Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are renowned Arizona-based journalists who have been fighting for the rights of Hispanic immigrants in the United States for many years. They own Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times, which are trusted news outlets.
In the past, the journalists wrote several stories about how the then sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio, abused his power by harassing Mexican immigrants across the state. The stories made the sheriff order for their arrest in October 2007. The detention of Michael and Jim was illegal since the sheriff department did not have a valid warrant.
They filed a lawsuit against the Joe Arpaio and his deputies for violating their rights. In 2013, they were awarded a settlement fee of $3.75 million, and they used it in founding the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. They have been using the charity organization to fund groups and individuals who advocate for civil, human, and immigrant rights. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/
The foundation is a benefactor of the Aliento, which is an organization that was established by undocumented youths who live in Arizona. It has been using art and campaigns in improving the lives of the Hispanic community.
The group has also been striving to protect the Arizona-based immigrants who are under the DACA programs. It is committed to defending the DACA plan in Arizona and other American states.
Aliento empowers DACA-eligible individuals by addressing issues that are based on immigration, providing leadership training, healing, and pro-educational programs. It is currently planning for a retreat that will be held in two states to inform beneficiaries and activist of the DACA program about their rights.
Aliento is committed to working with DREAMers to make sure that young people are encouraged to make sure that immigrant children and their families are supported by politicians. It has also been motivating Arizona-based schools, businesses, and churches to support the dreams of the Hispanic youths.
Reyna Montoya, who is Aliento’s founder, believes that the Trump administration has been harsh to immigrants and DACA beneficiaries are no longer assured of their future in the United States.
The policies of President Trump have made more than one million DACA-eligible and undocumented youths to fights for their rights in the United States. The government may decide to close the DACA program, and therefore, many immigrants will be deported.
Arizona also has several laws that target undocumented immigrants by denying them the chance to have driving licenses and also join higher learning institutions. Because of this legislations, only 7 percent of the undocumented Mexican immigrants have joined U.S colleges and universities. Read more: Phoenix New Time and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
Fundación México also receives donations from the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The main offices of the organization are located in southern Arizona. Fundación México is devoted to providing private scholarships to DACA-eligible youths who excel academically.
The high tuition fee that has been set for undocumented individuals in Arizona has made it difficult for them to join higher learning institutions. These people are also blocked from being beneficiaries of public funds. Immigrants have had to set up private scholarship programs to support their children.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin – New Philanthropists for Civil Rights
When Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin decided to pursue a career as journalist, they knew that one day they may have to battle political opponents. This was always the type of journalism they had in mind, even dating back to college, where they created a newsletter to combat the school’s own conservative publication.
It wasn’t long until they dropped out of college to chance their success in the real newspaper industry. Jim Larkin landed a job at The Phoenix New Times and it wasn’t long until he, alongside Michael Lacey, purchased the paper. As owners of The Phoenix New Times they began to pursue Joe Arpaio, the Sheriff of Maricopa County.
Even before Lacey and Larkin focused their writing on Arpaio, the sheriff’s immoral actions were already well-known locally. In 1993, Arpaio opened Tent City, a facility that he described as a concentration camp. Reports of beatings and torture circulated through local sources.
While investing Arpaio’s assets, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin caught the sheriff’s attention. Eventually, Arpaio subpoenaed the newspaper for information about its editors, writers, and readers. Lacey and Larkin decided to publish the contents of the subpoena in their paper. That’s when Arpaio sent in his officers to make the arrest.
After years of civil litigation, Lacey and Larkin were awarded nearly 4 million dollars.
They have decided to put the cash to good use by creating a new publication and donating to charity.
Front Page Confidential was created to replace Phoenix New Times, which Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin sold. Their new publication is a more focused paper. The goal-oriented Front Page Confidential publishes strictly material that could be categorized as politically motivated. It publishes material of such subjects as civil rights, migrant rights, and political corruption.
Lacey and Larkin have also become quite the philanthropists through their new foundation called The Frontera Fund. They assist wide range of different charities in Arizona and surrounding states.