Joseph Arpaio Must Be Behind Bars

There are two very important things in my life. The first important thing in my life is my religion. The second important thing in my life is my country. I believe that when these two things are combined together correctly we can create a wonderful country for all to live in.

As a Christian, I am of the Seventh day Adventist denomination. This denomination is very strongly based on social justice. We worship on Saturday which is God’s Sabbath.

The Sabbath day was not just given so that man could rest but so that man could serve God by relieving our fellow man of the oppression that they are in. Isaiah 58 makes it very clear that God gave us this day to loose the bonds of injustice and to plead the cause of the widow. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://twitter.com/JimLarkin_ and http://james-larkin.com/press/

As an American, I firmly believe that everyone should have the right to pursue life liberty and happiness. It is the pursuit of all these things that makes the American dream come true. I also acknowledge the fact that the United States of America was built on the backs of immigrants.

Very few of us who are living in this country can trace our heritage back and prove that we are 100% natives. The point I am making here is that all of us came from another country and even though that occurred we are the beneficiaries of the American dream.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two heroes of mine. They fight for the Hispanic community to be given the same American dream that you and I enjoy.

In order to make this a reality, they use their Village Voice Media to bring about the change in the attitudes of American citizens. It is their hope that they can begin to sway the heart so that it can become more compassionate.

The strategy that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin use is very simple. They share stories of the struggles that the Hispanic community is facing in the face of racism. One name that is often reported in their Front Page Confidential is Sheriff Joseph Arpaio.

Sheriff Joseph Arpaio is well known for his strong stance on immigration policy. He has found himself on the front page of newspapers which discuss his brutal and cruel ways.

Lacey and Larkin reported on his systematic approach to racially profiling, his allowance for Hispanics to be beaten in his prisons, and how he has entered into Hispanic homes illegally.

Sheriff Joseph Arpaio sought to silence the voice of these two great men. He would gather his posse together and arrest the two of them. He promised to let them go if they relinquished all evidence of his crimes to him.

Sheriff Joseph Arpaio’s actions were in direct violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America. Because of this violation, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin won a large settlement which they used to create the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.

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Jim Larkin- An Activist

Jim Larkin, an activist and socialist, was born January 28th 1876 in Liverpool, England. With little to no education, Larkin did many jobs to help support his family. In time, he became a foreman at the Liverpool docks, where he first-handiedly experienced the unfair treatment of all workers. Larkin took action by joining the National Union of Dock Laborers, and became a full time trade union organizer, in 1905.

Larkin married Elizabeth Brown and had four sons, in 1903. Years after he created the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union (ITGWU), in 1907. This union was a combination of all skilled and unskilled Irish industrial workers as a whole in one organization fighting for the same rights as each other.

Larkin lead the “Dublin Lockout” in 1913, where over one-hundred-thousand workers went on strike for roughly eight months. The strikers won against the employers fir their right to fair employment. Read more: Jim Larkin | Biography and James Larkin | Ireland Calling

At the beginning of World War I, Larkin started many anti-war demonstrations in Dublin, but soon realized he could help raise money for the war, to stop the British. He traveled to the United States in 1914.

Elizabeth and their two youngest sons went to live in Chicago with Larkin. As time went on, Elizabeth and Larkin went in their separate directions. She wanted a quite life and Larkin’s was anything but quite, which lead to her departure back to Dublin in 1916.

Meanwhile, Larkin was convicted of anarchy and communism in 1920, during the “Red Scare ” movement. Excused after three years of his imprisonment, Larkin was deported to England and made his way back to Ireland. Elizabeth and Larkin separated soon after when she refused to support a campaign in 1922, that was to help release him from prison. Soon after his return Larkin already had big things in store.

In 1924, he not only refused to join with the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union again, but established an alternative called the Worker’s Union of Ireland, who in time received recognition from Communist International.

Larkin remained an active leader in the Workers’ Union of Ireland, until he fell through the floor while supervising repairs being made to the Thomas Ash Hall, one of the unions buildings, in 1946. Larkin later passed away in Mealth Hospital on January 30th 1947.

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