Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are newsmen who are known for speaking against injustices. Their courage to speak through the Phoenix New Times enraged Sheriff Joe Arpaio (Maricopa County).
The former sheriff ordered the Maricopa County Selective Enforcement Unit to arrest Larkin and Lacey. Arpaio was against the two journalists because of disclosing his misdeed and exposing details about a grand jury investigation.
The Proceeds From The Arrest
Arpaio’s injustices included the death of detainees, extralegal campaigns against his political foes, contempt of the Latinos living and working in his county, and orders to shackle expectant mothers during childbirths.
The arrest which happened ten years ago saw the two journalists get $3.75Million, following a lawsuit against Maricopa County for wrongful arrests. The duo used the money to set up Frontera Fund a nonprofit that works to uphold the rights of immigrants and migrants.
President Donald Trump recently pardoned Arpaio sparing him a possible jail term. The former sheriff had been summoned for criminal contempt of court from the Melendres vs. Arpaio suit.
The case is a landmark federal civil rights lawsuit. Larkin following the pardon admits that Arpaio is a great politician having endorsed Trump, but a terrible sheriff. Lacey sees the pardon as a way that Trump is using to build a strong base with the nationalist who view Arpaio as a hero.
More about Lacey and Larkin
Michael Lacey grew up in Newark New Jersey and attended Arizona State University. The audacious journalist has won many awards such as 2011 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Jim Larkin was born in Phoenix and attended Arizona State University where he met Lacey.
Lacey together with other students published Phoenix New Times in 1970 following the killing of four students by the Ohio National Guardsmen. Lacey and his partners felt that the local newspapers did not adequately cover the campus antiwar protest. Learn more about James Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/ and https://about.me/michael-lacey
The New Times was a free weekly paper that covered the social and political issues, culture and music. It became prominent amongst the alternative newspapers and Jim Larkin joined the group.
The Rise of the Entrepreneurs
Lacey was working as the executive editor of the paper while Larkin worked as the publisher. In 1983, they managed to acquire Westword, a Denver weekly news and art paper. The two businessmen later purchased other 17 papers that include Village Voice (New York City), LA Weekly and Miami New Times.
The New Times Inc became Village Voice Media (VVM), an award-winning media house. Pulitzer Prize is one of the prestigious awards that VVM has been awarded. The successful venture was sold in 2012 with 56 million online views and nine million print readers every month.
The philanthropic Journalists
Other than speaking up against injustices and carrying out investigative journalism, Lacey and Larkin are known for supporting groups that advocate for the rights of Latinos and Hispanics. Through the Frontera Fund, they have donated money to over ten charities that support immigrants’ rights.
The two are also known for condemning the calls to end DACA. Some organizations that they have helped include CNL, ADAC, Aliento, Phoenix Immigrant Justice Project and Kino Border Initiative.