The Presidential Pardon is Rubbish

In the United States, whenever people talk about the rights of the migrants, some of the most remembered names are that of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. They are mostly recognized for their efforts to fight off racism and other forms of discrimination against those who have come initially from the south. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey:  http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/ and http://www.phillypurge.com/2017/06/23/jim-larkin-michael-lacey-make-the-list-of-civil-rights-protectors/

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been like this since the beginning of time, and today, they have become more vigorous is ensuring that the migrants are given their rights and that no amendment of the Constitution has been violated.

They firmly oppose the policies of President Donald Trump which is anti-immigrant, and as feedback to his plans of deporting the migrants back to the countries where they came from, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin continue to help those who need assistance, and they are helping them in looking for a new place to live.

They wanted to help the migrants because they understand their pain, and they wanted to lessen the negative feelings that they have inside their chests. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase

Despite their efforts to help the migrant population, the current administration is branding those like Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin as destabilizers, and they can face severe punishments if caught doing the act on the spot. The likes of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are lamenting that helping a fellow human is now a crime, while tormenting them to death, just like what Joe Arpaio has been doing for years, can be applauded for their “heroic” act.

Joe Arpaio was a convicted former sheriff who served the Maricopa County, only pardoned by President Donald Trump. Joe Arpaio has a firm stand on illegal immigration, and he has always looked upon the migrants as second-class citizens.

During his term as the Maricopa County sheriff, he would always intimidate the migrants, and he is threatening them of deportation. The migrants have always accused Joe Arpaio of abusing his power, and news reports are saying how his tent city has killed dozens of migrants who are being kept inside illegally.

These are the things that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin wanted to prevent, and it is also the reason why they kept on writing negatively about Joe Arpaio through the years. He referred to the two as the thorns on is side and threatened them in the past that he will do everything to eliminate them from his life.

The court sentenced Joe Arpaio because of continuous contempt, related to the charges filed against him that falls under racism and discrimination. However, despite the ruling, Joe Arpaio kept a positive attitude saying that he will just be pardoned, because they have the same thinking with the president.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were disgusted knowing that Joe Arpaio was pardoned, and they are even surprised after knowing that he has plans to run for the Senate. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are appealing to everyone in the United States not to vote for Joe Arpaio, and they are doing the campaign with the help of their private fund called the Frontera Fund.

 

Larkin & Lacey

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two people who have views that are on the left side of the political spectrum. They are all for the social and political acceptance of immigrants—whether those immigrants are undocumented or not.

A browse through their website and their social media reveals that they are very pro-DACA, anti-Trump, anti-Sheriff Arpaio and pro-DREAMER. They believe that the value of human life outweighs the theoretical economic and social benefits of keeping undocumented immigrants out.

Well, we all know who Trump is and what DACA and DREAMERs are. However, Sheriff Arpaio might be a hard one to recall. For those who don’t know, or for those who forgot, Sheriff Arpaio is a man who stood in authority over Maricopa County. Uncountable amounts of corruption, hate and bad jail conditions prevailed under his rule as Sheriff. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

He oversaw the establishment of a “tent city,” which housed prisoners who would have gone to jails that were too packed full of people. When some of us think of “tent cities,” we think of encampments of homeless people in cities and outside cities. Calling them “tent cities” does not have the same peculiar, negative ring to it as “tent jail cells.” The “tent cities” that were put up were not pleasant places to be.

A variety of abuses happened in jail settings under Sheriff Arpaio. For instance, inmates were haphazardly restrained in ways that were highly dangerous. Some of these inmates died.

There was a diabetic female who was not allowed to have her much needed medication. The list of horror stories goes on and on when we talk about jail conditions under the watch of Joe Arpaio.

Sheriff Arpaio also maligned people who he did not like. He maligned two critics, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. First, he banned the two journalists from his press conferences.

Then, he issued unlawful subpoenas to Larkin and Lacey for requests that were too invasive. After the men published information about their experience in The Phoenix New Times, they were randomly arrested in a very surprising, scary, heart-jolting way.

