Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin met in the early 70s. Both were Arizona State University dropouts who worked on Phoenix New Times. Lacey published the inaugural issue two years before Larkin joined the team, but they’re considered co-founders. The newspaper was their response to Arizona’s ultra-conservative views on everything.
Over the next three decades, they built a multimillion-dollar media conglomerate. It started with Westword, a newspaper from Denver. After that, they purchased over a dozen like-minded newspapers from Los Angeles to New York. They even named their conglomerate after a paper they bought, Village Voice Media. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook and Michael Lacey | Twitter
In 2012, they sold VVM and focused on retirement and philanthropy. Around that same, their court battle against Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County was ending. They spent a lot of time and energy ensuring that justice was served, and it came as a $3.75 million settlement.
They used that money to create the Frontera Fund, which supports all sorts of activist groups in the Phoenix area and along the Mexican border. As for Arpaio, he was convicted of criminal contempt and faced many years in prison. Before he was sentenced, his old buddy President Trump pardoned him. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://james-larkin.com/press/ and http://james-larkin.com/
Trump and Arpaio go back before Trump became President. When Trump first announced his candidacy, he accused Obama of not being an American citizen. Even after Obama showed his birth certificate, Trump and Arpaio continued their accusations. Arpaio launched a full investigation into Obama’s birth certificate, trying to prove it was a fake.
After proving nothing, Trump and Arpaio stayed friends. It’s was that kind of stuff that made Phoenix new Times look into Arpaio. For 24 years, Arpaio mistreated thousands of jail inmates and private citizens. He particularly enjoyed tormenting Latinos and harassing them whenever he could. On several occasions, he detained them for no reason.
One of his biggest atrocities was Tent City. According to him, Tent City was just an answer to overcrowded jails. In truth, Tent City was a concentration camp. In Arizona, the temperature easily rises above 100 degrees. In the “inmate areas”, the temperature was upward of 123 degrees in the summer.
He also publicly humiliated male and female inmates by making them wear only pink panties while doing public work. If anyone fought back and disobeyed, they’d be severely beaten. Obviously, there are countless acts of sexual assault and harassment not being talked about.