The Dissenter

Howard Zinn. Photo by mjb on Flickr.
26 Apr 2018

Members-Only Newsletter Preview: Transcend The Madness Of The World

We’re pleased to publish this preview of the arts and culture edition of our members-only newsletter, “Keeping The Issues Alive.”

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Jonathan Alter. Photo by the Aspen Institute on Flickr.
25 Apr 2018

Daily Beast’s Jonathan Alter: Democrats Need Less Democracy To Win 2018 Midterm Elections

Columnist Jonathan Alter is the latest pundit to pen a nauseating lecture scolding progressive or left-wing voters for their activism around elections.

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25 Apr 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘YDTMHTL’ By War On Women

The Baltimore feminist hardcore punk band War on Women released a compelling protest record earlier this month. It’s titled “Capture The Flag,” and it follows their 2015 self-titled album. Their song names alone are an apt entry into their politics: “The Violence of Bureaucracy,” “Predator in Chief,” “Divisive Shit,” to

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Dairy farm in Vermont. Photo by catchesthelight on Flickr.
24 Apr 2018

Border Patrol Arrests, Targeting Of Immigrant Activists Rises Dramatically In Vermont

Migrant Justice accuses Border Patrol of using racial profiling to target Vermont’s immigrant dairy farm laborers and vocal community organizers.

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Prison Protest

Tenacious zine. Photo by Victoria Law.
05 Apr 2018

Beyond Prisons—Episode 23: Prison Publications feat. Victoria Law

Victoria Law talks about prison publications and Tenacious, the zine she’s organized for nearly 16 years featuring the work of incarcerated women from around the country.

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Artwork and Photography by Kim Wilson (kimwilsonart.com)
21 Mar 2018

Beyond Prisons—Episode 22: Pen Pals

In a special two-part episode of Beyond Prisons, we discuss communicating with incarcerated people and interview pen pal and activist Ciara Kay.

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Photo By Tony Webster from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States (Michael Freeman, Hennepin County Attorney) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
20 Mar 2018

Three Of America’s Worst Democratic Prosecutors Are Running Unopposed In 2018 Election

Three of America’s worst local head prosecutors are running unopposed in the next election as of March 2018, and all three are Democrats.

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16 Mar 2018

Oklahoma Will Be First State To Experiment With Nitrogen Gas In Executions

Oklahoma will execute prisoners using an experimental method never before attempted anywhere in the world: nitrogen hypoxia. Mike Hunter, the state’s attorney general, and Joe M. Allbaugh, the director of the department of corrections, announced Oklahoma will asphyxiate prisoners by locking them in a chamber that will fill with a

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Photo via Grassroots Leadership on Facebook.
14 Mar 2018

Immigration Officials Attempt To Deport Detained Sexual Abuse Victim After Agreeing To Provide Treatment

Immigration officials tried to deport a sexual abuse victim at an immigrant detention center after agreeing to a court settlement to provide mental health services.

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Protestors gather to show their support for Laura Monterrosa outside T. Don Hutto Residential Center, a private immigrant detention center in Texas. Still from video via Grassroots Leadership: https://vimeo.com/257432808
26 Feb 2018

Prison Contractor Blocks Austin Politician From Visiting Detained Immigrant Who Alleged Sexual Abuse By Guard

An Austin City Council member was denied access to T. Don Hutto Residential Center, where he attempted to visit a woman who reported sexual assault by a guard.

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The Bullpen

10 Apr 2018

Burgerville Workers May Form America’s First Recognized Fast Food Union After Years Of Retaliation

Fast food chain Burgerville announced they would support a vote to establish a nationally recognized union at their Portland, Oregon location.

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04 Apr 2018

Disney Withholds Bonuses As Union Workers Protest Poverty Wages

Hundreds of Disney World workers marched on March 23 after the company withheld bonuses from 41,000 union employees in Florida and California.

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Photo by www.ccPixs.com via Flickr.
28 Feb 2018

Why Single-Payer Advocates Shouldn’t Obsess Over How To Pay For Universal Health Care

Single-payer advocates from center to left are obsessed with figuring out how to fully pay for universal health care. Here’s why that’s bad politics and bad policy.

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Photo by Rosmarie Voegtli on Flickr
23 Feb 2018

The Pros And Cons Of ‘Medicare Extra For All’ Plan From Center For American Progress

Jon Walker looks at the pros and cons of the ‘Medicare Extra For All’ health care plan published by the Center for American Progress.

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22 Feb 2018

‘Medicare Extra For All’ Proposal Represents Tectonic Shift Among Democrats

A tectonic shift occurred in the Democratic Party. The Center for American Progress, the powerful center-left establishment organization which sees itself as the Democratic White House in exile, released their new “Medicare Extra for All” plan. In many ways, it is nearly identical to the Medical Insurance and Care for

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07 Feb 2018

If America’s Largest Companies Can’t Shop For Better Health Insurance, No One Can

Last week, to great fanfare, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase announced they will work on a new health care program for their employees “free from profit-making incentives and constraints.” The response to this announcement unintentionally produced some remarkably insightful conversation about American health care reform. What exactly this new

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THE IDIOCRAT

23 Nov 2017

President Donald Trump Allegedly Groped A Thanksgiving Turkey

A White House staffer present during the selection process for the Thanksgiving turkeys, which President Donald Trump would later “pardon,” said Trump allegedly groped one of the turkeys. Trump said, “Is this a woman?” as he hoisted the bird up in the air. “It’s a very special time to be

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23 Nov 2017

Man Still On Hold Waiting For Liberal Hotline To Tell Him What To Say About Trump During Thanksgiving Dinner

A 33 year-old man, who has #AbsolutelyWithHer and #WhenFemsResist in his Twitter bio, is still waiting on a liberal hotline for people who need talking points on President Donald Trump for their Thanksgiving dinners. The hotline was launched by Stand Above Impeachable Lies, or SAIL. About an hour ago, one

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06 Nov 2017

US Politicians Prepare Thoughts And Prayers For Next Victims Of Shooting They Won’t Do Anything To Prevent

The White House and members of Congress prepared thoughts and prayers for those who will be shot and killed in the nation’s next mass shooting. “It is best to be ready, since we’re not going to entertain a national conversation or support a policy change that could possibly reduce the

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Scott Pruitt. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
11 Oct 2017

Scott Pruitt’s EPA Will Fight For States’ Rights To Climate Change

In a draft four-year plan, the Scott Pruitt’s EPA promises to go above and beyond to restore the rights of states to endure climate change.

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08 Oct 2017

National Weather Service Reluctantly Takes On Role Of Forecasting Next Gun Massacre

As a nation once again debates whether to debate whether to do anything meaningful to make it harder for Americans to kill masses of people with guns, sources with the National Weather Service said they plan to include potential threats of gun violence in their forecasts. One official sighed very

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17 Aug 2017

Here Is The NDA That George Soros Forced Professional Anarchist To Sign

It was nearly six months ago that I came forward and revealed my role as a professional anarchist paid to protest President Donald Trump by George Soros. Upon revealing the truth, I immediately had to go into hiding and I sought out privacy tools that weren’t infiltrated by Soros and

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