The Dissenter

17 Jun 2022

State Of World Press Freedom Darkens As UK Government Approves Assange’s Extradition

This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become a monthly subscriber to help us continue our independent journalism. United Kingdom Home Secretary Priti Patel approved the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States. Patel’s decision to hand over a journalist to the US

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15 Jun 2022

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Spitting Off the Edge of the World’ By Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The influential indie rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs released their first tune in close to a decade, “Spitting Off the Edge of the World.” It’s on their upcoming album, “Cool It Down,” out September 30.

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01 Jun 2022

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Rise Above’ By Ibeyi (Featuring Berwyn)

Originally published at Ongoing History of Protest Music. The second anniversary of the murder of George Floyd was May 25, and sadly nothing has really changed. Racially motivated killings and cops murdering black people still occur frequently. To comment on this issue, twin sisters Naomi and Lisa Diaz of the

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31 May 2022

Major Political Parties In UK Back ‘State Threats’ Bill That Would Jeopardize Press Freedom

All main political parties in the United Kingdom have called for immediate passage in Parliament of new measures to fight “state threats,” which would restrict press freedom and threaten civil liberties.

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11 May 2022

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘GDP’ By Bob Vylan

The post was originally published at Ongoing History Of Protest Music. Bob Vylan is a grime punk duo that recently released their second album “Bob Vylan Present ThePrice Of Life.” Just like their 2020 debut album, “We Live Here,” the album features incisive political commentary addressing issues such as systemic

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27 Apr 2022

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Clara Fraser, Clara Fraser’ By Lavender Country

Originally published at Ongoing History of Protest Music Back in 1973, Seattle singer-songwriter Patrick Haggerty released what is widely considered tobe the first gay-themed country album under the moniker Lavender Country. At the time only 1000 copies of the self-titled album were printed. In later years, the album generated interest

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Prison Protest

23 May 2022

Despite Worsening Opioid Crisis, Many Jails And Prisons Remain Opposed To Treatment Medications

Three drugs are approved by the FDA for opioid use disorder yet are treated as dangerous contraband in most jails and prisons. (NC Dept of Public Safety on Flickr)

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"Hand in Hand" (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)
20 Apr 2022

In Era Of Overlapping Crises, Drug-User Organizers Share Lessons Learned Fighting Abandonment

The skills and experience drug-user organizers have built over decades are increasingly relevant for grave new contexts.

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22 Feb 2022

In Riverside County Jails, Organizing Against Repressive Conditions Takes Many Forms

People incarcerated in Riverside County jails engage in many forms of resistance against repression, from hunger strikes to lawsuits and beyond.

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Creative Commons Photo via Ichigo121212 on Pixabay (source: https://pixabay.com/en/prison-prison-cell-jail-crime-553836/)
10 Dec 2021

As COVID-19 Raged, Incarcerated Journalists Fought Isolation And Illness To Expose Abusive Conditions

In 2020, Empowerment Avenue launched as a collaborative writing program to connect incarcerated writers with outside journalists and editors.

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27 Oct 2021

In San Quentin, COVID-19 Prevention No Match For Crowded And Poorly Ventilated Housing

Since COVID-19 wreaked havoc inside California’s prisons, conditions that helped the virus spread have been left unaddressed.

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04 Oct 2021

Massachusetts Chief of Police Sends Racist Emails to Town Officials, Keeps Job

“I couldn’t resist!!!” That’s the last line of a particularly racist email sent by Leyden, Massachusetts Police Chief Daniel Galvis to town officials and fellow officers on March 8, 2016. The email, a chain forward called “FW: How Is Tarzan Doing?” ends with the noble savage telling a nameless third

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The Bullpen

Green grass and a tree line in the foreground with a big rainbow above it. WIthin the rainbow is a flare of light like it's a halo around the sun.
08 Jun 2022

Facing Summer Heat, Activists Say Cooling Centers Are Far From Enough

June 2022 will mark the one-year anniversary of the record-setting heat wave that killed over 500 people across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Canada. The Pacific Northwest, known for cold, rainy winters and mild summers reached high temperatures in 2021 with 116 degrees Fahrenheit in Portland, Oregon and 121 degrees in

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"Disturbance" by Jared Rodriguez / Truthout on Flickr
04 Nov 2021

For Migrant Families, COVID-19 Made Precarious Housing Much Worse

Insufficient, crowded residencies have long plagued undocumented households. But COVID-19 has made a bad situation even worse.

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09 Aug 2021

As Landlord Groups Fight Eviction Moratorium, Federal Aid Slow To Reach Tenants

Losing their job or reduced work hours, received a sign of hope as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued another extension of the eviction moratorium. But landlord groups are pushing in federal court to block enforcement of the moratorium. 

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Striking workers outside the plant. Photo: Samuel Huntsman
20 Jul 2021

‘They Treat Us Horribly’: Striking Frito-Lay Worker Speaks Out About Conditions In Topeka Facility

Frito-Lay workers in Kansas are striking over poor working conditions, outrageous schedules, and poor treatment.

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15 Jun 2021

University of California Workers Organize For Salaries That Keep Pace With Cost Of Living

In the months before the coronavirus pandemic abruptly halted the United States economy in March 2020, graduate student workers and faculty members in the University of California system aggressively pushed for cost-of-living salary adjustments through strikes, protests, and rallies on campuses. Though COVID-19 shutdowns and transitions to remote learning disrupted

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13 Apr 2021

Graduate Workers Unions At New York’s Two Largest Universities Vote For Strike

Graduate workers at New York University and Columbia University, the two largest universities in New York City, are in the midst of a contentious labor battle with their administrations to eliminate the economic uncertainty, which has intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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