**UPDATE FEBRUARY 23rd 2017**
Sometimes We Miss A Lot By Watching The News
This Revolution Wasn’t Televised
It’s best that you don’t turn on your T.V. if you want to realize the truth of our society. There’s a challenge in the American nation that continues to reveal itself through police brutality and the violence instigated by our own citizens. These forces are moving with tremendous power and taking lives in large numbers. This conflict has been ongoing and unprecedented.
The voice of Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin remind us of these issues in our nation. There’s a transformation to come, but we must first listen to the messages of those affected the most. The writers we mention have a story to tell, and it begins with an unfortunate night when they were arrested within their own homes through false charges.
Who Are Michael Lacey And Jim Larkin?
Larkin and Lacey are accomplished journalists who’ve dedicated their writing to cover the violent issues of American society. They were illegally arrested in an officer’s attempt to cover up the corruption and abuse of his workforce. The arrest that police attempted was reversed within 24 hours. This led to Mike and Jim pursuing a lawsuit against Maricopa county, Arizona.
The specific charges were against Sheriff Joe Arpaio who was pardoned by the president of the United States. This pardon was a shock to the entire country. It came after the exposure of the officer’s conduct and after the world came to realize his abuse of power. The writers are no longer being threatened and pursued, but they feel a great injustice has been made.
They continue to speak out about the pardon of Sheriff Arpaio in hopes that people will take notice.
Modern American Icons
The voice of these journalist rise within American society and give inspiration to many who’re facing the challenges of a violent nation. The justice they eventually received came in the form of a $3.2 million dollar settlement with the U.S. government of Maricopa county. There is at least some closure to this conflict and a happier ending then prison time.
The time being spent by Larkin and Lacey today is with a new non-profit. The agency formed is the “Frontera Fund.” Arizona is unique in having a high population of latinos. The abuse these minorities have faced leads Lacey and Larkin to direct their compensation money to an agency that works for solutions with border and immigration challenges.
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**UPDATE JULY 11th 2017**
Lacey & Larkin and Other Civil, Human and Immigrants’ Rights Groups
Under the US constitution, everyone living in the US have a right to equal protection under the law. However, this is not always the case. Minority groups, especially immigrants, tend to be discriminated and put under deplorable conditions should they bring any complaints forth. For Example, in Arizona, immigrants and their families are stored in a warehouse, where conditions are so inhumane, as they wait for hearing of their cases. They are treated this way because they are not a majority, hence have no voice. Also, most of them have no money to hire lawyers to represent them, even when they have viable cases.
Luckily, there are some organizations that have dedicated time and funds to voicing the needs and rights of immigrants. These civil, human and immigrants’ rights groups educate, advocate and conduct research on human and civil rights for the immigrants. They are the reason why more immigrants can today boast of living in a just community. Here is a list of some of the most influential civil, human and immigrants’ rights groups.
Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund was established by two human rights activists, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. The two are founding partners of the Village Voice and Phoenix New Times Newspaper. They started the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund with the $3.75 million that they had received as settlement money for a case that they had won. The duo had been arrested in the middle of the night, at their homes.
The arrest was led by Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County Sheriff, following the publishing of his home address on the Phoenix New Times Newspaper. However, the jury on their case found them innocent as their first amendment rights of right to free speech, had been violated. They were released on a judgment of false arrest and were compensated with $3.75 million.
Lacey and Larkin used this money to start the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund. The aim of this non-profit organization is to fund organizations that advocate for human, civil, and immigrant’s rights. The foundation recently donated $2 million to the Arizona State University. This money is to be used to fund a project where students write in Spanish and English about the various issues that immigrants face. The money will also be used to support the Lacey & Larkin Chair.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
ACLU is a reputable organizations that advocates for civil rights. The organization concentrates on helping those who have been affected from the violation of their constitutional rights. The foundation has an Immigrants’ Rights Project, which helps to ensure fair trials of immigrants, helping immigrants to access job permits and enabling them to attend schools.
The National Network of Immigrants and Refugee Rights (NNIRR)
NNIRR was founded in the year 1986 and has since been working to ensure that immigrants and refugee rights are not violated. They work by building immigrant communities and empowering them to fight for their social and civil rights.
There are many ways that people can help with civil rights but Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin know that the best ways to be able to help people is through the opportunities that they have to make things better. It is something that has allowed the men the chance to make a difference in the world that they live in and to provide opportunities to people who have never had the chance to have a better life before.
Thanks to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, people are now able to get more out of the opportunities that they have and they actually have a lot less to worry about when it comes to the options that they have. For Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, this is something that has made it easier for everyone to get what they need out of different situations that they are in.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin know what they are doing when it comes to helping people out. They first made the choice to help people out with their reporting and journalism skills.
They reported on things that were wrong and they also did what they could to show people that they could get more out of their lives each time that they made the decision to do something new.
Larkin and Lacey even reported on their own sheriff’s office. While this came with some problems that they had to deal with, Larkin and Lacey knew that it was something that would make things better for everyone.
Despite the fact that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had their own civil rights issues to contend with, they worked to make sure that they were helping out other people, too. This meant that they were able to do what they could to help themselves and then help others as well.
They wanted to show people that they could do more and that they would be able to get more out of life if they had the right type of help. Larkin and Lacey used the Frontera Fund to be able to show people the differences in the opportunities that they had for success with their own issues.
When it came time for Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey to be able to get what they wanted out of different situations, they knew what they were going to do. For Larkin and Lacey, they chose to make sure that they were helping other people out.
When they won their own civil rights case, they decided to use the money from that to start the fund that they were planning on doing. The Frontera Fund was born from this and allowed them to help many more people out with civil rights issues.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Return to the Limelight with Front Page Confidential
Despite retiring in 2012 with the sale of their nation-wide conglomerate Village Voice Media, founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have kept themselves quite busy. For one thing they were on one side of a legal battle for five years. The battle being referred to is the wrongful arrest case they filed for their unceremonious and scandalous 2007 arrest. For another thing they have been using the payout from that lawsuit, which they won by the way, to finance the Frontera Fund. The fund allocates money from the settlement to support organization that stand for migrant rights, specifically for the Latino community in Arizona. Migrant rights are a big issue there and have been for decades, ever since Sheriff Joe Arpaio was called on the carpet for his questionable tactics. It was Lacey and Larkin who called him out, using alternative weekly Phoenix New Times, which they also founded, to do it. The feud they stared ended with their arrest by Arpaio, but now it looks like the fun will begin again.
Earlier this year Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin created Front Page Confidential, a counterculture site dedicated to free speech and the First Amendment. The site, much like the New Times, will feature lively articles and long-form investigative journalism. True to form it has an entire sub-category dedicated to Arpaio, who lucky enough just started a Senate run. Lacey and Larkin will maintain the site as publishers while they continue their work with Frontera. In any case they are quite busy, and Arpaio’s run for Senate will only make them busier.