When it comes to battling the forces of what you believe inhibit freedom and justice for all, the old saying is that “the pen is mightier than the sword.” Journalists Jim Larkin and Michael Lacy have lived by this saying and have been serving for a long time as voices of dissenters and more recently as advocates for fair immigration laws.
Larkin and Lacey understand just how difficult life is for the many Latino families who pour across the nation’s border each year, and at their publication and charity company the Frontera Fund, they put out articles and raise money to help needy immigrant families.
One of Lark and Lacey’s biggest foes has been former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio who was recently voted out by county residents in the 2016 elections. After losing that election, many people who felt Arpaio ruled the county with an iron fist thought they may have seen the last of him when the news became that Arpaio may be heading to the very jail that he detained both legal and illegal immigrants in.
But they became disappointed when it was announced that President Trump would pardon him. Yet it’s not deterred Larkin and Lacey From now seeking to undo the former Sheriff’s actions through their activism.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacy both have a long history in journalism dating all the way back to the 1960s during the Vietnam War.
It was a cartoon that was published in a Phoenix newspaper portraying a protester in a bad light that had Michael Lacey, a then Arizona State University student upset and wanting the real stories to be made known about student activists. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/
It wasn’t long after that he started having them published in a small paper under Village Voice Media, a media company that’s been the parent to the Phoenix New Times and other editions published in other cities. Jim Larkin soon joined Lacey and the two started building a large newspaper conglomerate over the years.
The Phoenix New Times has been Larkin and Lacey’s chief Village Voice Media production, but there’s been a lot of similar editions that have been started in other major cities across the US. The two executives have had quite a few known journalists working under them including Enron scandal author Peter Elkind, and proverbial ESPN and now Fox Sports columnist Skip Bayless.
It was in the mid-2000s that Larkin and Lacey began focusing on immigration issues and particularly called out Sheriff Arpaio for his search and seizure tactics. It wasn’t long though until they themselves were searched and seized without warrants by Arpaio’s deputies, and when the public heard about it they caused such a backlash that Arpaio released the two men instantly.
It wasn’t long after that the two men decided to file a lawsuit against Arpaio in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which awarded them $3.75 million in damages. It was that money that was used to start the Frontera Fund which has taken off since it