On the evening of Oct. 18, 2017, Village Voice media executives Mike Lacy and Jim Larkin were arrested by armed Maricopa County Sheriff’s Deputies. The deputies, part of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “Selective Enforcement Unit,” forcibly removed the men from their homes in handcuffs and placed in black SUVs with dark tint and Mexican license plates. They were later booked separately at different Arpaio jails.
It was later revealed that Arpaio instigated the arrests after he became outraged that the Phoenix New Times had uncovered many of his misdeeds. The newspaper reported on how the self-dubbed “America’s Toughest Sheriff” anti-Mexican fear mongering in Arizona.
While some publications routinely ignored Arpaio and likened him to the benign crazy uncle who shows up for Thanksgiving, Phoenix New Times reported on the sheriff’s office rampant financial irregularities and mismanagement; on retaliatory actions against anyone who challenged his authority; mistreatment and deaths inside his jails; racial profiling and unlawful detaining of Latinos and substandard health conditions.
The crime Lacey and Larkin committed in Arpaio’s eyesight was penning a cover story in Phonix New Times outlining how the sheriff’s allies at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office violated the Constitution by issuing grand jury subpoenas seeking information about newspaper writers, readers and editors. Instead of cooperating, Lacey and Larkin wrote an expose about it.
After they were arrested, a national outcry ensued. Both Larkin and Lacey were released within 24 hours and the charges dropped.
Lacey and Larkin’s illegal detention became the center of a First Amendment court battle. In a 2012 ruling, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals stated that there was a direct assault on the First Amendment and public officials had every intention of stiffing the New times.
The court also ruled that the subpoenas were actually invalid because regular legal procedures were not followed. Both men were also arrested without probable cause.
In 2013, Lacey and Larkin received a settlement of $3.7 million.
Lacey and Larkin used the money for the Frontera Fund, an initiative that helps individuals in the Hispanic community fight racism and civil rights abuses in Arizona.
The funds were quietly distributed during the 2014 Arizona midterm elections.
“Sheriff Joe Arpaio has demonized the Hispanic community in this state for years,” said Lacey. “I think the people in the state of Arizona are better than this.”
Lacey and Larkin Assist the Victims of Joe Arpaio
Joe Arpaio was convicted of contempt of court in the Summer of July 2017, but was pardoned by President Trump.
This has left the victims of Arpaio distraught and furious. Even though the victims were denied justice by President Trump, they aren’t completely without a voice.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, who are also victims of Arpaio, created The Frontera Fund. By using the fund, Lacey and Larkin intend to assist all of the people hurt by Arpaio during his time as sheriff of Maricopa County. The Frontera Fund specializes in assisting the Hispanic community. Lacey and Larkin accomplish this by donating time and cash to charities such as 1070, Aliento, Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, and many more.
With the money they were awarded from the illegal arrest perpetrated by Arpaio, they also created a new newspaper. As the former owners of The Phoenix New Times, they have an extensive history in the publication industry. Their new paper Front Page Confidential is a politically focused paper that educates its readers on the subject of political corruption. Content in their paper consists of not only Joe Arpaio but other instances of individuals abusing their political power.
By using their two new organizations they intend to keep Arpaio out of public office.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Aren’t Finished with Arpaio yet
When Joe Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt of court, people all over the country believed that he was heading to prison. Thanks to President Donald Trump, Arpaio will never see a day in jail. Trump offered him a pardon and Arpaio latched onto his last hope for freedom.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, a couple of Joe Arpaio’s victims, vow to not take Arpaio and Trump’s actions in stride.
Over a decade ago, Arpaio sent his officers to arrest Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, two journalists at the Phoenix New Times. Arpaio didn’t like the content that was being written about him in the paper, so he decided to illegally arrest the people who are responsible for the pieces. Joe Arpaio didn’t care that he was violating their first amendment right, just like he didn’t care that he was violating the civil rights of the rest of his victims.
The arrest led to a very large cash settlement in favor of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Instead of splitting the cash and retiring, the journalists created a charity and a newspaper.
The Frontera Fund is a supporter of a wide variety of charities in Arizona. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin provide fund for such charities as The Flornece Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Cultural Coalition, Center for Neighborhood Leadership, and Can The Border Divide Us? As you can see the primary goal of the Frontera Fund is to provide resources for the immigrants of the United States.
Front Page Confidential was the other organization created by Lacey and Larkin. It is a newspaper that publishes articles about corrupt politicians who commit traitorous acts against their own people.
In a recent article, Front Page Confidential exposes Orrin Hatch’s attempt to silence students by removed “Free Speech Zones” at universities.
The paper is also making an effort to make sure that Joe Arpaio isn’t successful in his attempted Senate run.
The struggle to get the universal human rights implemented have been going on for decades now. Despite the United Nations passing the human rights charter in 1947, the charter is still far away from being obeyed by pope of all walks of life. There are numerous cases of human rights violations that are still happening all over the world. Human rights have not been fully achieved as they should be.
Human rights had been passed with the intention of reclaiming back the human dignity after the mass killings that were witnessed after the world war one and two. There was an urgent need for the humanity to be saved from senseless killings. This is what led to the united charter on human rights. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn
According to the charter, every human being is protected by law from acts of discrimination. This is something that have been established by law and should therefore be obeyed by all.
Human rights are also incorporated as part of the constitution. In a world where acts such as racial discrimination are still to be eliminated, there have been numerous cases of people who have been discriminating immigrants in their countries for no good reason.
Being an immigrant does not mean that one is illegally in the county. After all even if they are illegally in the country, the law should be used in the right manner. It is not the responsibility of any citizen to take law into their own hands.
