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The Frontera Fund Means More than Ever

It’s more important than ever that people have hope. Currently, the United States is facing tragedy after tragedy. Most of the problems stem from Donald Trump’s presidency. He’s a terrible leader of everything in his life. Even his own family doesn’t want to be bothered with him.

In fairness to Trump, there are plenty of people in the government who are just as stupid. He’s not alone in ruining the lives of millions. One of his recent mess-ups involves crooked former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio was to be sentenced to prison for criminal contempt, but Trump pardoned him just before sentencing. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Twitter

The President pardoning someone usually isn’t a big deal. It’s probably happened more than people realize. It’s the fact that Joe Arpaio is a racist bigot who loves tormenting Latinos that’s making everyone upset. He’s responsible the deaths of many innocent people, and Trump just let him go.

Arpaio served as Sheriff of Maricopa County for 24 years. Throughout that time, he systematically persecuted, harassed, and detained numerous people because of their race. Despite being a lawman, he showed little to no regard for the law when it came to mistreating people.

As sheriff, he played a patriarchal role in Arizona’s anti-Mexican fear-mongering. He “misplaced” millions of dollars in funding meant to be used for the jails he was supposed to be overseeing.

His completely failure to properly manage those jails led to the deaths of dozens of inmates. Some died due to the substandard health conditions. Others committed suicide; and some were murdered by other inmates because the guards weren’t doing their jobs. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Micheal Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737 and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/

The fact of the matter is, Joe Arpaio should spend the rest of his life behind bars. That’s just based on what he did before he got caught. The first people to publicly speak out against Arpaio were Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, former co-owners of Phoenix New Times.

While running New Times, Lacey and Larkin made it their mission to expose Arpaio as the racist he is. After numerous attempts to shut them down, Arpaio had them illegally arrested just so he could get his hands on them.

Once they were in custody, he tried to use fake subpoenas to force them to give up the names and personal information of their writers, editors, and anyone else who might’ve read some of their stories about him. The guy even wanted the names and IP addresses of their readers.

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