The rise of alternative media is very much visible in the last few years, primarily due to the mistrust of the people on the mainstream media houses.
More and more people are turning to the alternative media houses for news and updates on what is going on across the globe. One such alternative media houses are Village Voice Media, based in Arizona, which is co-owned by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
They have been into journalism from the time they were in college and started Phoenix New Times to protest against the local media houses that were providing false reports on the students’ antiwar protests. Since then, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been working together and went on to create a small news empire with the formation of the Village Voice Media.
Recently, the entire nation was shocked when the Maricopa County Sheriff decided to misuse the authority he was given to protect the people of the country. The sheriff ordered the arrest of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey from their house suddenly without any proper reasons late at night.
The so-called crime that Larkin and Lacey did was to report the truth to the people. As soon as they were arrested, other media houses erupted with outrage as they had to at least support the freedom of speech and the freedom of media. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
The entire nation started protesting against the arrest, and after being kept in prison in harsh conditions for 24 days, Larkin and Lacey were finally released. If the people of the country wouldn’t have protested, it is entirely possible that Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey would have had to stay for much longer in prison.
Thanks to the support and love they received from the entire nation as well as from the media fraternity, Joe Arpaio, and the law enforcement agency was forced to release them.
Larkin and Lacey retaliated by filing a lawsuit against the state that eventually resulted in them winning the case. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were awarded the compensation amount of $3.7 million for the traumatic experience they had to go through without committing any crime.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were recently surprised when US President Donald Trump announced pardon for Ex-Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The pardon came at a time when it was least expected, and it caused a lot of disappointment among the people as well as Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.
Joe Arpaio won’t have to face any jail time due to the pardon the US President gives him. Many political analysts are speculating that Joe Arpaio predicted long before that Donald Trump would be winning the elections and for which he supported him during his election campaign.
It is what obligated Donald Trump to grant him the pardon. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are happy that Joe Arpaio is out of power and has lost the seventh term in Sheriff’s election in Arizona.
The Frontera Fund created by Larkin and Lacey has so far helped hundreds of people in their struggle against the oppression by certain negative elements in the government against immigrants, migrants, and minorities.