The Democratic state can only exist if people have the right to speak their minds so that their opinions are hurt by those in the government so that true and lasting change can occur. Within the United States of America the first amendment protects our right to freedom of speech. We are allowed to peacefully gather and protest what the government is doing to ensure that the change we want actually happens.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are well aware of the fact that the First Amendment right is being stripped away from the average American citizen slowly but surely. They discovered this during their own time advocating for a change they long to see.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin use the freedom of speech given to them by the Constitution to advocate for immigrant rights to be given to those entering the United States of America.
These two men both own the Village Voice Media and the various publications that come from that group have over 9 million readers in the United States alone. They have used that influence to discuss the brutality that immigrants face on their way here.
The brutality does not just come from their government, it also comes from ours. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have reported on various government officials and how they have gone out of their way to punish immigrants for being here. The culmination of both brutality and tyrannical rule can be found embodied in Sheriff Joseph Arpaio.
In the Phoenix New Times, an article was published by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin that showed internal evidence that Sheriff Joseph Arpaio took a three-year period to completely change personnel in the Maricopa County Police Department. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
This personnel change occurred due to “opinion differences” regarding racial profiling. The truth is racially profiling people is illegal. You cannot fire people for not doing it. However, this is exactly what Sheriff Joseph Arpaio did.
Another article published in the Phoenix New Times interviewed Hispanic men who released from the prison that Sheriff Joseph Arpaio runs. They told stories on how Sheriff Joseph Arpaio ordered security guards to beat them in the street them simply because of their heritage.
Sheriff Joseph Arpaio wanted to stop these two men from exercising the first amendment.
He attempted to gain a subpoena against their writings but was denied by the District Court. Rather than abiding by the District Court’s rule he went to the homes of the men and gathered the materials unlawfully. He then hauled the men off to jail. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737 and http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/
This unlawful detention resulted in a lawsuit against Sheriff Joseph Arpaio. This lawsuit costs Sheriff Joseph Arpaio his job and the Maricopa County $3.75 million. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin thought they had justice until President Donald Trump pardoned this cruel man.
However, Lacey and Larkin soldier on. They created the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund to provide monetary remittance to the various people who suffer from the misdeeds of the Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio.