Category: Activism

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Speak to Power and Against Pardon of Arpaio

There have been Presidents who have used their pardon power more aggressively than others and that was the choice President Trump made when he pardoned Joe Arpaio, the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America. Arpaio was elected as sheriff for Maricopa County, Arizona six times, before losing a re-election bid in 2016.

Arpaio and Trump spent a lot of time together during the 2016 presidential campaign. After Arpaio was convicted of contempt, which could have resulted in a six-month maximum prison sentence, he was pardoned by President Trump. It was Trump’s first pardon as president.

Many people know Arpaio for his tough stand on criminal behavior and holding people accountable for their illegal actions, as any sheriff would be expected.

However, there is another side that many in the community were not privileged to, which resulted in the wrongful imprisonment and violation of the First Amendment Rights of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, owners of Village Voice in Phoenix, Arizona. Lacey is the executive editor and Larkin is the CEO.

A little over 10 years ago, Selective Enforcement Unit agents of Maricopa County forced themselves into the respective homes of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.

By the order of Sheriff Arpaio, both men were hauled away from their home in the middle of the night and falsely charged with disclosing details stemming from a grand-jury investigation that involved Arpaio, the sheriff’s office, and his deputies. The information was provided in articles that were posted in the Phoenix News Times by the two journalists.

At the time, Arpaio was being accused of being overly aggressive in his orders to deputies, particularly with immigrants and the Latino community, including allegations of racial profiling.

Sheriff Arpaio was also under intense scrutiny by the community for his stern tactics regarding the infamous Tent City, where inmates were allegedly treated inhumanely, embarrassed and had their civil rights violated, especially the immigrant population. The Phoenix News Times continued its journalistic duty to the public by editorializing the information, as it unfolded.

After an outcry by the public, and 24 days later, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were released from custody. They both filed a lawsuit against Maricopa County, Arpaio, and the Selective Enforcement Unit, which was settled for $3.7 million. The immigrant community was slowly undermined during Arpaio’s tenure as sheriff.

However, human rights groups, including the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, have pulled together to stand for justice among those in the immigrant community. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was created with the $3.7 million settlement.

Trump’s pardon of Arpaio was a way for the former sheriff to position himself in a political position within the GOP. With his platform, Arpaio could reach millions. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Speak Out on Trump Pardon of Arpaio | Phoenix New Times and Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Make The List of Civil Rights Protectors | Philly Purge

However, whatever agenda or platform Arpaio chooses, it will be met with the facts of misdeeds, alleged corruption, and a settled case of First Amendment Rights violation of two journalists doing their job.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Provide Relief to Arizona Residents

Since Joe Arpaio’s initial election in 1992, he has been a blemish on the entire State of Arizona. He began his career in law enforcement by creating a self-proclaimed concentration camp called Tent City and to this day continues his immoral and illegal activities.

 

Two victims of Arpaio have had enough. After Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, two journalists, were arrested by Arpaio for something they published in their newspaper, they sued. The result was a 3.75 million dollar settlement that they used to create two new organizations. One of the organizations was a newspaper and the other was a charity.

 

Both organizations focus on informing people on issues that pertain to them. Front Page Confidential, the new newspaper divides their time between civil rights issues, politics and educating their readers on how to protect their first amendment rights. Ever since Larkin and Lacey had their first amendment rights stomped on, they have been using their journalistic voice to prevent similar circumstances from happening to any other United States citizen.

 

The other organization they formed, The Frontera Fund, a charity, works with other organizations such as the American Immigration Council, Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, and Center for Neighborhood Leadership to provide information and assistance to the local immigrant community.

 

Lacey and Larkin, with their newfound altruism fights for the migrant, civil and human rights of not just the residents of Arizona, but citizens all over the nation.

 

Larkin and Lacey Fund Latino Charities.

When someone thinks about the name Joe Arpaio, they probably think about his 1993 controversy called Tent City, or his publicized hatred of minorities. Most people have not heard about his non-racially motivated controversies. Since his original election, Arpaio has been using his position of power to suppress local opposition under the noses of a nation.

 

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, by using their paper The Phoenix New Times, worked to expose Arpaio to the world. Unfortunately, this led to their arrest in 2007. Lacey and Larkin were released later that day and filed a lawsuit, claiming they were illegally arrested.

 

This wasn’t the only illegal arrest made by Joe Arpaio in 2007. In another event that made national headlines, Arpaio arrested a legal present Mexican citizen purely based on his looks. The Mexican citizen filed a lawsuit against Arpaio that ultimately led to contempt of court charges for Arpaio. Just when the people of Arizona thought they would see justice, Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio.

 

Now that Arpaio’s corruption has reached a national level, it will take the country’s bravest individuals to stand in his opposition. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have chosen to be those people.

 

The former owners of The Phoenix New Times created Front Page Confidential to be a medium between them and their readers. Their new paper doesn’t have a sports section, it doesn’t focus on local news, it publishes content relating to political corruption and fights to maintain the rights promised by The Constitution.

 

Their other organization takes a more direct approach in the local community. The Frontera Fund raises money to assist Latinos in Arizona from people like Joe Arpaio. Through the fund, Lacey and Larkin provide funds to charities that benefit the Latinos and their rights.

 

The Events Led to Frontera Fund

On October 18, 2017 evening, the armed Selective Enforcement Unit members of Maricopa County Sheriff stormed into the houses of Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey. The journalists of Village Voice Media were arrested and forcibly put into dark tinted SUVs with Mexican license plates. Both of them were admitted into two different jails controlled by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The arrests were orchestrated by Arpaio who claims the toughest Sheriff of the country. He was angry about his misdeeds being exposed by Phoenix New Times. The newspaper covered detailed reports featuring his role in creating anti-Mexican fear in Arizona.

