An Insight into the Birth of Frontera Fund

In October 2007, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested by the deputies of the Maricopa sheriff well known as the “Selective Enforcement Unit.” The two founders of the Village Voice Media were forced out of their homes located in Phoenix. They were later pushed into black SUVs which had Mexican number plates and jailed separately in cells which were managed by Joe Arpaio. This arrest was carried out by Arpaio who was known to be the toughest and youngest sheriff in America.


The two were put into custody due to the information they had spread through their media about the sheriff’s poor governance and misdeeds. Joe Arpaio was accused of fostering the anti-Mexican fear mongering and also posturing politics through his capacity as a sheriff in Arizona. The duo had also published about office mismanagement and financial irregularities in the Sheriff’s office through the New York Times. The unhealthy conditions of the Arpaio jails and torturing to death of the inmates were also exposed. Joe Arpaio was also accused of practicing racism among the Latin American.


Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were also involved in the publishing of a story of how Arpaio had violated the Constitution. With effect to this, Arpaio and his friends in the attorney’s office of Maricopa sought for a grand jury subpoenas for the details of the two media persons. However, Michael and Jim did not honor the subpoenas but instead wrote about it. The arrest caused unrest among the loyal patriots of the nation and due to their loud cry, the two were released, and all charges against them were dropped immediately. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey also filed a lawsuit against their arrest based on abuse of power and the first amendment rights. In 2012, the court of appeals also criticized the arrest due to the violation of the amendment bill. The ninth circuit also noted that the grand jury subpoenas were illegal since the attorney had not followed the right legal procedures.


The outcome of the case favored Jim and Michael, and they were entitled to get $3.7 million settlement amount from the Maricopa County. This money was used by the duo to establish the Frontera Fund which was to fight against racism and civil rights abuse around the Hispanic community. In 2014 when the elections were heating up, the Frontera Fund was also used to fund nonprofit organizations that advocated for the rights of Mexican immigrants.


Lacey and Larkin’s New Publication – Front Page Confidential

Most people would be happy to put a difficult lawsuit in their past and continue on with their lives, not Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. After their unlawful arrest, their lawsuit and then a 3.75 million dollar settlement, Lacey and Larkin have decided to continue fighting against their oppressor: Joe Arpaio


Lacey and Larkin have created two new organizations to become their catalyst against Joe Arpaio and others like him.


Joe Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt of court in the Summer of 2017. Had it not been for being offered a pardon by President Trump, Arpaio would have most likely been sentenced to six months in prison.


Arpaio’s criminal activities do not stop there, many say. In 1993, he employed a self proclaimed concentration camp to house prisoners and more recently he violated Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s Constitutional Rights. Arpaio arrested them for publishing a story concerning his illegal activities in The Phoenix New Times.


As previously mentioned, the two journalists walked away with a hefty settlement, but what they did with the money is the more impressive feat. The two journalists created Front Page Confidential and The Frontera Fund.


Front Page Confidential became their prime publication after they sold off The Phoenix New Times. Unlike their previous paper, the new one will focus on particular issues such as civil rights and politics.


The other organization, The Frontera Fund, is a fundraising organization that sponsors causes relating to immigration, civil rights, and migrant rights.


By using The Frontera Fund and Front Page Confidential, the two victims of Arpaio, after seeing the damage done by the former sheriff, wish to right those wrongs. They are using the two new organizations to better the community and to prevent politicians such as Arpaio from getting away with immoral and illegal actions.


Aloha Construction’s Mark of Excellence

Aloha restoration Co. is a part of Aloha Construction Company and is based in Florida. It specializes in restoring the home after flooding, general remodeling, board up, carpet cleaning, and sump pumps. Problems such as mold trouble in the home, a flooded basement or outdated spaces are easily solvable justifying the term- Home remodeling and restoration experts.

A perk that Aloha restoration offers is a free in-home assessment. They are tech certified with the Institute of Cleaning, Inspection, and Restoration to turn a space that is a waste into a dream home. They give life to kitchens, basements, bathrooms, and more from minor remodeling and cleanups to major additions in the home. Fire, water, and odor restoration are their main branches of expertise. Not only are they quick and reliable but also very affordable.

Aloha restoration branched out of Aloha Construction. Aloha Construction is a family-owned company headquartered in Lake Zurich, Illinois. The company offers contractor services to Illinois and Southern Wisconsin residents. They are trusted roofers analyzing the need for roof replacement away from aging. If at all damage is detected on your roof, you will be assisted to choose a high-quality shingle and attach a warranty to the project of 10 years.

Aloha Construction consists of a trusted group of roofers who have specialized in licensed and insured siding having completed 18000 jobs in the Northwest Chicago suburbs. Aloha Construction can replace, install, or repair your home siding as well as channeling water away from your home. These are some of the preventative steps that can be taken to ensure that your home is well protected.

The company also offers services such as door installation, window replacement, and assistance with your home’s fascia and soffit. Aloha is generally about giving life to your home and making it a place you love to be in as opposed to a mess you are constantly trying to run away from.


George Soros’ Journey to an Open Society

George Soros is of Hungarian descent, from the darker Nazi times. In the 1940s, the Nazis went on a rampage, killing over 500,000 Jews in Hungary. At this point, Soros’ parents changed their identity from Schwartz to the now Soros to survive the attack on Jews. Once they had concealed their backgrounds, they helped other Jews escape the Nazis. It’s at this tender age that he learnt that there needs to be someone speaking and fighting for the voiceless and minorities.George Soros is one of the world’s greatest philanthropist, having donated over $12 billion over the years. Usually, he focuses on uplifting those shunned by the world for who they are. He believes that these organisations and individuals should fight for freedom of expression, transparency, justice, and equality. Groups such as LGBTIs, drug users, and sex workers have also been marginalised, and he feels it’s only fair that they are treated fairly.

To support his studies in the London school of economics, George worked two jobs. He had just migrated from Budapest to London and dreamt of success in finance and investments. In 1970, he launched the Soros fund management that set his pace as one of the greatest investors in the USA.In 1979, Soros established the open society foundations, motivated by Karl poppers book, open society, and its enemies. The book argues that the world can flourish when allowed freedom of expression, democracy, and respect for individual rights. With this principle, Soros sets out to change the world. At first, his foundation aided in business development, independence for media, advancing justice, public health, education, etc. His organization helps numerous causes, over 500 pages such as: combating brain drain in Europe, aiding natural disaster regions, and financial assistance for Russian University systems, among many others.

In the fight against apartheid, Soros was on the front line giving scholarships to South African students. This was at the end of the cold war, and he was extending his philanthropy into Africa, Asia, and the United States. In the 80s, eastern communist bloc wanted an open exchange of ideas. But in this era, a very unwelcome move in that period. Solos, however, ensured the provision of photocopiers to have idea exchanged on paper. George Soros(@georgesoros)|Twitter was one of the greatest critics on the war against drugs. It ensured that movements such as the medical marijuana were empowered and policies put in place to defend them.Over time, George Soros causes have evolved. One thing, however, remains same: his commitment to fighting the worlds intractable problems. He empowers people to handle even the most losing causes as he demonstrated over the years. His financial success gave him the independence to forge his path. Goerge Soros thus believes it is his calling to create a way for others in the world until the world can achieve an open society.