Category Archives: Activists

Joe Arpaio vs. Larkin and Lacey

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The story of Larkin and Lacey’s wrongful arrest is known to many. Their arrest caused a huge splash, and not many viewed the arrest as justified. This led to the two executives released.

There has been some bad blood between the two Village Voice Media executives and Joe Arpaio even before he ordered their arrest. Arpaio who had been re-elected six times as the county sheriff and had been in the system for 24 years, and was well known for his racial profiling way of handling the office.

Joe Arpaio did anything in his power to act upon illegal immigration. In his bid to combat this, Joe and his office went overboard to violating people’s civil rights especially the Latinos and Hispanics. Learn more about Lacey and Larkin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Village_Voice_Media and http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/

The racial profiling was the sheriff’s game to practice the law. The detention of Latinos and other immigrants led to multiple cases against him, and in 2011, District Judge Murray Snow intervened citing the Maricopa County Sherriff’s office did not have sufficient grounds to treat and detain the immigrants the way they had been doing. Despite the court’s intervention, Arpaio remained adamant to his “course.” which resulted to his conviction of criminal contempt in 2013.

Arpaio’s refusal to follow the court order is what made Lacey and Larkin expose his methods severally, the two wrote on Arpaio’s wrong use of the law which led to their arrest.

After their release, they filled a strong suit against Joe Arpaio’s malpractices and corruption. However, Joe Arpaio was pardoned by President Donald Trump given the two have a history in the sense that Arpaio had been one of the most vocal supporters of President Trump.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin

Michael Lacey’s and Jim’s journey started after dropping out of school to publish the Phoenix New Times. The son of a construction worker, Lacey as the executive editor and Jim Larkin as the head of advertising worked hard to see the newspaper grow.

They covered several social and political issues in depth. Their continued passion and hard work led to the purchase of Westword in 1983. Westword was Denver’s news and weekly art paper which was among the several alternatives including LA Weekly and Village Voice.

The two exposed grand jury subpoenas which targeted the Phoenix New Times’ writers and editors which led to their arrest in 18th October 2007. Joe Arpaio was the man behind their arrest but released in less than a day following public outcry. Connect Jim Larkin on LinkedIn.

After their release, they filled a lawsuit which led to an investigation that revealed that the warrants used were counterfeit. As a result, the Maricopa County paid $3.75 million in 2013 for their wrongful arrest. Being who they are, Lacey and Larkin used the money to form the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund to offer grants to migrant’s rights organizations in Arizona.

Even though the efforts of the two to see Joe Arpaio behind bars never yielded any fruits, the settlement money has helped them push their agenda. Lacey and Larkin have also started a website, Front Page Confidential which is all about the first amendment and covering threats to freedom of speech.

May 25, 2018

End Citizens United And The Fight Against The Big Money

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There have been a lot of news lately about the political advocacies of End Citizens United. One of the latest news would be the one from USA Today where it was reported that End Citizens United’s latest stance would be to help in abolishing the Big Money 20 away from the organic democratic process.

The report indicated that the new target of End Citizens United in 2018 would be to make sure that the companies involved in the Big Money 20 will no longer be able to use their money as an influencer in the democratic process. Some of the Republican politicians that had been targeted by End Citizens United would be Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada. Rep. Darrel Issa of California and Rep. Pat Meehan of Pennsylvania are also some of the people that made in End Citizens United’s list.

Funds Target

The aim of the PAC End Citizens United this 2018 would aim to raise about $35 million and spend all this money to make sure that the Big Money 20 people would not win. About this, ECU President Tiffany Muller added in his public statement that she’s going to use all the resources that they got just to get the influential companies in the elections to stop using their large amounts of money to gain influence in the elections.

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Expert Opinion

Experts of the 2018 Election added that reducing the influence of money in affecting the democratic elections would be a good way to ensure transparency in the system. In fact, Pollster Al Quinlan noted that when money’s power is removed from the elections, the voice of the individual voters would be ensured. This is also about the top priority of individual voters in making sure that the elections are free from the influence of special interest groups that want to control the electoral results.

