Larkin & Lacey

Michael Lacey appeared before the US Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee for a hearing in January 2017. He appealed his rights not to testify before the panel. The government agencies arrested and jailed Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin after seizing their site.

On an update released at 2:43 PM on April 9, 2018, Carl Ferrer, site CEO, is not among the accused although his name is in the text. Nobody is charged with sex trafficking on the report.

The 5:00 PM hearing had Scott Spear, Jim Larkin, and John Brunst appearing before Bridget Bade, Magistrate, at the Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Arizona. They were charged with money laundering while Spear and Larkin faced other charges like facilitating prostitution. The three pleaded innocent, and Spear and Brunst were released. Larkin was held waiting for a detention hearing. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/

A legion of police officers acting on a federal indictment invaded the house of the veteran newspaperman at night. Passers-by and witnesses reported that the law-enforcers carted away his possessions after the raid. They also raided Lacey longtime business partner and friend, Jim Larkin, and his Sedona home.

In 1970, Larkin and Lacey founded the flagship Phoenix New Times. The two were running the Backpage.com website during the time of their arrest. Police officials also seized the site. Backpage.com has been accused of promoting sex trafficking for a long time. In 2015, the pair sold their Backpage.com shares to Carl Ferrer.

In 2017, Lacey and Larkin established Front Page Confidential to offer analysis and news on First Amendment issues. Their arrest and government quashing their website are significant assaults on press freedom. Paul Cambria, the pair lawyer, revealed the days when the pair will go for hearing.

He mentioned that his client is not guilty of any charges. The advocate decried the police act of censorship taking down the website. According to him, the site was a platform for promotions. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase

Cindy McCain, the wife to Senator John McCain, was interviewed by a media house as she volunteers to chair the Arizona Governor’s Human Trafficking Council. The chairperson had information about the website bust. She had the site executives to change their operations as the government closes such media forums.

Lacey and Larkin

Michael Lacey is a renowned mathematician in the US. He uses his skills and experience to empower students and graduates. Jim Larkin is an activist who advocates for the better working environment. He has founded labor parties to provide a platform for workers to air their grievances.

Frontera Fund

The loud national outcry led to Lacey and Larkin’s release in less than 24 hours with all accusations dropped. The court found the two innocent and had to receive $3.7 million as a settlement by Maricopa County. They used the Frontera funds to support human rights movements in Arizona.

Another One From NGP VAN

NGP VAN is one of the biggest partisan company in the united states. It is affiliated with the American Democratic Party, which it has involved itself with the Obama campaign of 2008 and in 2012. It also took part in Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign and the one on Hillary Clinton in 2016. The company has also worked with the British Liberal Democrats and the Liberal Party of Canada. The company focusses on providing software solutions to the campaign by providing the campaign team with applications and database. NGP VAN is still privately owned and was founded by Mark Sullivan and Nathaniel Pearlman with the current president and CEO of the company is still Stuart Trevelyan. It currently boasts of 190 employees.

The biggest problem with most politicians and campaigns, especially at a large scale has always been canvassing. NGP VAN once called Voter Activation Network has come with a solution to this problem. The app called Minivan is a free downloadable app that reduces printing of canvas cards. This, in turn, reduces the cost of the campaign in a very large way. The use of the application is very simple.

First, the user has to download the contact list. Secondly, he has to have a map that helps him track the households. This assists the user to easily track his progress and keep records.

Minivan, the application offered and maintained by NGP VAN has various advantages. The first and obvious is that it makes the whole process paperless, reducing the cost and time used to put up the cards. It also helps the user be target specific to those he wants to contact and work with. The second advantage is the low cost of data it uses. The application only needs the use of data on the first upload. The rest of time the application can be used offline. The final advantage, the use of the application offline can help the gadget save power. It enables the application to be used over a long period of time without requiring charging. Carbon footprint and the initiative of saving the environment can be one of the factors it helps you save.

This application by NPG VAN is an easy to use, convenient and paperless mode of canvassing and to top it all it is free to download.

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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.