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The Dissenter

03 Aug 2020

US Government Employees View Dissent Channels As Risky And A ‘Waste Of Time’

Federal agency employees largely view dissent channels as a “waste of time” and fear they will face retaliation if used, according to a report from the Project on Government Oversight (POGO).

“There appear to be few public success stories where use of dissent channels led to change or factored into a serious reconsideration of policies,” POGO adds.

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02 Aug 2020

Looking Back On Shadowproof’s Fifth Year

We launched Shadowproof five years ago. Many of you helped us accomplish quite a bit so let’s take a moment to celebrate the impact we’ve had. 

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30 Jul 2020

Celebrating National Whistleblower Appreciation Day, Despite All Its Contradictions

On July 30, 2013, United States Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning was convicted of violating the Espionage Act and various other offenses. It was National Whistleblower Appreciation Day, and though she was not found guilty of “aiding the enemy,” the verdict in her trial crystallized a contradiction among the political establishment. Officials profess a commitment to whistleblowers except when they blow the whistle on abuse, fraud, or corruption that they have a vested interest in defending.

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29 Jul 2020

Protest Songs Of The Week: ‘This Walk’ and ‘Orgone’ By Jyoti

Jyoti is the one-woman jazz ensemble moniker of experimental soul artist, Georgia Anne Muldrow and it is the nickname given to her by a family friend, the legendary Alice Coltrane.

Muldrow’s forthcoming studio album “Mama, You Can Bet!” is out August 28, and she released two socially conscious singles from the album “This Walk” (which includes the B-side “The Cowrie Waltz”) and “Orgone.”

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Prison Protest

Credit: Dylan Rodríguez
05 Aug 2020

Beyond Prisons: Dylan Rodríguez, Part II: Police Accountability Is Casualty Management

This is the second part of Beyond Prisons’ two-part conversation with professor, author, and abolitionist scholar Dr. Dylan Rodríguez.

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Credit: Dylan Rodríguez
30 Jul 2020

Beyond Prisons: Abolition Is Our Obligation feat. Dylan Rodríguez

Professor, author, and abolitionist scholar Dr. Dylan Rodríguez joins Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein on an episode of the Beyond Prisons podcast. 

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Photo by Black & Pink on Facebook (Source: https://www.facebook.com/167172647960/photos/10157853858817961/)
29 Jul 2020

For Black & Pink Organizers, Decarceration Must Grapple With Constant Violence Against LGBTQ+ People

Adam Mahoney profiles leadership of Black & Pink, a national abolitionist organization dismantling the carceral system and the harms caused to LGBTQ+ people.

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Plants grow on a burned out police car. Illustration by Dan Nott on Instagram (Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBV0i3kD8bl/)
27 Jul 2020

How Transformative Justice Responds To Violence Without The Carceral System

Abolitionists have confronted violence through Transformative Justice, which models different skills and principles for approaching harm and violence.

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23 Jul 2020

California Initiative Moves Away From Relying On Police To Address Mental Health Crises

Mental Health First is a community-centered initiative to eliminate the need for police as first responders to mental health crises.

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The Police Enter (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)
15 Jul 2020

Community Organizers Address Sexual Violence Without The Criminal Justice System

Nicole Froio examines how some prison abolitionists are approaching gendered harm without the involvement of the criminal justice system.

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The Bullpen

04 Aug 2020

Workers Face Retaliation, Including Layoffs, For Organizing Unions During COVID-19 Pandemic

As workers organize unions to improve working conditions during the pandemic, employers have engaged in retaliation, including laying offs.

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01 Jul 2020

Prioritizing Children’s Wellness Over Cops: The Movement To End Policing In Schools

In the wake of Black Lives Matter protests, several school boards voted or are in the process of voting to defund school police forces.

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10 Jun 2020

Congress Members Obtain COVID-19 Loans Through Small Business Program

Members of Congress obtained disaster loans for their businesses through the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

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Photo by Brecht Bug on Flickr.
19 May 2020

‘No One Will Help, No One Will Listen’: Workers Impacted By COVID-19 Outbreak Describe Struggle For Unemployment Benefits

The surge of unemployment claims during COVID-19 has created major backlogs that plague several states and prevent people from receiving money.

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05 May 2020

Fight To Tax Amazon Regains Momentum As Corporation Thrives During COVID-19

During the coronavirus pandemic, Seattle City Council members have launched another effort to tax Amazon and other large corporations.

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20 Nov 2019

Tennessee’s Healthcare Crisis: Bankruptcies, Closing Hospitals, And Medical Debt

The State of Tennessee is in the midst of a health care crisis, where its residents are struggling with debt, bankruptcies, and a lack of access to health care, while suffering from some of the highest rates in the United States of preventable illnesses. 

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THE IDIOCRAT

19 Aug 2019

I’m Still Sorry I Listened To Susan Sarandon During The 2016 Election

There aren’t any matters that are currently more pressing than grappling with the fact that I listened to what actress Susan Sarandon had to say during the 2016 presidential election and did not vote for Hillary Clinton. You may see a presidential administration that is going above and beyond to

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02 Aug 2019

A Celebration Of Pioneering Satirist Paul Krassner

Pioneering satirist Paul Krassner proclaimed, “Irreverence is my only sacred cow, and the more repression there is, the more need there is for irreverence toward those who are responsible for that repression.”

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04 Dec 2018

Iraqis Remember George H.W. Bush: A Gentleman When It Came To Bombing Us

Several Iraqis bombed during the Persian Gulf War expressed their condolences and paid tribute to former President George H.W. Bush.

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09 Oct 2018

George Soros Hired Me As A Paid Protester, But I’m Still Waiting For My Money

Emiliano Goodman once again demands George Soros pay him for professional anarchist services. He also has new inside information on Democrats’ sugar daddy.

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04 Jul 2018

Don’t Let Trump Be The Only One Seen Hugging An American Flag This Fourth Of July

We cannot let people think only President Donald Trump bear hugs Old Glory in public. Sensible Americans can show their love for America on 4th of July too.

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Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel. Photo via CIA.
16 May 2018

An Open Letter To Those Who Believe Torture Accountability Should Start With First Woman Nominee For CIA Director

Can you think of any men who were held accountable for CIA torture? No, you cannot. That is why deputy CIA director Gina Haspel should be their next director.

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