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The Dissenter

31 Mar 2020

Interview With Brad Schreiber On ‘Music Is Power’: Part 1—Dixie Chicks, Marvin Gaye

Covering around a century Music Is Power is a book by Brad Schreiber that takes readers on a tour of music that challenged social injustice and spoke to the masses during uncertain times. Schreiber is an award-winning author, journalist, and screenwriter, whose past books include Death In Paradise, Becoming Jimi Hendrix, and Revolution’s

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30 Mar 2020

Wisconsin Is Holding A Pandemic Primary On April 7 That Will Disenfranchise Voters

Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers has declined to invoke emergency powers and reschedule the state’s April 7 primary, even though a majority of Wisconsin residents support changing the date. A number of federal lawsuits have been filed in Wisconsin, including by groups committed to get-out-the-vote efforts. The lawsuits request an

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27 Mar 2020

Dissenter Weekly: Judge Keeps Assange Jailed As COVID-19 Pandemic Intensifies—Plus, Amazon Workers Speak Out

On this edition of the “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola highlights a British magistrate court judge’s decision to deny WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange bail during the coronavirus pandemic. Assange’s attorneys applied for bail because they believe he faces “imminent danger.” He suffers from a chronic lung condition,

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A flyer at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing in London, reading "FREE ASSANGE. NO U.S. EXTRADITION." Photo by Kevin Gosztola.
25 Mar 2020

Judge Denies Assange Bail As UN Human Rights Official Urges Governments To Protect Detainees During COVID-19 Pandemic

A British judge denied WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s request for bail, despite the global spread of the coronavirus in prisons and detention centers.

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Prison Protest

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Source: https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/sites/chi-step-summit/STEP%20Summit%20Recap%20Report%20Final.pdf
24 Mar 2020

Chicago Mayor Pressures Judge To Release Fewer Detainees As Coronavirus Spreads In Cook County Jail

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot and other mayors pressured a judge to be more discriminatory when deciding which detainees to release as coronavirus spreads.

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24 Mar 2020

Beyond Prisons: Supporting Prisoners During COVID19

Hosts Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein walk through our guide on how to support incarcerated people and their loved ones during the Coronavirus Crisis.

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Creative Commons Photo via Ichigo121212 on Pixabay (source: https://pixabay.com/en/prison-prison-cell-jail-crime-553836/)
13 Mar 2020

Release People From Jail To Prevent A Coronavirus Catastrophe Behind Bars

The coronavirus poses a grave risk to people incarcerated in jails, prisons, and detention centers across the United States.

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Amani Sawari.
10 Mar 2020

Beyond Prisons: Amani Sawari On Right2Vote Campaign For Justice-Involved People

Right2Vote’s Amani Sawari discusses her work to extend voting rights to all justice-involved people inspired by the 2018 prison strike demands.

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Michelle Jones
21 Feb 2020

Beyond Prisons: Epistemic Violence feat. Michelle Jones

Artist, activist, and historian Michelle Jones joins the Beyond Prison podcast to discuss re-entry and her scholarship at New York University.

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"Captive." Artwork by Todd Hyung-Rae Tarselli.
13 Feb 2020

Even Brief Exposure To Solitary Confinement May Increase Risk Of Death After Prison

Even a few days in solitary confinement may increase a person’s risk of death after they are released from prison, new research suggests.

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The Bullpen

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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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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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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