Lacey & Larkin: Wrongfully Arrested

It’s always a sad day to find out that people have been wrongfully arrested. It’s even worse when to find out that someone’s been wrongfully arrested because of a dirty cop. That’s something that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin found out the hard way.

In 2007, both men were arrested in the middle of the night by armed officers. The two men were reporters currently running stories about a shady sheriff, Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Twitter

Wanting the stories to stop, Sheriff Arpaio orchestrated a ruse and had the men arrested. They’ve since been released and victoriously sued the county for $3.75 million. That victory led the two executives to create the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund. The fund supports local migrant and human rights organizations.

The most alarming thing about Arpaio’s behavior was his determination to cover up the stories. He wanted all the notes and reports they had on him, and he wanted the names of any subscribers that had already read those articles. He was even using grand jury subpoenas to do his dirty work.

His blatant disregard for governmental regulation and citizen rights was appalling. Lacey and Larkin have been avid activists when it comes to defending the First Amendment.

Their suit against the county was about more than just money. It was about protecting basic American freedoms.

Everything about this story shocked the nation. The only crime Lacey and Larkin committed was refusing to submit to Arpaio’s power. Arpaio was comfortable in Arizona until Phoenix New Times began writing about him. No one else in the state cared about his behavior except for New Times.

They wrote about all the mysterious irregularities surrounding the sheriff. As more heat came down on him, he started going after the company. He used all his power to shut them down and have them arrested. He even went after their employees and associates. This only inspired the two reporters to stand strong.

Lacey is a construction worker’s son turned multimillion-dollar executive. He never thought that when dropped out of Arizona State, that he’d be leading a multimillion-dollar media conglomerate.

His entire career started with one paper he wrote in the 70s about misrepresented campus antiwar protests.

As for Larkin, his was inspired by Lacey. Both were dropouts who co-founded Phoenix New Times. Their paper became a booming business with several divisions covering several subjects.

It’s hard for Larkin and Larkin to believe that his career started out a small weekly campus paper.

 

Lacey and Larkin Utilize Their Settlement Funds to Help the Less Fortunate

For over twenty years, human rights have existed as an independent docket that allows humans to freely live in the society. In the spirit of humanity, these virtues have been extended to several communities since time immemorial.

In fact, the development of human rights has vastly elongated the existence humanity with most countries having organizations cropping up to support humanity. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia

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The birth of human rights is traced to the traditions as well as the documentation of multiple cultures. World War II was a catalyst in the movement. By propelling human rights into the universal space, World War II started a revolutionary fight against inhuman vices.

Since World War II, people invested in acquiring rights as well as fair treatment and responsibilities through group membership in families, religions, community as well as state. In fact, most societies adopted various traditions that depicted the golden rule of kindness. Such societies operated on the basis of being kind to others.

Background

One society that adopted the golden thumb rule of kindness is the Hindu Vedas. The society documented the rules in a book referred to as Holy. As a written source that instructed members on how to treat each other, the history of human rights continued to spread across different cultures.

In fact, societies adopted oral as well as written traditions. In others, there was the introduction of systems that induced propriety as well as justice in the society.

Growth

In the 19th century, there was the introduction of the United Nations. Most countries converged to adopt the rule of dealing with inhuman vices.

Contemporary international rights as well as laws contributed to the development of the United Nations. Passionate about prohibiting slave trade and war crimes, the United Nations became the sole rescuer for the suffering in the society.

A good illustration is the International Labor Organization that was established in 1919 to facilitate treaties that protected workers in regards to their rights, health as well as safety. In this era, many organizations came forward with the same intention of facilitating the practice of human rights in societies.

That is the era that gave birth to movements that presently fight for civil, human rights and the punishment that comes with defilement. One such organization is Open Society Foundations, an organization that was established by George Soros.

Open Society Foundations

One interesting fact about Open Society Foundations and its birth is that George Soros experienced the intolerance of World War II during the Nazi Regime.

Through this organization, many firms that fight for charity have converged to fight for human and civil rights. With Soros as the leader, the firm has fought for the good of many people that face discrimination because of their life styles.

Frontera Fund

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested on October 2017. The duo was put behind bars for 24 hours following accusations that tainted Sherriff Joe Arpaio’s name.

