Lacey and Larkin published a story about subpoena on October 18, 2007. After their publication, Lacey and Larkin attempted to meet the judge but in vain. In the evening of the same day, they were arrested by Sheriffs wearing civilian clothes.
The sheriffs took them from their houses, handcuffed them, put them in dark SUVs with tinted windows and drove them to jail. Five days later, the charges against them were dropped partly due to the public outcry.
In 1970, Michael and Jim took charge of the ASU reneged newspaper and made it an award-winning, investigative paper. The copies of their newspaper were distributed freely to stores and street racks. The organization, through Lacey, is alleged to have received a donation from Maricopa County as a lawsuit settlement of $2 million.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have established an organization, Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund, intending to foster human rights. Through this organization, Lacey and Larkin have managed to help a large group of migrants in the United States.
Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund is a beneficiary of the Lacey and Larkin court settlement given to them after being arrested in 2007 for exposing a crucial case on the proceedings of a grand jury.
The organization is committed to funding immigrants’ rights in Arizona. Lacey and Larkin located the $3.75 million given to them as a settlement of their case to defend and assert human rights, help groups advocating and promoting civil, human and migrants rights. They also promote the freedom of speech of the migrants.
Puente is grassroots justice organization founded in 2007 for migrants. It was founded at a time when Arizona migrants were facing illegal deportation and detainment. These deportations and detainments led to the separation of families.
Most of the migrants were deported back to Mexico for breaking state immigration laws. The main aim of Puente is to empower the migrant families to be able to speak for themselves and defend themselves. Puente is known for organizing the famous “Undocubus.” The “Undocubus” traveled from Arizona to the East Coast advocating for the rights of the migrants. Puente has helped in advocating for the ban on the workplace raids which targeted undocumented workers. The undocumented workers were convicted and deported back to their countries.
Puente started a movement known as #Not1More anti-deportation campaign. The movement organized a hunger strike, a 60-mile march to the detention center and piled pressure on White House to relieve migrants of their plights by taking executive orders.
Puente is committed to educating the migrants on how to stand for their rights and defend themselves. Puente educates migrants on how to deal with the deportation proceedings. Puente has got Human rights Crisis Hotline for migrants’ community. It educates others about the migrants’ rights through art and culture exhibitions.
Other projects run by Puente advocates for holistic health in the Latino community, offering bilingual programs to kids and teaching them history. It has a project also advocating for all Phoenicians to have identification cards.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Doff Retirement for Front Page Confidential and Frontera Fund
In 2012, after a long and illustrious career, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin sold Village Voice Media and seemingly retired. The duo had appeared on the scene as the founders of the Phoenix New Times, an alternative weekly available on college campuses. The paper was free, as the duo used advertising to make the business self-sustaining. As teh readership grew the duo branched out and began acquiring other counterculture papers across the U.S. They formed Village Voice Media in the 80’s, and in their prime managed 17 weeklies from coast to coast. The duo reached notoriety through their famous feud with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. They called Apraio on the carpet for his questionable tactics regarding illegal immigration. The feud became palpable, eventually leading to the duo’s arrest and abrupt release. In the end Arpaio lost an election, was jailed for criminal misconduct, and abruptly pardoned by President Donald Trump. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin sued the county over their wrongful arrest, and won a $3.75 million dollar settlement.
Since then the duo has been using the money from their settlement to finance the Frontera Fund, a charity that allocates money to Latino organization fighting for migrant rights. The fund supports the Latino community through various outreach programs, legal representation, and advocate groups trying to change laws deemed unfair. This year they are heading back to the news world, and will once again share a byline.
Earlier this year Lacey and Larkin created digital counterculture news source Front Page Confidential. The site is dedicated to the First Amendment, relates all articles to free speech, and contain the same colorful articles as the New Times. Lacey and Larkin are the publishers, and also occasionally share a byline or two. Naturally the site has a whole section allocated to Sheriff Joe.