 

While mainstream newspapers kept away from covering him, Phoenix New Times investigated and published detailed articles featuring the mismanagement and financial irregularities in the sheriff’s office. It also included how abuse of power against the critics, inadequate and substandard conditions in his jails, the abuse and deaths of prison inmates, racial profiling done by him, unconstitutional detention of Hispanic community, ill-treatment, and more. Both the reporters were arrested for publishing a grand jury order in Phoenix New Times.

 

The subpoenas demanded the details of news writers, news editors, and online readers, including their personal information such as IP address and browsing history. Both Lacey and Larkin wrote about the instructions, and when a few jail inmates asked them the reason for the arrest, they simply replied: “writing.” Due to the national outcry, Arpaio was forced to release both the journalists within 24 hours by dropping all the charges against them. The detention also led to a major legal battle at Court of Appeals focusing on First Amendment Rights as well as abuse of power.

 

In 2012, the Ninth Court observed that both the journalists were detained without any valid reason. The decision by the court also stamped a settlement amount worth $3.7 million to both the journalists from Maricopa County. The journalists set up Frontera Fund using the money to help the Hispanic community who are facing various civil and racial abuses in Arizona. Larkin said that he is taught from childhood that one should lend their hands of support to the less fortunate, and he found Hispanic community in the state is the most deserving group.

 

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Provide Relief to Arizona Residents

Since Joe Arpaio’s initial election in 1992, he has been a blemish on the entire State of Arizona. He began his career in law enforcement by creating a self-proclaimed concentration camp called Tent City and to this day continues his immoral and illegal activities.

 

Two victims of Arpaio have had enough. After Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, two journalists, were arrested by Arpaio for something they published in their newspaper, they sued. The result was a 3.75 million dollar settlement that they used to create two new organizations. One of the organizations was a newspaper and the other was a charity.

 

Both organizations focus on informing people on issues that pertain to them. Front Page Confidential, the new newspaper divides their time between civil rights issues, politics and educating their readers on how to protect their first amendment rights. Ever since Larkin and Lacey had their first amendment rights stomped on, they have been using their journalistic voice to prevent similar circumstances from happening to any other United States citizen.

 

The other organization they formed, The Frontera Fund, a charity, works with other organizations such as the American Immigration Council, Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, and Center for Neighborhood Leadership to provide information and assistance to the local immigrant community.

 

Lacey and Larkin, with their newfound altruism fights for the migrant, civil and human rights of not just the residents of Arizona, but citizens all over the nation.

 

 

 

 

The Importance of Human Activism in Political Liberation and Freedom

Political freedom has been realized by the existence of different types of human activism around the world. Many people have been made aware of their rights to life and privileges found in their respective constitutions. Freedom comes with a price and many people who fought for freedom and liberation ended up being killed. This was the beginning of human activism that took a positive turn towards ensuring every person around the world is treated equally. This has seen rise to many activists across the world that have fought for liberation among countries. Thor Halvorssen is a leading and renowned human activist that has been participating in the liberation of oppressed people in the society. He is the founder of Human Rights Foundation that was established in 2005 with its headquarters in New York City. Thor Halvorssen was born in Venezuela from a powerful family of a government minister and a vocal mother. He started her activism process while in Harvard University where he contributed as an editor of the university publication. Through this process, he garnered a lot of experience and courage that saw her move to become a well-known and famous human rights advocate.

His depute in the world of activism was evident when his father was detained without trial by the Venezuelan company when he was serving as a powerful cabinet secretary. This sparked street protests that were led by Thor Halvorssen where they demanded the release of his father who was innocent of the charges against him. The protest went on until the international communities gave their voices concerning the issue ion Venezuela. After the intervention of Amnesty International, Thor Halvorssen’s father was released and given a position on the Pan-American committee. Thor Halvorssen has also invested a lot in the film industry. He has produced many films that have hit the global limelight.

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Human Rights Activist And Anti-Socialist Thor Halvorssen Thinks Bernie Sanders Is The Best Democratic Choice

Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza is a film producer, Venezuelan human rights activist, and individual rights and civil liberties advocate. Halvorssen was recently interviewed by Fox News, and he talked about Democratic Socialist candidate Bernie Sanders, socialism, and Hillary Clinton. Halvorsen is a champion of the powerless and the underdogs. His mission in life is to right the endless wrongs in the world. Mr. Halvorssen founded the Oslo Freedom Forum, and he is president of the Human Rights Foundation. Thor also founded the Moving Picture Institute and he owns the leftist magazine Ny Tid.

 

Halvorssen is not a fan of socialism. Venezuela is one of the worse examples of a socialist state on the planet. Halvorssen graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Political Science and History, so he is well-equipped to talk about the evils of socialism. Socialism has been a dirty word in the United States for decades, so it was a surprise when Halvorssen told the Fox interviewer that he supported Bernie Sanders for President. Bernie Sanders form of socialism isn’t the socialism Thor grew up knowing. Democratic Socialism is a hybrid form of the ideology. Democratic socialists believe the government should not control businesses and industries, but it should be responsible for providing adequate healthcare to all people, and it should treat all individuals equally when it comes to rights and services.

 

Bernie Sanders wants the government to take responsibility for the well-being of its constituents, and he wants to give the power back to the people. He is against Super PACs, big banks, and political favoritism. Halvorssen agrees with Sanders on those issues, but the main reason Thor is supporting Sanders is his distrust for Hillary Clinton. Clinton has supported causes and referendums that have gone against what Thor Halvorssen calls “political justice.”

 

Sanders is an underdog and Halvorssen believes Bernie is an underdog that can win the primary and the general election.

More information for Thor Halvorssen:

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