Lacey & Larkin: Fighting for a Cause

There are countless organizations fighting for countless causes. It seems like every week a new cause arises and people follow an enthusiastic leader. For Hispanic emigrants trying to enter the United States, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are their leaders. Lacey and Larkin involvement with the movement increased after their arrest.

Most news stories these days involve people being mistreated by the government. Federal abuse toward emigrants is nothing new, but law enforcement targeting reporters is. Usually, law enforcement ignores reporters, but for Lacey and Larkin that was not the case.

In October of 2007, Sheriff Joe Arpaio led an assault against Lacey and Larkin in the middle of the night. They were arrested and imprisoned because they were writing stories about the lawman and his activities. Sheriff Arpaio also demanded that New Times turn over all notes they had about him. He also wanted the names of anyone who’d read any of the stories about him.

Luckily, none of Sheriff Arpaio’s actions went unpunished. Immediately, the two filed a lawsuit against Maricopa County and eventually won. Now, nearly a decade later, the two have their justice and Sheriff Arpaio is in the spotlight, which is his worst nightmare.

On top of defeating Sheriff Arpaio, the two men also used their settlement to start the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The fund’s money goes toward financial helping several different migrant rights groups as well as free speech coalitions.

Michael Lacey grew up in Newark, New Jersey. In the late 60s, he moved out west and attended Arizona State University. He didn’t finish college, but he did get into writing about political issues from the other side of political conversations. In the 70s, he helped write about campus antiwar protests.

That first paper launched Lacey’s career in the publishing business. Eventually, he took over Phoenix New Times as executive editor. He also linked up with Jim Larkin. Together, they began growing a multimillion-dollar media conglomerate consisting of 17 like-minded publications.

Lacey is the leader of the two, but Jim Larkin is the energy. Like Lacey, Larkin also dropped out of Arizona State in favor of starting his career. The two led New Times to greater heights than anyone expected. They began buying other papers and expanding their borders. Eventually, they became Village Voice. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/

Over the years, Village Voice Media became one of the most respected publications in the business. They’ve won numerous honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, and have millions of print readers and even more online readers. In 2012, they sold Village Voice Media.

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