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

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.

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