The Dissenter

Screen shot from David Rosane and the Zookeepers' "Modern Folk" album cover.
05 Oct 2015

Protest Song of the Week: ‘Freeway’

In the protest anthem, “Freeway,” singer-songwriter David Rosane sings, “Sorry for the inconvenience. We’re just trying to change the world.” It is premised around an apology-but-not-an-apology to those upset they cannot get anywhere in their vehicles because people are clogging the streets while protesting. Also, grassroots struggles are on a

Students and local activists protest the suspension of SJP on April 2, 2014 at Northeastern University | Photo by Maria Amasanti
04 Oct 2015

Podcast: Dima Khalidi of Palestine Legal on ‘Palestine Exception to Free Speech’

In the United States, there is a campaign by Israeli advocacy organizations—with the support of the Israeli government—to censor, intimidate, harass, and vilify activists engaged in activism for Palestinian human rights. Particularly, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement is seen as a threat. The focusing of resources against activists,

A portrait of Younous Abdurrahman Chekkouri in an orange prisoner's jumpsuit. After being imprisoned for 13 years without charges in Guantanamo Bay prison, Yunus was sent to Morocco last week, where he remains in custody. (Reprieve)
03 Oct 2015

US Withholding Evidence That Could Free Former GITMO Prisoner (VIDEO)

Kevin Gosztola recently appeared on The Matthew Filipowicz show to discuss the plight of former Guantanamo prisoner Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri.

Graphic showing a redacted document with a CENSORED stamp across it.
02 Oct 2015

Blacked Out Pages: U.S. Government Snubs ACLU Over Targeted Killing FOIA

The US government gave the ACLU the equivalent of the middle finger in response to a FOIA request for records on the “targeted killing program.”


Prison Protest

The exterior of St. Louis' Buzz Westfall Justice Center, which includes the county jail. (Screenshot: Google Streetview)
01 Oct 2015

St. Louis Considers Privatizing Jail Medical Care

With St. Louis jails disproportionately filled with blacks and other populations underserved by health care, the move could prove disastrous for inmates.

Seen from behind, three residents of Cook County Juvenile Detention Center sit, arms over each others' shoulders, wearing their jail uniforms while watching a performance on May 2, 2013. (Flickr / WBEZ)
29 Sep 2015

Attitudes Toward Treatment Limit Chicago’s Former Youth Inmates’ Access To Health Care

Only 15.4% of detainees with mental health disorders receive treatment. 31% of former youth prisoners were not sure where to go for treatment.

A pregnant prisoner in a bare cell with a simple bed. The inmate's head is turned away from the camera, so only her hair is visible. (National Crittenton Foundation)
28 Sep 2015

Juvenile Justice Reform Will Fail Without Specific Focus On Young Women

Black girls were about three times as likely as white girls to be referred to juvenile court, and 20% more likely to be detained than white girls. American Indian/Alaska Native girls were 50% more likely to be locked-up.

Judge's Gavel and Sound Block created and folded by Glenn Sapaden out of two dollar bills (Glenn Sapaden on Flickr)
25 Sep 2015

More Reports Of Debtors Prisons Surface In Louisiana And New Hampshire

A federal lawsuit in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a report by the ACLU of New Hampshire, document the practice of jailing people unable to pay their court debts, violating the due process rights of the poor by failing to provide them with legal counsel and ability-to-pay hearings.


The Bullpen

Elizabeth Warren (jacquelinesarah on Flickr)
02 Oct 2015

Brookings Firing Exposes Rift Between Elizabeth Warren And Hillary Clinton Supporters

Robert Litan’s resignation from the Brookings Institution exposed some fault lines within the Democratic Party.

File: A close-up of the backwards 'R' logo on the side of the Toys 'R' Us ferris wheel in New York City's Times Square on February 1, 2013. (Flickr / Thomas Hawk)
01 Oct 2015

Toys ‘R’ Us Misuses H-1B Temporary Foreign Worker Visas To Outsource Jobs

Toys ‘R’ Us, and other major corporations, are misusing the H-1B Visa program to train foreign workers then fire Americans when those jobs move overseas.

Photo by Mike Mozart
30 Sep 2015

Workers Sue Monsanto After Herbicide Cited As Causing Cancer

In what could be the beginning of a tidal wave of litigation, a U.S. farm worker and a horticultural assistant have filed lawsuits against agribusiness giant Monsanto for health problems related to the use of the company’s blockbuster weed killer Roundup. The lawsuits accuse the company of knowingly putting an

The U.S. Labor Department's headquarters in Washington, D.C., photographed on May 4, 2005. (Wikimedia Commons / Ed Brown)
29 Sep 2015

[UPDATE] Brookings Institution Under Fire For Wall Street Shilling

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says Brookings Institution, the well-known think tank, helped Wall Street block a rule revealing potential conflicts of interest in retirement investment advice.