The Dissenter

15 Aug 2022

CIA, Pompeo Sued For Allegedly Spying On US Attorneys And Journalists Who Met With Assange

A group of journalists and lawyers, who visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy, sued the CIA and former director Mike Pompeo.

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President Donald Trump. Photo by the White House.
11 Aug 2022

Justice Department Unlikely To Charge Trump With Violating The Espionage Act

This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become an annual paid subscriber to help us continue our independent journalism. *Article was updated on August 12 to reflect further developments. Mary McCord, who was the chief of the United States Justice Department’s national security division under President

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10 Aug 2022

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘No More Wars’ By Mádé Kuti

After completion of a United States tour with his father, Mádé released his latest single “No More Wars,” featuring powerhouse vocals and expert backing from his newly formed band The Movement.

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09 Aug 2022

CNN’s Attempt To Police Roger Waters And His ‘This Is Not A Drill’ Show

CNN host Michael Smerconish interviewed Roger Waters about his “This Is Not A Drill” concert tour. By comparing the 7-minute edited version that aired to the 28-minute uncut version, which Smerconish posted, it is evident that producers used the interview to try and paint Waters as a “political madman” to

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01 Aug 2022

FBI Targets Black Liberation Activists, Claims Russia Used Them As Pawns To Spread Propaganda 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States raided the offices and homes of members of the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) and the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement. At 5 am in the morning on July 29, FBI agents in St. Louis, Missouri, targeted the Uhuru Solidarity Center

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25 Jul 2022

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Soon’ By Steven Keene

The veteran New York-based singer-songwriter and folk artist Steven Keene has established a
reputation for composing timely social critiques.

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Prison Protest

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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Creative Commons Photo via Ichigo121212 on Pixabay (source: https://pixabay.com/en/prison-prison-cell-jail-crime-553836/)
10 Dec 2021

As COVID-19 Raged, Incarcerated Journalists Fought Isolation And Illness To Expose Abusive Conditions

In 2020, Empowerment Avenue launched as a collaborative writing program to connect incarcerated writers with outside journalists and editors.

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27 Oct 2021

In San Quentin, COVID-19 Prevention No Match For Crowded And Poorly Ventilated Housing

Since COVID-19 wreaked havoc inside California’s prisons, conditions that helped the virus spread have been left unaddressed.

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04 Oct 2021

Massachusetts Chief of Police Sends Racist Emails to Town Officials, Keeps Job

“I couldn’t resist!!!” That’s the last line of a particularly racist email sent by Leyden, Massachusetts Police Chief Daniel Galvis to town officials and fellow officers on March 8, 2016. The email, a chain forward called “FW: How Is Tarzan Doing?” ends with the noble savage telling a nameless third

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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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