Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin – Journalists and Philanthropists React to Joe Arpaio’s Pardon

Ever since college, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been working together in the journalism field. They started with a school paper, but they soon dropped out in order to test the waters in the real industry. It wasn’t long until the duo purchased Phoenix New Times together.

It was at the Phoenix New Times where they conducted investigations into the illegal matters conducted by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Obviously, this got under the skin of the sheriff. When Joe Arpaio had finally had enough, he ordered his most well-trained deputies in to make the arrests. Lacey and Larkin were arrested and transported to different facilities, presumably to keep them from communicating.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin didn’t need to say a word. Their journalistic peers from newspaper across the nation spoke up in their place. Headlines all over the county had Arpaio’s name in it, but in ways he had never imagined. The headlines painted him as a traitor to the constitution and unfit for office. Due to public outrage, Lacey and Larkin were released from jail. They sued. They won $3.75 million.

Arpaio’s path of chaos isn’t restricted to the free press. According to Lacey, Arpaio’s hatred for Hispanics dates back to 2005. Prior to that, Arpaio was attempting to make a name for himself at the expense of the Maricopa County jail population.

“This is a sheriff who advertised torture and racism,” said Michael Lacey.

Joe Arpaio was recently forced to go through the criminal court process himself. Stemming from his actions in 2007, Arpaio was charged and convicted of criminal contempt of court in 2017. President Trump spoiled the celebration of Arpaio’s victims by pardoning him. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

“Rex Tillerson was right: Donald Trump is a moron,” said Lacey, in reference to the pardon.

No one expected Joe Arpaio, age 85, to serve a day behind bars. They did expect him to walk away with a criminal record. Thanks to President Trump, Arpaio is free to run for Senate in 2018.

By using their newest organization, Front Page Confidential, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin intend to attempt to stop him from winning. Along with Joe Arpaio, other corrupt politicians are the subjects of Front Page Confidential. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin intend to eradicate the American political system of immoral acting politicians.

In addition to their journalistic efforts, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have entered into the world of altruism. With The Frontera Fund, Lacey and Larkin are working hard to support the local Hispanic Community. Frontera Fund works with charities such as Can The Border Divide Us?, Aliento, and the ACLU of Arizona.

Jim Larkin Fought For Irish Workers

Jim Larkin was born to Irish parents in Liverpool, England on January 21, 1876 and was not well educated. Larkin did several manual jobs and ended up as a Liverpool docks foreman. As a socialist he made a commitment to get fairer conditions for workers. He became a member of National Union of Dock Labourers (NUDL) and in 1905 he went to being a full time organizer for the trade union.

In 1907 he was moved to Dublin because his methods of strike action were not liked by the NUDL. Jim Larkin founded Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union (ITGWU) while he was in Dublin. The goal was for all of the Irish industrial workers, skilled or unskilled to be members of a single union working for their welfare. The political program for ITGWU as outline during December of 1908. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://spartacus-educational.com/IRElarkin.htm and http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/books/the-definitive-biography-of-big-jim-larkin-372254.html

All workers over the age of sixty should have pensions and the unemployed should have a provision of eight hours a day. All mean of transport, adult suffrage and Compulsory Arbitration Courts. The Irish Labor Party was formed by Larkin and James Connolly during 1912 and went on a number of strikes.

The Dublin Lockout in 1913 is considered the most significant as there were few rights for its unskilled workers. Fair employment was won after over one hundred thousand workers engaged in a strike lasting more than seven months.

Jim Larkin was never violent to those who broke the strikes because he realized that a mass trade union would never be achieved by destroying the places where union members were employed. Instead good were boycotted and sympathetic strikes were used.

While the Irish press did not like Larkin he had an number of supporters. When World War 1 began he held demonstrations against it asking the Irish now to become involved.