On October 18, 2007, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested by the Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The two were arrested for making public the grand jury proceeding. Lacey and Larkin are residents of Phoenix Arizona. Both journalists are talented in producing content and writing about issues affecting the community. One of the stories that they featured was Joe Arpaio. Arpaio is a tough sheriff and was behind various arrests of different people who believed were illegal immigrants. Joe Arpaio was targeting the Hispanic Community. Through these actions, Arpaio made headlines and caught the attention of Lacey and Larkin. The two journalists published an article that highlighted the activities of Joe Arpaio. This is what led to their arrest. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase After their arrest, the two were jailed. Due to insufficient evidence, Lacey and Larkin were released after forty-eight hours and given a $3.75 million settlement. The two exceptional journalists used the settlement to found the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is an organization that supports the minority groups in the United States of America. The fund fights against racial discrimination. Racial discrimination has been present in the United States in since the 18th century. Despite the huge strides that have been taken to fight it, racial discrimination is still present in the society. Lacey and Larkin’s fund has been safeguarding the interests of all the minority communities. Lacey and Larkin motivation to form their organization was to ensure that wrongful imprisonment of people does not happen again. Other organizations The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund works with other organizations in a bid to end discrimination of immigrants and other minority groups. One of those organizations is the Justice for Immigrants and Families Projects. The projects are geared to promote access to justice for these groups. The organization represents the immigrants during the case proceeding by providing them with legal representation. They also provide self-help studies to the groups. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/ Another significant organization is the American Immigration Council. This is a Non-profit organization in the United States. The organization works to shape the immigrant history and how the American citizens feel about the immigrants. They have achieved this through education and exchange programs. The organization also teaches citizens about the immigrant’s history and their contribution to the American economy and culture. ‘Justice that Works’ organization measures the success and the impact that Justice has on people’s lives. They ensure that all persons receive the justice they deserve. Lacey and Larkin have also partnered with the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona of Arizona. The organization, founded in 1959 has challenged the unconstitutional laws that exist in Arizona targeting minorities.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin pay back Maricopa County Residents with Philanthropy
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were awarded almost four million dollars from an incident involving Maricopa County’s corrupt former sheriff. Lacey and Larkin are putting this money to good use with Front Page Confidential and The Frontera Fund. The settlement was awarded in 2013 – six years after their illegal arrest.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were conducting business as most journalists do. If they see something unjust happening in their local community, they report on it. Joe Arpaio had been running rampant in Maricopa County for years; his path of destruction is well published in both local papers and larger national publications. In 2007, he arrested Michael Lacey, Jim Larkin and Manuel Ortega Melendres. Melendres was arrested for no reason other than his ethnicity; Lacey and Larkin were arrested for their investigative efforts into Joe Arpaio and his illegal activities.
Melendres’ 70 million dollar settlement makes the journalists’ 3.75 look like pocket change. Joe Arpaio has cost the citizens of Maricopa County a fortune because of his frivolous police activities.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are doing their part to pay back Maricopa County residents. At the helm of The Frontera Fund, they support a large variety of different charities in and around Arizona. The Frontera Fund has assisted the ACLU, Can The Border Divide Us?, Aliento, and many more.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are making sure corrupt politicians such as Joe Arpaio aren’t easily elected to office. They are using Front Page Confidential as a medium to inform the population about the actions of individuals that are not worthy of holding office.