How Lacey And Larkin Got Arrested For 24 Hours

Considered by the mainstream news outlets to be an offbeat but ultimately benign character, Arpaio made several headlines in the Phoenix New Times, as Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin (executive editor and CEO of Village Voice Media respectively) made efforts to uncover the irregularities in his department and to expose Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Lacey and Larkin had a long-standing feud with Sheriff Arpaio, as they have published many reports on the mismanagement of his office, as well as articles about abuses of power.

Additionally, reports of mistreatment of jail inmates and racial profiling have been published in the Phoenix New Times, in order to draw the public’s attention towards the environment surrounding Arpaio. Speculations are that Arpaio grew frustrated with the articles.

In July of 2004, in the context of one of the reports about Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s real estate dealings, his home address has been made public, which led to an investigation conducted by Maricopa County’s Attorney, who considered the action to be a possible crime according to the laws of Arizona state. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase

The Village Voice Media was served with a subpoena, ordering them to produce all the documents they had that were related to the original article, as well as information about the traffic on their website. The subpoena required them to produce all the IP addresses of the visitors on their site since January 2004, as well as information about the traffic on articles that mentioned Joe Arpaio.

In October of 2007, Larkin and Lacey published the contents of the subpoena, which resulted in their arrest on October 18, the same day they released the information to the public. The two were handcuffed by armed deputies of the “Selective Enforcement Unit” and put in separate jails.

Their arrest resulted into a scandal and a public outcry, the two writers being ultiamtely released from jail in less than 24 hours, with all chargers against them being dropped. Their illegal detention was followed by a prolonged lawsuit, which focused on abuse of power and the First Amendment rights.

The court decided in favor of Larkin and Lacey, who were granted a settlement of $3.7 million, paid by Maricopa County in 2013.

The money was used to create Frontera Fund, an organization that fights for the civil rights of individuals, and distributes funds to nonprofit groups that act as advocates for the Hispanic community – who Larkin considers to be a deserving group, due to their determination to travel the desert to Arizona in order to gain an opportunity to work.

The initiative was also created in order to fight against Arapio’s nationalistic rhetoric, with the push against his rhetoric gaining more attention once he was charged with a misdemeanor in 2017.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/
http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/

Penn Pens Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff

In late March, the debut novel of actor Sean Penn, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, hit newsstands all across the country. The work features the titular protagonist, Bob Honey, a political activist, who tired of the lack of results that come from endless letter writing, turns to violence to instigate change. Penn has been open that Honey’s political beliefs are his own and that the book is pretty much a critique of the Trump administration. Penn has been very active in political movements for years, traveling all over the world for various movements.

Although the book is clearly anti-Trump administration. This is definitely not Penn’s first time speaking out against it. He has a history of being very verbal about opposition to Trump’s policies every since he even started campaigning for the presidency. In the novel, the president is deridingly referred to as “Mr. Landlord.” The novel also a six-page section that specifically looks at the #MeToo movement. This last in particular has received harsh criticism from top publications such as Rolling Stone. In his criticism of the #MeToo movement, among other things he said it was “infantilizing.”

He also says the entire movement is no more than a public shaming of disgraced media stars like Charlie Rose and Louis C.K. But he said such celebrities aren’t the only shaming targets. He said it aims to shame many people throughout the country in any industry. And he concluded that in the end that all it will achieve and will not really generate any really effectual discussion which it claims is its main point. Penn was inspired to write his book after years of becoming disillusioned with the movie industry and how it was giving society the wrong idea about the world. People have learned to be told what to believe instead of coming to that conclusion on their own.

http://premiergazette.com/2018/05/bob-honey-who-just-do-stuff-book-writing/

 

Human Rights Journalists Jim Larkin And Michael Lacy Make Their Feelings Known On Trump’s Pardon Of Arpaio

President Trump had a lot of outspoken and brash personalities support him on his run to the Presidency, but perhaps none more outspoken than the most famous immigration enforcer former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Arpaio was set to be charged with various abuses of power and corruption during his time as sheriff, but President Trump determined to make sure his longtime supporter was given a free pass.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacy, the founders of the Frontera Fund and longtime journalists had been named as some of Arpaio’s top enemies, and they said that Trump’s pardoning him is a sign of weakness in the justice system. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin and http://james-larkin.com/about/

