Village Voice Media started out as one editor and one publisher. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were responsible for the informafion gathered and what needed to be done to help imigrants and migrants in the United States.
The newspaper in Phoenix was slated as being the alternative weekly paper. They were the only paper that was not afraid to step on toes in order to be heard. When many other papers decided to not publish certain stories, this paper did.
Village Voice Media has been in the news for a number of reasons however the one reason that they are most known for is the 2007 arrest of the founding partners.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey had been arrested for leaking grand jury facts and for violating the secrecy laws surrounding grand jury’s. The arresting sheriff, Joe Arpaio roused the men from their beds in the middle of the night and tossing them in police cars and booking them.
The charges that were being brought against Jim and Michael were eventually dropped by the county attorney and the pair sought out financial gains from their wrongful arrest. It was this money that was used to help out immigrants and migrants in the United States.
The money that Jim and Michael received from the settlement was 3.75 million dollars. They established the Frontera Fund to help out those who are Hispanic in Phoenix to get the help they need to be in the United States legally. They also allowed for others to be helped by advocating for civil rights and for enforcing free speech.
A specific organization that the Frontera Fund works closely with is Border Angels. This non-profit organization is based in San Diego and was founded by Enrique Morones in the late 80’s. The main focus of this group is to help migrants get the rights they deserve and to focus on immigration reform. They also are helping to cut down the number of deaths that the border sees each year by helping those find a safer way of entering the country. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn
The goal of Border Angels is to engage the community to have the education it needs as well as the awareness through programs which involve taking guided tours into the desert to set water out for the migrants crossing the border to have access to clean drinking water while crossing the border.
They also help others to learn about the border policy surrounding the United States and Mexican border regarding policies and experiences of migrants and immigrants.
In San Diego, the outreach programs through Border Angels helps those in the area to have access to day labor and to receive free legal assistance through programs held in their offices each Tuesday of the month.
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