His Panic: The Brown Berets & The Young Lords

In the late 60’s two brothers were separately fighting for equality on either coast of North America. In East Los Angeles, David Sanchez the sparked the Brown Berets for Chicano power and upliftment. It was formed from a youth group to address problems plaguing the Mexican-American community like police brutality and migrant rights. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin

Around the same time in Chicago, Jose Cha Cha Jimenez reconstructed the gang known as the Young Lords into the Young Lords Organization. They became a national civil and human rights organization focused on issues pertaining to the Puerto Rican-American community.

The Brown Berets

The Brown Berets quickly emerged into a country-wide organization with chapters in Arizona, California, Chicago, Colorado, Detroit, Indiana, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, and Texas. They were known for being warriors against police brutality and abuse. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia

They protested and made their voices heard throughout their community as well as within the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. They unified with the United Farmers Workers Movement. They also worked with Land Grant Movement from New Mexico.

Brothers Unite

In 1969 Corky Gonzales organized the first Chicano Youth Liberation Movement in Denver Colorado. He invited the Young Lords to attend and be part of the event.

Both groups represent not only their respective racial stock but all Latinos and oppressed people in North America and throughout the world. And although both Mexicans and Puerto Ricans are indigenous natives of this land they are both labeled as migrants. And both are fighting for civil and human rights today.

The Birth Of A New Symbol

David Sanchez created and published his 3-page manifesto detailing the purpose of the organization and developing discipline and efficiency through a military regime for social upliftment. It was the Brown Berets blueprint on a new culture or a nation within a nation. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/

Changing With The Times And Getting Stronger

With time and experience, the Young Lords began to realize that we need to support each other regardless of race, religion, and sexual orientation. In fact, Slyvia Rivera was the Puerto Rican drag queen who was a co-founder of Street Transvestite Action Rebellion (STAR) as well as a member of the Lesbian and Gay Caucus an extension of the Young Lords.

“They were on the same road we were.” – Young Lord Pablo Guzman

Honorable Mentions: The Revolutionary Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

Both The Phoenix New Times and the Village Voice Media are the children of Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin. A labor of love and a feeling of duty, the Frontera Fund was ironically born from the unlawful actions of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. They took the almost 4 million dollar settlement and have pledged to utilize it for migrant rights organizations throughout Arizona.

What unlawful actions did sheriff Joe Arpaio commit?

He ordered that the two journalists were arrested. They were jailed after being snatched from their beds in the dead off the night. During the grand jury inquiry, it was discovered that Sheriff Joe was attempting to acquire the reporter’s notes on all articles pertaining him.

Out Of Control Joe

It was shocking to discover there were documented grand jury subpoenas for the identity of all of the New Times readers that looked at any article involving sheriff Joe.

I Fought The Law And I Won

The judicially astute Lacey and Larkin took it to the courtroom and after an arduous fight won in the 9th round or rather the United States Court of Appeals for the ninth circuit.


Lacey and Larkin: The Frontpage Confidential

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are co-founders of the Frontera Fund, which is an organization designed to help other organizations that fight for the civil, human, and immigrant rights of people. The Frontera Fund was established after the two journalist won a $3.7 million dollar lawsuit against Joe Arpaio, and the county of Maricopa, Arizona. The lawsuit stemmed from the illegal arrest, and the violation of the First Amendment Rights of the two writers. As publishers of the Phoenix New Time News, they were arrested for printing true facts about the wrong doings of the sheriff at that time, Joe Arpaio.


The most recent endeavor of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey was the launch of a new publication site. The Front Page Confidential is an online newspaper that brings the readers all of the unbiased truths of every aspect of the country today. They delve into politics, music, news, and every thing that is on the record. They are an online paper, and they print controversial truths unlike the regular newspapers that garnish information. In a recent article in the Front Page Confidential, there was an article talking about the memoirs of John McCain, and a farewell speech that he made.


The two journalists wrote of the long, speech that McCain made, and how it was compared to having the media suck down his dragged out speech like it was a bottomless pitcher of kool aid. John McCain is battling a cancer, but took time to complete his new book that will be released on May 22. Larkin and Lacey give their commentary, and a historical perspective on everything that relates to free speech in the Front Page Confidential, and their other news publications. After their arrest in 2007, they have dedicated themselves, and their Frontera Fund, to assisting others.