Protest in Baltimore after Freddie Gray was killed by police | Photo by Arash Azizzada
24 Aug 2015

Protest Song of the Week: ’28 Hours’

For this week’s protest song, Alec Hall submitted a piece created as a comment on the criminalization of black bodies in the United States and how black life is often erased from American culture and society. The 11-minute string quartet composition, “28 Hours,” is the first reader-submitted protest song featured here at Shadowproof.

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May 31 rally in Phoenix outside city's Islamic Center / Screen shot via video by Dennis Gilman
23 Aug 2015

Podcast: Growing Anti-Muslim Racism & Hysteria in the United States

The United States has experienced a spike in anti-Muslim racism and threatened violence against American Muslims in the past months. Much of the escalation has taken place in the aftermath of a shooting in Garland, Texas, at a Prophet Muhammad drawing contest.

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World premiere of "Silenced" at Tribeca Film Festival / via James Spione
21 Aug 2015

How One Film Gave Voice to Three Whistleblowers The US Government Tried To Silence

Kiriakou and two other American whistleblowers, Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack, are the subjects of Silenced, a film directed by James Spione which has tapped into a zeitgeist moment, when people all over the world are deeply concerned about powers their government has claimed to protect security which infringe upon civil liberties, press freedom, and openness in government.

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Whistleblower Chelsea Manning is being threatened with indefinite solitary confinement (via Chelsea Manning Support Network)
19 Aug 2015

US Army Punishes Chelsea Manning for Expired Toothpaste & LGBTQ Literature

After a four-hour disciplinary board hearing, the United States Army has punished Chelsea Manning for possessing books and magazines having to do with LGBTQ and political issues. The Army has also punished her for having an expired tube of toothpaste and for brushing food off the table and refusing to talk to a guard after she was accused of misconduct. For these actions, the Army imposed 21 days of recreational restrictions.

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A U.S. Sailor assigned to the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion stands watch over a cell block at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, while detainees look through magazines and books March 30, 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Nistas/Released)
18 Aug 2015

Attorneys for Guantanamo ‘Forever Prisoner’ Urge Review Board to Approve Release

Attorneys for Guantanamo Bay prisoner Mohammed Kamin asked the Periodic Review Board during a hearing to approve his release. Kamin is an Afghan who has been detained at the military prison for over eleven years. He is currently not charged with any crime, however, he is one of a number of forever prisoners, who President Barack Obama’s administration has designated for indefinite detention. In April 2008, Kamin was charged with “material support for terrorism.” A convening authority subsequently withdrew the charge against him 2009, and a federal court later ruled “material support” was not a valid offense triable by a military commission.

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Oil tanks on a BNSF train transporting fracked oil from the Bakken Oil field, photographed on February 22, 2014. (Flickr / Roy Luck)
18 Aug 2015

Maryland Judge Rules Public Has Right To Information On Dangerous Oil Trains

A Maryland judge ruled on August 14 that the public has a right to information provided to the state’s Department of Transportation by railroad companies about dangerous trains carrying crude oil. Judge Lawrence Fletcher-Hill rejected CSX and Norfolk Southern’s arguments that the information needed to be kept secret because it contained “confidential commercial information,” “trade secrets,” or information which could be useful to terrorists.

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Photo licensed under Creative Commons by Ryan J. Reilly
17 Aug 2015

Justice Department: Appeals Court Wrong to Revive Lawsuit Brought by Immigrants Abused After 9/11

The Justice Department has requested a federal appeals court revisit and reverse its decision to revive a lawsuit against former Justice Department officials, who allegedly violated the rights of Arab or Muslim immigrants when they were detained in the immediate months after the September 11th terrorist attacks.

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JB Lenoir, screen shot from album cover for "Alabama Blues"
17 Aug 2015

Protest Song of the Week: ‘Alabama Blues’

J.B. Lenoir’s “Alabama Blues” is a rather well-known blues protest song. It stands out because, by the 1960s, it was increasingly rare for blues musicians to sing about poverty, despair, and social injustice. And, fifty years since the tune was recorded under the supervision of Chicago blues master Willie Dixon, its lyrics still carry a deep resonance.

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Chelsea Manning's prison mugshot from week she began hormone therapy (via Chelsea Manning Support Network)
16 Aug 2015

US Military Denies Chelsea Manning Access to Prison Legal Library Prior to Hearing

Days before Chelsea Manning is supposed to appear before a disciplinary board, the United States military has denied her access to the prison legal library. Manning, a whistleblower who is serving a 35-year sentence for providing over a half million documents to WikiLeaks, has been accused by officers at Fort Leavenworth

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Chicago Police Officer
16 Aug 2015

Podcast: Chicago Organizer Shares Outrage Over Stop And Frisk Deal

The ACLU of Illinois announced a “landmark” agreement with the Chicago Police Department and City of Chicago over stop and frisks earlier this month. However, soon after, there were multiple activist groups, which were upset with the ACLU because they believed the settlement undermined their efforts. In particular, local groups

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