For years, Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey had wanted to start an organization they could use to help people who were trying to come to the country. They wanted to make something they could use to help other people so they would have a chance to enjoy their lives without worrying about legal ramifications. The men knew they had to do something, but they didn’t have the means to start a fund on their own. Instead, they were going to use different options to try and make things better for the people who were in those situations. They decided it would be a great idea to try and help people out through the use of the Frontera Fund.
The fund literally meant the border fund. They saved up money and they were working to start the company when something terrible happened. The men were arrested. They were arrested illegally by Joe Arpaio. He did not like that they had published information on their website about them, and he chose to have them arrested. They were yanked out of their homes and they were sent to jail. They weren’t even given rights like they would have expected.
The thing about Larkin and Lacey, though, is that they were preparing for this to happen. Before they even published the information about Joe Arpaio, they had decided they would be prepared. They had money put back to help themselves fight any charges they got as a result of what Joe Arpaio had done. It was their constitutional right to publish information that was true about him, and they knew that. He didn’t know they were prepared, and he wasn’t prepared when it came time to go to court over the illegal arrest he had done to them.
Once they went to court, it was apparent they were going to win. Instead of risk being defeated, Joe Arpaio offered them a way to settle out of court. They were granted over three million dollars. The men turned a bad situation into something much better when they chose to use the money to start the Frontera Fund. Now, they are working to help other people have the same chances as they had. They want to help immigrants and those who have been hurt by Joe Arpaio’s illegal arrests that he has done to other people around the city. They are hoping to eventually expand to a national organization.
The Frontera Fund and Front Page Confidential–Two New Civil Rights Resources
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was started by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. This fund was created to assist the Hispanic community that have suffered civil rights violations in the state of Arizona. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was created from a law suit settlement that was won by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey because of unlawful arrests.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, executives for the Pheonix New Times, as well some of their reporters, often reported on the racial-profiling and inhumane prison conditions from former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio. This lead to retaliation from Arpaio. Some of his supporters in the Maricopa County attorney’s office issued subpeona’s for the New Times’ records, including information about their online readers. Instead of cooperating, Larkin and Lacey wrote an article about the subpoena. Arpaio had them arrested. The public outcry was so strong that Larkin and Lacey were released the same day. The charges were dropped, the arrest was deemed unlawful, and the the law suit followed. Eventually Lacey and Larkin settled for $3.7 million. Since then, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have continued to highlight the unlawful treatment of Hispanics in their community. They also founded Front Page Confidential, an website dedicated to protecting free speech and the First Amendment. Front Page Confidential also follows President Trump and his political agenda, offering articles to their readers outlining and disproving the divisive information that is put forth by politicians. Lacey and Larkin continue to be leaders in the fight for equal civil rights for all people in the United States.