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Backpage Seized By Government

April of 2018, agencies from the federal government took over Backpage.com. They proceeded afterwards to arrest and put in jail the former owners of the site. Those owners were Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. Mr. Lacy had just gotten married and was planning a party at his home when the arrest happened. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Village Voice Media | Wikepedia

The invasion was an armed one by the FBI and happened during a celebration him and his wife were preparing for. Witnesses to the arrest told a newspaper publication that the agents proceeded to carry out his possessions once the rest was completed.

Raid Of Larkin’s Home

At the same time, government agents also raided the home of Lacey’s business partner on Backpage.com, Jim Larkin. The two men have worked together for many years and even sold a company called Village Voice Media together back in 2012. They did this to retain interest on the site they ran together. In addition to the raids, the government also seized the website.

The reason behind the government seizing the website is due to the fact that there have been many allegations over the years that the site was being ran as a type of online brothel that facilitated sex trafficking. Because of this, both Lacey and Larkin sold their interest in the website to the CEO in 2015. Along with these two men, there are five other individuals being brought in on the 93-count indictment.

Who Is Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey?

Mr. Larkin is a native of Phoenix Arizona and a dropout of Arizona State. He teamed up with Michael Lacey in 1972 to create the Phoenix New Times. It was a weekly campus newspaper created to offer responses to the conservative coverage of anti-war protests students were doing in the area.

Lacey was born the son of a hard-working construction worker. In the 1960s, he moved west from New Jersey to attend Arizona State with Jim. This is where the two began their long-lasting friendship and many business partnerships.

The Beginning Of Frontera Fund

In October 2007, deputies from the Maricopa Sheriff’s Office arrested both Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey. The two had been arrested because of a story they covered in their Phoenix New Times newspaper which stated that they knew about an assault that had happened.

The revelation spoke about the sheriff’s allies issuing grand jury subpoenas to find out the details about the newspapers editors, writers and readers.

However, instead of Lacey and Larkin giving in to the subpoenas, they wrote about it instead. When fellow jail mates asked why they had been arrested, they simply told them they were arrested for writing.

The pair were only in jail for a little over 24 hours. Across the nation there were many crying out about them being arresting unlawful. All of the charges that were originally brought against them were dropped.

The court decided that their subpoenas were invalid because certain legal procedures were sidestepped and the two were arrested with no probable cause. They later came to receive an almost $4 million settlement from the court system and the sheriff’s Office.

NGP VAN Makes Canvassing More Efficient With New Apps

One of the most important ways to get the vote out is canvassing. For those who don’t know, canvassing is going door to door to persuade people to vote for your candidate but, oftentimes, it can be quite vexing and require a lot of paper. However, NGP VAN has recently released a video showing how you can perform canvassing while not using any paper at all. Katie Crowell is the community manager at NGP VAN and, in the video, she shows users how to use their new app to perform paperless canvassing. She mentions that canvassing typically requires a lot paper, countless hours of data entry and lacks the accountability necessary to be an efficient and effective system. However, the whole landscape of canvassing is now changing thanks to the two newest apps by NGP VAN known as Minivan and Minivan Manager.

These new apps are integrated with Van and enable you to organize your list of constituents. You can then send this list to any smartphone, which will provide you with a virtual map of every house on your route so you know exactly where to go and who to speak with. The app even provides you with a script of what to say and enables you to record people’s responses on the app so you don’t have to worry about losing your valuable information. The app even provides up to the minute updates such as the number of doors knocked on and the total number of canvassers.

It also provides you with the number of constituents your canvassers have contacted and which houses you went to. Thanks to this new app, NGP VAN is making it easier and more efficient than ever to effectively canvass your local neighborhoods and get out the vote to your local area. To find out more or to schedule a consultation with one of the staffers at NGP VAN, you can go to ngpvan.com/minivan. So next time you use the app and are able to effectively perform all the canvassing you’ve set out to accomplish, you can thank NGP VAN for these efficient new apps.

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What Frontera Fund is doing to support DACA

The DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program has lately come under a string of attacks from President Donald Trump and the Republicans, who have shown every willingness to disband or water down the program. According to Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, the program was ostensibly established to offer undocumented youths the opportunity to live, work and school in the US. Besides getting a reprieve from deportation, beneficiaries of the program receive social security number, and a chance to work. In some states, DACA recipients receive access to college tuition and the opportunity to apply for a driver’s license. It is slightly over 5 years since the program came into being, and its benefits have been far reaching for both dreamers and the host communities.

 

Statistics indicate that as much 95% of all DACA beneficiaries study, work or do both. The contributions made by the recipients towards the US University and college education system run into millions of dollars. The same effects are felt in the areas the beneficiaries reside, since many have established new businesses that never existed and purchased homes and cars. The latest push to admonish DACA began when Ken Paxton, the Texas attorney General wrote a letter to the Trump administration requesting that DACA be rescinded. In his plea, Ken threatened more actions if the request is not approved by September 5, 2017. In his support, one governor and 9 States Attorney Generals in Republican appended their signatures. News of the plans to imperil DACA send chills all across the nation.

