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/

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