The Phoenix New Times was regarded by larger publications as a small, alternative type of publication that wasn’t really radical or dangerous.

This leads us to beg the question of why Sheriff Arpaio thought that it was so important to persecute two men who were practicing their right of free speech. Was it because there was some truth to what they were saying, or was Sheriff Arpaio just asserting his dominance?

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/
http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/

 

The Frontera Fund, or Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s revenge against Joe Arpaio

Sheriff Joe Arpaio had done some pretty outrageous and egregious things during his tenure as Sheriff. While working as sheriff of Maricopa County, Sheriff Arpaio had done many things that were considered human rights abuses, such as building a tent city in order to deal with jail overcrowding, where inmates had to deal with very little water, and temperatures reaching 135 degrees Fahrenheit. His policies had caused many wrongful deaths, inmate suicides, and infirmed inmates who were ignored. He fed many of his inmates green meat and rotten food. His policies gave him all sorts of negative press and eventually led to his arrest once his tenure was over.

 

Origins of the Frontera Fund

Joe Arpaio’s political opponents didn’t fare much better. Anyone who was considered a rival or an opponent of his, would cause him to use his power to illegally detain, prosecute, or smear their reputations. Two of his victims include the main editors of Front Page Confidential and chairmen of the Frontera Fund, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. While writing for the Village voice, Lacey and Larkin ran afoul of Sheriff Joe for their expose that they wrote against him. Due to this, Sheriff Joe had them arrested. The county attorney dismissed their case in under a day due to overwhelming protest from both citizens and the media. It was because of this Lacey and Larkin received a 3.75 million Dollar lawsuit settlement for wrongful arrest. It was with this money that the two men set up the Frontera Fund. The Frontera Fund is a non profit organization that sends money to migrant rights groups in Arizona. The two men also run the aforementioned blog, Front Page Confidential, which covers abuses of and threats to free speech and the First Amendment.

 

Lacey and Larkin Give Some People Justice

I am disheartened to see that Joseph Arpaio, who was the former Sheriff of the Maricopa County Police Department, is not facing justice for all the crimes that he has committed. I am even more disheartened to see that he is considering a senatorial run for a seat in the state of Arizona.

To see a man like that not only not pay for his crime but rather have a thriving life in the public sphere makes my soul wither and my heart cry. I am glad to see that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are doing all in their power to make sure Joseph Arpaio’s victims receive justice.

While Joseph Arpaio was Sheriff of the Maricopa County Police Department, he committed an untold amount of evil against the Hispanic community.

The first evil was creating a local Police Department that was geared to racially profile the Hispanic community. This was accomplished by firing all previous police officers on staff and then re-staffing the Police Department with officers who were more than willing to let their racial biases show.

The second evil was the time when Joseph Arpaio ordered an innocent family’s home to be burned down to the ground because he wrongly raided the home looking for drugs.

The third evil was another time when Joseph Arpaio allowed an unborn baby to die. This occurred when a woman, who had been detained earlier that day, began complaining of bleeding from her lady parts and pain in her abdomen. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Angel.co

The guards were informed that she had not felt the baby move and she needed a doctor. Rather than being concerned, they laughed. Unfortunately, because of their error, the child died. To show how cruel Sheriff Joe Arpaio is he refused to allow her to even go to the child’s funeral.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin reported on these atrocities, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio came under heavy scrutiny. He decided it would be best to get out from under the microscope by obtaining the evidence that Lacey and Larkin had. To obtain this evidence, he would get his hands on an illegal warrant and unlawfully burst into their homes.

This illegal assault would end up as a settlement where Lacey and Larkin were rewarded with $3.75 million which was then used to begin the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. This non-profit opposes the Senatorial run of Joseph Arpaio.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

https://about.me/michael-lacey and  http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737

Michael Lacey

Michael Lacey was born on September 26, 1959. Lacey is an American citizen and one of the greatest mathematicians to have ever exist on planet earth. Lacey attended the University of Texas for his undergraduate studies and graduated with Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics in the year 1981. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://people.math.gatech.edu/~lacey/

Lacey being an academician did not stop there and to further his education he went to the University of Illinois, where he graduated with Ph. D. in Mathematics in 1987.

