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The Origin of Michael Lacey’s Activism Efforts

Michael Lacey, a resident of Arizona, is the journalist/activist who co-founded the New Times and the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.

Lacey the Journalist

After he dropped out of the Arizona State University, Lacey, together with a couple of students, published the Phoenix New Times newspaper that was distributed for free. Later, together with his partner and co- founder Jim Larkin, merged to form the Village Voice media where Michael worked as the Chief Editor. In their reporting, they made sure to expose institutions that were doing things in a corrupt way.

Lacey the Activist

Having experienced a violation of his civil rights, Lacey always wants to make sure to get what he desires out of diverse situations to help people in similar situations. Many organizations and groups advocate for various human, civil, and migrant rights but Michael Lacey, together with his partner, Jim Larkin take a different approach to it.

They know that the way to help people best is to create opportunities that will make things better and make the individuals get success in cases that involve civil rights violations.

His passion for providing solutions for the minority groups in Arizona whose rights were violated saw the formation of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. This was formed from the funds that Lacey and Larkin got as settlement for a case they won, following a wrongful arrest led by the Maricopa County Sherriff Arpaio after the publishing of his home address on the Phoenix New Times. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn

The organization was put together to safeguard the interests of minority groups in the U.S through funding organizations that advocate for human, civil, and immigrant rights. It has previously donated $2 million to the students of ASU to fund a project where they write about issues faced by immigrants in English and Spanish.

The Fight at the Sherriff’s Office

Lacey and Larkin were reporting when they found some information at the Maricopa County Sherriff’s office that they spoke about. This was about corruption in the office. The office was, therefore, exposed, and this caused the sheriff to have them arrested and jailed.

They were later released and decided to sue the sheriff’s office. This was because their arrest was unconstitutional and a violation of the federal law. The outcome favored Lacey and Larkin and they were given over $3 million in settlement.

Lacey Honored

Together with his partner Larkin, Lacey was honored by The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation- Arizona during its annual dinner (Bill of rights) where Lacey was the key note speaker.