Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin and Frontera Fund Helps Immigrants Fight for Equal Rights
Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin are co founders of the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. On October 18, 2007 they were both arrested from their homes in the middle of the night. They have sued the Sheriff responsible for their wrongful arrests. They have dedicated the settlement money to the Frontera Fund.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio was responsible for the arrests of Lacy and Larkin. They reported findings that the Sheriff worked to incite a Grand Jury to force the release of the names of people writing and reporting the news. The sheriff tried to get the names and locations of the people reading the articles posted online as well. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase and Michael Larcey | Twitter
The Phoenix New Times reported on the rampant abuse both in management and financially within Sherrif Arpaio’s office. The sheriff took issue with this and tried to force a Grand Jury to name the reporters and reveal the writers. This is in direct violation of the constitution.
Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin were held for 24 hours after their arrest. The charges were later dropped. In 2012 on laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org website reported that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals wrote, “It is hard to conceive of a more direct assault on the First Amendment than public officials ordering the immediate arrests of their critics. And, in this case, there was nothing subtle about their efforts to stifle the New Times.”
Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin sued after the arrest and have won $3.75 million. They have earmarked that money to go to the Frontera Fund.
This fund supports areas such as civil rights, human rights, and the rights of migrants. The fund also helps promote community participation and freedom of speech for everyone. They also help fund other non-profit organizations that help advocate for Hispanic civil and human rights.
On the website, laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org Jim Larkin says, “I grew up in Arizona. I was taught from an early age that one must give a hand to those of us less fortunate in life”
Larkin goes on to say, “I cannot think of a more deserving group than those Mexican immigrants who brave unimaginable peril in the desert to travel to Arizona for work and economic opportunity.”
In that same article on laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org Michael Lacy says, “I think the people of Arizona are better than this. Of course, Jim and I stand with migrants. We are all Migrants.”
Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin have fought for the rights of migrants for years before this incident and the lawsuit. They have been supporters of civil and human rights for Hispanics for many years as well. They are both paying it forward in a literal way by donating the award to the Frontera Fund. Thousands of people will benefit from this donation and the Frontera Fund.