The Dissenter

09 Oct 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘In Your Face’ By Cat Power

Chan Marshall, better known by the stage name Cat Power, gave birth to her son in April 2015 around the same time that protests were unfolding in response to Baltimore police who killed Freddie Gray. She immediately grappled with a world seemingly thrown into complete and utter chaos, and that

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08 Oct 2018

Shuffled Between Jails By Bureau Of Prisons, Reality Winner Hasn’t Been Outside For Weeks

Former NSA contractor Reality Winner describes living in isolation and a “filthy warehouse” as the government shuffles her between county jails due to overcrowding.

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NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner. Photo via StandWithReality.org.
06 Oct 2018

Reality Winner Claims Bureau Of Prisons Is Mishandling Classified Information By Sharing With Guards

Former NSA contractor Reality Winner claims federal prison officials mishandled classified information by sharing it with jail guards tasked with processing her.

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05 Oct 2018

Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke Found Guilty Of Second-Degree Murder In Killing Of Black Teenager Laquan McDonald

A jury found former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke [not guilty or guilty] of first-degree murder. He fired 16 shots that killed Laquan McDonald.

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Prison Protest

South Carolina prisoners abandoned to Hurricane Florence were forced to fill over 35,000 sand bags. Photo via SC Department of Corrections on Twitter.
14 Sep 2018

Member Newsletter: Why South Carolina Abandoned Prisoners During Hurricane Florence

Brian Sonenstein examines decision not to evacuate South Carolina prisoners in path of Hurricane Florence and what it says about how we dehumanize them.

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13 Sep 2018

Illinois Department Of Corrections Sued For Censoring Book On Attica Uprising

Illinois Department of Corrections was sued for allegedly censoring “Blood In The Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy.”

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Marshall Project President Carroll Bogert. Source: https://vimeo.com/256634875
29 Aug 2018

Fact-Checking The Prison Strike: Marshall Project Reveals Bias Against Prisoner-Led Resistance

The Marshall Project devotes its prison strike coverage to trying to discredit organizers and insinuate they engaged in a PR stunt.

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A prison strike poster designed by Melanie Cervantes, Xicanx artist and cultural worker and co-founder of Dignidad Rebelde. Source: https://incarceratedworkers.org/topics/prison-strike-2018
20 Aug 2018

At Great Risk, Prisoners Seize Reform Narrative And Engage In National Strike

Incarcerated people in at least 17 states are expected to protest from August 21 to September 9 for humane living conditions, the end of prison slavery, and more

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20 Aug 2018

Ohio Prisoners Face Crackdown For Speaking Publicly About National Strike

Ohio prison officials revoked phone access for one year and suspended other privileges for an incarcerated activist, who spoke publicly in support of a nationwide prison protest scheduled to begin August 21. Siddique Abdullah Hasan has advocated prisoner resistance for decades from death row at the Ohio State Penitentiary, where

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Screenshot of prisonstrike.com.
16 Aug 2018

‘I’m For Disruption’: Interview With Prison Strike Organizer From Jailhouse Lawyers Speak

Jared Ware interviews a representative from Jailhouse Lawyers Speak to get their thoughts on planning the August 21 prison strike on the inside and outside.

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The Bullpen

10 Apr 2018

Burgerville Workers May Form America’s First Recognized Fast Food Union After Years Of Retaliation

Fast food chain Burgerville announced they would support a vote to establish a nationally recognized union at their Portland, Oregon location.

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04 Apr 2018

Disney Withholds Bonuses As Union Workers Protest Poverty Wages

Hundreds of Disney World workers marched on March 23 after the company withheld bonuses from 41,000 union employees in Florida and California.

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Photo by www.ccPixs.com via Flickr.
28 Feb 2018

Why Single-Payer Advocates Shouldn’t Obsess Over How To Pay For Universal Health Care

Single-payer advocates from center to left are obsessed with figuring out how to fully pay for universal health care. Here’s why that’s bad politics and bad policy.

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Photo by Rosmarie Voegtli on Flickr
23 Feb 2018

The Pros And Cons Of ‘Medicare Extra For All’ Plan From Center For American Progress

Jon Walker looks at the pros and cons of the ‘Medicare Extra For All’ health care plan published by the Center for American Progress.

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22 Feb 2018

‘Medicare Extra For All’ Proposal Represents Tectonic Shift Among Democrats

A tectonic shift occurred in the Democratic Party. The Center for American Progress, the powerful center-left establishment organization which sees itself as the Democratic White House in exile, released their new “Medicare Extra for All” plan. In many ways, it is nearly identical to the Medical Insurance and Care for

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07 Feb 2018

If America’s Largest Companies Can’t Shop For Better Health Insurance, No One Can

Last week, to great fanfare, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase announced they will work on a new health care program for their employees “free from profit-making incentives and constraints.” The response to this announcement unintentionally produced some remarkably insightful conversation about American health care reform. What exactly this new

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THE IDIOCRAT

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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27 May 2017

Tips For Politicians Looking To Swiftly Dispatch Pesky Reporters

These days a politician cannot seem to go anywhere without encountering a journalist, who thinks he or she has the right to thrust a recorder in your face and ask a question about the day’s latest developments that are making the news. Here are some tips for handling reporters, who

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25 Feb 2017

I Was A Professional Anarchist Paid By Super-Rich Liberal George Soros To Bring Trump Down

Weeks into the presidency of a buffoonish but vicious tyrant, I feel compelled to take off my black bandana, hooded sweatshirt, and kick off my steel-toed boots to reveal myself to the people. This is especially for those who believe the United States is faced with an uprising led by

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Screenshot of CSPAN broadcast of Trump news conference.
16 Feb 2017

We Obtained Leaked Copy Of Trump’s Plans For First 100 Days And It’s Just Wow!

We got a glimpse at copy of what Trump plans to do by his 100th day and, whoa! It’s simply incredible!

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