The Dissenter

04 May 2023

After Years Of Refusing To Comment, State Department Backs Assange Prosecution

On World Press Freedom Day, the United States State Department abandoned its policy of not commenting on the case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and essentially backed the prosecution against him.

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03 May 2023

US Double Standards On World Press Freedom Day

While US officials condemn certain countries for oppressing journalists on World Press Freedom Day, they still are prosecuting Julian Assange.

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27 Apr 2023

The Myth Of Daniel Ellsberg As The ‘Good Leaker’

he media and political establishment’s myth of Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg as the “good leaker” will outlive Ellsberg.

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26 Apr 2023

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘We Are All Prostitutes’ By The Pop Group

Mark Stewart made several contributions to the canon of protest music as part of the pioneering UK
post-punk band The Pop Group, his solo work, and various other projects. He died on
April 19, 2023, at the age of 62, and no cause of death was immediately shared.

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21 Apr 2023

North Carolina Judge Convicts Journalists Of ‘Trespassing’ While Covering Eviction Of Homeless Encampment

A judge in North Carolina found two journalists with the Asheville Blade guilty of “trespassing” on Christmas in 2021 when they stayed in a public park to cover Asheville police as officers evicted a homeless encampment.

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19 Apr 2023

UK Police Arrest French Publisher For Refusing To Share Pass Codes For Phone

British police invoked a terrorism law in the United Kingdom to question and later arrest a French publisher over his alleged involvement in protests in France.

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12 Apr 2023

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Go As Free Companions’ By Dawn Ray’d

Dawn Ray’d is a UK anarchist black metal band that draws from the folk traditions of rebel music. On their latest album “To Know The Light,” the trio conveys a rousing anti-fascist message that balances the bleakness that black metal is known for with a sense of optimism.

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29 Mar 2023

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Mount Meigs’ By Lonnie Holley

Among those who endured the horrors of the Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children was 73-year-old acclaimed visual artist and avant-garde musician Lonnie Holley, who was arrested when he was 11.

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22 Mar 2023

[LIVE PANEL] Targeted by Surveillance: Julian Assange, WikiLeaks & Networked Repression

Stella Assange and Kevin Gosztola join Stefania Maurizi for a live panel discussion of the surveillance, monitoring, and control that has oppressed Julian Assange and WikiLeaks for more than 10 years.

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Prison Protest

30 Jan 2023

Delays And Obstacles Disrupt Communications For Georgia Prisoners

Incarcerated Georgians and their loved ones have struggled to stay in touch after the Georgia Department of Corrections began switching communications services from JPay to Securus, as the former merges its systems with the latter.

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Protesters with their back to the viewer march with flags, including a black flag for the American Indian Movement.
28 Nov 2022

Leonard Peltier Supporters Walk Over 1,000 Miles To Demand Freedom For Native American Activist

Supporters of Native American activist Leonard Peltier rallied in Washington, D.C. to demand President Biden grant clemency to the long-held prisoner. 

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A photo of a notebook with notes taken by Edward Munsuer, who participated in the Success Stories program. Credit: Edward Munsuer.
06 Oct 2022

In California, Prisoners Organize Program To Confront Patriarchy And Toxic Masculinity

Success Stories helps incarcerated men discover how to live more fully by rejecting patriarchal values and toxic masculinity.

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28 Sep 2022

In Washington State, Incarcerated Organizers Build Community With Youth To Fight For Releases

At Washington’s Stafford Creek Corrections Center, a group of incarcerated organizers have built community with local youths to fight for sentencing reforms, grappling with what it means to organize through an abolitionist lens from inside.

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23 May 2022

Despite Worsening Opioid Crisis, Many Jails And Prisons Remain Opposed To Treatment Medications

Three drugs are approved by the FDA for opioid use disorder yet are treated as dangerous contraband in most jails and prisons. (NC Dept of Public Safety on Flickr)

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"Hand in Hand" (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)
20 Apr 2022

In Era Of Overlapping Crises, Drug-User Organizers Share Lessons Learned Fighting Abandonment

The skills and experience drug-user organizers have built over decades are increasingly relevant for grave new contexts.

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22 Feb 2022

In Riverside County Jails, Organizing Against Repressive Conditions Takes Many Forms

People incarcerated in Riverside County jails engage in many forms of resistance against repression, from hunger strikes to lawsuits and beyond.

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10 Dec 2021

As COVID-19 Raged, Incarcerated Journalists Fought Isolation And Illness To Expose Abusive Conditions

In 2020, Empowerment Avenue launched as a collaborative writing program to connect incarcerated writers with outside journalists and editors.

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27 Oct 2021

In San Quentin, COVID-19 Prevention No Match For Crowded And Poorly Ventilated Housing

Since COVID-19 wreaked havoc inside California’s prisons, conditions that helped the virus spread have been left unaddressed.

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