In today’s society, it’s really comforting to hear about someone achieving success. Everything these days is so dark and demanding. Everyone must rise up and fight something trying to destroy someone’s world. People have enough on their own plates without having to worry about someone else’s problems.
It seems like every time one group succeeds at defeating the hatred against them, another hate attacks someone else. The hatred that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin faced wasn’t even against them. They were just two media executives running their paper the right way. When someone does something wrong, they reported on it.
Unfortunately, their investigative reporting led them to Joe Arpaio. Sheriff Arpaio, despite naming himself the toughest sheriff in America, was a determined racist. He did nothing but abused his power and ignored the law. When Lacey and Larkin started reported on his abuse of power, he focused all of his efforts on destroying them.
After they published a story about him using false subpoenas to do his bidding, he decided to permanently shut them up. He sent some armed deputies to arrest Lacey and Larkin in the middle of the night. Once he had them separated, he tried to break them.
The amount of abuse they faced at the hands of Arpaio was nothing compared to the blow they would have to take. They stood against Arpaio and his deputies and came out victorious. When people found out the lengths that Arpaio had gone to try to shut them up, the nation was outraged. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
They were immediately released and did what all reporters do; told their story. With the entire nation listening, they exposed all of Arpaio’s dirty laundry on a national scale. He lost his job and was charged with criminal contempt and was convicted.
This came after Larkin and Lacey sued Maricopa County and won millions of dollars in settlement. They used that money to start a fund that supports migrant groups along the Mexican – American border. They hoped that would be the end of the battle of races in Arizona, but it was no to be.
Before Arpaio was sentenced, President Donald Trump pardoned Arpaio, setting him free. It didn’t really shock anyone, but it was upsetting. This was another case of the current President’s stupidity at work. Even worse, the local Arizonan judges agreed with his actions.
Lacey and Larkin Join Hands to Form the Frontera Fund
Most people are familiar with the names Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin; the two Village Media owners who also co-own Phoenix Times. Recently, reports on social media and news headlines highlighted their contribution to the betterment of the Hispanic community when the duo decided to establish a charity fund.
The Back Story
On the evening of October 2007, Michael and Jim Larkin were ambushed by the Maricopa County police officers. Without explaining reasons for their arrest, the police threw them behind cells for twenty-four hours; that was before their fans took to the streets in riots. Luckily, they were released on the grounds of detention without legal reasons. Therefore, the court commanded the county of Maricopa Police to settle the case by awarding them $3.75 million.
As the man behind the frustrations of most immigrants in Maricopa, Arpaio was involved in multiple corruption cases that ended up attracting lawsuits from different counties. Consequently, he ended up in the justice department with numerous accusations to answer. In most instances when he was ordered to appear in court, he defied judge’s court order; a subject that led to an impending hearing and later sentencing. In a turn of events, President Donald Trump pardoned him. What were Trump’s reasons? Many have asked. Apparently, in a statement released by White House, Arpaio is a dedicated sheriff whose input to destroy immigrants cannot go unnoticed or better yet, unappreciated.
The Establishment of the Frontera Fund
After the settlement, the duo decided to channel the $3.75 million to the Frontera Fund citing that Hispanics needed the support they would offer with the money. Following their disappointment by President Trump’s decision to pardon Arpaio, the duo has taken a stand to support their people; Hispanics. Now more than ever, they have rallied business associates and well-wishers to donate to their fund with the sole purpose of protecting Hispanics against the likes of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.