If you haven’t heard of Joe Arpaio you probably should get to know him to understand why Michael Lacey and Joe Larkin are so angry.
Joe Arpaio was elected Sheriff of Maricopa County of Arizona in 1992 and quickly turned into a controversial figure.
In 1993, to fight prison overcrowding, Arpaio created a facility called Tent City. In the desert of Arizona temperatures could reach 135 degrees. Prisoners were subjugated to inhumane treatment while being contained in Tent City.
While prisoners outside were yearning for the air conditioning of the indoors, the inmates being held in county jails were being beaten to death and soon to be mothers were chained to beds during child birth.
Arpaio sustained his position as Sheriff with strategies of bribery and abuse of power. He has misused his authority to arrest or smear all those who appose him. This corrupt behavior was allowed to go on until recent years when it finally got nationwide media coverage.
Arpaio was finally charged with criminal contempt of court when he violated a judge’s order to cease his racial profiling and enforcement of federal immigration laws. He failed to abide by the judge’s orders and was promptly charged and convicted.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are victims of Arpaio as well. The journalists were arrested for something they published in their paper, a violation of the first amendment. The duo were quickly released from custody and they went on to sue the county for their unlawful arrest.
In a time where the President of the United States is the biggest threat to the first amendment, it is no surprise that the President also pardoned Joe Arpaio from his conviction in criminal contempt of court. Citizens, including Larkin and Lacey, were outraged over the President’s decision.
Now Arpaio says he may be planning to run for Senator of Arizona.
Michael Lacey blames the justice system for not charging Arpaio with more crimes.
Lacey claims that Arpaio is accountable for countless deaths during his time as sheriff. Lacey believes the justice system has failed by only charging Arpaio with contempt of court.
With the winning of their lawsuit and the money they obtained from selling their newspaper, the duo now plan to fight against the local corruption that is so prevalent in Arizona. Larkin and Lacey have teamed up once again to create two new organizations.
The Frontera Fund is a charitable organization that raises money towards fighting migrant injustices like those committed by Joe Arpaio. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/
The company focuses its attention on the Hispanic community in Arizona and works hard to inform them on issues important to them like immigration laws and DACA reform.
Their new newspaper, Front Page Confidential, aims to reach a much wider audience. The newspaper intends to educate people all across the nation on issues relating to their first amendment.
Lacey and Larkin want to make sure that the government, both local and federal, do not impede on the basic rights The Constitution guarantees to all United States citizens.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have Shifted Focus from Journalism to Altruism
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are no strangers to controversy. They started their career in journalism while they were still in college where they teamed up to create a liberal option for a news source at their school. Many of the students didn’t agree with the school’s conservative opinions on student protests, so Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin provided them with an alternative news source.
They dropped out of school to join the real journalism industry. They eventually purchased the Phoenix New Times and became the owners of Village Voice Media. In the red state of Arizona, they continued to provide an alternative source for residents of Arizona. Naturally, corrupt Sheriff of Maricopa County came under their journalistic scope. For year, at the Phoenix New Times, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin exposed the wrongful actions of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Joe Arpaio didn’t take these actions kindly. He responded by violating their first amendment rights. In 2007, under the guise of darkness, Joe Arpaio’s deputies moved in the the arrest. The two were pulled from their homes and shipped to separate facilities where they couldn’t make contact with each other.
Publications from all over the country joined published the story of their arrest. This led to a public outcry so loud that the journalists were released. They then filed a lawsuit with the county and walked away from the ordeal 4 million dollars richer.
The Frontera Fund & Front Page Confidential
The former owners of the Phoenix New Times have now created two new organization to use in their efforts against Joe Arpaio and o ther corrupt politicians. The Frontera Fund is a charity that is working to provide relief to Hispanic citizens in Arizona. They also support large, more varied charities such as The ACLU. Front Page Confidential, on the other hand, is making sure people like Joe Arpaio never hold office again. The new paper publishes content that exposes politicians for their immoral behavior. The newspaper also publishes content relating to civil rights violations and general oppression.