What People Think

It was also stated in the report from USA Today that right now the influence of money has even infiltrated the congress level. This is also the reason why the people wanted to make sure that there should be now immediate reforms in how the election donations will be done.

This message doesn’t only come to Republican and Democrat voters, but also independent citizens as well. The people want that big money should not be a big influencer in how the election turns out. They want organic results that represent their collective voice.

That said, End Citizens United also makes it sure that when they accept donations from people, it won’t be beyond $5,000 just to make sure that the people who want to support the advocacy will not turn out to be the same as the people they’re fighting.

This is also to ensure that people all over the country will get a fair share of the representation and will not be tempted to use their big money to influence the turnout.

Visit latimes.com for more information about End Citizens United.

December 22, 2017

Social and Political Orgainzations are Important for the Rights of All People

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Many people might not think about this, but social organizations are a necessary element within modern societies. The reason why they are so crucial has to do with rights and freedoms. Strange as this might seem, all societies exploit members that are not a part of the mainstream. While on the surface this might seem like it is unjust, it is not.

The fact is that not everyone will receive the best treatment and advantages within a society. For example, wealthy people will generally make the rules for society and things within that society. Political figures can make laws that can favor a particular social class and policies can be made that will specifically work against a minority group.

So, social organizations are very important within society. Social organizations help to keep balance and fairness. They help to keep poor people from starving by providing them with extra food. They can help end racial prejudice against a minority group by advocating for laws and reform. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn

They can also help unrepresented members within a society (such as immigrants) to have proper legal support and financial backing. The point is that social organizations provide these services and lot more benefits.

The Frontera Fund was created in 2007 by Michael Larkin and Jim Lacey. They created this fund as a means to help immigrants and racial minorities within the state of Arizona. The fund is used to provide support to social and political organizations that work for the civil, social and human rights of these groups.

Larkin and Lacey wants everyone to benefit from this fund. While it is designed to empower the immigrant and migrant community within Arizona, it is also used for just about anyone whose civil, social and human rights have been violated.

Many organizations in Arizona rely on the Frontera Fund for support. They know that they need funding to actively campaign and to push for change. The funds are used for activities related to helping various minority people to change and to improve the quality of their lives.

Civil, social and migrant groups want to ensure that people get treated as fair as possible. They know that there are people who can easily be exploited with very little effort. Governments typically create situations where people’s rights are hampered. However, individuals can be just as bad.

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio is an example of an individual who made it a point to easily violate the rights immigrants and migrants. Through his corrupt actions, Michael Larking and Jim Lacey were able to gain millions to start the Frontera Fund.

People’s rights are crucial to survival and living the best life possible. Social and political organizations that work toward this end are doing society a great justice by providing services which will help to change things for the better.

November 13, 2017

Thor Halvorssen’s Active Heart

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When it comes human rights, it takes a lot more than just talking about issues to resolve the problem. Action eventually has to be taken. However, it can’t be just any type of action. It has to be a well thought out and planned action that would be effective for the issue. As of right now, the people that are fighting for human rights are the activists. However, in order to be a good activist, one has to be willing to get dirty and take some punishment. After all, tyranny is fierce and vicious. Appropriate action needs to be taken.

Among the activists that are more action oriented is Thor Halvorssen. Halvorssen is an activist who goes way beyond theoretical knowledge. He is someone who has experienced the problems with human rights violations. He is working hard with a lot of energy and enthusiasm in order to take down the tyrants around the globe. He has shown so much passion towards human rights activism that he has founded his own organization called the Human Rights Foundation. This is where he and a few others take on the issues throughout the globe in order to create a more humane society for people all throughout the globe.

Thor Halvorssen makes it clear that he loves humanity and people. He avoids falling into that mindset of hating people. After all, if one has a truly negative mindset about people, then he is not going to be all that effective in the fight for human rights. He is also someone who takes care of his appearance so that he could more easily reach people. He is also not the first in his line to fight against government corruption and human rights violations. His father and mother have also fought the battles against horrid conditions.

More information for Thor Halvorssen:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/halvorssen

August 8, 2016