The Dissenter

Official promo photo of singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie (
28 Sep 2015

Protest Song of the Week: ‘The Uranium War’

Indigenous singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie sings, “And me I watched it grow: corporate greed & a lust for gold & coal & oil and, hey, now uranium.”

Wesleyan University, where Black Lives Matter students and supporters have pushed to shut down school's newspaper. (Photo by Joe Mabel)
27 Sep 2015

Podcast: University, Inc. & the Policing of Speech on American Campuses

American colleges and universities are increasingly corporatized. Within the pernicious corporate culture of campuses exists a kind of campus politics, where student activists police expression and activities in order to create “safe spaces” or protect particular marginalized groups from trauma. While critics of student activists often argue these students are

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)
25 Sep 2015

U.S. Withholding Evidence That Could Free Former Guantanamo Prisoner Detained In Morocco

Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Younis Chekkouri was released last week and flown to Morocco, where authorities have detained him in one of the country’s most notorious prisons. He now urgently demands a United States federal court release documents proving his innocence, which the U.S. has withheld for the past four years.

One eye on a human face, along with a lock of hair, lit only by flashlight. (Flickr / Emarline)
24 Sep 2015

A Shadowproof Government — Kevin Gosztola On (VIDEO)

Kevin Gosztola wants media and movements to work together, ensuring that every politician, corporate tool, law and legislation is shadowproof.


Prison Protest

File: A hospital hallway. (Morguefile)
10 Sep 2015

Lawsuit: Inmate’s Skull Fracture Ignored For Days By Advanced Correctional Healthcare

A new lawsuit alleges for-profit inmate medical contractor Advanced Correctional Healthcare (ACH) and jail officials violated state laws and the Constitution in their substandard delivery of healthcare to an inmate suffering from serious conditions related to a traumatic brain injury. The inmate alleges his critical prescriptions were withheld and altered, and an injury to his head was left untreated for days until he developed paralysis on the right side of his body.

Screenshot of NYPD Officer Adhyl Polanco speaking on Democracy Now (Nov 6, 2013).
05 Sep 2015

Lawsuit: NYPD Retaliated Against Whistleblower Cop For Exposing Illegal Quotas

Adhyl Polanco, an NYPD officer who spoke out publicly against the department’s use of illegal quotas for summonses and arrests, filed a lawsuit in federal court this week alleging his superiors discriminated and retaliated against him based on his race and speech. According to Polanco’s lawsuit, the NYPD was threatening officers with “termination and negative employment actions, such as low performance evaluations and punitive postings,” to force them to meet Stop & Frisk and arrest quotas.

The Baltimore Transition Center in Baltimore, Maryland, photographed on September 14, 2012, is the oldest continuously operating prison in the United States, dating back to 1811. Adapting older buildings for climate change presents considerable challenges . (Wikimedia Commons / groupuscule)
03 Sep 2015

Report: US Jails And Prisons Ill Equipped For Global Warming

A new study published by the Columbia Law School Sabin Center for Climate Change Law found US jails and prisons grossly unfit for dealing with rising temperatures, which place inmate and staff health at risk. The study urged policy makers and administrators to begin taking steps to prepare for heat waves associated with climate change.

Photo from Vera Institute of Justice report on alternatives to solitary confinement
02 Sep 2015

California Agrees To Restrict Use of Long-Term Solitary Confinement

California has agreed to restrict the use of long-term solitary confinement in a settlement agreement filed in federal court this week. Restrictions are expected to reduce the number of inmates in isolation, cap the number of continuous years an inmate can spend in solitary confinement to five, and establish measures by which inmates can more easily achieve release back to general population.


The Bullpen

File: An empty classroom in a California school. (Flickr / Kari Bluff)
17 Sep 2015

California Teachers’ Pensions May Embrace Hedge Funds

The hedge fund industry continues to expand its influence throughout the US economy and financial system despite having a lackluster performance record. The latest catch is a true whale, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, a pension fund worth approximately $119 billion that serves roughly 880,000 active and retired school employees.

A sign in a pharmacy window reads "We Do Not Stock Oxycontin," photographed on March 18, 2008. The Sackler family,  and Purdue Pharma, profited hugely from false claims that Oxycontin was less addictive than other alternative opioid drugs. (Flickr / Redfishingboat (Mick O))
16 Sep 2015

As Opioid Addiction Spreads One Family Cashes In

The CDC also claims that 45% of people addicted to heroin were also addicted to prescription opioid painkillers. The Sackler family, 100% owners of Purdue Pharma, producers of OxyContin, became billionaires through knowingly promoting opioid addiction in America.

The exterior of the United States Treasury Department, photographed at night on August 1, 2010. (Wikimedia Commons / Florian Hirzinger)
15 Sep 2015

Appealing Treasury Department’s FOIA Response On Hank Paulson AIG Records

The following letter was mailed today to the Treasury Department’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) division. It is a response to a two year old FOIA request that asked for records concerning former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s communications during a period that included the AIG bailout. The Treasury Department claimed, amazingly, that no official records could be found and gave me 35 days to appeal the no records response.

The exterior of a Sandford-Brown college campus, photographed on June 1, 2012. A for-profit college, Brown went out of business in May 2015. (Flickr / m01229).
14 Sep 2015

Student Loan Crisis Driven By For-Profit Colleges, Report Shows

Brookings Institution found that “most of the increase in default is because of an upsurge in the number of borrowers attending for-profit schools and, to a lesser-extent, community colleges and other non-selective institutions whose students had historically composed only a small share of student borrowing.”