The Dissenter

06 Feb 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Count It Up’ By Field Music

Field Music’s David Brewis of England was incensed by Brexit. It was a “proper Charlton Heston at the end of Planet of the Apes moment.” On Field Music’s new album, “Open Here,” the indie rock band reflect on a post-Brexit world, as well as the rise of United States President

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Lauri Love. Photo via Wikimedia.
06 Feb 2018

UK High Court Blocks Lauri Love’s Extradition Over Oppressive US Prison Conditions

The United Kingdom quashed the extradition of activist Lauri Love because prison conditions in the United States could result in his death.

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NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner. Photo via StandWithReality.org.
01 Feb 2018

Appeals Court Agrees Reality Winner ‘Hates’ America—So She Will Remain In Pretrial Detention

An appeals court agreed with a federal magistrate judge that Reality Winner “hates” America and might flee if granted bail.

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GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba – A Navy guard assigned to Joint Task Force Guantanamo’s Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion patrols Camp Delta’s recreation yard during the early morning of July 7, 2010. (JTF Guantanamo photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth)
31 Jan 2018

Trump May Try To Keep Guantánamo Open, But Legal Challenge Could Derail Lawless Agenda

During the State Of The Union, President Trump announced an executive order to keep Guantanamo Bay open and transport additional detainees there.

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Prison Protest

16 Nov 2017

Woman Held At Private Immigrant Detention Center Alleges Sexual Assault By Guard

An incarcerated immigrant woman alleges guards sexually harassed and assaulted her and other women at a private immigrant detention center in Taylor, Texas, and retaliated against those who spoke out. Twenty-three year old Laura Monterrosa is currently detained at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

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Photo by Devyn Springer
09 Nov 2017

Beyond Prisons — Episode 15: Hip Hop Scholarship feat. Devyn Springer (Part 2)

In part two of our interview, Devyn discusses hip hop scholarship as a liberatory approach to education, as well as his photography, writing, and poetry.

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Screenshot from Advanced Correctional Healthcare advertisement on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqYhTAll0qI)
07 Nov 2017

‘Don’t Do Drugs:’ Another Inmate Dies After Opioid Withdrawal Under Advanced Correctional Healthcare

The family of a deceased man who was incarcerated at Kentucky’s Bourbon County Jail has filed a federal lawsuit against the county, jail officials, and the private medical contractor Advanced Correctional Healthcare. They allege “deliberate indifference” was shown to the man’s “obviously serious medical needs,” as he suffered from opioid

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Photo by Devyn Springer
02 Nov 2017

Beyond Prisons — Episode 14: Mental Health And The Community feat. Devyn Springer (Part 1)

Artist, writer, and organizer Devyn Springer talks about his work with mental health response networks in Atlanta.

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Photo via @Milli4Prisoners on Twitter.
30 Oct 2017

Beyond Prisons — Episode 13: The Crisis At McCormick Correctional Institution

Journalist Jared Ware interviewed people incarcerated at McCormick Correctional Institution regarding the ongoing crisis there for a special edition of Beyond Prisons.

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Screen shot of a rejection letter sent to Workers World newspaper from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Photo via Central PA Antifa on Facebook.
03 Oct 2017

Facing Backlash, Pennsylvania Prison Officials Change Reason For Rejecting Newspaper Against White Supremacy

Pennsylvania prison officials claim they rejected an issue of Workers World Newspaper from reaching incarcerated subscribers on the grounds that it contained literal calls to violence in opposition to white supremacy. The department originally blocked the issue because it included “articles that call for people to join the fight against

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Sharp Edges

18 May 2017

Sanctuary Communities And The Fallacy Of ‘Good Immigrants’ Vs. ‘Bad Immigrants’

There are four sanctuary states in the United States, and over 200 sanctuary cities and counties, as of March 20. President Donald Trump’s administration has actively targeted sanctuary communities, and threatened to cut federal funding, but the administration’s pursuit of legal avenues in order to curb sanctuary cities has, so

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Tom Cat Bakery truck. Photo by traveleden on Flickr.
11 May 2017

New York Bakery Workers Resist Management’s Collusion With DHS Immigrant Crackdown

Tom Cat Bakery workers in New York resist management’s collusion with immigration officials from the Department of Homeland Security

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Abdul El-Sayed, candidate for governor of Michigan. Source: https://abdulformichigan.com
19 Apr 2017

American Muslims See Campaigns For Office As Way To Fight Prejudice

American Muslims are increasingly running for political office to challenge institutional prejudice and discrimination in the United States.

