Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin new each other since the early 1970s. Both of them had business ideas, and consequently, they teamed up in 1972 to form Phoenix New Times that covered news mostly on social and political issues.
The extensive coverage of problems faced by the Latino made this newspaper to become more popular than any other. The paper revealed how Maricopa county attorney’s office made a discriminative ruling against the Latinos and immigrants. The sheriffs never followed the evidence tabled before them, but they made conclusions on individuals basing on their race and origins.
On October 18, 2007, Lacey and Larkin got arrest at their homes after Phoenix New Times revealed the intention of grand jury subpoenas that had already targeted their papers writers and editors. People perceived this as an insult to the American constitution. Joel Arpaio, a sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona pioneered the arrest. Learn more about Lacey and Larkin: http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/ and http://www.phillypurge.com/2017/06/23/jim-larkin-michael-lacey-make-the-list-of-civil-rights-protectors/
Consequently, people demonstrated against the ruling, and the judge dropped the charges within 24 hours. The court invalidated subpoenas served by Grand Jury to Larkin and Lacey. Their arrest was unlawful. Joel Arpaio rulings oppressed the immigrants, and he violated the rights of Latinos and immigrants groups.
He jailed people regarding their race, and whoever he suspected entered the country illegally. He detained them without consulting immigration officials. His false judgments towards Latinos made to and an end of the grand-jury inquiry.
Larkin and Lacey went to court to seek their rights. The court found Maricopa county sheriffs violating their rights, and they got the settlement worthy $ 3.7 million in 2013. They used this amount of money to start the Frontera Fund.
The money helped the Hispanics primarily from the state of Arizona to gun up against the discrimination and legal abuse in the country. Many community organizations got a lot of support from this money provided that their primary motive was to change the lives of Hispanics.
These community organizations settled after receiving these funds, and they got more energy and bravely to advocate for Hispanic civil rights.
The Frontera Fund financed the first amendment right of Arizona residence, and that was the backbone for the fight for the civil rights of the people of Hispanics. The fund also financed the organization such as ACLU of Arizona. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
The journalist also uses the money to improve the lives of residents from Arizona by giving them relevant information without fear. The journalist can now discuss the variety of issues in Arizona without the fear of arrest and intimidations from the county sheriffs.
The newspaper reader got impressed by the work of Lacey and Larkin since they can understand the wrong judgment that county sheriffs made the innocent citizens.
Larkin and Lacey created a newspaper that purposed on educating the readers on corrupt and inhuman people like Arpaio. They are working very hard to correct the mistakes and damages caused by the former Maricopa County sheriff.
The two individuals worked around the clock to bring light to the Arizona citizens about their right. The also facilitated the stop of oppression from corrupt leaders like Arpaio.