Michael Lacey began his career journey as a professor of mathematics and boasts of having taught mathematics to some of the top universities globally. Some of the Universities Lacey has taught include Louisiana State University and Baton Rouge University where he served as an assistant professor. Lacey in 1988 joined the University of Northern Carolina where he also served as an assistant professor for one year until 1989.

From 1989 Lacey joined Indiana University Bloomington where he also served as an assistant professor until the year 1996. Lacey then joined Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta as an associate professor and rose through the ranks to a full-time professor of mathematics.

Lacey has close to 30 years of experience in the field of mathematics. Besides, teaching Lacey is also an author and has written hundreds of publications, books, and peer reviews.

To help advance his research Lacey in the field of mathematics Lacey has received grants and donations from governmental and non-governmental organization amounting to thousands of dollars. Some of the organizations that have contributed towards lacey works include the Australian research council and the Simons Foundation among others.

Lacey has also accomplished a lot as a mathematician and among his achievements include the mathematics fellow award which he received in the year 2013. In 2012 Lacey was honored with the Simon Fellow Award and the same year he received the Georgia Tech NSF-ADVANCE Mentoring Award.

Read more: Michael Lacey | Mathalliance

Jim Larkin; Hero Of The Irish Working Class

Jim Larkin was born on the 21st of January, 1876, in Liverpool, England. He was an Irish activist for workers’ rights and a labor organizer. He founded the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union and is famous for his activism and his work to improve the quality of life for Irish workers.

After he had established the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union, it swiftly became the region’s largest union. The union collapsed shortly after the Dublin Lockout, and Jim Larkin moved to the United States in 1914, though he would later be deported back to Ireland. Politically, he was an ardent Marxist and continued his activities in labor organization well into the 1940s. He passed away on the 30th of January, 1947, in Dublin, Ireland.

The Fight For Workers’ Rights

As he grew up in the slums of Liverpool as part of the lower working class, Jim Larkin had a limited formal education. During his youth, in order to provide supplementary income for his family, he worked in a variety of jobs, although he eventually settled into a job at the Liverpool Docks, working as a foreman.

By that time, he had come to the belief that the working class was being treated unfairly by those in the higher classes, and he became a dedicated socialist. In 1903, Jim Larkin married Elizabeth Brown, eventuallygoing on to have four sons with her. By 1905, he had become a trade union organizer for the National Union of Dock Labourers full-time, as well as organizing workers’ strikes in order to advocate for additional rights.

However, Jim Larkin’s methods for strikes were rather militant, which alarmed the National Union of Dock Labourers. In 1907, he had been transferred to Dublin, which is where he created the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union in order to bring all Irish industrial workers, whether or not they were skilled, under a single union. In the same period, Jim Larkin founded the Irish Labour Party, where he organized and lead a series of strikes in order to advocate for additional workers’ rights.

The most famous, as well as the most significant of the strikes he organized, was the Dublin Lockout in 1913, during which over a hundred thousand workers, both in the industrial sector as well as others, went on strike for almost eight months. The Dublin Lockout, however, eventually accomplished its goal, earning workers the right to fair employment.

After the first World War broke out, Larkin began to stage largeanti-war demonstrations within Dublin. After which, he had traveled to the United States in order to raise additional funds to aid him in his fight against the British. However, he was soon arrested and convicted of criminal anarchy as well as communism.

Jim was pardoned three years after his conviction and deported back to Ireland, where he organized the Workers’ Union of Ireland and, in 1924, gained recognition from Communist International.

Jim Larkin continued his activities in labor organization over the rest of his time in Ireland, continuing to fight for socialism and workers’ rights, before he died in his sleep in 1947, at the age of 71.