The Dissenter

20 Jul 2020

COVID-19 Cases At Carswell Spike To More Than 500 As Reality Winner Tests Positive, Faces Retaliation

More than 500 women imprisoned at Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, have tested positive for COVID-19. It has the second-most cases out of all federal prisons in the United States, and one of the prisoners who has tested positive is NSA whistleblower Reality Winner.

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18 Jul 2020

More Than A Bunch Of Corporate Platitudes: Jen Perelman’s Campaign Against Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Jen Perelman has had the same representative in the United States Congress for nearly 16 years—Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat in Florida’s 23rd congressional district. Now, Perelman is mounting a primary challenge against Wasserman Schultz.

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18 Jul 2020

Dissenter Weekly: Whistleblowers Expose ICE, Bureau of Prisons’ Indifference To COVID-19

On this edition of the “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola covers the COVID-19 outbreak at Federal Medical Center Carswell with a particular focus on NSA whistleblower Reality Winner, who requested compassionate release months ago. Later in the show, Gosztola covers allegations from whistleblowers who work for LaSalle

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14 Jul 2020

In A Week, COVID-19 Infections Triple At Women’s Prison Where NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Is Incarcerated

At Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, where NSA whistleblower Reality Winner is incarcerated, the number of COVID-19 infections have tripled in the past week.

Her sister Brittany Winner said one of her bunkmates had “severe symptomatic COVID-19 and was removed.” Brittany Winner believes it is a “matter of time” before Reality Winner falls ill.

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Prison Protest

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17 Apr 2020

Beyond Prisons: COVID-19 Dispatch From Pennsylvania Prison

Ellis Maxwell shares a conversation they had with Charles Boyd, who is incarcerated at SCI-Phoenix in Pennsylvania, about COVID-19 behind bars.

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Incarcerated abolitionist Stevie Wilson. (CREDIT: Stevie Wilson).
14 Apr 2020

Incarcerated Abolitionist Stephen Wilson On Hunger Strike Against Retaliation For Speaking Out About COVID-19

Incarcerated abolitionist Stephen Wilson began a hunger strike to protest retaliation he faced for speaking out about COVID-19 behind bars in Pennsylvania. 

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Strawberry Hampton. (Photo by Strawberry Hampton)
10 Apr 2020

Strawberry Hampton Argues Reincarceration Was Retaliation For Reporting Sexual Abuse

Strawberry Hampton claims her reincarceration was part of a larger state-run retaliation campaign to silence her for reporting repeated abuse.

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07 Apr 2020

Released From Rikers Island, NYU Student Speaks Out About COVID-19

Writer, artist, and NYU student Jose Díaz shares his experience of being arrested and imprisoned on a technical violation during the COVID-19 crisis. 

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Cook County Jail (via Shadowproof)
07 Apr 2020

Detainees Sue As Cook County Jail Becomes One Of Biggest COVID-19 Clusters In United States

Cook County Jail detainees file a class action lawsuit alleging officials “failed in [their] constitutional responsibility” to “provide reasonable protection” against COVID-19.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Source: https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/sites/chi-step-summit/STEP%20Summit%20Recap%20Report%20Final.pdf
24 Mar 2020

Chicago Mayor Pressures Judge To Release Fewer Detainees As Coronavirus Spreads In Cook County Jail

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot and other mayors pressured a judge to be more discriminatory when deciding which detainees to release as coronavirus spreads.

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The Bullpen

20 Jun 2018

Seattle Activists Regroup After Amazon, Other Corporations Defeat Tax To Fund Affordable Housing

Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant and activist organizations regroup after head tax on Amazon and other large corporations was repealed.

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President Donald J. Trump celebrates the passage of the Tax Cuts Act with Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan | December 20, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
17 May 2018

Corporations Spend Very Few Savings From Tax Cuts On Workers, Data Shows

Despite the corporate washing of Trump’s tax cut, data shows the windfall of money corporations are receiving from the tax cuts is not going to workers.

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02 May 2018

Labor, Progressive Organizations In Seattle Ramp Up Pressure On Amazon To Fund Affordable Housing

The profits from Seattle reaped by Amazon have prompted progressive organizations to call on Amazon to fund solutions to offset the rising cost of living.

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10 Apr 2018

Burgerville Workers May Form America’s First Recognized Fast Food Union After Years Of Retaliation

Fast food chain Burgerville announced they would support a vote to establish a nationally recognized union at their Portland, Oregon location.

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04 Apr 2018

Disney Withholds Bonuses As Union Workers Protest Poverty Wages

Hundreds of Disney World workers marched on March 23 after the company withheld bonuses from 41,000 union employees in Florida and California.

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Photo by www.ccPixs.com via Flickr.
28 Feb 2018

Why Single-Payer Advocates Shouldn’t Obsess Over How To Pay For Universal Health Care

Single-payer advocates from center to left are obsessed with figuring out how to fully pay for universal health care. Here’s why that’s bad politics and bad policy.

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THE IDIOCRAT

Photo by Kevin Gosztola.
05 Jan 2017

Introducing Beyond Satire

I am pleased to announce the launch of Shadowproof’s “Beyond Satire” section. Shadowproof launched as an independent press organization that aspires to support a range of work from freelance journalists, but I always knew at some point there would be expansions to complement our journalistic work and give the organization

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Trump Tower. Photo by m01229 on Flickr.
05 Jan 2017

Trump’s Lawyers Had Part Of A Book Cut Because It Detailed His Encounters With Women

President Donald Trump’s legal team threatened to make life unbearable for the authors if they included these incredibly shocking revelations.

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25 Oct 2016

That Tweet Of Clinton Showing Off Her Cubs Fandom, Explained

Clinton’s press secretary tweeted a photo of her reacting to the Cubs, as they beat the Dodgers to make it to the World Series for the first time in 71 years.

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06 Oct 2016

Video: Kevin Gosztola Performs At Laughing Liberally Chicago

The Laughing Liberally chapter in Chicago hosted their monthly event on October 5, and Shadowproof managing editor Kevin Gosztola performed a satirical piece, “An Unsolicited Guide To Protesting The Right Way.” A written version of this satire appeared on Shadowproof weeks ago, but it was revised and updated for this

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Hippie grandmas can get away with pumping their fists. Can you imagine what would happen if Hillary Clinton did this? Photo: Kevin Gosztola.
23 Sep 2016

Jill Stein Is Like Your Cool Hippie Grandma—And That’s Not A Good Thing

Millennials may see their hippie grandmother in Stein, but no amount of sun worshipping or tchotchke-crafting prepares you for being Leader of the Free World.

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"So here's the thing: How does disrespecting national songs that make people proud liberate anyone?" Photo by Miller Center on Flickr.
02 Sep 2016

An Unsolicited Guide To Protesting And Exercising Your Rights The Right Way

You should always adjust your tactics and message to make it easier for your fellow Americans to avoid confronting injustice.

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