Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin are the co-founders of the Phoenix News Times and Village Voice Media. It has just been announced that they will dedicate the money from the lawsuit of their arrest by Sherriff Joe Arpaio to a fund that will help further the rights of future migrants into the US. That is a slap in the face to the Sherriff who strongly opposes much of the migration happening into the US these days. This settlement totals $3.75 million from their arrest on October 18th, 2007.
Lacey & Larkin are using the money to fund their own foundation the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund with the money, which was founded after their own arrest. Their idea is to fund the civil rights of minority migrants that are entering the US. After feeling what it was like to have their rights infringed upon by the law enforcement the two journalists vowed to start a fund to ensure that migrants never felt the same way they felt on that day when they were arrested.
The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund support various foundations that already exist with their funding including the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, Aliento, the Arizona Justice Project, the American Immigration Council, and the Justice for Immigrations & Families Project to name a few. Their funding helps press the rights of immigrants coming into the US whether they are here legally or not.
The Lacey & Larking Frontera Fund have also pushed back against President Donald J. Trump’s policies which they view anti-immigrant. They have seen some progress in many cases including the Tuscon and Pima Counties officially denouncing the Border Wall that the President wants to build along the border with Mexico.
Another win came when a local Environmental Organization moved to sue the President over the wall due to the environmental effects of constructing something so massive. The Arizona State University has recently moved to provide DACA members with safe spaces believing they need those to feel more safe and secure while studying at their university. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/
Hunger strikes have even broken out in places far away as Texas to protest the President’s anti-immigrant, anti-American desire to ban sanctuary cities. The foundation touts all of these as resistance to the President’s agenda and encourages more people to take a stand for something that matters very dearly to both Mike Lacey and Larkin.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are further willing to support any agency that speaks out for things that they view as human, civil, and migrant rights including hate speech, hate crimes, and/or acts that others perform to “pressure” migrants to leave the US. Previously, both of these journalists had spent their entire career defending the First Amendment. Ultimately, they prevailed in the US 9th Circuit Court defending that amendment that they spent so long defending. Both men vow to continue to fight until migrants are treated fairly and especially long as President Trump keeps pushing such “anti-migrant” policies in the US.