Frontera Fund was founded because of Joe Arpaio
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.