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A Great Day (Coming): We Invoke Iconic Art For Our 40th and to Honor Community Resistance to Oppression

A Great Day (Coming): We Invoke Iconic Art For Our 40th and to Honor Community Resistance to Oppression
Jamie Peachey

This month, New Times celebrates its 40th anniversary. To mark this modest moment, we invoke iconic art in the name of ongoing community resistance to misguided immigration policies and the continued heavy hand of local law enforcement.

In 1958, Art Kane pulled together 57 giants of jazz and took their picture in New York. The shot, "A Great Day in Harlem," was published in Esquire and included luminaries like Count Basie, Lester Young, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, and Dizzy Gillespie. A 1994 documentary of the shoot expanded the legend.

New Times began in 1970, after the shootings at Kent State. Forty years later, a different set of problems occupies our thoughts.

For our anniversary, we gathered many — not all — of those who've been targets of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas. Some, like politicos Phil Gordon, Mary Rose Wilcox, and Don Stapley, are converts to the struggle. Others, activists, stood up to protect the most vulnerable amongst us: Mexicans seeking to be part of the American Dream; prisoners looking to survive.

Once at risk, those gathered bear witness to "A Great Day (Coming) in Phoenix." Jim Larkin, chairman and CEO; Michael Lacey, executive editor

1) Carolyn Lovejoy: Wife of Chandler police K9 unit Sergeant Tom Lovejoy, who fought and beat charges brought against him after Joe Arpaio's office arrested Lovejoy when his police dog suffocated in his patrol car.

2) Tom Lovejoy: Carolyn's husband, who is suing Arpaio for his malicious prosecution after Lovejoy's police dog suffocated.

3) Adan Hinojosa (a.k.a. @FauxSheriffJoe): Tweeter against Arpaio. His 140-character blasts, supposedly from Arpaio, are poignant and funny.

4) Bill Richardson: Ex-Marine, ex-Mesa cop who became a weekly columnist for the East Valley Tribune. Wrote critically about Arpaio, despite Sheriff's Office pressure to stop.

5) Pearl Wilson: Co-founder of Mothers Against Arpaio. Her son Phillip Wilson was beaten to death in 2003 by unsupervised inmates in Tent City.

6) Terry Wilson: Along with wife Pearl, sued Arpaio for the Tent City jail death of their son but lost the case at trial.

7) Jason Odhner: Works with various groups opposing Arpaio. MCSO arrested him for applauding during a Board of Supervisors meeting. Acquitted and now is suing the sheriff.

8) Jim Larkin: New Times chairman and CEO, arrested after co-writing a cover story questioning an illegal grand jury investigating the newspaper's publishing of Arpaio's home address on the Internet.

9) Chad Snow: Phoenix attorney cuffed and detained by Arpaio's deputies while merely observing a supervisors meeting. Defends protesters arrested while demonstrating in favor of immigration reform.

10) Tom Henze: Attorney who defended New Times writers and editors against harassment by the Sheriff's Office and who helped get retaliatory charges dismissed that were brought by Arpaio and former County Attorney Thomas against county Supervisor Don Stapley.

11) Joel Robbins: Phoenix attorney for numerous victims of abuse by Arpaio's forces.

12) Debbie Hill: Won a class-action lawsuit against Arpaio in U.S. District Court regarding poor health conditions and other civil rights violations in county jails.

13) Lee Watkins: Businessman who, after backing W. Steven Martin's candidacy for sheriff, was the victim of a retaliatory criminal investigation and raid that destroyed his towing business.

14) Gerald Burns: Arizona chairman for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, who works to educate people about ever-changing immigration statutes.

15) Alfredo Gutierrez: Outspoken critic of Arpaio, former Arizona Senate majority leader, and current editor of the Web site La Frontera Times.

16) Paul Charlton: Former Arizona U.S. Attorney who defended Supervisor Don Stapley against retaliatory charges against him. Partner of Tom Henze. The two of them got Stapley's charges dismissed here by showing that Thomas and Arpaio had abused the legal system.

17) Antonio Bustamante:

Phoenix attorney and activist who advises those who monitor Arpaio's anti-immigrant sweeps and defends demonstrators arrested for protesting the sheriff.

18) Mike Manning: Phoenix attorney who has successfully sued Arpaio and the Sheriff's Office many times on behalf of families whose loved ones have died in the sheriff's custody. Manning also has represented New Times.

19) Jennifer Braillard: Suing Arpaio over the death of her mother, Deb, in the Estrella Jail. Her mother was diabetic, and guards refused her medical care.

20) Randy Parraz: Lawyer/activist with Maricopa Citizens for Safety and Accountability. Now a U.S. Senate candidate, he was arrested for "trespassing" by sheriff's deputies after he spoke out against Arpaio at a supervisors meeting.

21) Michael Lacey: New Times co-founder and executive editor who's written critically about Arpaio for years. Jailed overnight for co-writing a story about an illegal grand jury probing New Times for publishing the sheriff's home address on the Internet.

22) Victoria Lopez: Immigrant rights advocate for the Arizona ACLU who has spent the past eight years as an advocate for the rights of ICE detainees in Arizona.

