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The Dissenter

20 May 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Nine Times Out Of Ten’ By Ryan Harvey

As we currently face a global pandemic, it is easy to lose sight that these issues are compounded by an endless cycle of war. America’s never-ending war in Afghanistan, the continuing fallout of the Iraq War, and the continued US support for regime change in various countries contributed to the refugee crisis and has affected countless innocent lives.

These issues are examined by punk-folk artist and activist Ryan Harvey on “Nine Times Out Of Ten,” a track off his latest album “You Have No Country.”

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16 May 2020

Dissenter Weekly: Federal Whistleblowers Try To Save Americans From Corrupt COVID-19 Response

On this edition of the “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola joins various media organizations in highlighting the testimony of Rick Bright, the former deputy assistant secretary for preparedness and response at Health and Human Services (HHS) and former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA.

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NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner. Photo via StandWithReality.org.
14 May 2020

NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Files Appeal For Compassionate Release During COVID-19 Pandemic

NSA whistleblower Reality Winner appealed a federal court decision, which rejected her request for compassionate release from Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas.

“The entire basis for Reality’s motion—and so many like hers—is that she cannot afford to wait until she is removed from FMC Carswell in a stretcher, or worse, before she is afforded relief,” Winner’s attorneys declared.

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13 May 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Devil Put The Coal In The Ground’ By Steve Earle

Steve Earle recorded an album, “Ghosts of West Virginia,” that centers on the survivors of the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion. The third track on the album, which will be released on May 22, is “Devil Put The Coal In The Ground.” It’s a foot-tapping piece of Americana with

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Prison Protest

Strawberry Hampton. (Photo by Strawberry Hampton)
10 Apr 2020

Strawberry Hampton Argues Reincarceration Was Retaliation For Reporting Sexual Abuse

Strawberry Hampton claims her reincarceration was part of a larger state-run retaliation campaign to silence her for reporting repeated abuse.

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07 Apr 2020

Released From Rikers Island, NYU Student Speaks Out About COVID-19

Writer, artist, and NYU student Jose Díaz shares his experience of being arrested and imprisoned on a technical violation during the COVID-19 crisis. 

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Cook County Jail (via Shadowproof)
07 Apr 2020

Detainees Sue As Cook County Jail Becomes One Of Biggest COVID-19 Clusters In United States

Cook County Jail detainees file a class action lawsuit alleging officials “failed in [their] constitutional responsibility” to “provide reasonable protection” against COVID-19.

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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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The Bullpen

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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Photo from Backbone Campaign
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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Photo by majunznk on Flickr.
13 Nov 2018

What Can Be Learned From Democrat And Republican Delusions On Obamacare

After a decade of intense political fighting and two of the largest wave elections in history, the US finally has a quasi-stable political equilibrium on the Affordable Care Act.

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29 Oct 2018

Democrats’ Attempt To Trick Progressives When Drafting Obamacare May Help Trump Ruin Law

Known as “state innovation waiver,” Trump is seizing upon provision in Obamacare, which Democrats added to dupe progressives into voting for the ACA.

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Photo via University of Michigan Medical School Information Services on Flickr.
17 Sep 2018

What The U.S. Could Do If So Much Money Wasn’t Wasted On Health Care

It is almost impossible to wrap one’s head around the amount of money the United States wastes on health care. Here are some ways that money could be better spent.

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THE IDIOCRAT

23 Nov 2017

President Donald Trump Allegedly Groped A Thanksgiving Turkey

President Donald Trump hoisted the Thanksgiving turkey into the air, and said, “Is this a woman turkey?” And added, “Women turkeys are very special.”

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23 Nov 2017

Man Still On Hold Waiting For Liberal Hotline To Tell Him What To Say About Trump During Thanksgiving Dinner

Not wanting to let the moment pass, a man is still waiting for a liberal hotline to give him talking points on Trump that he can repeat to family.

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06 Nov 2017

US Politicians Prepare Thoughts And Prayers For Next Victims Of Shooting They Won’t Do Anything To Prevent

The White House and members of Congress prepared thoughts and prayers for those who will be shot and killed in the nation’s next mass shooting. “It is best to be ready, since we’re not going to entertain a national conversation or support a policy change that could possibly reduce the

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Scott Pruitt. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
11 Oct 2017

Scott Pruitt’s EPA Will Fight For States’ Rights To Climate Change

In a draft four-year plan, the Scott Pruitt’s EPA promises to go above and beyond to restore the rights of states to endure climate change.

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08 Oct 2017

National Weather Service Reluctantly Takes On Role Of Forecasting Next Gun Massacre

As a nation once again debates whether to debate whether to do anything meaningful to make it harder for Americans to kill masses of people with guns, sources with the National Weather Service said they plan to include potential threats of gun violence in their forecasts. One official sighed very

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17 Aug 2017

Here Is The NDA That George Soros Forced Professional Anarchist To Sign

It was nearly six months ago that I came forward and revealed my role as a professional anarchist paid to protest President Donald Trump by George Soros. Upon revealing the truth, I immediately had to go into hiding and I sought out privacy tools that weren’t infiltrated by Soros and

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