It is necessary for the Latin-American groups in America to get the protection they deserve. Otherwise, their civil rights and human rights would always be undermined by malicious people, mostly working in the government. Without the right people to back them up, their civil rights would go down the drain and would lead to conflicts that would deepen the animosity in the country. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
It is this vision that gives energy to two veteran newspapermen today to fight for the rights of the Hispanic communities in America. These two journalists are no other than the men behind the Village Voice, Front Page Confidential and Frontera Fund, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
One of the most recent news people can hear about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey today would be the fact that their news media project, Backpage, had recently been closed down by the government.
The action was seen to be an act of direct censorship by the government and has led to the arrest of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey themselves, which happened last 6 April 2018.
There were also other executives of the news portal that were arrested, which included Scott Spear and John Brunst. The charges against them include prostitution, conspiracy and money laundering.
The Background of the Veteran Journalists
The background of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey would have to start from where they used to be rules of the media. They were the head of an empire of various alternative weeklies, which were rooted in Phoenix New Times in 1970.
Over the years Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey fought allegations that their website is a portal for facilitating sex trafficking, but later on decided to sell their shares and interest of Backpage to its new CEO Carl Ferrer. This was in 2015.
The Frontera Fund Introduction
Another case that defined the career of Lacey and Larkin today would be when they won a landmark case against Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio wrongfully arrested Larkin and Lacey from their homes in the middle of the night.
The two were detained but were later on released. Larkin and Lacey fought back by releasing many cases of human rights abuse against Arpaio. They won the case and got $3.75 million dollars for settlement money.
This settlement money is now what’s fuelling the operations of the Frontera Fund. It must be defined that the Frontera Fund is an initiative, a political movement, but not a political party. It is the hope of the fund to help efforts in protecting the rights of migrant communities in the country today.
With the recent case that Backpage is experiencing lately, it is more relevant than ever to have Frontera Fund overwatching the actions of the Federal government.
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