Michael lacey and Jim Larkin founded the village voice media in the year 1970 as an alternative weekly newspaper in Phoenix, Arizona. Lacey and Larkin were only journalist’s in the recent memories to be arrested and jailed for what they wrote and advertised. Although Village Voice media had had their fair share of legal battles, the tide flipped in 2007 when Lacey and Larkin were arrested for allegedly violating grand jury secrecy laws by Maricopa county sheriff Joe Arpaio .
This case provided a fitting bookend to their long careers with the company after the charges against them were dropped by county attorney Andrew Thomas. Lacey and Larkin later sued Arpaio, Thomas, and the special prosecutor Dennis Wilenchik for violation of their First Amendment Rights and abuse of power. In 2012 it was ruled by the 9th U.S. Circuit of appeals that there was no probable cause for the arrest because contrary to the claim, wilenchik didn’t actually consult a grand jury.
The case was later settled by Maricopa County and Lacey and Larkin received $3.75 million. This settlement money was used to establish the Frontera fund, which aimed at assisting the Hispanic community of Phoenix.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund will also support groups that advocate for civil, human, and migrant rights as well as freedom of speech and civic participation throughout Arizona including on “la línea fronteriza” – the Mexican border.
One other organization that is closely related to the Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund is Border Angels also referred to as ‘Angeles de Frontera’ . Border angels is a non-profit charitable organization based in San-Diego that was founded by Enrique morones in 1986. Just like the Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund, its main focuses are the migrant rights, immigration reforms and prevention of immigrant deaths along the border. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/
Border angels engages in community education and awareness programs that involve guided trips to the desert to place water along migrant crossing routes as well as to the border to learn about the history of US-Mexico border policy and experience the border fence firsthand.
It also touches on San Diego County’s immigrant population through various migrant outreach programs such as Day Laborer outreach and free legal assistance program held in their office every Tuesday. Border Angels works to dispel the various myths surrounding immigration in the United States and to bring back truth and justice.
Border Angels was active during the 2014 American immigration crisis, which escalated the number of unaccompanied children from Central America seeking entrance to the United States. Read more: Jim Larkin | Facebook
Border Angels distributed more than 45 tons of donated toys, books, food, and clothing for the migrants, and its volunteers provided a counterpoint to anti-immigration protesters who demonstrated and tried to block the arrival of tons of migrants arriving for processing in Murrieta, California, in Riverside County.