Michel Lacey and Jim Larkin are veteran journalist in the United States who have played a significant role in exposing the wrongs which happen in the community. The two have media outlets which they use to highlight issue that they feel should never be allowed to happen.
They started activism in the 1960 after dropping out of the Arizona State University after witnessing the level of discrimination that was going on especially towards immigrants’ students. There discrimination was so apparent that the immigrants would be require to pay more for tuition than their counterparts. Lacey and Larkin were tired of witnessing such things happening therefore decided to start something that would expose injustices in the world. They created Village Voice Media and the Phoenix New Times.
The role of the media in exposing the injustices that happen in the county has been prominent for many years.
Lacey and Larkin took up the mantle and decided to push it a notch higher by concentrating on crimes which were being committed by state officials. From their backgrounds where they had seen immigrants being given lesser privileges than their counterparts, they felt that fighting for equality would be a good thing.
The first case they would deal with was one involving the former Sheriff of Maricopa County named Joe Arpaio. This was a rogue state agent who left the immigrant community in his county suffering due to the injustices he sponsored on them. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
Joe Arpaio who was branded the “toughest sheriff in America” committed crimes which amounted to discrimination of human right. He treated immigrant like they were not human beings who deserved the same level of treatment that others were enjoying.
He was a racist who believed the resources in the United States deserve to be enjoyed only by the natives. In his warped view of humanity, immigration was piling pressure on the country unnecessarily. To him, there was nothing the country would gain from the immigration.
Joe Arpaio discriminated the immigrants so much that many even lost their lives. It was not just discrimination or denial of their rights; it was body torture through beating and placement into concentration camps which lacked all the basic human rights. Arpaio treatment of the immigrants was put in the spotlight by Lacey and Larkin.
They saw whatever was happening as the worst case of human rights violations in modern America and decide to act on it. Although Joe Arpaio had won the seat of the Sheriff for 24 years, his tactics of handling immigrants remained awful.
In fact, it is alleged that he used his position to discriminate the immigrants so that he could win the votes of the conservatives.
Arpaio was pardoned in 2017 by President Trump after the courts had found him guilty of not stopping harassment of immigrants in his county.
Human rights activists in the country had hoped that he could finally get a jail term, but Trump saved the day for the rogue officer who is now living freely with the people as if he committed no crime during his leadership terms.