Since Joe Arpaio’s initial election in 1992, he has been a blemish on the entire State of Arizona. He began his career in law enforcement by creating a self-proclaimed concentration camp called Tent City and to this day continues his immoral and illegal activities.
Two victims of Arpaio have had enough. After Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, two journalists, were arrested by Arpaio for something they published in their newspaper, they sued. The result was a 3.75 million dollar settlement that they used to create two new organizations. One of the organizations was a newspaper and the other was a charity.
Both organizations focus on informing people on issues that pertain to them. Front Page Confidential, the new newspaper divides their time between civil rights issues, politics and educating their readers on how to protect their first amendment rights. Ever since Larkin and Lacey had their first amendment rights stomped on, they have been using their journalistic voice to prevent similar circumstances from happening to any other United States citizen.
The other organization they formed, The Frontera Fund, a charity, works with other organizations such as the American Immigration Council, Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, and Center for Neighborhood Leadership to provide information and assistance to the local immigrant community.
Lacey and Larkin, with their newfound altruism fights for the migrant, civil and human rights of not just the residents of Arizona, but citizens all over the nation.
Larkin and Lacey Fund Latino Charities.
When someone thinks about the name Joe Arpaio, they probably think about his 1993 controversy called Tent City, or his publicized hatred of minorities. Most people have not heard about his non-racially motivated controversies. Since his original election, Arpaio has been using his position of power to suppress local opposition under the noses of a nation.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, by using their paper The Phoenix New Times, worked to expose Arpaio to the world. Unfortunately, this led to their arrest in 2007. Lacey and Larkin were released later that day and filed a lawsuit, claiming they were illegally arrested.
This wasn’t the only illegal arrest made by Joe Arpaio in 2007. In another event that made national headlines, Arpaio arrested a legal present Mexican citizen purely based on his looks. The Mexican citizen filed a lawsuit against Arpaio that ultimately led to contempt of court charges for Arpaio. Just when the people of Arizona thought they would see justice, Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio.
Now that Arpaio’s corruption has reached a national level, it will take the country’s bravest individuals to stand in his opposition. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have chosen to be those people.
The former owners of The Phoenix New Times created Front Page Confidential to be a medium between them and their readers. Their new paper doesn’t have a sports section, it doesn’t focus on local news, it publishes content relating to political corruption and fights to maintain the rights promised by The Constitution.
Their other organization takes a more direct approach in the local community. The Frontera Fund raises money to assist Latinos in Arizona from people like Joe Arpaio. Through the fund, Lacey and Larkin provide funds to charities that benefit the Latinos and their rights.