The Dissenter

21 Sep 2021

Since 9/11, FBI Has Destroyed People Based On Their Race, Religion, Or Country Of Origin

The FBI spent decades since 9/11 targeting potential informants based on their race, religion, and ethnicity, and retaliated if they refused.

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15 Sep 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Another Life Goes By’ By Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram

On Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram’s latest album, “662,” he recorded a track written about young Black Americans killed as a result of hatred and policing that was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

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15 Sep 2021

Twenty Years In A Security State: After Failing To Stop 9/11 Attacks, FBI Invented Terrorists

Following the September 11th attacks, an FBI whistleblower accused FBI Headquarters of failing to urgently respond to intelligence that pointed to a terrorism threat. It brought embarrassment to the FBI, and in the months to follow, the FBI transformed into a “preventative crime” agency.

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01 Sep 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Messenger’ By David Strickland (Featuring Erick Sermon, Outlaw By Nature, and Saukrates)

David Strickland is a successful Grammy-winning producer and engineer, who over a two-decade career worked with several hip-hop luminaries including Redman, EPMD, Drake, and a wide range of notable Canadian rappers.

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24 Aug 2021

Ag-Gag Laws Suppressing Whistleblowers Experience Defeat As Iowa Expands Law To Target Video Recording

The Animal Legal Defense Fund warns Iowa’s new law “threatens increased penalties for recording even in public places and locations” long used for advocacy.

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Image adapted from "Shadows" by kdigga on Flickr
23 Aug 2021

Statement On Receiving The Serena Shim Award For Uncompromised Integrity In Journalism

Kevin Gosztola was awarded the Serena Shim Award for Uncompromised Integrity in Journalism for his work thus far on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s case. The Association for Investment in Popular Action Committees, based in California, is an antiwar group that gives the award to those whose work is “deemed important,

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Prison Protest

NYPD officers on cell phones. Photo by Elvert Barnes on Flickr.
12 Aug 2021

Abolishing Police Surveillance In NYC: Will Transparency Help Or Make It Harder?

New York City implemented a police surveillance transparency law, but activists are divided on if it helps or hurts their cause.

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"Prisoner" by Jared Rodriguez / Truthout via Flickr.
10 Aug 2021

Jailhouse Lawyers Take On COVID-19 Where Prisons Won’t

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, jailhouse lawyers have struggled for safety measures, and against restrictions on privileges and mobility.

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28 Jul 2021

In New York City, New Jails Threaten Dreams For True Community Spaces and Restorative Architecture

This article was funded by the Marvel Cooke Fellowship. Read more about this reporting project and make a contribution to fund our fellowship budget. In 2019, New York City made the historic pledge to shutter the 89-year-old Rikers Island jail complex by 2026. In the years since, budget restrictions and

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15 Jul 2021

In Building Global Solidarity, Abolitionists Look For Links Between Struggles

Abolitionist organizers are building global solidarity, navigating a wide range of challenges from language to selective anti-imperialism.

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Severed Ties (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)
14 Jul 2021

There’s Nothing New About Georgia’s ‘New Vision’ For Parole

As Georgia moves into the next phase of the pandemic, it is becoming clear that the state’s incarcerated population has actually increased despite releases spurred by COVID-19. While state prison officials tout a “new vision” for parole released just earlier this year, underneath it all exists an arbitrary and unfair

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18 May 2021

In Rural, Conservative North Carolina County, Anti-Jail Movement Takes Shape

Down Home is organizing an anti-jail movement in a seemingly unlikely place: rural and conservative North Carolina.

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The Bullpen

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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Photo by Bank Phrom on Unsplash
03 Mar 2021

US Journalists Form Unions To Survive ‘Hedge Fund Vampires’ And COVID-19 Pandemic

Many of these unions have sought representation from the NewsGuild, a branch of the Communications Workers of America (CWA). They include editorial staff, who recognize the shared working conditions of an industry in crisis.

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15 Feb 2021

Union Workers In Ohio Try To Stop GE Lighting, Walmart From Shipping Their Jobs To China

General Electric Lighting-Savant notified 81 workers at their Bucyrus, Ohio plant in the first week of January that they would be laid off and production would move to China. Management claimed it was necessary due to the high cost of producing LED light bulbs.

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