When the son of a construction worker who dropped out of university meets another dropout, seldom any progress is expected.
Such however, is not the story of Jim and mike, both university dropouts, who have been the force rallying behind the better treatment of immigrants. Theirs is a bitter sweet story because they found their calling after being thrown in jail for wrongful arrests in the era of Sheriff Joe. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/press/ and https://angel.co/jim-larkin-1
Arpaio of Maricopa County in Arizona
Most people come out of jail subdued, with no fight left in them, in this instance however, jail was the wakeup call for Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey, who had been arrested in the night at their own doorsteps for articles they ran in their newspaper the Phoenix New Times exposing the sheriff department for unlawful practices.
Jim and Mike’s brainchild: The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Spending 23 days in custody is not the best experience especially for innocent people and Jim and Mike were not about to let that slide. They sued the county and with the $3.75 million they won from the lawsuit, begun the journey they still walk today.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was set up by Jim and Mike to help Latin-American groups in their state of Arizona. This is the reason why any immigrant in the state of Arizona County will easily identify Jim and Mike, because they were their knights in shining amour in their years of destitution.
Jim and Mike’s journey has been long and eventful. Journeys that saw two dropouts from Arizona State University, establish their first venture Phoenix New Times then move on to Village Voice Media Holdings, both companies that were the best example of free media, investigative reporting and journalistic instincts without fear or favour. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
Although they sold their media outlet to concentrate on their foundation, Jim and Mike continue to be journalists at heart especially since they now also run a website called Front Page Confidential that is the whistle blower for crimes against free speech and the First Amendment.
In recent times, however, what may appear to many as a party pooper, Sheriff Joe Arpaio was pardoned by the Trump Administration and is today a free man despite his obvious crimes.
Jim and Mike have however taken that in their stride and continue to fight the good fight for the people that do not have the power to do so for themselves.
More about former Sheriff Arpaio
Arpaio may be a hero to nationalists and people that hate immigrants but is the man who used his power to trample upon the rights of the Latino and Hispanic communities during his tenure by breaking the First Amendment and often being let off the hook.
Mike and Jim however, momentarily ensured he got what he deserved by letting him charged for his crimes. He did not finish his jail term however, something that does not sit well with activists.