The Dissenter

Credit: The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer on CNN
09 Apr 2018

How Does Media Know For Certain Chemical Attack In Douma Was Committed By Syrian Government?

An alleged chemical weapons attack against Syrians in Douma preserves US military involvement in the conflict as President Trump pledges to respond.

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New York City. Source: http://www.law.cuny.edu/academics/clinics/immigration/clear/Mapping-Muslims.pdf
05 Apr 2018

Muslim-Owned Businesses And Mosques Awarded Damages For NYPD Surveillance

The NYPD reached a settlement with Muslim-owned businesses, mosques, student groups, and others it subjected to discriminatory and suspicionless surveillance.

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Photo by Kenneth Buker on Flickr.
05 Apr 2018

Announcing ‘Keeping The Issues Alive’: A Subscriber-Only Newsletter From Shadowproof

Shadowproof is launching a subscriber-only newsletter for members, featuring exclusive interviews and deeper dives into stories we’re following.

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04 Apr 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Hard Times’ By Curtis Mayfield

Singer-songwriter Curtis Mayfield’s “Hard Times” is a raw articulation of what it was like to witness the dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement turn into a nightmare. From Mayfield’s 1975 album, “There Is No Place Like America Today,” the funk and soul musician sings,

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Prison Protest

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson appears on CBS. Photo source: https://www.facebook.com/BristolCountySheriff/photos/a.1335231376503787.1073741827.224225530937716/2073706762656241/?type=3&theater
22 Jan 2018

Massachusetts County Plans To Make Video Screens Only Way For Incarcerated To See Loved Ones

Bristol County, Massachusetts, is planning to make video screens the only way incarcerated individuals can “visit” and see their loved ones.

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Photo from Grassroots Leadership
17 Jan 2018

Immigrant Woman Attempts Suicide At Detention Center After Facing Punishment For Avoiding Guard Who Sexually Abused Her

A twenty-three year-old immigrant woman from El Salvador attempted suicide at a private immigration detention center in Texas after learning she may face punishment for avoiding a guard who sexually abused her and still works at the facility. Laura Monterrosa ingested “51 pain pills that were left in her possession by

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11 Jan 2018

Movement Against Prison Slavery Ramps Up With Operation PUSH In Florida

Organizers, including one incarcerated individual, outline plans for Operation PUSH, which will involve refusing to work in multiple prisons in Florida.

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Mariame Kaba
05 Jan 2018

Beyond Prisons—Episode 19: Hope Is A Discipline feat. Mariame Kaba

Mariame Kaba discusses youth detention and Bresha Meadows, surviving abuse, prison abolition, and what books are on her reading shelf.

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15 Dec 2017

Justice Department Has No Idea If Their Alternatives To Incarceration Work

The Justice Department is not evaluating the performance of pretrial diversion programs, residential re-entry centers, and home confinement, according to congressional testimony from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Under President Barack Obama administration, the Justice Department sought to reduce booming federal prison populations by providing alternatives to incarceration for people

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14 Dec 2017

Widespread Detainee Abuse At ICE Prisons Confirmed By Inspector General Report

The inspector general for the Homeland Security Department conducted unannounced inspections of six immigrant detention facilities overseen by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It uncovered glaring examples of detainee abuse and mistreatment at four of the facilities. Inspections were conducted in response to complaints from immigrant rights groups, as well

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Sharp Edges

18 Jul 2017

Disability Rights Activists Were At Forefront Of Resistance To Dead Trumpcare Bill

Activists from the Colorado-based grassroots disability rights organization, ADAPT, were violently removed from the United States Capitol building in June while staging a protest against the Senate healthcare bill. They particularly opposed proposed Medicare cuts that would impact their communities. Protesters in wheelchairs shouted, “No cuts to Medicare!” as they

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13 Jul 2017

Role Playing The Resistance: How Liberals Grift Movements In The Age Of Trump

The exploitation of progressive rhetoric for the sake of advancing careers, building platforms, and launching hollow political campaigns has become part and parcel of the liberal grift. It is a long con game several are good at playing, as they boast of “resistance” but have no road map for what

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Caricature of the Democratic Party donkey. Photo by DonkeyHotey on Flickr.
28 Jun 2017

When Democrats Use Muslims As Election Props—And Lose

A 19 year-old medical student and grassroots organizer’s account of Jon Ossoff’s campaign stop at an Islamic community center exemplifies why Democrats lose.

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Photo by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
20 Jun 2017

ICE Raids Against Iraqi Catholics Present Existential Problem For Refugees

To the sound of chilling screams, dozens of Chaldeans and other Iraqis were detained by immigration agents on June 11 in Michigan.

