America has always been a place where we value the freedom of speech. We understand that if we no longer have the ability out against what we perceive to be evil and injustice then there is no hope for change or revolution.
Governments understand that if they can take away the right to speak from the people then they can get away with anything they want and need not face repercussions. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two American citizens who had their freedom of speech trampled upon.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have made it their life’s work to fight for immigration rights. In their view, immigrants, mostly from the Hispanic and Latino communities, should be allowed to come to America and gain all the benefits of the American dream.
While they fight for this reform, they have come up against an evil tyrant over and over again. That tyrants name is Joseph Arpaio and he is the lead Sheriff for the Maricopa County.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin exercised their freedom of speech and began reporting on the various criminal activities that Sheriff Joseph Arpaio was guilty of. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/press/ and https://michael-lacey.com/
They were the first to report on his methods for deputizing various civilians. They uncovered evidence that Sheriff Joseph Arpaio hand-picked those he was going to deputize based on the criteria that they were racist toward Mexicans.
On top of this, they uncovered how he only taught them one thing, how to arrest Hispanics and Latinos. Of course, these deputies not having proper training made hundreds of illegal arrests. They were taught how to racially profile people. This led to many American citizens being unlawfully arrested. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Twitter
They were also the first to report on the brutal conditions and Sheriff Joseph Arpaio’s jail system. They got eyewitness reports and written testimonies from security guards that Sheriff Joe Arpaio routinely took Hispanic men and women out into the work Fields and forced them to work in 125° weather without any water or hydration provided.
This caused many of them to have heat strokes and while these were occurring, Sheriff Joseph Arpaio deny them medical care. This resulted in many needless deaths.
They also uncovered how Sheriff Joe Arpaio allows security guards to go into the jail cells of Hispanic men and beat them to death. After these brutal beatings occurred, the security guards would pretend it was a suicide.
Even though Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were exercising their freedom of speech, Sheriff Joseph Arpaio wanted to find a way to silence them.
Acting like the tyrants that he is, he appeared at their house late at night and threatened to arrest them if they did not hand over all of their evidence.
This breach of their constitutional rights earned Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin $3.75 million. This money was used to begin the immigrant rights activist group the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
They train and equip political activists how to fight for immigration reform and freedom of speech