17 Aug 2015

Jailhouse Doctor’s Record Raises Questions About Private Inmate Health Care

The conduct of jail doctors working on behalf of medical contractor Advanced Correctional Healthcare is at the center of an ongoing federal civil rights lawsuit facing Dearborn County. Despite the fact that ACH touts its staff as being “correctional trained,” an examination of the records of their Doctors Nadir Al-Shami and Ronald

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17 Aug 2015

Protest Song of the Week: ‘Alabama Blues’

J.B. Lenoir’s “Alabama Blues” is a rather well-known blues protest song. It stands out because, by the 1960s, it was increasingly rare for blues musicians to sing about poverty, despair, and social injustice. And, fifty years since the tune was recorded under the supervision of Chicago blues master Willie Dixon, its lyrics still carry a deep resonance.

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16 Aug 2015

US Military Denies Chelsea Manning Access to Prison Legal Library Prior to Hearing

Days before Chelsea Manning is supposed to appear before a disciplinary board, the United States military has denied her access to the prison legal library. Manning, a whistleblower who is serving a 35-year sentence for providing over a half million documents to WikiLeaks, has been accused by officers at Fort Leavenworth

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16 Aug 2015

Podcast: Chicago Organizer Shares Outrage Over Stop And Frisk Deal

The ACLU of Illinois announced a “landmark” agreement with the Chicago Police Department and City of Chicago over stop and frisks earlier this month. However, soon after, there were multiple activist groups, which were upset with the ACLU because they believed the settlement undermined their efforts. In particular, local groups

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14 Aug 2015

Janelle Monáe, Wondaland Records Release Black Lives Matter-Inspired Protest Anthem

In Philadelphia, musical artists Janelle Monáe and Jidenna led a rally and march on North Broad Street on August 12. The demonstrations were in support of the movement for black lives, and they were intended to complement the release of a new Black Lives Matter-inspired protest anthem. The anthem is called

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Chicago Police Officer
14 Aug 2015

Chicago Stop And Frisk Settlement Puts ACLU At Odds With Activists

Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois announced a “landmark” agreement with the Chicago Police Department and the City of Chicago on stop and frisks by police officers. However, in the days following, it became evident that activists from the local movement for police accountability were upset because they believed

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Nasal polyps (Flickr / niels_olson)
14 Aug 2015

Protestors Call Out Corizon After Another Inmate Dies At Santa Rita Jail

Just as Corizon Health Services and the Alameda County Sheriff wrap up the largest wrongful death lawsuit in the state’s history, we have news of a demonstration that took place this past Wednesday in response to the death of another inmate with medical needs.

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14 Aug 2015

Americans Delaying Vacations Due To Fear Of Falling Behind, Being Replaced

According to a recent survey by insurance company Allianz Global Assistance, most Americans have not had a vacation in over a year. At one time vacations were considered a necessary benefit of a job, but now workers will not take a paid vacation even when one is offered to them by their employers.

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Young people dressed as soldiers after the Gran Parada Militar in Chile, 2014 (Flickr / armandolobos)
14 Aug 2015

Crimes Of US-Backed Dictatorship Era Still Being Prosecuted In Chile

The death of Pinochet’s former head of National Intelligence Services has ignited a fresh surge of rage and indignation, as the families of the over 3,000 disappeared still face an uphill struggle against the state and the military to uncover details regarding the murder and disappearance of their relatives.

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13 Aug 2015

Connecticut Supreme Court: Death Penalty ‘Incompatible with Contemporary Standards of Decency’

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was unconstitutional. It found the “death penalty system” did not abide by the “freedom from cruel and unusual punishment,” and determined any “future executions” would present a risk of wrongly executing an innocent person. The decision did not only condemn the system in

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