Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are the founders of new times. Jim Larkin is the chairperson and chief executive officer while Michael Lacey is the executive editor of village voice media. They have been fighting for Latino rights since the pardoning of Joe Arpaio. On 8 October 2007, they were unlawfully arrested and imprisoned for disclosing detailed information on the grand jury investigation. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phillypurge.com/2017/06/23/jim-larkin-michael-lacey-make-the-list-of-civil-rights-protectors/
Sheriff Joe Arpaio made this order. Arpaio had been in office since 1992, and since then he had been very aggressive in enforcing the law. He detained inmates especially women and anyone who was an immigrant based on suspicion.
The district judge told him that this was not sufficient in holding someone. It was not until 2011 that a lawsuit was filed against the sheriff and it exposed his violation of immigrants’ rights especially those of Latino and Hispanic population.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey wrote multiple articles on the conduct of Arpaio since he had not stopped his harsh practices. This was the reason why they were arrested. They filed a suit against Arpaio 24 days later when they were released.
There was more information brought to the public’s attention about his corruption and malpractices. The Maricopa County paid Jim and Michael 3.7 million dollars to settle the suit.
In 2016, Joe Arpaio sensed his downfall, and he aligned himself politically by supporting Donald Trump’s candidacy for president. In 2017, he was charged with criminal contempt and sentenced to six months for the misdemeanor.
In lacey’s view, Trump used this to his advantage since most nationalists viewed Arpaio as a hero. Several times, he hinted pardoning Joe Arpaio in his campaign speeches. This worked in giving him votes, as his audience was pleased. Both human rights and regional human rights movement came in to support the Latino community and protect them from Arpaio’s racist policies.
Jim and Michael created the Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund with the settlement fund given to them after the lawsuit they had filed. It helps and protects Latinos and other people in the society. T
he pardon from President Trump leaves people questioning what will be Arpaio’s next move with his nationalist rhetoric and hope that his crusade will be curbed forever.
However, Lacey and Larkin are very committed to the First Amendment, and they are returning to journalism by launching a website called FrontPage confidential which will talk about threats to free speech.