I am a very big advocate for rounding out your character. I highly respect the philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle and Socrates who taught us what is known as virtue ethics. Virtue ethics states that you can change the way you are as a person by practicing certain habits until they are formed in you. One of the most long sought after virtues is the virtue of courage.
Courage is the capability of doing what is right even when you feel afraid. You may fear how people will push against you, the current dictates that you skills how concerning the evils you see in the world. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two men who are filled with great courage. Their courage allows them to fight against the racists and bigots who want to harm the Hispanic community.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin consistently speak out against these racist tendencies through their various media publications. The owners of the Village Voice Media they have used Phoenix News Times and the Front Page Confidential to make America more aware of the inhumane crimes Americans commit against the Hispanic community on a daily basis.
One story that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin revealed to the public was how Sheriff Joe Arpaio was guilty of corrupting the Maricopa County Police Department. They showed strong evidence that he had laundered money, systematically taught the police officers to racially profile, and awarded them a financial bonuses if they brought in an illegal immigrant. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn
They also showed how he was responsible for the death of a child. A woman who was eight months pregnant had been detained and placed in one of his prison.
During her time there she complained of abdominal pain and how she no longer felt the baby moving. Soon she found herself going into premature labor. Rather than taking her to go see an OB/GYN they train to the bad forced to deliver the baby. In the process, the baby died.
They also showed evidence that the security guards working underneath Sheriff Joe Arpaio may have been responsible for the murders of many Hispanic men inside the jail. The Maricopa County jail system has an extremely higher rate of suicide when compared the prisons all around the country.
Many investigators who have surveyed the bodies of his Hispanic man have concluded that the suicides could not have been done alone and required assistance. However, the times of death coincided with times the only the security guards would have had access to these men.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio went up against Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin for speaking about these things. He illegally arrested them and violated their freedom of speech by demanding they shut down all of their newspapers because of what they were all saying about him.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, in retaliation, sued the Maricopa County, started the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, and used this to advocate for immigration reform, Hispanic rights, and the freedom of speech.
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