Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin met in Phoenix Arizona. Michael Lacey attended Arizona State University but dropped out in 1970. He decided to follow his passion and begin writing the Phoenix New Times. This newspaper was released to show the other side of the news.
The existing news publication was ultra-conservative and did not properly report on the campus’ anti-war protests. Michael Lacey was the executive editor and Jim Larkin was the head of the advertising department for the Phoenix New Times. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/
This pair quickly became an unstoppable duo. Larkin and Lacey did not charge for their weekly newsletter and it quickly became a fast growing leader in alternative news publications in the United States.
1983 became a year for acquisition, expansion and change in Larken and Lacey’s Phoenix New Times career. They were able to purchase the Westwood. At the time the Westwood was Denver’s alternative news publication and also featured an arts section.
This simple acquisition of the Denver Westwood sparked a multi-million dollar conglomerate that consisted of seventeen other alternative news publications with likeminded editors. Some of these news publications included the Miami New Times and the Village Voice that was based out of New York City. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
In October of 2007 Michael Lacey and Jim Larken were arrested in the middle of the night in their Maricopa County homes. The current Maricopa County Sheriff was Joe Arpaio. The arrest was completely unfounded and they were ultimately released within 24 hours.
The reason stated for their unlawful arrests was that Larkin and Lacey released grand jury subpoenas that were issued to their writers and editors at the Phoenix New Times. The subpoenas were quashed but this action sparked a large amount of public outcry. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio completely ignored their rights to the freedom of speech.
Near the end of 2013 Michael Lacey and Jim Larken were granted a $3.75 million settlement from Maricopa County for their unlawful arrests. Larkin and Lacey spent a year developing the Frontera Fund. This was established from the earnings of their Maricopa County law suit. The Frontera Fund distributes moneys towards Latin-American groups all over the state of Arizona.
Over the years Village Voice Media was able to earn a steadfast reputation for reporting valuable injustices occurring throughout the United States. In addition to their style of heavy and in depth reporting they also added an arts, music, and leisure and community events section to their publication to reach out to a larger network of dedicated subscription readers.
Recently Village Voice Media covered the unexpected and unfathomable pardon of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio by President Donald Trump. Many people felt as though Arpaio deserved jail time for his inhuman treatment of prisoners at his tent city jail in Maricopa County.
Many inmates died under his watch and were victims of atrocious crimes. Arpaio often turned a blind eye to the unfair and inhumane treatment of the inmates in his care. The Village Voice is dedicated to providing in depth information to their readers about social injustices.