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Yale University graduate teachers protest the administration's refusal to negotiate with them over labor conditions. Source: Local 33 - UNITE HERE on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/local33unitehere/photos/rpp.377951369059344/673212159533262/?type=3&theater)
15 Jun 2017

Yale Graduate Teachers Union Presses On With Struggle For Negotiated Contract

Yale University graduate teachers unionized in February but are being stonewalled by an administration that refuses to negotiate with them.

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Photo by Water You Fighting For on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WaterYouFightingFor/photos/a.793607307399255.1073741828.792641617495824/1330320743727906/?type=3&theater
07 Jun 2017

The Forgotten Residents Of Flint Still In Throes Of Deadly Water Crisis

As media focuses on national politics, Flint residents with debt and no access to clean water feel forgotten and believe pressure was taken off officials.

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The Bullpen

"Healthcare Costs." Photo by Images Money on Flickr.
24 Jul 2017

Medical Insurance And Care For All: A National Single-Payer Bill

The Medical Insurance and Care for All (MICA) program is a public health insurance program based on Medicare but open to all individuals.

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Photo (cropped) via Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur on Flickr.
24 Jun 2017

Senate Trumpcare Bill Shows GOP Thinks Working Poor Should Struggle More For Health Care

Senate Republicans want to make Obamacare much worse in order to fund a large tax cuts for the rich, drug companies, insurance companies, and device makers.

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Photo by Health California on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CampaignForAHealthyCalifornia/photos/a.393244267445755.1073741831.312800772156772/973157642787745/?type=3&theater
07 Jun 2017

California Plan For Single-Payer System Must Confront Political Obstacles To Succeed

Generating support for single-payer health care is important, but it will never succeed without planning for the trade-offs necessary to make it work.

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Screenshot from Mother Jones website.
24 May 2017

Single-Payer Health Care Is Less Expensive—Deal With It

Practically everyone (except Kevin Drum at Mother Jones) believes single-payer would cut health care costs. It’s the heart of the whole debate.

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Screenshot from C-SPAN broadcast of House vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA): https://www.c-span.org/video/?427816-1/gop-health-care-bill-narrowly-clears-house-217213
14 May 2017

Trumpcare Shows Majority Of Politicians Are Willing To Vote Against Health Care Industry

Single-payer opponents claim it’s politically impossible get a majority in Congress to oppose the health care industry, but House GOP just proved them wrong.

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Vermont Human Right To Healthcare. Rally at the State House in Montpelier, VT. Photo by NESRI on Flickr.
02 May 2017

Road To Single-Payer: Overcoming Hurdles At The State Level

Attempts to convince states to adopt single-payer healthcare face significant hurdles that are both legal and financial.

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GOVINT

THE IDIOCRAT

Photo by Kevin Gosztola.
05 Jan 2017

Introducing Beyond Satire

I am pleased to announce the launch of Shadowproof’s “Beyond Satire” section. Shadowproof launched as an independent press organization that aspires to support a range of work from freelance journalists, but I always knew at some point there would be expansions to complement our journalistic work and give the organization

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Trump Tower. Photo by m01229 on Flickr.
05 Jan 2017

Trump’s Lawyers Had Part Of A Book Cut Because It Detailed His Encounters With Women

President Donald Trump’s legal team threatened to make life unbearable for the authors if they included these incredibly shocking revelations.

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25 Oct 2016

That Tweet Of Clinton Showing Off Her Cubs Fandom, Explained

Clinton’s press secretary tweeted a photo of her reacting to the Cubs, as they beat the Dodgers to make it to the World Series for the first time in 71 years.

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06 Oct 2016

Video: Kevin Gosztola Performs At Laughing Liberally Chicago

The Laughing Liberally chapter in Chicago hosted their monthly event on October 5, and Shadowproof managing editor Kevin Gosztola performed a satirical piece, “An Unsolicited Guide To Protesting The Right Way.” A written version of this satire appeared on Shadowproof weeks ago, but it was revised and updated for this

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Hippie grandmas can get away with pumping their fists. Can you imagine what would happen if Hillary Clinton did this? Photo: Kevin Gosztola.
23 Sep 2016

Jill Stein Is Like Your Cool Hippie Grandma—And That’s Not A Good Thing

Millennials may see their hippie grandmother in Stein, but no amount of sun worshipping or tchotchke-crafting prepares you for being Leader of the Free World.

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"So here's the thing: How does disrespecting national songs that make people proud liberate anyone?" Photo by Miller Center on Flickr.
02 Sep 2016

An Unsolicited Guide To Protesting And Exercising Your Rights The Right Way

You should always adjust your tactics and message to make it easier for your fellow Americans to avoid confronting injustice.

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