Michael Lacey grew up in Newark, New Jersey. In the late 60s, he decided to attend college in Arizona. After enrolling at Arizona State University, he quickly noticed the ultra-conservative atmosphere of Arizona. Not everyone agreed with that mentality, but the media was predominately conservative.
After seeing how the media covered local antiwar protests, Lacey got together with some fellow like-minded students and started their own paper called Phoenix New Times. As the paper’s popularity grew, Lacey dropped out to focus on editing. Jim Larkin, a Phoenix-native, joined the paper and ran the advertising side of things.
Soon, they had one of the more prestigious newspapers in the state. As word of their success spread, they started buying other newspapers in other states. By the early 2000s, their media conglomerate Village Voice Media was a multimillion-dollar company. VVM won the duo dozens of awards and industry recognitions. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Micheal Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and https://about.me/jim_larkin
In 2012, they sold VVM to some old friends who also worked at the company for years. While their media careers are spectacular, it’s not what they’re most known for. Over a decade ago, Lacey and Larkin’s paper, Phoenix New Times, got into a heated battled with a crooked, racist sheriff.
For those who don’t know who Joe Arpaio is, he’s a terrible man. Most of Phoenix’s racism and hatred was fostered by Arpaio while he served as sheriff. Some report that he attended anti-Mexican rallies in uniform. People knew he was a tyrannical racist with a badge and did nothing to stop him.
Those that did try to stop him or expose him were instantly silenced by his authority. There are countless reports of him using his power to cover things up and get away with something horrible. His systematic abuse of Latinos makes him even worse than it seems. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Twitter
He’s one of the worst people to ever wear a badge. He couldn’t even manage his own sheriff’s office correctly. Yet, he was also in charge of overseeing local jails, which many died in due to the substandard health conditions and authoritarian abuse.
Luckily, Lacey and Larkin’s paper took Arpaio down. Not only did he lose his job, he was arrested and convicted for ignoring a federal judge’s orders. He was supposed to serve many years in prison, but Donald Trump pardoned him just before he was sentenced. Now, Lacey and Larkin have to clean up a mess they already took care of once before.