The Dissenter

02 Aug 2020

Looking Back On Shadowproof’s Fifth Year

We launched Shadowproof five years ago. Many of you helped us accomplish quite a bit so let’s take a moment to celebrate the impact we’ve had. 

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30 Jul 2020

Celebrating National Whistleblower Appreciation Day, Despite All Its Contradictions

In 2013, US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning was found guilty of committing offenses on National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.

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29 Jul 2020

Protest Songs Of The Week: ‘This Walk’ and ‘Orgone’ By Jyoti

Jyoti is one-woman jazz ensemble moniker of experimental soul artist, Georgia Anne Muldrow—a nickname from family friend, the legendary Alice Coltrane

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28 Jul 2020

Whistleblower Center Warns Fossil Fuel Industry Fraud Spurred By Climate Change Is A ‘Ticking Time Bomb’

Fossil fuel companies dramatically understate the risks posed to them by climate change and threaten the global economy, according to the National Whistleblower Center (NWC).

NWC, a whistleblower advocacy organization in Washington, D.C., compiled a report, “Exposing a Ticking Time Bomb: How Fossil Fuel Industry Fraud is Setting Us Up For A Financial Implosion—and What Whistleblowers Can Do About it.”

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24 Jul 2020

Dissenter Weekly: Massive COVID-19 Outbreak At Women’s Medical Prison—Plus, Disney, McDonald’s Retaliate Against Workers

On this edition of the “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola provides an update on the COVID-19 outbreak at Federal Medical Center Carswell, where the number of women who have tested positive is now over 500. NSA whistleblower Reality Winner is one of the prisoners that received positive

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24 Jul 2020

Top 10 Protest Albums Of 2020 (So Far)

Kevin Gosztola and C.J. Baker compiled some of best albums of protest music released in 2020 (so far), including SAULT, Run The Jewels, and Steve Earle.

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Prison Protest

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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24 Jan 2017

Jailed Activist Pens Letter To Justice Department On MCC New York’s Squalid Conditions

A jailed activist, who faces felony charges for a digital sit-in against the Boston Children’s Hospital website, has written a letter from the Metropolitan Correctional Center calling attention to what he describes as appalling conditions inside the facility. The letter was addressed to officials at the Justice Department, the Federal

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14 Jan 2017

Angola Prisoner Retaliated Against For Speaking To Journalist Sues Prison Officials

An incarcerated man at the Angola Prison in Louisiana sued prison officials for throwing him in solitary confinement and denying him due process in retaliation for speaking to a journalist at the local Baton Rouge Advocate. William Kissinger, imprisoned at Angola for over 27 years, should be considered a “model prisoner”

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The Bullpen

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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Greenpeace Climate March 2015 By OsvaldoGago (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
14 Dec 2015

Climate Deal Reached In Paris; US Congress To Oppose

On Saturday, representatives of 196 nations at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) approved an agreement that would cut greenhouse gas/carbon emissions in order to limit the rise of the global average temperature in the 21st century to below 2 degrees centigrade. Under the agreement, carbon emissions would

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11 Dec 2015

Thank Neoliberalism: Middle Class No Longer The Majority In America

As inequality gradually worsened there have been attempts to redefine the middle class or deny its imminent destruction. But now there can be little doubt.

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BuzzFeed teams up with the Koch brothers
10 Dec 2015

Time For Reader-Supported Journalism

The truth is, if you want to see the kind of journalism you like, you are going to have to get used to paying something for it.

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09 Dec 2015

Greenpeace Sting Shows Academics Selling Themselves To Polluters

An undercover investigation by Greenpeace revealed that US scientists would write research papers for polluters and carbon emitters in exchange for money.

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Mao and Jamie Dimon sit together (Composite Photo: Remy Steinegger and The People's Republic of China Printing Office)
07 Dec 2015

JPMorgan Had ‘Sons And Daughters’ Hiring Program For Chinese Elite

JPMorgan is already under investigation for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), but the WSJ claims there are further crimes.

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