Even though Arpaio may not have gotten the penalty that Larkin and Lacey felt he deserved, they indicated that they would continue to speak out against injustices that those in the Latino communities had suffered under his watch.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey’s latest battle against the former Maricopa County sheriff led to the founding of the Frontera Fund. This organization seeks to help those in the Latino immigrant communities in Phoenix and other cities across the US, and it does so by partnering with other organizations dedicated to immigration reform.

Larkin and Lacey hope to stop the mass deportations that occur during ICE raids, continue the DACA program that President Obama began and fight for other issues such as lower college tuition for immigrants. They hope most importantly to hold elected officials accountable to their constituents.

Larkin and Lacey were originally the owners of Village Voice Media and its newspaper edition the Phoenix New Times. Back in the early 1970s they began the newspaper as part of a college paper at Arizona State University, but as its sales picked up they dropped out of college to publish the news articles full-time.

Their original stories focused on student activist groups that most newspapers portrayed as being extreme agitators during the Vietnam War, and Larkin and Lacey sought to bring the truth out about incidents such as the Kent State shootings.

The Phoenix New Times was grown into multi-city editions and had quite a reach by the 1990s. Some of its authors put together compelling pieces on events such as 9/11 and the Enron scandal.

The battle Larkin and Lacey had with former Sheriff Arpaio was one that began during the 1990s but it reached its height around 2007. Incidents involving law enforcement raids into immigrant neighborhoods as well as mysteries surrounding properties purchased by the Sheriff that seemed to exceed his salary prompted investigative journalism from Larkin and Lacey.

But when Arpaio took issue with their reporting, he had his deputies arrest the two men and public outrage followed. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia

After the judge dropped the case against the Phoenix New Times, Larkin and Lacey filed a lawsuit against Arpaio which was honored with a $3.75 million settlement in 2013.

That money was used to startup the Frontera Fund and its now become the focal point of their journalism. The Frontera Fund has received high reviews from various civil rights foundations.

A Look at the Future OF the DACA Program

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program that has cushioned undocumented youth immigrants against deportation. Through this initiative, eligible youth immigrants can acquire work permits, which allow them to work in the United States. Besides the group of people targeted by the DACA program benefits from in-state-tuition fees and are free to acquire driving licenses. Beneficiaries of the DACA program are expected to renew their membership after every two years.

 

The DACA program has brought numerous benefits to the United States. A huge number of the beneficiaries of the program either study or work in the US. This has greatly benefited universities and colleges across the country. The access to education by young immigrants enables them to secure high paying jobs, and this means that they will pay more tax. Equally, they are able to invest and create businesses in various sectors of the economy.

 

The DACA program has been in existence for over five years, and charitable organizations such as Frontera Fund have shown overwhelming support for the program. Frontera Fund is on the frontline in protecting the existence of the program that is on the verge of collapsing due to constant attacks from new administrators.

 

In the recent past, the DACA program has been at the receiving end of constant attacks orchestrated by members of the GOP. These attacks have sent shockwaves to organizations and networks fighting for the rights of young immigrants. These agencies serve an instrumental purpose in providing young immigrants with guidance, information and assistance. They also agitate for permanent solutions that will sufficiently address the plight of undocumented youth immigrants.

 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, one governor and other nine attorneys generals are among the people who have openly expressed their desire for the termination of the DACA program. The legal experts penned a letter to the Trump administration, threatening to seek court action if the program was not revoked before 5th September. According to this legal team, the program should not be brought to a grinding halt at once; it has to be phased out gradually. This can be achieved through ignoring new applications and stopping the processing of renewal requests.

 

The urge surge in the number of legal cases pushing for the termination of the program prompted the members of the Hispanic Caucus to convene a meeting with the Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly so as to get a clear understanding on the future of the program. Unfortunately, Kelly confirmed their worst fears that the program that benefits over 800,000 people is nearly collapsing.