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Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: Fighting For Human, Civil And Migrant Rights


Advocating for human, civil and migrant rights is a noble activity that helps to improve the lives of people worldwide. Many people suffer because they are treated unfairly and not given the rights to which they are entitled. This not only stunts the growth of those people, it can prevent the full flowering of entire countries.

There are a number of very fine organizations that work to raise awareness of the plight of migrants and others that are denied their human and civil rights every day. These organizations help to reduce man’s inhumanity to their fellow man and makes the world a better place. Read more:About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund

There are a number of organizations actively involved in fighting to ensure people in the U.S. and all over the world are guaranteed their human, civil and migrant rights. They include groups like Advocates for Human Rights, American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International USA, Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law , December 18, International Committee of the Red Cross, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Rights Working Group and The Advocates for Human Rights. Recently there’s been a movement to establish and enforce The International Migrants Bill of Rights. This work helps to promote a more just, civil society and helps to support the rule of law.

Journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are deeply involved in the social justice movement. Their organization, the Frontera Fund, is in the forefront of the fight to ensure justice, human rights, civil and migrant rights, civic participation and freedom of speech for people of all races living in Arizona.

Co-founders of Village Voice Media and the Phoenix New Times, Lacey and Larkin won a $3.75 million settlement because of their arrest in the middle of the night in October, 2007 because they revealed information about grand jury proceedings attempting to force them to give up their notes about Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County.

The sheriff demanded the names of the people who read online articles about him in the Phoenix New Times. He also wanted to know their browsing habits and what things they bought. All of this was an attempt to frighten people opposed to his activities and silence the journalists.

Instead, Lacey and Larkin sued him over their First Amendment rights and his abuse of power and won. And they’re using the settlement to further the fight for human, civil and migrant rights.

 

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey – Front Page Confidential is the new home of Former Phoenix New Times Owners

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin met in college and began a career in journalism together. Their first project was a simple college newsletter. It became a hit with the college’s liberal students. The two decided to drop out of college to pursue lives as journalists. The duo eventually purchased a publication together called the Phoenix New Times. The now own Front Page Confidential.

 

Their work in college and their work in the real world are similar in many ways. In college, the two created their newsletter as a way to provide alternatives for the college’s own conservative based paper; at the Phoenix New Times, they provided a liberal view point to a primarily conservative population. The readers of the Phoenix New Times knew for years what took the rest of us til 2007 to figure out: Joe Arpaio was dirty.

 

Joe Arpaio was the Sheriff of Maricopa County for 24 years. He retained his position, despite his illegal activities, by arresting and smearing his political rivals and opponents. His operations were exposed to the nation in 2007 when he made three wrongful arrests. Not only did he arrest Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin for their journalistic works, he arrested a Mexican citizen who was in the country legally on a tourist visa. The journalists were awarded nearly 4 million dollars and the incident with the tourist cost Maricopa County a devastating 70 million.

 

Lacey and Larkin used their money to create The Frontera Fund, a charity that worked to correct the damage of Arpaio; the journalists support the ACLU, Aliento, 1070, and dozens of other charities.

 

Front Page Confidential came next. After they sold the Phoenix New Times, they needed a new outlet to inform readers. Front Page Confidential was launched in August of 2017.

 

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