The veteran newspapermen Jim and Michael are the people behind the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. an organization based in Arizona that empowers non-profits in the state help minorities.
They started their career in media back in university as a response to unfair treatment and the academic institution and media lying about the student antiwar protests and ignoring the truth.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey teamed up to establish and grow the Phoenix New Times, the fledgling campus newspaper that responded to the injustice of authorities who were throwing dust in students’ eyes. The paper had weekly editions with Michael Lacey working as its executive editor and Jim Larkin working on advertising.
After that, the Phoenix New Times continued to grow as a feisty weekly paper that did coverage on the raw truth and no sugarcoating. That was the objective of the weekly from the start. It discussed political news social issues and more.
Michael Lacey had already dropped out of university by 1970 when the Phoenix New Times Started rising. He worked on it with a pair of students and dedicated his time to weekly. As its executive editor, Lacey found his calling in life and pursued the truth together with Larkin.
Both newspapermen devoted their careers to seeking the First Amendment rights among political and social issues and bring the focus back on the rights given to people by the First Amendment.
During the 80s, the Phoenix New Times had grown significantly, and it acquired several small newspapers such as the Westword based in Denver. The duo started building a chain from one coast to another.
Later on, the conglomerate grew to a worth of several million dollars comprising of 17 papers such as the Village Voice Media, Miami New Times, LA Weekly, and many others. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Twitter
To this day, one of the most significant accomplishments of Lacey and Larkin is ending the transgressions of Joe Arpaio. The case went down as the Melendres v. Arpaio ten years ago. The man used to be the sheriff of the Maricopa County, Phoenix, Arizona. For 25 years, Joe Arpaio abused his position in law enforcement and instead of enforcing the law, he enforced himself, his bigotry, racism, and sexism.
His main priority while holding the sheriff’s badge was to profile Latinos. He racially profiled people that were both immigrants and American-born. Many of his victims found themselves severely and abusively being questioned or were later found hanging in one of Arpaio’s prison cells or tied to a chair.
The media was onto Arpaio after his Tent City. He forced dozens of inmates to stay out on a field under the scorching sun for over a week. Barely any food or water was provided to the inmates.
Most of them were carried out of there dead, and others were on the brink. After that, the media was always doing coverage on his every move until he was finally brought down by Lacey and Larkin in court.