During the tenure, or should we say the reign, of Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona, Latinos and people of other ethnic groups were under attack. He was abusing his power to discriminate against them.
The hard part was that his police officers were acting as mouthpieces for his racist policies. In addition, he had the support of various right wing extremist groups and activists who thought that he was doing a good thing. They were throwing around terms such as illegal immigrants to create an atmosphere of hate and fear. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/ and https://about.me/jim_larkin
However, all was not lost. The plight of these immigrants caught the eye of various human rights groups and activists. They started to rally around the Latino community in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s district.
They started giving them their support. They started standing up to the evil Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his evil policies! They started making an impact.
One of these organizations is called the Frontera Fund. The Frontera Fund was started by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. If their names sound familiar to you, do not be surprised.
There is a reason for this, and we will get to it soon. For now, however, just know that the Frontera Fund was started in order to offer support to immigrants and help protect their First Amendment rights from evil people like Sheriff Joe Arpaio who want to take them away from them.
They also started pushing back against the harsh words and the rhetoric of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. They started making campaigns of their own to discredit him.
Their efforts were given a boost when last year, Sheriff Joe Arpaio was cited and charged with contempt of court for what he did during a lawsuit against him. You should know that contempt of court can come with a penalty of up to six months in prison. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Twitter
However, that did not turn out to happen, because President Donald Trump gave a presidential pardon to Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Incidentally, this was his first pardon.
So, who are Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey? Well, you may not know this, but discriminating against immigrants is not the only bad thing that Sheriff Joe Arpaio has done. He has also discriminated against journalists. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were two journalists who were attacked and targeted by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
They were reporting on how he was doing bad things to immigrants and people who were in the prison system. He did not like that, not one little bit. Therefore, he decided to set up a grand jury investigation to target them and their newspaper. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
When they reported about the way he was targeting them in their newspaper, he had them arrested.
However, there was a large outcry from the media and from people all around the country.
They were released within twenty four hours. They won a three and a half million dollar lawsuit against Sheriff Joe. They used this money to start the Frontera Fund.