Compassionate and sane people are currently facing tough times. Recently a Republican, who assaulted a reporter, made it to the House of Representatives. It seems that Trump and his fellow Republicans are slowly digging themselves into a deep hole that may see them get to Russia if they are not careful. However, it is worth noting that for every Jeff Sessions and SB4, there is another smart law and sensible sanctuary policy being put in place.
There are a number of great people working hard to uphold the American values of equality, openness and freedom. Apart from the organizations being supported by Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund to fight for the rights of immigrants, LGBT, unaccompanied children and DACA recipients, there are other ways of resisting Trump’s policies. Here are five of the most notable efforts.
5 Notable Efforts
In Denver, the city council voted to lower the maximum penalty imposed on petty offenses to be less than 365 days. This ensures that immigrants who are convicted for petty offenses are not deported by the federal government.
The American Friends Service Committee in Denver is a volunteer group that assists immigrants to attend their court hearings and ICE check-ins. They also assist them on finding and paying for legal counsel. Read more: Jim Larkin | Twitter and About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund
California has devoted a large share of its budget to assisting immigrant residents especially in getting legal services to immigrants faced with deportation. An organization in Austin, Texas is organizing a dissident network of safe haven businesses on how to protect immigrants by ejecting ICE agents who do not have proper warrants before they make arrests.
Volunteers organized and visited stores and neighbors as a show of solidarity with Arabs, immigrants and Muslims.
About Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund
Lacey & Larkin Fund was established by two personalities Jim Larkin together with Michael Lacey. The two had earlier co-founded Village Voice Media as well as the Phoenix New Times started the fund by dedicating all the $3.75 million they received as settlement from a suit against Joe Arpaio, the Sheriff of Maricupa County.
The Sheriff had arrested them at night and jailed them for claiming that there existed some proceedings by the grand jury on him. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, who spent most of their careers asserting as well as defending their rights as guaranteed by the First Amendment, had instituted a suit against the county and prevailed in the US Court of Appeals. The fund is meant to assist groups fighting for migrant, civil and basic human rights.
Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737
Tyranny Does Not Respect the Constitution
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin do not blush or run away from conflict. They are active in the political scene advocating for both the freedom of speech as well as immigration rights. They have watched as the government has become too powerful and has used their authority to not only silence American citizens but to persecute Mexicans coming across the border.
These two issues converge perfectly in the man Joseph Arpaio. Once called America’s toughest Sheriff, Joseph Arpaio has long since become tyrannical. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were using their freedom of speech to publish many stories concerning Sheriff Joseph Arpaio. They found that he had hired and fired within the Maricopa County Police Department on the grounds of racial profiling. This means he stacked the Maricopa County Police Department to be hateful toward the Hispanic community. This was evident in the way security guards treated Hispanic inmates. Women were denied healthcare. Men were worked to death. Hispanic prisoners were allowed to be beaten by other inmates without intervention.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin made the nation aware of Sheriff Joseph Arpaio’s tyrannical ways. They hoped that the government would step in and stop him. Instead, he would violate the Constitution by trying to silence these two men.
Because of the illegal activity of Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin would be given a hefty settlement of $3.75 million. This money would start their two nonprofit organizations that would continue to fight for immigrants and the American people. They started the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund as well as the Front Page Confidential.
These two organizations provide starting capital for the next generation of activists to fight for these two important issues. They are seeking to stop the government from taking away all our liberties.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin start Front Page Confidential – Continue Focus on Arpaio
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have never shied away from controversy. During their college years, in order to provide options to students, they created a newsletter that contradicted the school’s high publicized conservative views. After college, the purchased the Phoenix New Times and continued to offer liberal news sources to the residents of Arizona. Now they own and operate Front Page Confidential, their newest publication effort.
Front Page Confidential launched in the Summer of 2017, right after Joe Arpaio, the former Sheriff of Maricopa County, was convicted of contempt of court. Joe was convicted due to an event involving a Mexican citizen. The citizen was visiting the United States as a tourist on a legitimate visa when Joe Arpaio arrested him. Later, with no sense of pride, Joe Arpaio admitted to using racial profiling techniques when he decided to arrest the man.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin hold such a personal vendetta for Joe Arpaio because they were the victims of the former sheriff as well. They were arrested by Joe Arpaio too. In 2007, they were arrested for articles published in the Phoenix New Times, a violation of their first amendment rights. Due to the illegal actions of Joe Arpaio, Lacey and Larkin were awarded $3.75 million dollars.
After being awarded the settlement, they stepped into the world of philanthropy for the first time. They chose to help the Hispanic community because of Joe Arpaio’s history with them. For years, abusing his power, Joe Arpaio targeted the Hispanic citizens of Maricopa County; Now, with their new found wealth, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are doing what they can to correct these damages.
With these two organizations, even after a multi million dollar lawsuit, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are still standing with the victims of Joe Arpaio.