Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two human rights activists based in Arizona. Their primary cause is to help migrants coming from South America, and help them find stable jobs and a place to live.
They have a private fund called Frontera Fund, which amounts to $3.75 million, and this is where they get their budget to run their cause. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been referred to as activists, and they have been fighting for their causes since they were young.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were classmates in college. Back then, the two decided to establish a publication that will circulate around the Phoenix area. They invited their friends to join them with their plan, and soon, the Phoenix New Times was born.
The Phoenix New Times acted as a newspaper and a public service magazine, being circulated around the city of Phoenix. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin has been the editors in chief of the newspaper, and soon, it became one of the most widely read publication in the city. The business they established grew, and it became one of the key players in Phoenix’s publication industry. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Twitter
The business established by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin has been smooth sailing ever since it was founded. However, they never thought that one of the biggest challenges in their lives would soon come. In 2007, a news report about the Maricopa County sheriff was published on the website of the Phoenix New Times.
This is regarding the issue of corruption that the Maricopa County sheriff is involved. According to the state attorney, the Maricopa County sheriff is involved in shady property transaction deals, and they stated that the Maricopa County sheriff can be arrested because of what he has done. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested immediately after they published the news report.
According to those who arrested them, the two have violated the court procedure by leaking out the decision of the jury involved in the case of the Maricopa County sheriff. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin denied the accusation, but they went with the authorities who arrested them.
When they are being tried, the Maricopa County sheriff has stated that the two even published his address online without his permission, being a threat to his life and privacy. The Maricopa County sheriff requested that the news article and his address be removed, and all of those who have seen the article and his address be tracked down.
This resulted in an outrage from the local media, and they sympathized with Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin by posting the same news article and adding the address of the Maricopa County sheriff. The judge who was handling their case dropped the lawsuit days later.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin then filed for a counter lawsuit against the Maricopa County, and they won, being awarded with $3.75 million. Having no idea at first where to spend the money, the two decided to establish a private fund instead that will help them with their humanitarian causes.