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Chicago Teachers Union protest. Photo by Joe Brusky on Flickr.
11 Apr 2017

Chicago Teacher: Rahm Emanuel’s Graduation Requirement Shows He Has ‘No Interest In Understanding The Issues’

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new graduation requirement builds on his record of antagonism toward teachers and students.

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Medical instruments by Cristian C on Flickr.
03 Apr 2017

America’s Health Care System Forces Citizens To Turn To Crowdfunding To Survive

Americans are turning to crowdfunding to pay for expensive medical procedures private insurance won’t cover, even under the Affordable Care Act.

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Protestors demand Medicare for all in Bakersfield, California. Photo by ufcw770 on Flickr.
13 Mar 2017

Activists Mobilize For Universal Health Care As Republicans Propose Limiting Coverage

As Republicans propose health care cuts, activists mobilize local communities in favor of a single-payer health care model that benefits all Americans.

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The Bullpen

Paul Ryan. Photo by Gage Skidmore on Flickr.
08 Mar 2017

Ryancare Is Just A Shittier Version Of Obamacare

Selling Obamacare was almost impossible for Democrats; selling just a shittier version of Obamacare should be even more difficult for Republicans.

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Health care for all. Photo by wayne marshall (wayneandwax)
22 Feb 2017

It’s Perfectly Fine If Rich Benefit From Universal Social Programs

Calling for laws that would make everyone entitled to the same government assistance to afford health insurance and education is a good thing.

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Photo by Michael Fleshman (fleshmanpix) on Flickr.
26 Jan 2017

Repealing Obamacare: The Push To Eliminate The Individual Mandate

The Trump team has made it clear they are going after the highly unpopular individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

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"Diplomacy in an Era of Disruption" - Conversation with Secretary John Kerry and Tom Friedman on the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photo by U.S. Embassy Bern/ Eric Bridiers on Flickr.
25 Jan 2017

Davos: Panicked IMF Head Calls For Wealth Redistribution To Stop Populism

At this year’s World Economic Forum, political and corporate elites recognized populism was on the rise and that increasingly people rebuked their project.

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23 Jan 2017

Setback For Neoliberalism: Trump Dumps TPP, Will Renegotiate NAFTA

President Donald Trump reportedly signed executive orders that will remove the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and start a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It increases the possibility that the Trump administration will deliver a fatal blow to neoliberal globalization. That such actions came

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18 Jan 2017

Report: Eight Men Own As Much Wealth As Poorest Half Of The World

A report from Oxfam International shows eight men own as much wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion people in the world. Oxfam says new data from India and China suggests previous estimates of global wealth concentration credited the poorest half of the world with too much wealth. The report is

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GOVINT

THE IDIOCRAT

26 Aug 2016

We Can Dwell On Corruption, But Then Who Will Save The Children?

Mayor Wilbur O’Connell is an honorable and caring mayor of Brickleford, but in recent days, he has faced scandalous allegations of corruption that really should trouble residents. In the ten years that O’Connell has been the town’s mayor, he has used his status to encourage charity. Some of the most

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Abu Ghraib gift wrap by Natasha Mayers on Flickr
12 Aug 2016

I Stacked Detainees Into Human Pyramids, Now I’m Endorsing Hillary Clinton

Given my past involvement stacking naked detainees on each other, it’s my belief Clinton understands soldiers experience tough situations every day.

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Demonstrators at the Bernie Sanders rally in Philadelphia during the DNC Convention. Photo by Victoria Pickering on Flickr.
05 Aug 2016

An American Child’s Primer For The US Presidential Election

See the Republican. Voters are angry. He feeds off their anger. Voters are scared. He feeds off their fear. He watches himself on tv. This would make a good tv show.

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Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic Party's nomination for president. Photo by Disney ABC on Flickr.
29 Jul 2016

Clinton Cut Sections From Her Historic DNC Speech, And Here They Are

We managed to uncover some of the sections from Hillary Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, which were cut.

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Donald Trump and family, on stage after his RNC acceptance speech. Photo by disneyabc on Flickr.
22 Jul 2016

Trump Cut Sections From His RNC Speech Last Night, And Here They Are

We managed to uncover some of the sections from Donald Trump’s speech, which were cut.

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07 Mar 2016

Comedy Sketch: ‘Bernie Bros On Campus’

Over the past months, I have taken a stab at sketch writing. My attempts at sketch writing mostly stem from the fact that I am enrolled in improvisation classes at the iO Theater in Chicago, and I performed in two sketch shows in the Chicago Sketchfest in January. I am

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