The Dissenter

03 Jun 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘I Can’t Breathe’ By Chloë Nixon

The post was originally published at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. On May 25, George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis by a white police officer who placed his knee on Floyd’s neck. He uttered the words, “I can’t breathe.” Three other police officers served as accomplices to the murder. In

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29 May 2020

Dissenter Weekly: Reality Winner Predicted DOJ Would Pretend They Never Received Request For Release

Billie Winner-Davis, the mother of NSA whistleblower Reality Winner, admits she did not believe it. Her daughter told her the Justice Department, or Bureau of Prisons, would claim she never filed for compassionate release at Federal Medical Center Carswell. Winner also suggested they would “mysteriously lose the form,” and as

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27 May 2020

LAPD’s Hollywood Office: How The Department Shaped ABC’s ‘The Rookie’

Through this video essay, Tom Secker examines the Los Angeles Police Department’s Entertainment Trademark Unit, which deals with Hollywood. Specifically, he focuses on ABC’s “The Rookie.”

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26 May 2020

US Government Attempts To Bureaucratically Thwart NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner’s Appeal For Compassionate Release

The coronavirus may infect NSA whistleblower Reality Winner while she is incarcerated at a women’s prison hospital. She has a history of respiratory illness that makes her exceptionally vulnerable. Yet, the United States government contends they have no record of Winner ever submitting a request for relief.

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"Shadows" by kdigga on Flickr
22 May 2020

Dissenter Weekly: Key Regulatory Agency For Workers Has Massive Backlog Of Whistleblower Complaints

On this edition of the “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola highlights how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has received around two dozen complaints a day during the coronavirus pandemic. The agency has over 1,000 complaints in their backlog. Later in the show, Gosztola covers a

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CREDIT: ShiftChange Atlanta.
21 May 2020

In ‘Right-To-Work’ States, Restaurant Workers Mobilize During COVID-19 For Better Conditions

Restaurant workers in ‘right-to-work’ states face unique challenges as they struggle for better conditions during COVID-19.

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Prison Protest

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

Ohio Prisoner May Face Punishment For Participating In Netflix Show, ‘Captive’

Ohio prison officials wrote a conduct report for Siddique Abdullah Hasan in connection to his appearance in an episode for the Netflix series, “Captive.” In the episode, he discussed the 1993 prison rebellion known as the Lucasville Uprising. The conduct report accuses Hasan of making an “unauthorized release of JPay videos” to

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15 Feb 2017

Securus And CoreCivic Sued For Providing Attorney-Prisoner Calls To Law Enforcement

Attorneys Adam Crane and David Johnson sued private prison company CoreCivic and the for-profit phone and video visitation service Securus Technologies in federal court for recording and storing confidential communications between pretrial detainees and their attorneys. Crane and Johnson allege [PDF] CoreCivic and Securus made recorded communications available to law enforcement agencies, including prosecutors, which not

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Plymouth County Correctional Facility. Photo from Massachusetts state government website: mass.gov.
13 Feb 2017

Human Rights Abuses Highlighted In Jailed Activist’s Letter From Plymouth County Correctional Facility

Marty Gottesfeld, who is in jail for digital sit-in against a children’s hospital website, describes conditions at Plymouth County Correctional Facility.

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08 Feb 2017

2017 Has Already Seen Several Prison Rebellions

The first few weeks of 2017 saw prison uprisings in Delaware, Texas, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and California.

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Protesters gather outside of GEO Group's immigration detention center in Aurora, Colorado (Justin Valas on Flickr)
02 Feb 2017

Trump Executive Orders Expand Mass Incarceration Of Immigrants

President Donald Trump issued two executive orders on January 25 that will most likely contribute to the mass incarceration of immigrants in the United States. One, titled Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, is best known for its provisions to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico. But it

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A seclusion unit in a special education room at Grant Wood Elementary School in Iowa. Photo from state complaint filed by Coralville Law Firm.
31 Jan 2017

Iowa Department Of Education Faces Complaint Over Seclusion Rooms For Special Needs Students

In December 2016, Iowa attorney Mary Richard filed a complaint with the state’s Department of Education opposing the use of seclusion units in schools. The units are located within special education classrooms and used to hold children with autism and other disorders in “time-out.” The seclusion units are generally built of plywood, measuring six by six

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The Bullpen

30 Dec 2015

1% Still Beating The Crap Out Of The Tax Code

The rich have devised a number of massive loopholes to avoid paying taxes, with taxation of carried interest being one of the most blatant.

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28 Dec 2015

New Wall Street Bubble Putting The Hurt On Workers

Across America, CEOs are using stock buybacks to boost share prices and their own pay at the expense of regular workers employed by their corporations.

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Federal Reserve building in Washington, DC. (Tyler Merbler on Flickr)
23 Dec 2015

Bernie Sanders Proposes Major Federal Reserve Reform

Bernie Sanders has launched a major reform proposal which can be fairly called a full-frontal assault on the Federal Reserve.

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JPMorgan Chase World Headquarters in New York (Michael Premo on Flickr)
21 Dec 2015

JPMorgan To Pay Over $450 Million For Screwing Clients And Investors

JPMorgan will pay one massive fine for a conflict of interest over its money management firms, and another to settle a lawsuit over the London “fail whale.”

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18 Dec 2015

Bernie Sanders Wins Endorsements From CWA And DFA; DNC Attacks

After Bernie Sanders netted two important endorsements, the Democratic Party establishment accused his team of improper access to digital campaign records.

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Satpura Thermal Power Plant By Ashish.prajapati90 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
16 Dec 2015

India Announces Plans To Double Coal Output After Paris Agreement

It looks like former NASA scientist James Hansen was on to something when he called the Paris climate agreement, known as COP21, a bullsh*t PR exercise.

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