Like many ultra-conservative states, Arizona fights hard against the inexorable rule of the universe—change. As much as right-wingers love to scream about freedom and the constitution, one would think they’d line up shoulder to shoulder with those that have been oppressed and have had their civil rights violated.
But alas, the history of Arizona is as dark as the country it belongs to, a Confederate state, a state that only recognized MLK day (upon being paid off with a Super Bowl) a state that made racial profiling legal with the passing of SB-1080 and a longtime employer of the egregious Joe Arpaio.
But in bad times and bad places, there are always unsung heroes that suffer so that change can gain a foothold; two of these people are Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
Michael Lacey is originally from New Jersey and humble beginnings, attending ASU in the late 60s before dropping out in 1970 to work on the Phoenix New Times which was quickly gaining attention, to the chagrin of conservative propaganda.
Lacey partnered with Jim Larkin who headed up the advertising side of the operation. From this point, they would bring truth and the exploration of new ideas to the masses of interested readers.
A Dark Turn, Yields New Light
On October 18th, 2007 the then Sheriff Joe Arpaio had Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin arrested for an article they ran criticizing Arpaio’s activities. Let us be clear, this was a blatant violation of the constitution and nothing more than a public official using his position to terrorize and intact a vendetta on those that would voice questions and concerns.
The amount of felonies Arpaio committed on October 18th would certainly earn him a life sentence were he not a Sheriff in Arizona. Lacey and Larkin were promptly released from jail as the judge saw there were no grounds to arrest them in the first place.
This fight would continue in the form of a lawsuit in which Larkin and Lacey were awarded $3.75 million that they used to found the Frontera Fund. A nonprofit dedicated to helping those that are also targets of bigotry and injustice; such as, the eight hundred thousand DACA children that will possibly be deported in 2018 under the Trump administration.
These people have committed no crime and know only America as their home. The DACA children live under strict guidelines to ensure they are on a productive pathway.
Heroes versus Villians
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin continue the fight against Joe Arpaio who like many convicted criminals with friends in high places manages to keep slipping out of the grasp of justice.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey will continue to spread awareness about Arpaio who is now running for a Senate seat in Arizona to likely help pass more heinous legislature for the Republican party and the dumpster fire which is the Trump administration.
All those that believe in freedom and justice for all should help support the Frontera Fund and longtime heroes Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, who have been speaking truth to power for decades.
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