The Dissenter

Scene from "Patriot's Day." Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nGobO3bWE8
02 Sep 2020

Homeland Security in Hollywood: How the Department Controls Its Image On Screen

Newly obtained documents reveal the inner workings of Homeland Security’s Multimedia Liaison Office, which assists the production of movies, TV shows, and more.

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28 Aug 2020

Dissenter Weekly: EPA’s Trump Propaganda, Whistleblower Challenges Police Use Of Ketamine

On this edition of the “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola highlights an effort by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) to challenge the EPA and its administrator’s “illegal political self-promotion.”

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26 Aug 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Over Alameda’ By Justin Townes Earle

The following was originally posted at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle tragically died on August 20, 2020, at the age of 38 years old. The son of influential alt-country artist Steve Earle, like his father he was able to establish a reputation as a gifted

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26 Aug 2020

Ahead Of Major Assange Hearing, UK Court Urged To Ensure Press Access

A major three-week hearing in WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition case is scheduled in London on September 7. However, the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic will likely prevent dozens of journalists from around the world from reporting on proceedings if the Westminster Magistrates Court does not take action.

Judge Vanessa Baraitser, who is presiding over Assange’s case, previously stated, “In principle, there is no objection to the use of the cloud video platform, but there are limited licenses to use that platform and it is not generally something the court is involved in.” She added, “Applications must be made to the Old Bailey.”

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19 Aug 2020

Open Call For Submissions On Black Lives Matter Organizing, Police Abolition

Shadowproof seeks reporting that examines issues involving abolition or reflects the work of abolitionist organizing.

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19 Aug 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Freedom Groove’ By Keleketla!

Toyi toyi was the dance of the Mau Mau people in Kenya, as they fought against British colonialism. The dance was embraced by the South Africa anti-apartheid movement as a nonviolent means of challenging systems of oppression.

The collaborative music project “Keleketla!” embraces the call-and response tradition of toyi toyi, as well as the way music and politics can feed off each other to produce a transcendent experience.

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Prison Protest

A protester stands with a sign in front of an immigrant detention center in Aurora, Colorado, operated by the private prison company GEO Group. Photo by Justin Valas on Flickr
10 Apr 2017

Lawsuit May Serve As Template For Challenging Forced Immigrant Labor In Private Prisons

Class action lawsuit by pretrial immigrant detainees may force GEO Group and other private prison companies to move away from slave labor.

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09 Apr 2017

Introducing A New Podcast On Incarceration: Beyond Prisons

Introducing Beyond Prisons: a new podcast examining incarceration in America through an abolitionist lens.

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Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan. Photo via Lucasville Amnesty. Source: http://www.lucasvilleamnesty.org/2016/08/detailed-update-from-imam-siddique.html
29 Mar 2017

Ohio Prisoner On Hunger Strike Against Punishment For Netflix Documentary Enters Infirmary

Ohio prisoner Siddique Abdullah Hasan entered the infirmary at the Ohio State Penitentiary (OSP) on March 24, “presumably due to failing health,” nearly one month into his hunger strike against a 90-day phone and email restriction he received as punishment for appearing in the Netflix documentary series, “Captive.” One episode of the series

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28 Mar 2017

Following Vaughn Rebellion, Prisoners Issue List Of Demands For Reforms

Prisoners at Delaware’s James T. Vaughn Correctional Center wrote an open letter to the warden and department of corrections, which includes a list of 22 requests addressing various problems at the facility. The list expands upon demands made in February, when men in the housing unit, Building C, launched an uprising that lasted over

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21 Mar 2017

Culture Of Violence Intensifies In Colorado Youth Detention Facilities Despite Reforms

Young people incarcerated in Colorado are brutalized, isolated, and restrained in mechanical devices by staff. The youth are held in facilities where rehabilitation and treatment are not possible, according to a new report by the Child Safety Coalition. Despite reforms following a 2014 investigation, which concluded the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections (DYC) illegally

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Plymouth County Correctional Facility. Photo from Massachusetts state government website: mass.gov.
20 Mar 2017

Multiple Alleged Suicide Attempts At Plymouth County Correctional Facility In Massachusetts

In a letter following up on prior allegations of mistreatment at Plymouth County Correctional Facility, Marty Gottesfeld describes recent suicide attempts.

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The Bullpen

"US Treasury Under New Management (Washington, DC) (5377935024)" by takomabibelot - US Treasury Under New Management (Washington, DC)Uploaded by palnatoke. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Treasury_Under_New_Management_(Washington,_DC)_(5377935024).jpg#/media/File:US_Treasury_Under_New_Management_(Washington,_DC)_(5377935024).jpg
18 Jan 2016

Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street Ties Take Center Stage In Debate

While the candidates touched on topics ranging from dealing with Iran, healthcare, and gun control, money and politics was a major focus of the debate.

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15 Jan 2016

Goldman Sachs To Pay $5.1 Billion For Causing 2008 Financial Crisis

The Too Big To Fail & Jail bank to pay a $2.385 billion civil monetary penalty, make $875 million in cash payments, provide $1.8 billion in consumer relief.

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13 Jan 2016

Marco Rubio Connected To Federal Investigation For Tax Evasion

Senator Marco Rubio’s association with former Congressman David Rivera continues to be a problem for the senator.

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11 Jan 2016

SEC Warns Rating Agencies Still Breaking The Rules

Just as in “The Big Short,” the SEC warned that national ratings organizations are still rating junk as gold in order to keep the business of big banks.

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08 Jan 2016

Millennials Increasingly Using Payday Lenders And Pawnshops

In the past five years, 40% of millennials used a payday loan, pawnshop, tax refund advance or other alternative financial product.

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06 Jan 2016

Corporate Diversity Policies Don’t Help Women Or Minorities

A study by the American Sociological Review found that workplace diversity policies may even make things worse for minorities like black women.

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