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26 Jan 2022

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Landlord Of The Gentriflies’ By Calm. (Featuring Lee Reed and Buddha)

Calm is a hip-hop duo featuring rapper Time and producer Awareness. Time has also done engineering work for Common and is a journalist who has worked with Noam Chomsky.

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24 Jan 2022

British High Court Opens Door For Assange To Appeal To Supreme Court

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prevailed in his effort to obtain certification from the British High Court of Justice, which would allow him to appeal their prior decision to the Supreme Court.

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19 Jan 2022

Iowa Judge Upholds Ag-Gag Charge Brought Against Animal Rights Activist Hours Before Dismissing The Case

An Iowa judge upheld one of the state’s “ag-gag” laws in a case brought against an animal rights activist, hours before dismissing all charges.

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12 Jan 2022

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Guardian Angel Platoon’

The Guardian Angel Platoon is the moniker of Canadian veteran, activist, and singer-songwriter Dennis MacKenzie. He released the self-titled album in 2021, right before Canada’s Remembrance Day.

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11 Jan 2022

Twenty Years Of Barbarism At Guantánamo: Biden Could End It But Lacks The Political Will

This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter, a project of Shadowproof. Become a paid subscriber and help us expand our work. The first “high-value detainee” at Guantánamo military prison was approved for transfer a day before the detention camp marked the 20th anniversary of confining prisoners in

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27 Dec 2021

We’ll All Eventually Think ‘Don’t Look Up’ Is Laughing At Us If Nothing Fundamentally Changes

Most contemporary satirical films are compared to Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb.” It is the standard by which critics and viewers decide if the satire succeeded. Yet in the past decades no film has come close to matching the sharpness and

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Prison Protest

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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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29 Sep 2021

At San Quentin, Incarcerated People Organize For Safety As Prison Transfers Spread COVID-19

Adamu Chan remembers how it felt to be trapped in San Quentin as COVID-19 spread and how #StopSanQuentinOutbreak helped him get free.

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NYPD officers on cell phones. Photo by Elvert Barnes on Flickr.
12 Aug 2021

Abolishing Police Surveillance In NYC: Will Transparency Help Or Make It Harder?

New York City implemented a police surveillance transparency law, but activists are divided on if it helps or hurts their cause.

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"Prisoner" by Jared Rodriguez / Truthout via Flickr.
10 Aug 2021

Jailhouse Lawyers Take On COVID-19 Where Prisons Won’t

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, jailhouse lawyers have struggled for safety measures, and against restrictions on privileges and mobility.

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The Bullpen

"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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03 Mar 2021

US Journalists Form Unions To Survive ‘Hedge Fund Vampires’ And COVID-19 Pandemic

Many of these unions have sought representation from the NewsGuild, a branch of the Communications Workers of America (CWA). They include editorial staff, who recognize the shared working conditions of an industry in crisis.

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