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There are two names in the media business that everyone knows: Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Lacey and Larkin founded Phoenix New Times, which they still own, and Village Voice Media, which they sold in 2012. Though they created one of the most respected media companies in the nation, they’re most recognized for their encounter with Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn

For those who don’t know, Sheriff Joe Arpaio was the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. Arizona is one of the most conservative states in the United States. Living in Arizona was never easy for the duo, but they managed to create a pocket of unbiased life for themselves and their readers. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/

Phoenix New Times is their best weapon against the ultra-conservative views of many of the local media. Sheriff Arpaio was a man who most outlets ignored or praised. When New Times took a look at him, they immediately noticed too much to be ignored.

The battle that followed ended with Lacey and Larkin being awarded $3.75 million. They used the money to create the Frontera Fund, a fund that supports groups promoting migrant, civil, and human rights along the Mexican border. The fund also supports groups promoting civic participation in the Phoenix area.

The battle officially began when Arpaio realized that Phoenix New Times was writing stories about him. Unlike other stories, they reported on his actual activities; for example, his patriarchal role in anti-Mexican fear-mongering in Arizona. He even used his power to affect political posturing.

What really started to shock people about Arpaio were his horrible management skills. He’s the only sheriff in the country who can’t properly manage his own office. He spent time persecuting and harassing Latinos than he did running the sheriff’s office. He also horribly managed the local jails he was in charge of overseeing.

Obviously, New Times’ stories made him angry. Therefore, on October 18, 2007, he had Lacey and Larkin arrested and jailed. That seemed like a little far fetch until people heard the details of the arrests. For a start, the arrests occurred in the middle of the night.

Both men were forcibly removed from their homes by the sheriff’s “Selective Enforcement Unit”, who has its own controversial past. They were forced into an unmarked SUV with Mexican license plates and driven to separate jails, where the abuse continued.

He rose out of the depths of poverty and obscurity to become one of the most important labor leaders in Europe, and perhaps the world. He is remembered today as “Big Jim” in his native Ireland where he retains folk hero status. But Jim Larkin’s road to fame – and infamy – was a long and tumultuous one, and never without controversy.

Jim Larkin was born in 1876 in Liverpool, England, to James and Mary Ann (McNulty) Larkin. His parents lived in the slums of Liverpool and eked out a meager living after immigrating there from Ireland.

To help make ends meet, young Jim Larkin began working at a job while still in grammar school. What little education he received ended at age 14 when his father died. His schooling was over and it seemed a long life of hard labor for low pay was his fate. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.rte.ie/centuryireland/index.php/articles/jim-larkin-released-from-prison

By his early 20s, Jim Larkin worked his way up to the position of foreman at the docks, and it was there that he first began to organize his fellow dock workers in labor strikes. Larkin was strongly influenced by the emerging Marxist and socialist movements sweeping across Eastern Europe in the early 20th Century.

Larkin joined the National Union of Dock Labourers and quickly rose through its hierarchy to become a major player. Although minimally educated, Jim Larkin had a natural gift for public speaking. His delivery was passionate and powerfully persuasive. He articulated the plight of the downtrodden working class in a way that engendered hope and spurred men to action.

Larkin eventually founded a new organization, the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union, which was a major player in one of the most significant labor events in Irish history. It is known as the 1913 Dublin Lockout which saw some 20,000 workers collectively strike against 300 employers.

The Dublin Lockout was a contentious, often violent series of events that shook the social fabric of Ireland to its core. It involved not just workers and business owners, but all levels of society, including the government, the Catholic Church, the police and the common man.

The Dublin Lockout was eventually smashed by the wealthy elite – however, the lasting and historic effect were new labor laws that eventually brought more pay, civil rights and power to the average working man and woman.

Jim Larkin died in Dublin in 1947 at age 71.

Human right activism has been recognized around the world as the only sure way of freeing unlawfully detained political prisoners. The activism started long time ago when people started being aware of their rights and privileges enshrined in the constitutions across the world. Political instability has contributed greatly in the rise of civil activism that has brought rise to democratic rights. It is difficult to undertake the process of human right activism and only the brave and fearless in the society have stood firm to condemn the act. This is due to the increased number of political assassinations attributed to human activists that have been killed by many people around the world. However few people like Thor Halvorssen have continued to advocate for the right to equal political and civil rights. Thor of Linkedin, He is the founder of human rights foundation found in New York City and has been involved in active political activism. As a result, he has contributed in the release of many political detainees who had been held by different governments across the world. Thor Halvorssen was born in Venezuela and became active in the human activism world during his university life.

He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania having acquired a degree in political science and history. He later joined active human right activism when his father then serving in the ministerial position in the Venezuelan government was arrested. His facebook, His father was a prominent personality that headed a powerful position when he was in the middle of undertaking an investigation to nub drug cartels, he was arrested and detained without trial. This necessitated the rise of street protest and atavism in Venezuela championed by Thor Halvorssen. Many people came to the street to protest and later international organizations weighed in on the matter which saw his father freed. Thor Halvorssen is a renowned and recognized film producer across the world.

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Thor Halvorssen was on fire when he made an appearance on Fox TV as a guest of host Trish Regan, to discuss socialism. Regan pointed of that Bernie Sanders stated the he wanted the United States of America to be a socialist country but, the broadminded people are not on board. Thor Halvorssen an advocate for human rights, said that socialism breaks the rule when it comes to human rights. He went on to say that if countries like Denmark, Norway and Sweden which have branches of government, separation of power and constitutional rights then it’s alright.

Halvorssen (huffingtonpost.com) said that he sees a problem when socialism is done under tyrannical government, especially when saying that they are here for their people, then begin plundering the country for their own benefits. Regan also went on to say that the people may not quite grasp the meaning of socialism, so she asked him to explain. Halvorssen said that a lot of democratic countries run under socialist government, but there is a huge dissimilarity between a socialist government and policies.

He added that some people confuse Marxism and Communism with Socialism. Regan then ask if he had any grievances on socialism in some countries. Of course, he said quickly. He talked about Venezuela, how the government makes the decision on prices for goods, because that the way they want it. Then soon it becomes a humanitarian issue because of shortage.

He also spoke about his father who was a political prisoner in Venezuela and how his mother was shot by the Chavez’s government. Also one of his cousins to this day is still incarcerated. Thor Halvorssen said for years that country had a Labor government. He has confidence that Democratic Socialism can exist but rules must be in place and poverty will end when more wealth is generated.

Bernie Sanders was given a large contribution from Halvorssen for his campaign, because he believes that Hilary Clinton took money from too many countries that are run by dictators. Places like Algeria, Baharian and many more. He is against them because people lose their lives because of their sexuality, restricting the newspapers rights and some even prohibits Christmas. Adding that he would rather see Sanders as the front runner.