Lacey and Larkin Frontera und had a stat from lack of justice and oppression. What it has become, however, is an organization that provides support for all of those Arizonian groups that share a common goal- to take care of minorities and represent those who cannot find representation elsewhere.
The Frontera Fund was established by two journalists who have been working together as colleagues and friends for many years.
The organization is called after Micheal Lacey and Jim Larkin, Phoenix-based journalists who have been writing about corruption and injustice, and advocating for the rights of immigrants, refugees, and minorities in the state of Arizona,
The turning point in the career of Lacey and Larkin was back in 2007 when they were arrested in the middle of the night and dragged right out of their homes only to be taken into unlicensed cars and put in prison with no explanation or layer. The order was given by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, now former Sheriff of the Maricopa County.
He has been targeting Latinos and Hispanos not only on the road as drivers but anyone who would come in contact with him. It was revealed that he also issued orders o his deputies to act in the same unconstitutional way. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co
Not only that, but Joe Arpaio also targeted journalists and any publication about him that made know what he has been up to.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio had sent Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin an e-mail with some alarming demands after they wrote about him. He demanded that Lacey and Larkin provide him with information about the readers of the online news outlet New Phoenix Times.
That was alarming because, first, Arpaio had no right to demand such information without a court order, and second, it appeared he was going to target the readers of the publication along with the journalists behind it. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/
What Lacey and Larkin did next put an end to the unconstitutional behavior of former Sheriff Joe Arapaio. Instead of doing his bidding, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin followed up by publishing an expose about Arpaio and his demands. Soon after, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin found themselves in separate prisons with Arapio himself in charge of both. That led to a huge wave of anger from the Phoenix community and beyond and so the two journalists were released a few hours later.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin filed a case again the Sheriff and the whole Maricopa County. The battle was arduous at times, and it dragged on for years. In the end, however, Sheriff Joe Arpaio lost his job, and he was going to suffer the consequences of his actions had it not been for his saving grace, Donal Trump.
Although both Trump and Arpaio denied it, there were pictures of them shaking hands from years ago. Trump pardoned Arpaio with the power of his presidency, and so the man is free and enjoying his generous pension instead of being in prison.
Lacey and Larkin created the Frontera Fund from the 3.7 million dollars they received from the settlement, trying to right the wrongs that Arapio had been doing for years.