The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is an Arizona charity that provides financial support to other organizations. They are focused on helping organizations that are dedicated to civil and human rights which protects the rights of both citizens of the United States and migrant workers. To date, they have provided funding to nearly 24 different organizations working to protect the rights of the people living and working in the state of Arizona. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase
The American Immigration Council is an important nonprofit that protects the rights of immigrants to America. They promote humane governmental policies and help immigrants achieve justice when their rights are trampled. While this organization is headquartered in Washington D.C. they are also active in a number of cases in Arizona. They work with immigration lawyers so that they remain aware of the issues that immigrants have.
Promise Arizona is another very important nonprofit supported by the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. This organization was founded in 2010 after the passage of Arizona’s SB 1070. This law is the strictest and broadest measure against illegal immigration in the nation.
It has been used to racially profile people and turning them over to federal officers for deportation. Promise Arizona is an organization fighting to have this law repealed as they regard it as an unfair attack on Hispanic people whether they are American citizens or not. Learn more about Michael Lacey: https://www.facebook.com/jimlarkin53
The Arizona Justice Project has as its mission defending Arizona inmates who claim innocence yet have no means to fight the charges against them. They provide representation for these people including those who were wrongfully convicted or were juvenile defendants sentenced to excessively long prison sentences or even life terms. They also help inmates that are suffering from life-threatening illnesses who are received poor care while imprisoned as well as those who are not being treated for their PTSD symptoms.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was established by two journalists, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. They had written an article about the notorious Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio which included information from a grand jury proceedings case. One night they were both arrested and hauled into jail so that the police could try to discover who they had obtained this information from regarding the sheriff.
Both Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey sued the county of Maricopa over their illegal treatment by the county and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Both of these journalists had spent parts of their professional careers defending their First Amendment rights against illegal actions of the government. Eventually, the case ended up before the United States Court of Appeals who ruled in their favor.
The case against Lacey and Larkin resulted in a settlement of $3.75 million being awarded to them. They decided to donate the money they received as a settlement which resulted in the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. They have helped countless other people defend their rights in the state of Arizona regardless of citizenship, race, sex, religion, or sexual orientation.
Starting the Frontera Foundation and Front Page Confidential
On October 18, 2017, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin [co-founders of Phoenix Times and Village Voice Media] were arrested. Their arrests were without probable cause, which violated the two co-founder’s First Amendment right. Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, called for the arrests. The sheriff is publically known for his overt and careless discrimatory actions against illegal immigrants. Lavey and Larkin are commonly known for bashing Arpaio on this matter in their publications. The two co-founders would publish a piece in Phoenix Times that would spark extreme disgust in Arpaio that would cause him to act with the arrest. In the article, the content would include a negative statement about the Maricopa County grand jury. It would state, that Maricopa County’s “grand jury subpoenas targeted the paper’s writers, the editors and its readers”. The prosecution would rub one judge the wrong way and they would call it, “highly inappropriate”.
Lacey and Larkin would receive $3.7 million as a settlement for the wrongful arrests. The two would start an organization with the money, called, Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. They would start this organization to support the many Latinos and Hispanics who are discriminated against by law enforcement and public officials. The organization provides grants to migrant-rights organizations throughout Arizona. In addition to starting this organization, the two would also start a website, called, The Front Page Confidential. This site covers the many issues of America involving the First Amendment. Titles of some of the articles found on the website are,”Gersh v. Anglin: Can the First Amendment Shelter a Troll Storm?”;”It’s Daniels v. Donald in Scuffle Over First Amendment Right to Dish Details About Doing Deed”; First Amendment Scholar Erwin Chemerinsky Lays Down the Law About Free Speech on Campus and many other related titles. Visit the website for further details.