Every member of the society is protected by the human rights charter and therefore even an illegal migrant they should be handled in a human way that respects their rights. For many years, undocumented workers in many states across the United States have been a target for human discrimination. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/
They have been discriminated by being put through laws that do not respect their rights as human being. They have been treated as slaves by being put through working conditions that are obviously inhumane and consequently against the human rights. The move is wrong and should be eliminated from the face of the earth as quickly as possible.
About Lacey and Larkin foundation
This is a foundation that has been operating in the state of Arizona. It was established with the sole purpose of making the work of other human rights organizations easy. Theirs is to help them through financing.
It was started by two journalist, Michael lacey and Jim Larkin. Lacey and Larkin have a passion for helping people. They have committed $3.75 million to go towards human rights protection campaigns. The money is disbursed to right groups that are actively fighting the cases of human rights abuse.
Lacey and Larkin have always been activists for human freedom but their zeal was reinforced when the state arrested them for publishing s story about a court jury decision. They were arrested forcefully phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
They protested the matter by initiating legal proceedings against the state. The court of appeals granted them a settlement of $3.75 million for the trauma and losses they went through during the time of arrest and detention.
Working in the 19th century was a brutal endeavor where long hours were rewarded with a small salary that kept many hardworking people in poverty. Thanks to the actions and sacrifice of one man, today millions of people are able to enjoy a living wage and safer working conditions. That man, Jim Larkin, is the model by which today’s labor activists use to help working people earn a better life.
Jim Larkin was born on January 28, 1874, in Liverpool, England. Labor laws, at the time of the late 19th century, were seemingly non-existent. Children could work long hours and barely have enough to feed themselves by the end of the day.
Man and women worked in dangerous conditions that often lead to injury or, in some cases, death. Mr. Larkin began his carer as a laborer and later a foreman. In these jobs, Mr. Larkin would have first-hand experience in the horrid conditions of the average laborer.
As a socialist and labor activists, Mr. Larkin joined the National Union of Dock Labourers and later became a full-time trade union organizer in Liverpool. Jim Larkin’s approach was to launch full-scale strikes.
At the time, union leaders thought that Mr. Larkin’s methods were too extreme and transferred him to Dublin. The union bosses thought that this would mute Jim Larkin’s activities. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In 1907, Jim Larkin arrived in Dublin and quickly created the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union. From there, Mr. Larkin realized his goal of uniting all Irish workers and created the Irish Labour Party. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/books/the-definitive-biography-of-big-jim-larkin-372254.html
This organization of all Irish laborers leads to the 1913 Dublin lockout which involved over 100,000 workers. The strike went on for eight months eventually leading to the workers winning the right to fair employment.
Today Jim Larkin is known as one of the heroes of workers around the world. Everyone who has ever worked for an employer owes a debt to this Liverpool laborer who made great sacrifices on behalf of workers around the world.
Joe Arpaio was the sheriff of Phoenix, Arizona. He was a corrupt sheriff and he tried to make people do things he wanted by throwing his power around. He was doing things that were completely illegal, but he didn’t care. He just wanted to get his way and would do anything he could to ensure he was making things hard on people. He was especially cruel to people who were trying to come to Arizona. He knew things would be hard for them, but he tried his best to make everything even harder when he was working on different things.
Larkin and Lacey saw everything Joe Arpaio was doing. They wanted to put a stop to it, but they knew they would need to call him out on the things he was doing if they were going to do that. They spent months gathering information and putting a story together. Then, the published it. They had a successful Internet publication they used to publish the story on so they were confident many people would see it. When they made the choice to publish the story about Joe Arpaio, they had no idea it would blow up in the way it did after they had started the publication.
The men published the story, and Joe Arpaio was not happy. In fact, they had done something bad enough he tried to arrest them and charge them with a false crime. This, of course, was illegal, but it was something Joe Arpaio was used to doing so he did it without any type of idea as to what the consequences would be. The arrest was the first part of his downfall. It would eventually lead to him getting in trouble and the men getting a huge settlement from him.
Once they fought the charges he was trying to stick on them, they realized they were going to win. They accepted his offer to settle out of court for three million dollars. They used the money they won and put it back into the cause they were supportive of. Since they were activists, they wanted to use the money to start their own organization. They are now running the Frontera Fund and helping other people who have been charged with crimes they simply didn’t commit. It is what they wanted to do for a long time, and the arrest gave them a chance to actually do it.
Lacey and Larkin Provide Assistance to Victims of Joe Arpaio
In 2007, Joe Arpaio ordered his deputies to act out the illegal arrest of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the co-owners of The Phoenix New Times. Arpaio violated their first amendment rights when he ordered his men to arrest the two for material they published in their paper.
In 2013, Lacey and Larkin finally put their issues with Arpaio to rest by receiving a near 4 million dollar settlement, or so everyone thought.
Lacey and Larkin refuse to put Arpaio behind them, in fact they are working harder than ever to make sure that Arpaio is never able to violate another person’s constitutional rights again.
Instead of retiring and enjoying life, they have decided to create two new organizations to focus on revealing corrupt politicians for what they are.
Front Page Confidential, is the publication they created to replace Phoenix New Times, after they sold it. Their new paper puts all of their focus on combating corrupt politicians who aim to violate a person’s civil rights. Their intention is to prevent social injustices like those perpetrated by Arpaio from ever being committed to anyone else.
The other organization they have formed is called The Frontera Fund. Their new fundraiser works in collaboration with other charities to work towards providing greater quality of life to Hispanic residents and immigrants in Arizona State.
After seeing the pain that Arpaio has caused for the Hispanic community, Lacey and Larkin want to come up with a solution that corrects the wrongs Arpaio has committed.