Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are the two co-founders of the esteemed Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. They have both courteously have donated the settlement money from their arrest by the infamous sheriff Joe Arpaio, to help raise funds to start the migrant rights organizations all across the border state of Arizona.
Late into the night on October 18, 2007, Mr. Lacey and Mr. Larkin were ripped out of their beds by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and arrested. These reporters were jailed for attempting to uncover grand jury proceedings that had been attempting to uncover reporter’s notes on evidence that had been covering up the Sheriff’s wrong doings.
This eventually led to a major lawsuit that the men felt obliged to take up after they had dedicated their lives and aspirations to protecting and salvaging their firs amendment rights. They took on the case and sued the entire county, taking them to the United States Court of Appeals for the ninth circuit. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn
After a hard fought battle, justice prevailed for Michael and Jim and they were successful in conquering the case with the help of some good legal help and the support of many.
Having attained a large settlement for the wrong doings against them, they have chosen to use the funds to support many groups across the country. Their prime target of support is groups who advocate and fight for human, civil, and migrant rights. They want to use the funds to assist these groups in helping encourage civic involvement and protect freedom of speech throughout the state of Arizona.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have always made it clear that they want some of the proceeds from their court settlement to help resolve issues regarding “la línea fronteriza” –the Mexican border. One group dedicated to fighting for migrants rights called the American Immigration Council is a Washington D.C. based group is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and recognizing migrant history and is supported by the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund.
This exchange program is developed to help eduacte and enlighten the common citizen of the rich history and present day benefits migrants have been bringing to our country. With the help of the American Immigration Lawyers Association this group is a highly effective arm in the preservation of migrant culture and rights.
Instead of seeking self benefit with their settlement, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin dedicated this chunk of money for the important and humble cause of fighting for the rights and freedoms of migrants, society, and humanity itself.
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