The Dissenter

Photo by Thomas Altfather Good on Flickr.
23 May 2017

NYPD Sued For Refusing To Confirm Or Deny Existence Of Counterintelligence Activities Against Activists

The NYCLU and Millions March NYC sued the NYPD after the department refused to confirm or deny the existence of records on Black Lives Matter activists.

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Trevor FitzGibbon
22 May 2017

Progressive Organizations Back Letter Condemning Trevor FitzGibbon’s Return To Public Relations

Several progressive groups signed a letter strongly condemning the founder of a PR firm which closed after he was accused of sexual misconduct.

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21 May 2017

‘Unauthorized Disclosure’ Weekly Podcast: Episode 18

On this week’s episode of the “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast, hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola discuss President Donald Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia and how ordinary Syrians view the armed opposition in Syria. They celebrate the release of Chelsea Manning. The hosts also talk about the Comey memo scandal that

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18 May 2017

The Federal Government Is Trying To Imprison These Six Water Protectors

The cases likely mark the first time that U.S. authorities have pursued felonies against people involved in demonstrations against fossil fuel infrastructure.

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Prison Protest

Akeem Browder, founder of Shut Down Rikers Island, speaks in front of a mural for his brother, Kalief Browder. Screenshot from YouTube user Peter Eliscu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QndE6jOSU9g
11 May 2017

Beyond Prisons – Episode 5: Shut Down Rikers Island Feat. Akeem Browder

Brian and Kim speak with Akeem Browder, founder of the campaign to Shut Down Rikers Island and the Kalief Browder Foundation.

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09 May 2017

As Abolition Becomes More Likely, Chicago Bond Fund Sees Future Where They Aren’t Needed

Around 70 people volunteer for the Chicago Community Bond Fund, a nonprofit organization that raises money to post bond for people who can’t afford to get out of Cook County Jail while awaiting trial. The bond fund relies on volunteers and purposely avoids hiring full time staff. It was an all-volunteer organization until February,

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Five Mualimm-ak. Source: https://www.mrfivemualimmak.com
05 May 2017

Beyond Prisons — Episode 4: Abolition By Any Means Necessary feat. Five Mualimm-ak

In this candid and personal interview, activist Five Mualimm-ak discusses his life, reintegration, and why he’s fighting to abolish prisons by any means necessary.

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04 May 2017

Pennsylvania Prison Officials Censored Workers World Publication For May Day Coverage

The Pennsylvania DOC rejected multiple issues of Workers World because of passages advocating for labor strikes and solidarity among oppressed people.

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Angela Davis portrait. Photo by Thierry Ehrmann on Flickr.
27 Apr 2017

Beyond Prisons – Episode 3: Are Prisons Obsolete? (YES!)

Kim and Brian discuss Angela Davis’ book, “Are Prisons Obsolete?”—an excellent handbook on prison abolition and the prison industrial complex.

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Cook County resident Flonard was freed from jail by the Chicago Community Bond Fund. Photo: CCBF
25 Apr 2017

Chicago Community Bond Fund Saves Poor, Working Class Residents From Horror Of Cook County Jail

The Chicago Community Bond Fund helps people get out of jail who can’t afford bail, using their stories to push to end cash bond in Illinois.

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The Bullpen

Screenshot from C-SPAN broadcast of House vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA): https://www.c-span.org/video/?427816-1/gop-health-care-bill-narrowly-clears-house-217213
14 May 2017

Trumpcare Shows Majority Of Politicians Are Willing To Vote Against Health Care Industry

Single-payer opponents claim it’s politically impossible get a majority in Congress to oppose the health care industry, but House GOP just proved them wrong.

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Vermont Human Right To Healthcare. Rally at the State House in Montpelier, VT. Photo by NESRI on Flickr.
02 May 2017

Road To Single-Payer: Overcoming Hurdles At The State Level

Attempts to convince states to adopt single-payer healthcare face significant hurdles that are both legal and financial.

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"Obama at Healthcare rally at UMD." Photo by Daniel Borman (dborman2) on Flickr.
24 Apr 2017

Road To Single-Payer: Fighting For Universal Health Care At The Federal Level

In Part 3 of Jon Walker’s series, he examines various hurdles at the federal level that Americans must overcome to achieve a universal health care system.

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"Healthcare Costs." Photo by Images Money on Flickr.
17 Apr 2017

Road To Single-Payer: Understanding Different Universal Health Care Systems

Unraveling for-profit health care will continue to be difficult if citizens remain uninformed on how different universal systems truly function.

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Healthcare Justice March - October 26, 2013. Photo by United Workers on Flickr.
10 Apr 2017

Road To Single-Payer: How The US Can Achieve Universal Health Care

This is the moment for honest assessment of how U.S. could adopt single-payer, a proven system that would actually deliver affordable universal health care.

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Photo by North Charlestone (northcharleston) on Flickr
27 Mar 2017

Obamacare Is A Failure, But It Will Only ‘Explode’ If Trump Sabotages It

The American Health Care Act has gone down in a blaze of glory. It is time to focus on what President Donald Trump has long said would be his plan B.

