Larkin and Lacey

While many may have seen Donald Trump’s pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio as an act of mercy, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin call it a result of Arpaio’s political prowess. In the Melendres v. Arpaio class action suit, the Sheriff was found guilty of racial profiling and was told to make reforms to his jail.

However, he failed to make the necessary changes and was consequently found in contempt of court, facing at least 6 months of jail time that he inevitably would never serve due to his pardon.

In the case of Arpaio racial profiling was not an isolated incident. In fact, it was only one piece of a very complicated and twisted puzzle. Larkin and Lacey were co-owners of the Pheonix New Times and seemingly never found an end to the corruption taking place in Maricopa County.

The unprecedented amount of suicides and wrongful deaths that took place in the jail was indicative of how desperate things had become. Prisoners were forced to eat rotten food, give birth while shackled to their beds and were deprived of medications. But even still Arpaio seemed proud of the ship that he was running. In fact, when the jail became overcrowded one summer, he set up a tent in the 135-degree weather and dubbed it “Tent City.”

The New Times was one of few sources willing to call the Sheriff out on his abuse of power. And this was no small feat considering the vengeance that he would impose upon those who stood in his way. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Angel.co

The publication was very bothersome to Arpaio as evidenced by his banning it from all press conferences and threatening its reporters with jail time.

And it’s this annoyance that prompted the Sheriff to take action against the publication when they published his personal address in an article. Arpaio stressed that it was a threat to his safety and was considered a felony.

So he attempted to have the reporter prosecuted. However, on the day of the trial, Larkin and Lacey published an article that detailed the subpoena and expressed the injustice of the matter. Sheriff Arpaio deemed the publication of the subpoena illegal and had the two arrested.

Larkin and Lacey were no strangers to injustice of this kind. They had started their University of Arizona campus paper due to their anger over the Kent State killings. They were used to creating headlines.

However, they may have never suspected that they would end up in the headlines of major publications such as the Washington Post and the New York Times. When the public heard the details of their case, they were outraged. And the Maricopa County attorney was pressured to release them and close the case.

Larkin and Lacey received a $3.75 million dollar settlement which they used to fund organizations in Arizona who work for migrant-rights.

They no longer own the New Times, however, their newest website focuses on things that impede free speech and the First Amendment–they call it the Front Page Confidential.

How the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund Supports Hispanic Youths in the United States

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is one of the United States-based organizations that are committed to offering financial aid to immigrant and human rights activists. The group is located in Arizona and was co-founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.

These individuals are well-known journalists, and they are co-owners of the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. In 2007, Larkin and Lacey were illegally arrested by the Maricopa County’s former sheriff, Joe Arpaio, for writing stories that revealed his corrupt operations. They sued the county government, and they were offered a $3.75 million settlement. The money was used in establishing Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund to ensure that all immigrants in Arizona had a better life.

Aliento is an organization that is led by undocumented youths and is dedicated to improving the community by using art and advocacy. It is currently striving to fight for the right of DACA-eligible persons who live in Arizona. The charity foundation is committed to protecting DACA program in the state and other parts of the country.

Its mission is to empower Arizonans who are DACA-eligible through pro-educational programs, healing, leadership training, and issues that deal with DACA and deportation. It plans to organize retreats in two states this year to assemble and train advocates and beneficiaries of the DACA program. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Micheal Lacey:  http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey

The foundation will work with DREAMers during the training to enable Hispanic youths to be on the frontline in pressuring politicians to protect young immigrants and their families. The campaigns are also dedicated to motivating schools, businesses, and churches in supporting DREAMers.

According to the founder of Aliento, Reyna Montoya, DACA beneficiaries are not guaranteed protection in the Trump Administration. The organization is committed to working with undocumented youths to be ready to protect their rights, fight for the community, and ensure that they recognize each other.

More than one million DACA and undocumented individuals have been striving to combat threats that face their future in the United States since Donald Trump became president. Trump could end the DACA program, and this would lead to the deportation of several people.

DREAMers have been unable to access driver’s licenses and education in the state due to various legislations that have been passed to target them. Only 7 percent of undocumented youth have been able to access higher learning due to the obstacles that have been set.

Another organization that Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund supports is Fundación México. The foundation is located in southern Arizona, and it is committed to offering academic grants and scholarships to bright “Dreamers” who emigrated from Mexico. The organization recognizes that problems of young immigrants who crossed the border without having papers when they were still children. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

The individuals currently live in the United States and are committed to supporting the country, but they face financial problems when pursuing higher education. The laws of Arizona demand that Dreamers should pay high tuition fees, which cannot be afforded by low-income families. The Dreamers are also denied the right to access scholarships or any sponsorships from public funds.