 

In its response, an influential Hispanic group called Hispanic Caucus held a closed door meeting with the Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly to lament over the decision, which if implemented would jeopardize the lives of over 800,000 DACA recipients. For those who hope to apply for the program, an elaborate application appears on the UCLA Berkeley website. The list of documents needed for initial application are School ID, birth certificate, Consular ID and Passport. The beneficiaries must also conform whether they were physically present in the US as of July 2th, 2012. Several organizations and funds have been established to assist immigrant family’s lead better lives in the US. The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is one such program.

 

The fund was established to support civil rights groups vouching for the rights of immigrants living in Arizona. The founders of the fund are two seasoned newsmen and former co-owners of the New Phoenix Times, Mr. Jim Larkin and Mr. Michael Lacey. The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund also regularly cover news reports concerning DACA, immigrant welfare, state and national government policy directives on immigrants and other trending issues. Making its latest pronouncement on DACA, the Supreme Court denied Trump administration officials the opportunity to challenge DACA. The move left an earlier decision made by the lower Courts to stand, albeit temporarily. In a recent DACA installation published on August 2, 2017 the Frontera Fund website discusses the critical processes and guidelines for DACA consideration.

THE ADVOCATES FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

Just like the name suggests The Advocates for Human Rights is a group that is at the fore front in fighting for human rights in the world. The groups aim is to Implement the accepted international human rights standards and reinforce the rule of law.

Over thirty years, the group has advocated for human rights change in the regional, global and local levels. Its activities has changed the lives of many children, immigrants, and women.

By involving volunteers around the globe who advocate, educate and research on human rights issues, this group can carry its work in the United States and other global communities. This rights group was started in nineteen eighty-three by a group of Minnesota based attorneys.

At first, it was named as a Human Rights committee of Minnesota lawyers that sought to educate its members, public and the lawyers on issues to do with human rights. Read more: Michael Larcey | Twitter and Michael Larcey | Facebook

Through the group, local lawyers and professionals were trained and encouraged to make use of the skills and experiences to defend people rights in the city of Minnesota. In nineteen ninety-two, to reflect its goal of advocating for human rights globally and locally, the group changed its name to Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. In 2008, the group changed the name again to The Advocates for Human Rights to reflect its global touch. It has continually advocated for human rights globally.

Today, the organization has received numerous recognitions for its work. The group’s preparation and documentation of the Minnesota Protocol which provides a manual to protect and investigate arbitrary, extra-legal and summary executions was one of the early projects that saw the group internationally recognized.

The United Nations have adopted the document and it used in many countries around the world for documentation and investigation of abuses on human rights.

Over the last 25 years since its interception, the group has been involved in human rights in countries such as Poland, Mexico, Uganda, Peru, Nepal, sierra Leone, the US, Mexico, Albania among other nations. The advocates have broadened its work around the globe.

Lacy And Larkin Frontera Fund Is Born

Despite the great work that Advocates for Human Rights and other human and civil rights groups do; there is still a violation of these rights locally and globally.

One such incident happened in October two thousand and seven, two journalists Lacey and Jim; the co-founders of the Village Voice Media and the Phoenix New Times were arrested by the Maricopa County Sheriff after they revealed that there existed grand jury proceedings which had sought reporters notes on articles that covered the sheriff. Even more shocking was that the grand jury demanded to know the identity of citizens who read stories that involved the sheriff online on Phoenix New Times.

However, a good thing did come out of this arrest as the two reporters decided to sue the county because they fought for the first amendments rights implementation. Jim and Mike won the case and were awarded settlement money that amounted to $3.75 million.

The two journalists have decided to use the settlement money to set up the Lacey and Larking Frontera Fund that supports human rights groups that fight for human, migrants and civil rights and those that advocate for freedom of speech and civil participation in Arizona and the Mexican border.

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MICHAEL LACEY AND JIM LARKIN’S MEDIA COLLABORATION.

In many years, prevail of justice takes a lot of effort to succeed in many countries across the world. Therefore, those who fight for justice must be people who are determined and strong-willed to achieve justice regardless of the challenges experienced. This makes Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey to be heroes in pursue fairness.

Michael Lacey is a mathematics guru who has gained respect and recognition in the United States through his works in the subject. On the other hand, Jim Larkin is a publisher who uses his skills and knowledge to help out in the society. The collaboration of the two in media has been through a lot in the name of bringing justice to the people.

The two people agreed to work together to ensure that there is social justice in all aspects and that activities involving the public are done in fairness and equality. To achieve this, they both formed a publication namely Phoenix New Times with Michael as the leading editor and Larkin as the leading advisor. The publications gave a channel for interaction and issuing of information as people got informed on the social happenings and gave their response and remarks.

Their regular coverage of things affecting the people led to their arrest as they released strike of the students. It was a period when many media personnel were being arrested undermining their work. After their release, it did not mark their end as they revealed the story of Arpaio who was an unfair Sherriff. Arpaio denied the immigrants the opportunity to get their rights and oppressed them in many ways as he tried to curb illegal immigration. The situation affected the Latinos mostly.

The publication if Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin led to a lot of opposition that had to involve the public for justice to be done. As a result, they created a Frontera fund which was aimed to help immigrants get their rights and smooth migration. The funding of the foundation was also directed to Front Page Confidential that was created to assist in the curbing the rights of free speech of the journalists.