The Backpage Closure, Rise of Frontera Fund and The Activism of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin for the Marginalized

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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Thor Halvorssen Brings Activism To Modern Youth

For a number of decades modern societies in the west have often been accused of being apathetic towards the future of the world; human rights activist Thor Halvorssen has spent the last two decades trying to inspire young people to be politically aware and active. The Venezuelan born film producer and activist divides his time between movie production and his main focus of assisting those who are living in closed societies; Halvorssen has recently been publicizing the growing Oslo Freedom Forum that has become a must visit for all political activists.

Thor Halvorssen has been looking to inspire others with his own brand of human rights activism for a number of years and does so by taking every opportunity to bring his work to those who may not traditionally understand political activism. Halvorssen has provided his own brand of commentary on a range of subjects, including the 2016 Presidential race in the U.S. that saw him become a guest on the right wing Fox News TV channel.

Halvorssen understands just how important it is to engage with young people about the way they see the future of the world in a political sense, which has inspired him to become a patron of the Children’s Peace Movement; this movement looks to link children in northern European countries with those living in war torn areas of the world. As a half Norwegian individual, Thor Halvorssen has promoted the Children’s Peace Movement across northern Europe.

Understanding the way the world is changing and the fact a new breed of business leaders are becoming economic and political experts has seen the Human Rights Foundation play host to many technology based executives who have an interest in protecting human rights. Leaders from new media groups, such as PayPal and Google have all interacted with Thor Halvorssen and the Human Rights Foundation to gain a better understanding of problems in various parts of the world.