The co-founders of Village Voice Media wrote articles based on the mistreatment of prisoners by Joe Arpaio. They were however released at a settlement thanks to their fans that rioted.

After the settlement, the duo agreed to channel the funds to the Frontera Fund. These funds were set aside to assist the less fortunate in Arizona.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

https://about.me/michael-lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/

How Thor Halvorssen Fights Tyranny

Thor Halvorrsen is a troublemaker. If you were a tyrant, that is probably what you would think of him. As an advocate for human rights, Halvorssen is keenly aware of the impact the certain governmental systems (such as socialism) can have on a nation. He has personally witnessed the impact of socialism on his family. As this article pointed out, his father exposed a socialist tyrant. Then he was arrested as a political prisoner and tortured. This gives Halvorssen a unique perspective on a difficult issue. He knows the impact that socialism can have. When the government has so much power, it is very easy for it to be abused by a mad dictator. Even if we have a benevolent socialist ruler, what will happen when the next one comes? Halvorssen recognizes that a socialist government is very easily infiltrated and corrupted.

Love For People

Why has Thor Halvorssen embarked on these human rights campaigns? Why has he endured beatings? He could have easily found a job in the United States as a reporter or some sort of political analyst. He is a very intelligent individual who has a lot to contribute. So, why has he chosen such a dangerous career? He says that it is because he loves people. He does not want to see the government take advantage of anybody. He also believes that this is what will happen in the United States if the government has too much power.

Who Is Thor Halvorssen?

Ironically, while Thor Halvorssen opposes socialism, he supported the democratic socialist Bernie Sanders as a presidential candidate. This was because of the overwhelming demerits of the other candidates. He pointed out that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump seemed far too amenable to dictators and dangerous terrorist groups. As a result, he supported Bernie Sanders.

Of course, supporting Sanders does not make Halvorssen anymore sympathetic with socialism. Socialism is a lesser evil, for Halvorssen. After all, he suggests it will lead to a loss of jobs, food shortages, and many more consequences that could deeply impact the future of the United States. Follow Thor on Twitter @thorhalvorssen to learn more.

Democrat, Socialism, or Not?

Bernie Sanders recently stated that if elected president of the USA, he would make it a socialist country. A socialist state is one where the workers manage and control industries through a democratic government. Many people in the USA are opposed to the idea of socialism. They include liberals who believe that socialist governments are responsible for violation of human rights.

In an interview with Trish Regan on Fox News, she talked to Thor Halvorssen about democratic socialism. Thor works with the human rights foundation and therefore his interview on Fox had a lot of sense. He stated clearly that he had nothing against socialism as long as it was practiced by a government that is not authoritarian. He mentioned countries such as Norway, Denmark, and Sweden as examples of countries that have successfully practiced socialism since they do not violate human rights.

Thor’s main objections against socialism were that if it was practiced by an authoritarian government, there was a great chance for the leadership going against its previously set objectives about helping citizens by extorting them. This comes into force because in socialist governments, who by the way people say are similar to Marxists and communists, the government is responsible for setting the prices for common household goods and this, in turn, leads to shortages of these commodities which are otherwise very necessary.

Thor Halvorssen gave a good example of a country where socialism had backfired on the people and brought about great suffering from the shortage of food and other necessities. Venezuela is a South American nation under the leadership of Hugo Chavez. The government there sets prices for everything and therefore causing a shortage that in the end only cause a crisis. Thor himself has had his experiences with socialism on Venezuela. His father was a political prisoner in the country while is the first cousin is still a prisoner there. Thor’s mother has also been shot by this government at one time. All these unrest in the country has been brought by the government making decisions about important issues such as food prices by themselves. The ordinary citizen is left feeling cheated, and it is true at most times.

Thor stated clearly that although he is not for the idea of socialism for the USA, he had his support for Democratic Party candidate Bernie Sanders. He mentioned the current frontrunner’s ties to countries that oppress people as the reason for his choice to support Sanders. That is his choice and opinion anyway.

According to Huffington Post, Halvorssen says that democratic socialism can only work if there is the rule of law. He feels that for the government to eradicate poverty, it should be a creation of more wealth and no redistribution of the same. That is the reason that Thor is such a believer in free markets. If the government decides to control everything, there is bound to be a problem.

Find more about Thor here: https://about.me/thor.halvorssen

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