Michael Lacey; Fighting For Compassion Towards Immigrants & Free Speech

Michael Lacey is one of the founders of Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund. They are very well known for sharing resources and information regarding a variety of immigration and human rights related issues. He found his way into Arizona State University after moving away from Newark, N.J in the late 1960s.

Lacey ended up dropping out of college in 1970, and pursued writing for the Phoenix New Times. He became a topic of discussion after publishing the inaugural issue of the Phoenix New Times as a counter to the extremist right-wing local media’s report of the campus’ antiwar protest of the time.

As Lacey as the executive editor of the New Times he has assisted Jim Larkin, his business partner, in creating a free weekly paper that grew its circulation consistently over time. It has grown to be trusted as a knowledgeable alternative source of news as to what is happening in our country and around the globe. They freely discuss social and political issues that are current and affecting many people around the world from different backgrounds. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn

In 1983, Lacey and the New Times purchased Westword, a weekly paper that discussed current news and arts in the city of Denver. This expansion would lead the New Times and Lacey to develop the weekly into a multimillion-dollar conglomerate that included 17 papers across the country. Some of these papers included the Miami New Times, LA Weekly, and the most popular one; New York City’s Village Voice.

Lacey and his business partner, Larkin, were arrested and jailed in 2007 at their homes. The charges were in regards to the contents of their journalism. Joe Arpaio, a blatant anti-immigrant sheriff from Maricopa County, Arizona, was the primary instigator that lead to Lacey and Larkins arrest.

Michael Lacey is also very well known for his activities creating tent city at a local prison. Shortly after their arrest followed a public outcry that lead to all charges being released within twenty four hours. Further investigation into the cause of the arrests exposed that the grand jury warrants were forgeries and were issued by bypassing lawful security.

Maricopa County paid $3.75 million dollars, in late 2013, to settle the lawsuit Lacey and Larkin presented due to the wrongful arrest. In 2017 Lacey and Larkin decided to use the settlement to erect the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The majority of the funds were allocated to Latin-American syndicates throughout Arizona.

After all the struggle Lacey and Larkin have endured to maintain our right to free speech and the freedom to produce verifiable alternative news, they are continuing to experience great success in the journalism industry.

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