Lister Wilson

Forged In the Fires of Injustice

In this day and age of technology that allows for instantaneous contact with anybody on the planet, one might think humanity would be at an all-time high of unity and expression; the dark reality is sobering and shocking.

The hatchlings of tyranny have slithered from under their rocks and now they hold public offices. But those offices they hold are (public) and the people intend to fight 365 rounds a year if necessary.

Strength from Injustice

What if I told you that two members of the press would be jailed for publishing an article about an ultra corrupt sheriff? Any reasonable person familiar with the constitution would scream madness! People would be appalled by the disrespect and sacrilege of everything the United States is supposed to represent.

In October 2007, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were forcibly arrested at their homes during the evening. The police threw them into unmarked vehicles and hauled them off to jail at the behest of the tyrannical Sheriff Joe Arpaio; now-former Sheriff and somewhere licking his wounds and fighting criminal charges. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

Let’s call it what is shall we? Law enforcement abducted Larken and Lacey and illegally imprisoned them. No different than the Gestapo of Nazi Germany or any radical Muslim group in the middle east that black bags people that they disagree with and then carries them off in the middle of the night. This happened right here in the United States Of America to American Citizens.

Kidnapping is a felony the last time I checked and this felony was performed by a so-called public servant. Larkin and Lacey were released in 24 hours with no charges brought against them.

There is a silver lining to the injustice that they suffered, they founded Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. Giving the people another soldier and another weapon to be used on the frontlines in the fight against human rights violations. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/

The Frontera Fund goes towards helping combat the massive spread of violence and hatred that has spread against brown people in the United States and especially in Arizona. The introduction and passing of Arizona’s SB 1070 is a blatant insult to liberty. SB 1070 provided law enforcement with a tool to racially profile Hispanics in Arizona with impunity.

Much like New York’s Stop and Frisk law which overwhelming targets blacks even though it’s practice has a 93 percent failure rate. Organizations such as Freedom House, Larkin and Lacy Frontera Fund or the ACLU are of paramount importance and we should support them ferociously.

The Global Fight

While it’s motivational to see that organizations like The Frontera Fund and Freedom House are fighting for changes, it should disturb us that these organizations even exist. Freedom House has a track record spanning the globe on various issues which include human rights, elections, internet freedoms and pretty much anything else that threatens society today.

It is of critical importance to appreciate the diverse cultures throughout the world not fear them. We should all take inspiration from the bravery of Michael and Lacey and remember that freedom and equality are representatives for us all.