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Sharp Edges

18 May 2017

Sanctuary Communities And The Fallacy Of ‘Good Immigrants’ Vs. ‘Bad Immigrants’

There are four sanctuary states in the United States, and over 200 sanctuary cities and counties, as of March 20. President Donald Trump’s administration has actively targeted sanctuary communities, and threatened to cut federal funding, but the administration’s pursuit of legal avenues in order to curb sanctuary cities has, so

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Tom Cat Bakery truck. Photo by traveleden on Flickr.
11 May 2017

New York Bakery Workers Resist Management’s Collusion With DHS Immigrant Crackdown

Tom Cat Bakery workers in New York resist management’s collusion with immigration officials from the Department of Homeland Security

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Abdul El-Sayed, candidate for governor of Michigan. Source: https://abdulformichigan.com
19 Apr 2017

American Muslims See Campaigns For Office As Way To Fight Prejudice

American Muslims are increasingly running for political office to challenge institutional prejudice and discrimination in the United States.

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Chicago Teachers Union protest. Photo by Joe Brusky on Flickr.
11 Apr 2017

Chicago Teacher: Rahm Emanuel’s Graduation Requirement Shows He Has ‘No Interest In Understanding The Issues’

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new graduation requirement builds on his record of antagonism toward teachers and students.

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Medical instruments by Cristian C on Flickr.
03 Apr 2017

America’s Health Care System Forces Citizens To Turn To Crowdfunding To Survive

Americans are turning to crowdfunding to pay for expensive medical procedures private insurance won’t cover, even under the Affordable Care Act.

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Protestors demand Medicare for all in Bakersfield, California. Photo by ufcw770 on Flickr.
13 Mar 2017

Activists Mobilize For Universal Health Care As Republicans Propose Limiting Coverage

As Republicans propose health care cuts, activists mobilize local communities in favor of a single-payer health care model that benefits all Americans.

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The Next Cold War

24 May 2017

Around The Empire – Episode 21: Impeach Trump, Get President Pence? Hell No.

Doug Henwood discusses the anti-Trump faction’s endgame, the force applied by the unelected permanent government and the prospect of a President Pence.

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18 May 2017

Is The United States Militarizing Space?

Even if the X-37 somehow is a completely benign scientific pursuit, its existence is triggering other countries to develop space-based military hardware.

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11 May 2017

Trump Agrees To Arm Kurds In Syria Despite Turkey’s Opposition

The United States took this long to commit to arming SDF, despite its stated objective of destroying ISIS, because of concerns from the Turkish government.

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09 May 2017

Around The Empire – Episode 19: Deep State Sells Out American Counterterrorism Interests Feat. Gareth Porter

Gareth Porter explains how the Deep State sells out the American counterterrorism interests and fuels the rise of extremist groups like al Qaeda.

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04 May 2017

U.S. And Turkey On Collision Course Over Kurdish Forces In Syria

A top adviser for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ilnur Cevik, warned on May 3 that United States troops and equipment risk being destroyed due to their proximity to Kurdish forces in Northern Syria. Turkey claims those fighters are aligned with the Kurdish militant group the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK),

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Peshmerga. Photo by Kurdish Struggle on Flickr.
02 May 2017

Around The Empire – Episode 18: Kurdish Fighters In Iraq and Syria Feat. Joe Lawrence

Dan and Joanne interview photographer and film director Joe Lawrence about Kurdish fighters in Iraq and Syria.

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Beyond Satire

25 Feb 2017

I Was A Professional Anarchist Paid By Super-Rich Liberal George Soros To Bring Trump Down

Weeks into the presidency of a buffoonish but vicious tyrant, I feel compelled to take off my black bandana, hooded sweatshirt, and kick off my steel-toed boots to reveal myself to the people. This is especially for those who believe the United States is faced with an uprising led by

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Screenshot of CSPAN broadcast of Trump news conference.
16 Feb 2017

We Obtained Leaked Copy Of Trump’s Plans For First 100 Days And It’s Just Wow!

We got a glimpse at copy of what Trump plans to do by his 100th day and, whoa! It’s simply incredible!

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01 Feb 2017

Donald Trump Remembered Some Black People For Black History Month

Read President Donald Trump’s remarks at a Black History Month event with African Americans.

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30 Jan 2017

Creators Of ‘Paul Ryan: The Magazine’ Discuss Their Satirical Project

Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is both a media darling, who positions himself as a leader that can temper President Donald Trump’s extremism, and an embodiment of much of Ayn Rand’s most destructive ideology, who is eager to carry out the agenda of the Koch Brothers. He is

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15 Jan 2017

Trump’s Cabinet Of Terror: Let Us Explain To You What These Foul Creatures Really Think

We watched or combed through the transcript of every confirmation hearing for Donald Trump’s cabinet picks this past week to bring you this explainer that is sure to make your knees buckle and induce nausea. This is not for the faint of liberal hearts. Here are the views of each

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Photo by Kevin Gosztola.
05 Jan 2017

Introducing Beyond Satire

I am pleased to announce the launch of Shadowproof’s “Beyond Satire” section. Shadowproof launched as an independent press organization that aspires to support a range of work from freelance journalists, but I always knew at some point there would be expansions to complement our journalistic work and give the organization

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