 

23) Bill Straus: Arizona regional director of the Anti-Defamation League and a frequent critic of the sheriff. Called for Arpaio to renounce support from white supremacists and other extremists.

24) Dan Pochoda: ACLU attorney who challenged Arpaio's right to detain a Russian man suffering from tuberculosis. Later arrested while observing a protest against Arpaio.

25) Devin Fleenor: Uses social media to organize citizens to fight against Arpaio. Fleenor's Facebook group, People Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, has grown to more than 50,000 members in three months.

26) Ed Evans: Successfully sued Arpaio in the death of his blind son, who was beaten by Tent City guards, put in solitary for seven days, and fed only three times during that time.

27) Edmundo Hidalgo:

President/CEO of the Chicanos Por La Causa Hispanic social-service organization raided last year by the MCSO in its retaliatory investigation of Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox.

28) Sandi Wilson: Deputy county manager who refused to give in when MCSO Chief Deputy David Hendershott threatened her and other county leaders during budget negotiations.

29) Mary Rose Wilcox: Maricopa County supervisor and persistent Arpaio critic. Victim of retaliatory charges, now dismissed, at the behest of Arpaio and Andrew Thomas.

30) Mario Mabe: Independent film director working on Backspin, a documentary about Alison Hicks and her hellish stint in an Arpaio jail.

31) Sandra Dowling: Former county school superintendent who beat charges brought against her after a botched malfeasance investigation by Arpaio's office.

32) Dan Barr: First Amendment attorney who's represented the West Valley View newspaper in its many battles with Arpaio.

33) Tim Nelson: Ran unsuccessfully for county attorney against Arpaio crony Andrew Thomas. Nelson has been a staunch critic of the sheriff.

34) Monica Sandschafer: State ACORN and current LUCHA director, arrested twice by the MCSO while petitioning supervisors to act against Arpaio. Acquitted of all charges and is suing Arpaio.

35) Linda Evans: Along with husband Ed, successfully sued Arpaio in the jail death of her blind son.

36) Ray Merrill: Activist against Arpaio.

37) Rebecca Jimenez: Guadalupe mayor when Arpaio performed a 2008 anti-immigrant sweep of her town. She told Arpaio to leave, after which he publicly denounced her.

38) Dennis Gilman: Videographer and anti-Arpaio activist whose work can be seen on his YouTube channel HumanLeague002. He monitors the MCSO during its immigration sweeps as a CopWatch member.

39) Guillermina Pichardo:

Former ACORN member arrested after a Arpaio protest at a supervisors meeting. Acquitted and is suing the sheriff.

40) Kristy Theilen: Former ACORN organizer arrested twice by sheriff's deputies while protesting Arpaio at a supervisors meeting. Acquitted and is suing Arpaio.

41) Jeremiah Henry: Frequent protester against Arpaio.

42) Garyn Klasek: Frequent protester against Arpaio.

43) Andrew Morgan: Business manager for Alison Hicks and Backspin

, a documentary about Hicks' stint in Arpaio's jail.

44) Andrew Sanchez: Longtime anti-Arpaio activist from Guadalupe who has been repeatedly retaliated against, along with his family, by the MCSO.

45) Janey Henze: Attorney, who along with her father and partner, Tom, defended New Times against harassment by the Sheriff's Office, and has defended other Arpaio victims.

46) Salvador Reza: Leader of the Phoenix-based Puente Movement, which protested daily at Arpaio's Wells Fargo Tower headquarters. He also organizes rallies and marches against the sheriff.

47) Phil Gordon: Phoenix's mayor, and the first major political figure here to criticize Arpaio for racially profiling during sweeps for illegal immigrants. Gordon formally summoned a Justice Department task force to investigate in April 2008.

48) Tom Bearup: Former member of Arpaio's command staff who was the first to challenge him for sheriff in 2000. In retaliation, Arpaio's forces wiretapped him, followed him, got him fined, and got an order that he couldn't run for office again for five years.

49) Adele Bearup: Wife of Tom Bearup.

50) Jim Cozzolino: Ardent Arpaio critic and former Bearup campaign volunteer who was falsely arrested and spent months in jail

in an act of political retribution by Arpaio.

51) Gary Josephson: Former MCSO deputy and video specialist who became an Arpaio critic after the MCSO required Josephson to document events staged to bolster Arpaio's popularity.

52) Allison Hicks: The subject of Backspin, a documentary about Hicks' nightmarish time in one of Arpaio's jails.

53) Ayensa Milan: Community organizer and Arpaio critic who was arrested while protesting at a supervisors meeting. Acquitted of the charges and is now suing the sheriff.

54) John Dougherty: Former New Times columnist who wrote about Arpaio's corruption unrelentingly and is now a candidate for the U.S. Senate. Wrote the column containing Arpaio's home address that resulted in an investigation of New Times.

55 through 61) (from left to right) Martin Huslloimea, Rojelio Sanchez, Monique Gomez, Daisy Martinez, Ismael Martinez, Precilla Gomez, and Miguel Gomez: Children of Guadalupe who witnessed Arpaio and his deputies oppress their community.

Jamie Peachey

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