The Dissenter

16 Jun 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Zami’ By Moor Mother

The following post was originally published at Ongoing History of Protest Music. Experimental musician and acclaimed spoken word artist Camae Ayewa had a prolific 2020 with the free jazz project Irreversible Entanglements and a few projects released under her spoken word alias Moor Mother. As Moor Mother, Ayewa released “Circuit

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14 Jun 2021

Mother Of NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Describes Her Daughter’s Release From Prison

NSA whistleblower Reality Winner was released from federal prison to a halfway house in San Antonio on June 2. She was released one week later to home confinement with her family.

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Malak Mattar with an art piece. Source: UNRWA
26 May 2021

The Aftermath of War In Gaza

To Asma Alkhaldi, the “ceasefire” in the Gaza Strip is welcome, but the trauma of days of bombing remains.

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26 May 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Racist, Sexist Boy’ By The Linda Lindas

Youth garage punk band The Linda Lindas respond to anti-Asian racism, which spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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24 May 2021

Journalist Abby Martin Had Free Speech Rights Violated By Georgia’s Anti-BDS Law, Court Rules

A federal court ruled in favor of journalist Abby Martin, who was barred from speaking at Georgia Southern University after she refused to pledge she would not boycott Israel. Judge Mark Cohen in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia recognized [PDF] a Georgia state law

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12 May 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Weather Strike’ By Tom Morello and Pussy Riot

“Pussy Riot is one of the most radical and important activist musical groups of all time,” Morello declared in a press statement. “Their fearless blending of art and confrontation is a constant inspiration and it’s an honor to combine forces on this powerful, revolutionary track ‘Weather Strike.’”

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Prison Protest

02 Nov 2020

Sex-Offense Registry Sweeps Intended To Boost Support For Cops Unwittingly Spread COVID-19

Police say sex-offense registrants who don’t update their information pose an imminent threat. But there’s no evidence to support that logic.

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Broken glass behind black text on yellow background reading Vicky Osterweil In Defense Of Looting
29 Oct 2020

Beyond Prisons Podcast: In Defense Of Looting Feat. Vicky Osterweil

Vicky Osterweil joins the Beyond Prisons podcast to discuss her book, “In Defense Of Looting,” and the history of rioting and looting as direct action.

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Philadelphia's No-Cop Zone, known as James-Talib Dean Camp. Photo by Rodrigo F. on Twitter (https://twitter.com/evything4evyone/status/1284134806499078144)
19 Oct 2020

Philadelphia Protest Encampment Ends As City Agrees To Plan For Unhoused People

After months of organizing that included the establishment of two protest encampments, Philadelphia’s unhoused people successfully pushed the city to agree to provide housing on a community land trust on October 14.

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Taser. Photo by Anarchimedia on Flickr.
05 Oct 2020

Axon Ramps Up Sale Of Dart-Fired Tasers To US Prisons And Police Departments Around The World

Axon Inc., a $6 billion company known for body cameras and “Tasers,” claims to be making “rapid growth” in U.S. prisons and markets abroad.

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"Hand in Hand" (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)
01 Oct 2020

Thousands Of Mathematicians Join Boycott Against Police Collaboration

Over 2,000 mathematicians have signed a letter agreeing to boycott all collaboration with police, and insisting their colleagues do the same.

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James Kilgore Speaking
29 Sep 2020

Beyond Prisons Podcast: Challenging E-Carceration Feat. James Kilgore

Our conversation addresses a number of issues relating to e-carceration including how it deprives people of their liberty, why electronic monitoring is not better than prison, and the use of surveillance technology in the time of COVID-19.

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The Bullpen

01 Jul 2019

‘We’re Not Being Paid’: Musicians Struggle Against Orchestra Management, Streaming Services

At the end of May, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra management informed their musicians that the summer season would be canceled and musicians would be locked out beginning June 17, the first work stoppage for the orchestra in 31 years. “We’re not being paid. They told us our health insurance will

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. (Photo: AFGE on Flickr)
15 Apr 2019

How Bernie Sanders’ Position On Filibuster Is Needlessly Complicated

Jon Walker describes how Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ stance on filibuster reform is needlessly complicated.

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18 Dec 2018

How We Define ‘Cheapest Health Care’ Radically Shapes Policy Discussions

How “cheapest” is defined in the context of health care has radically shaped health care policy in the past and will shape it in the future.

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Photo by Pictures Of Money on Flickr.
10 Dec 2018

Best Option For Funding Medicare For All May Be Employer Mandate

Voters have a clear preference for how to fund Medicare for All: requiring employers to purchase Medicare (or equivalent) coverage for their employees.

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Photo from Backbone Campaign
04 Dec 2018

The Biggest Moments Of 2018 In The Fight For Universal Health Care

Jonathan Michels and Will Cox look back at some of bright spots and darker developments in the struggle for universal health care that occurred in 2018.

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Photo by majunznk on Flickr.
13 Nov 2018

What Can Be Learned From Democrat And Republican Delusions On Obamacare

After a decade of intense political fighting and two of the largest wave elections in history, the US finally has a quasi-stable political equilibrium on the Affordable Care Act.

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