It would seem that the two foundations that made American democracy great are currently in jeopardy and dwindling before our eyes. What is even worse is that people do not care.
The two foundations I am speaking of are the freedom of speech and immigration. While I do not quote the man often, Adolf Hitler once said the best way to take away people’s liberties is to erode them slowly so that they do not notice. I believe that is exactly what is happening in the United States of America today.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were well aware that immigration was frowned upon in the United States of America but they did not realize just how precarious the first amendment was. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two immigration activists who fight for immigration rights both in Congress and in the mindset of Americans.
Michael and Jim predominantly advocate for immigrant rights through the Village Voice Media, which they own together. They have a readership of over 9 million which means they are capable of giving their voice heard very quickly.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin often spoke against the criminal activity that Sheriff Joseph Arpaio was committing. This Maricopa County police Sheriff is as corrupt as they come. He has used his vast power to silence his enemies and take away people’s rights.
He did this to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin because they reported on his activities to their 9 million readers. For some reason he felt that he could be a dictator and run a tyrannical government in the Maricopa County.
Without getting a proper warrant or going through the judicial system he arrived at the homes of these two men and attempted to bully them into submission. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn
He demanded that any negative news about him be handed over immediately. On top of this he demanded that in the future the only report positive news. This is something you would only see in North Korea or communist Russia.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin would stay underground only to be detained by this evil tyrant. He would haul them off to jails that were quite similar to concentration camps during World War II.
They were able to get news out to their friends and allies who reported this to the nation. The national uproar was great indeed.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin would then take Sheriff Joseph Arpaio to court over this matter. In the end, the US government decreed that their First Amendment rights have been violated and they should be awarded $3.75 million.
This money was used to create the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund which continues to fight for the first amendment and immigration rights as well. They do this to their newsletters the Phoenix News Times as well as the Front Page Confidential.
These two newsletters to inform the public on what is going on and trains civilians on how to make sure their rights remain in their hands.