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The Dissenter

01 Jan 2020

UN Special Rapporteur On Torture Blasts UK Government’s Indifference To Abuse Against Julian Assange

UN Special Rapporteur On Torture Nils Melzer strongly objected to the UK government’s indifference toward WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s ongoing abuse and mistreatment in detention.

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31 Dec 2019

The Dissenter’s Top Films Of 2019

Kevin Gosztola highlights several top films from 2019, including Dark Waters, Hail Satan?, The Nightingale, and The Report.

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27 Dec 2019

Top Ten Albums Of Protest Music In 2019

*The following is a collection of some of the best albums of protest music released in 2019. They were selected by Kevin Gosztola and C.J. Baker, who publishes writing regularly at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. They are in alphabetical order by artist. Kishi Bashi — Omoiyari Kishi Bashi’s stunning

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20 Dec 2019

Dissenter Weekly: US Censorship System Wins Against Snowden, Latest In Assange Extradition Case

In our latest “Dissenter Weekly Update” episode, we highlight how the United States government won its lawsuit against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and may confiscate proceeds he earned from his book, Permanent Record, as well as his speeches. The U.S. government accused Snowden of violating secrecy agreements he signed with the NSA

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Prison Protest

17 Oct 2019

Why I Support Closing Rikers Island Without Building New Jails: A Letter From Prisoner Hakim Trent

Incarcerated No New Jails NYC member Hakim Trent, who organized in solidarity with New York activists from Virginia, explains his opposition to the city’s $11 billion investment in jails.

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Sign at the entrance to Rikers Island (satanslaundromat on Flickr)
17 Oct 2019

Why I Support Closing Rikers Island Without Building New Jails: A Letter From Prisoner E. Paris Whitfield

Incarcerated No New Jails NYC member E. Paris Whitfield, who was held pretrial on Rikers Island for three years, explains his opposition to $11 billion investment in new jails.

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16 Oct 2019

Why Rikers Island Must Be Closed Without Building New Jails

On October 16, all eyes are on the New York City Council as it votes on a proposal to build four new skyscraper jails and up to eight jailing satellites that would burn an $11 billion hole through the city’s wallet. The greatest cost of this plan, however, is that it would undoubtedly ensure that our future generations will inherit our system of mass incarceration.

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30 Sep 2019

Trans Behind Bars: Homophobia Persists At Shakopee Prison After End To No-Touch Policy

A homophobic, transphobic culture persists at Minnesota’s Shakopee prison after successful organizing against a no-touch policy and for trans men to receive hormones.

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Soledad State Prison (CDCR).
04 Sep 2019

Officials Ignored Warnings Before Massive ‘Gladiator Fight’ At Soledad State Prison In California

Prisoners say the head of California’s prison system was warned the day before hundreds of prisoners were involved in a fight.

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Cook County Jail (via Shadowproof)
26 Aug 2019

The Number Of People Incarcerated In United States Is Far Higher Than 2.5 Million

The most popular statistic regarding the United States’ prison system is that there are 2.5 million people incarcerated. However, this figure significantly under-represents the number of people caged in this country each year.

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The Bullpen

20 Jun 2018

Seattle Activists Regroup After Amazon, Other Corporations Defeat Tax To Fund Affordable Housing

Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant and activist organizations regroup after head tax on Amazon and other large corporations was repealed.

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President Donald J. Trump celebrates the passage of the Tax Cuts Act with Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan | December 20, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
17 May 2018

Corporations Spend Very Few Savings From Tax Cuts On Workers, Data Shows

Despite the corporate washing of Trump’s tax cut, data shows the windfall of money corporations are receiving from the tax cuts is not going to workers.

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02 May 2018

Labor, Progressive Organizations In Seattle Ramp Up Pressure On Amazon To Fund Affordable Housing

The profits from Seattle reaped by Amazon have prompted progressive organizations to call on Amazon to fund solutions to offset the rising cost of living.

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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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THE IDIOCRAT

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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01 Feb 2017

Donald Trump Remembered Some Black People For Black History Month

Read President Donald Trump’s remarks at a Black History Month event with African Americans.

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30 Jan 2017

Creators Of ‘Paul Ryan: The Magazine’ Discuss Their Satirical Project

Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is both a media darling, who positions himself as a leader that can temper President Donald Trump’s extremism, and an embodiment of much of Ayn Rand’s most destructive ideology, who is eager to carry out the agenda of the Koch Brothers. He is

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15 Jan 2017

Trump’s Cabinet Of Terror: Let Us Explain To You What These Foul Creatures Really Think

We watched or combed through the transcript of every confirmation hearing for Donald Trump’s cabinet picks this past week to bring you this explainer that is sure to make your knees buckle and induce nausea. This is not for the faint of liberal hearts. Here are the views of each

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