Jim Larkin, a Phoenix native, dropped out in 1972 from Arizona State University and joined Michael Lacey to control the Phoenix New Time that came into existence in the year. Michael Lacey was also an Arizona State University drop out who grew up in New Jersey.
In 1970, Michael Lacey and several other students published an article in the Phoenix times to respond to the ultra-traditional media that covered the antiwar protest in the campus. Lacey became the executive editor of the Phoenix New times, and Jim Larkin who was his business partner was the headed the advertisement side. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/
In the year 1983, the New Times acquired the Westword, a weekly news-arts and this instigated an expansion that would lead to a multimillion-dollar firm made up of more than 17 papers in the region like Miami New Times, LA Weekly and Village Voice of New York, etc. In 2007 October, Larkin and Lacey were arrested for revealing that the Grand Jury of the Subpoenas was targeting the New Times readers, editors and writers.
The arrest was initiated by Joe Arpaio, the anti-migrant county sheriff in Maricopa, Arizona. The charges were dropped within 24 hours due to the public outcry.
Due to the illegal detainment, Larkin and Lacey pursued a legal battle against their arrest. The battle ended in the Ninth Circuit Court when the court ruled that the two had been arrested without any cause.The County, Maricopa, paid Lacey and Larkin $ 3.75 million as compensation for the lawsuit against Joe Arpaio. Larkin and Lacey opened up Frontera Fund with the funds.
The organization founded is a non-profit organization that gives funds to the migrant rights firms around Arizona. This organization works in support of other not for profit groups that vigorously supports and maintains the rights of Latinos and Hispanics. The organization has already helped out firms that help Hispanics and Latinos that have been singled out by law enforcement and public officials.
Joe Arpaio served as county sheriff in Maricopa for twenty-four years. During his tenure, the Latino and the Hispanic community was undermined. The police officers under him acted as spokespersons to Joe’s racist policies. This caused a push and pull for the victims of these policies formed by Arpaio and members that opposed the policies. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn
In 2017 July, he was convicted of the wrongdoings he did while he served as sheriff but was pardoned by Donald Trump. Arpaio supported Donald Trump when he started the birther movement that acted against Barrack Obama.
Joe Arpaio had founded his reputation on being against illegal migration and with pursuing his goals of doing away with the illegal migration; he ended up violating many people’s right.
The Frontera fund formed by Larkin and Lacey contributes in reducing the damage caused by Joe Arpaio and his group and is also determined to fight against Arpaio’s legacy.
After the successful formation of the Frontera Fund, Larkin and Lacey returned to journalism and founded Front Page, a website that majors on First Amendment and threat to speech.