The press play an important role in any democracy and without them society descends into autocratic chaos. This is why the events of 2007 laid the foundations upon which the Frontera Fund is built. Joe Arpaio was already known as an opponent of illegal immigration, but his decision to use his authority as sheriff to harass and imprison reporters for trying to cover the controversy surrounding him is a truly low blow regardless of how you think about it. That censorship of media is a horrific thing that can’t be allowed to go on no matter how short it is or how minor the severity.
When Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin went to Arizona to cover the controversy surrounding Joe Arpaio they understood they wouldn’t necessarily get a warm welcome, but they didn’t expect him to abuse his power in such an obvious way. That led the duo to rethink what the story was about and what they were going to do. They wanted to make a difference and show people that Joe Arpaio wasn’t merely trying to enforce the law. They wanted to stand up for those who were the potential victims of Joe Arpaio and stop anything like this from happening.
The Frontera Fund is dedicated to the cause of supporting immigration and those that are specifically fought against by Arpaio. The fund is specifically dedicated to fighting fro civil rights, human rights, and migrant rights in America. There is something clearly important about these rights when you look at the history of America. America is a country founded by immigrants and it’s very clear that it will prosper as long it remains so. Stopping the likes of the natives is an absolutely important part of making sure America is able to return to what made it great in the first place.
After years of fighting the Frontera Fund is facing it’s greatest challenge yet. The rise of Donald Trump and his rhetoric makes it clear that the battle is going to continue. His pardoning of Joe Arpaio has also shown that there is so much work left to do. The most important to fight is when things don’t seem like they are going the way they need to. By fighting back the Frontera Fund wants to change the direction towards what it needs to be in order to protect the basic things that make America what it is now.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Expand Efforts to Stop Arpaio with Front Page Confidential
When Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were victimized by the corrupt Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, they decided that they couldn’t just sit around and watch it happen to other people. This is the reason the Frontera Fund was created.
At the time, Lacey and Larkin were the co-owners of The Phoenix New Times. Staff at the New Times had been spending a lot of time trying to uncover dirt on Arpaio. Arpaio had been terrorizing Arizona residents for over 10 years; Lacey and Larkin believed it was time for his reign of terror to come to an end.
Joe Arpaio wasn’t going to let this happen. He sent his deputies to arrest the journalists for no reason other than that he wanted to. Arpaio believed he finally had them locked away, but the public outrage exhibited by American citizens force Maricopa County to release the two journalists.
It wasn’t long until Lacey and Larkin filed a lawsuit. The journalist, claiming that they had had their first amendment rights violated, won a $3.75 million dollar lawsuit against Arpaio and Maricopa County. That’s where the money came from for The Frontera Fund.
Of course, The Frontera Fund wasn’t the only new organization to be birthed from the settlement. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had sold The Phoenix New times, so they needed a new publication. Front Page Confidential was born. They had an unorthodox idea for their new paper. Lacey and Larkin decided to use the paper to inform all of America about local politicians who take advantage of their power. With Joe Arpaio announcing his run for The Senate, Lacey and Larkin had been forced to take their efforts national.