It was in 1970 that Michael Lacey along with Jim Larkin decided to launch the village voice media. This was supposed to be an alternative to the weekly newspaper.
This was launched in Phoenix, Arizona. But one of the reasons why Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are known so well is that they are the journalists who had got arrested for something that they had written as well as advertised.
Village Voice media did have to go through several legal battles, but no one had expected things to reach the extent they did in 2007. This time Lacey and Larkin had to face arrest due to the alleged violation of grand jury secrecy laws. The arrests were made by the Maricopa county sheriff, namely, Joe Arpaio.
With this case, the long careers of these two journalists came to an end. Later on, Lacey and Larkin decided to sue the State. Accordingly, the charges that had been levied against them got dropped by the county attorney, namely, Andrew Thomas. These two journalists sued Joe Arpaio, Andrew Thomas, and special prosecutor Dennis Wilenchik.
This was for the violation of the First Amendment Rights along with abuse of power against them. It was ruled by the 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals in 2012. It claimed that without any probable cause for arrest, these two had been jailed. Contrary to the claim, Dennis Wilenchik had not consulted a grand jury.
The Maricopa County settled this case later. Lacey and Larkin were awarded $3.75 million as compensation. This was the settlement money that was used for establishing the Larkin and Lacey Frontera fund. It has its goal as assisting the Hispanic community that is based in Phoenix.
This Fund also supports all those groups which are advocating for civil and human as well as migrant rights. Next, it is promoting freedom of speech along with civic participation all across Arizona. This would include the Mexican border also.
There are several other organizations that are closely related to this Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund. One of them is Border Angels. It is also called ‘Angeles de Frontera.’ It is a non-profit charitable organization. It is based in San-Diego.
It was founded in 1986 by Enrique Morones. It is focused on migrant rights, besides immigration reforms as well as preventing immigrant deaths that happen along the border. Border Angels have other interests that include community education as well as awareness programs. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Twitter
These include providing guided trips to the desert. Here, water is placed along the migrant crossing routes and on the border for the convenience of migrants. These would help in knowing more about the US-Mexico border policy besides experiencing the border fence too.
This makes it possible to touch the immigrant population of San Diego County. There are various other migrant outreach programs. These include the Day Laborer outreach program.
A free legal assistance program is held on every Tuesday in their office. In this way, Border Angels makes efforts to dispel any myths surrounding the issue of immigration in the United States.
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