The Dissenter

28 Nov 2022

Attorney: Plenty To Uncover On CIA-Backed Spying That Violated Privacy Of Assange Visitors

In August, a lawsuit against the CIA, former CIA director Mike Pompeo, UC Global, and UC Global director David Morales was filed that alleged Americans who visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange when he was living in the Ecuador embassy had their privacy rights violated.

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10 Nov 2022

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Waltzing Will Trilogy’ By Lavender Country

Originally published at Ongoing History of Protest Music On October 31, 2022, trailblazing singer-songwriter and activist Patrick Haggerty died at the age of 78. A few weeks earlier he suffered a stroke. He fronted Lavender Country which is widely believed to be the first openly gay country band. In 1973,

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03 Nov 2022

NSA Whistleblower Unearthed ‘Project’ That Targeted US Communications

This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become an annual paid subscriber to help us continue our coverage of whistleblowers. A National Security Agency whistleblower unearthed a hot-shot analyst’s unauthorized “project” that targeted the communications of citizens or persons in the United States, according to a top secret inspector general

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26 Oct 2022

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Man With No Name’ By Fantastic Negrito

“Man with No Name,” which appears on the album, is a painful reminder that often the identity and experiences of the oppressed are erased.

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25 Oct 2022

The Parts Of Chelsea Manning’s Book Censored By The US Government

The United States government censored parts of Chelsea Manning’s new book, where she attempted to describe the information she provided to WikiLeaks in 2010.

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25 Oct 2022

Chelsea Manning’s Book Further Complicates US Government’s Case Against Julian Assange

In the United States government’s case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, prosecutors claim that he communicated with US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning through an encrypted chat client known as Jabber.

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Prison Protest

Protesters with their back to the viewer march with flags, including a black flag for the American Indian Movement.
28 Nov 2022

Leonard Peltier Supporters Walk Over 1,000 Miles To Demand Freedom For Native American Activist

Supporters of Native American activist Leonard Peltier rallied in Washington, D.C. to demand President Biden grant clemency to the long-held prisoner. 

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A photo of a notebook with notes taken by Edward Munsuer, who participated in the Success Stories program. Credit: Edward Munsuer.
06 Oct 2022

In California, Prisoners Organize Program To Confront Patriarchy And Toxic Masculinity

Success Stories helps incarcerated men discover how to live more fully by rejecting patriarchal values and toxic masculinity.

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28 Sep 2022

In Washington State, Incarcerated Organizers Build Community With Youth To Fight For Releases

At Washington’s Stafford Creek Corrections Center, a group of incarcerated organizers have built community with local youths to fight for sentencing reforms, grappling with what it means to organize through an abolitionist lens from inside.

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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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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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