’ rights and grants them freedom of speech, Joe Arpaio did not think this was needed. He blatantly denied these two media journalists their civil rights as they have recently created a cover piece article in the Phoenix New Times publication.

Joe Arpaio was known for committing many misdeeds in his career as Maricopa town’s sheriff. While most people were only aware of the horrific racial profiling, discrimination and segregation based acts he had committed, after the arrest of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the world soon understood that the sheriff was also a master at getting vengeance against people who dint nod in agreement at his every demand. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn

Fortunately for Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, justice did come to their rescue, and 24 hours after they were arrested, they were let go. Their arrest led to an acquittal not because Joe Arpaio finally understood the error of his ways; it was because of a nation-wide demand that these innocent media executives get justice sooner rather than later.

One would imagine that being the victims to such senseless acts of cruelty, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey would admit defeat and cower for their lives.

Hiding from the world, however; was not the fate of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey as they emerged stronger and all the more dedicated to getting justice not only for themselves but also for the Latino community that was constantly being tormented by Joe Arpaio.

A legal battle soon took place between Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey versus the Maricopa County. In 2013, the Maricopa County was ordered by an appellate court judge to give Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey a settlement of $3.7 Million for the suffering they had endured due to the actions of the sheriff.

As one united force of good, together, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey founded the Frontera Fund with the settlement amount the received from the tiring legal battle. This Fund was wholly dedicated to undoing the harm done by Joe Arpaio and his kind while preventing further crimes being committed on the Hispanic Community living in Arizona.

Does the story end here and did Joe Arpaio get his just desserts? Unfortunately not, but this was the very beginning of a revolution. While most people believed with conviction that Joe Arpaio would finally and rightfully get his comeuppance for victimising Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, an unexpected incident occurred that left many people stunned in disbelief.

Known to be a supporter of President Donald Trump, Joe Arpaio, once again dodged a bullet when the President granted him a pardon. While this disappointed many people in more levels that can be imagined, this release did not in any way dissuade Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey from continuing their fight against injustice.

With the Frontera Fund, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey continue to do as much as good as possible and as quickly as they can.

How Larkin and Lacey Started the Frontera Fund

The Frontera Fund was a result of very hard work and a lot of dedication from both Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The men are activists and are journalists. They try to always put these two together and often talk about things they can use to make everything better for the people they are helping.

The Frontera Fund was a result of a lot of dreaming and planning. They had to put in a lot of hard work, but that didn’t matter to them. They knew all of it would be worth it if they could help even one person.

While the men were working in journalism, they were learning information about things that were going on in the community around them. They had always wanted to tell people about corruption and about their lives as minorities, but they could only do so through journalism.

They hoped for the resources that would enable them to truly make a difference instead of trying to get over the issues that had come as a result of the things they were doing.

It was what led Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin to making the right choices for the Frontera Fund and for the people who were a part of the Frontera Fund. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: https://twitter.com/JimLarkin_ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin

Depending on the issues that people had while they were working in the business, they had to make sure they were doing their best to give back to the community.

The men knew they had to try and help people and they’d always be a big part of how the minorities worked but they also knew they would need to start out with other opportunities if they were going to continue helping people who had started with issues of corruption and who needed their help in every way imaginable.

The Frontera Fund had always been their dream, but Larkin and Lacey didn’t have the money to start it. They got a lucky break when they were arrested. The arrest was illegal, they fought the charges and sued the sheriff for arresting them. When they did this, they were able to make money from the case.

They used that money to start working toward a better future with the Frontera Fund. The money they made from the case was over three million dollars and it gave them the ability to try and help people through the difficult situations they were going through with legal and monetary help.

Human Rights Advocacy by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin

Michael and Larkin founded the Phoenix New Times as well as the Village Voice Media. They decided that they would use the proceeds from their settlement of unwarranted arrest to help undocumented immigrants in Arizona. The arrest happened following an illegal arrest meant to curtail justice for a minority. The two were kidnapped and arrested at night.

They exposed the illegal existence of a grand jury. More upsetting, grand jury subpoenas claimed the identity of residents that had gone through New Times stories virtually. Larkin and Lacey eventually prevailed in the US Court of Appeal in the ninth circuit. The two journalist who would spend their careers affirming and defending the First Amendment constitutional rights, charged the county.

Civil rights are an extensive and significant set of rights that are intended to protect individuals from partial treatment. Protecting civil rights is an essential part of the democratic values of the United States. The two have dedicated their careers to fight for the rights of minorities. Therefore, civil rights advocacy has to file the lawsuit, looking for class-action for the cases that violate one’s civil rights.

Human Rights Watch investigates rights violations arising in the countries. Pressure is placed on the local governments and held responsible for the violations and inactions.

The Universal Periodic Review has been designed. This is to ensure equal treatment and adequate access to justice. This also ensures a full integrate to a gender perspective when their human rights situations are assessed.

Immigrant teens are arguing in court in the position of plaintiffs of a lawsuit. This is done against some Florida schools for sidelining and segregating them when it comes to high school attendance. The school district is reducing immigrant children’s educational opportunities and is failing to act in the best interest of students.

Federal laws require children be allowed to get a free public education. Regardless of the status of immigration. Florida laws mandate efforts to offer quality learning and education to every child. About 350 immigrant teenagers barred from public schools have representation in a lawsuit. These teens are unaccompanied and have limited English-speaking skills.

The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund will assist groups that advocate for human, civil, and migrant rights. They will also undertaken civic participation and freedom of speech in which Arizona and the Mexican border are part.

The immigrant children will no longer fight in courts. A free learning environment will be available for them to have their right to education.

Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin:

https://michael-lacey.com/
https://about.me/michael-lacey