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The Dissenter

22 Aug 2019

Biden Senior Adviser: Push For Climate Debate Takes DNC Into ‘Dangerous Territory’

Symone Sanders, a senior adviser to Joe Biden, described a grassroots push for a presidential climate debate sponsored by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as “dangerous territory in the middle of a Democratic primary process.” The remarks came during a meeting of the DNC Resolutions Committee, which defeated the resolution

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Officers disrupt family outreach outside Holman prison in Alabama. Source: https://www.facebook.com/mona.song.505/videos/154318249087673/
21 Aug 2019

As Corruption Runs Rampant In Alabama Prisons, Officers Thwart Organizing Outside Holman Facility

Volunteers conducting outreach to family of Alabama prisoners were stopped by officers, who alleged trespassing at Holman prison.

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Immigrant detention center. Photo by Patrick Feller on Flickr.
20 Aug 2019

With Record Number Of Immigrants In ICE Detention, Class Action Lawsuit Outlines ‘Atrocious Conditions’

A class action lawsuit filed on behalf of 55,000 immigrants alleges ICE is responsible for “atrocious conditions” that amount to torture.

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19 Aug 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ by Jimi Hendrix

It was fifty years ago that Jimi Hendrix performed the United States national anthem during a Monday morning for tens of thousands of people at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. Hendrix was the last act to take the stage. He had top-billing and was supposed to take the stage

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Prison Protest

05 Aug 2019

Invoking Massacres In Dayton And El Paso, Chicago Police Chief Spreads Disinformation About Bail Reform

In the wake of massacres in Dayton and El Paso, Chicago police chief Eddie Johnson once again promoted misinformation about bail reform and how it has fueled gun violence in Chicago. Seven people were reportedly killed, and at least 46 individuals were injured in shootings that took place from Friday

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24 Jun 2019

Elizabeth Warren’s Flawed But Well-Intentioned Proposal For Banning Private Prisons

Elizabeth Warren’s strategy appears to prioritize issues of privatization in prisons instead of seeing where issue fits into larger issue of incarceration.

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21 Jun 2019

Alabama Prisoners On Hunger Strike Demand Justice Department End Brutal And Inhumane Treatment

Four Alabama prisoners began a hunger strike at the Limestone Correctional Facility in protest against corruption, abuse, and a lack of accountability for inhumane conditions in the state prison system. The hunger strike is a response to a call to action from a coalition of prisoner rights groups, including the

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14 Jun 2019

Prisoners, Grassroots Activists Halt Construction Of Federal Prison On Former Coal Mine

Federal prisoners and grassroots activists defeated plans by the United States government to embark on the most expensive prison construction project in the country’s history. The plans for a federal prison and labor camp in Letcher County, Kentucky, would have cost at least $444 million and resulted in serious and

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San Quentin lethal injection room. Photo by CACorrections (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) - http://www.flickr.com/photos/37381942@N04/4905111750/in/set-72157624628981539/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11627466
15 May 2019

Justice Department: If FDA Regulated Execution Drugs, They Would Ban Them

The Justice Department drafted an opinion arguing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may not ban or regulate drugs used to execute prisoners.

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07 May 2019

Beyond Prisons: Abolition Is A Horizon feat. Sarah K. Tyson

Sarah K. Tyson joins the Beyond Prisons podcast for a conversation about her work as a philosopher, anti-violence advocate, and prison educator.

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The Bullpen

22 Jul 2019

Many Shortfalls Of Wage Theft Enforcement For Migrant Workers

Migrant workers share stories of wage theft and retaliation by employers, and how there is little-to-no enforcement of state labor protections.

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01 Jul 2019

‘We’re Not Being Paid’: Musicians Struggle Against Orchestra Management, Streaming Services

At the end of May, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra management informed their musicians that the summer season would be canceled and musicians would be locked out beginning June 17, the first work stoppage for the orchestra in 31 years. “We’re not being paid. They told us our health insurance will

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. (Photo: AFGE on Flickr)
15 Apr 2019

How Bernie Sanders’ Position On Filibuster Is Needlessly Complicated

Jon Walker describes how Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ stance on filibuster reform is needlessly complicated.

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18 Dec 2018

How We Define ‘Cheapest Health Care’ Radically Shapes Policy Discussions

How “cheapest” is defined in the context of health care has radically shaped health care policy in the past and will shape it in the future.

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Photo by Pictures Of Money on Flickr.
10 Dec 2018

Best Option For Funding Medicare For All May Be Employer Mandate

Voters have a clear preference for how to fund Medicare for All: requiring employers to purchase Medicare (or equivalent) coverage for their employees.

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04 Dec 2018

The Biggest Moments Of 2018 In The Fight For Universal Health Care

Jonathan Michels and Will Cox look back at some of bright spots and darker developments in the struggle for universal health care that occurred in 2018.

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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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