The Dissenter

12 Jan 2022

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Guardian Angel Platoon’

The Guardian Angel Platoon is the moniker of Canadian veteran, activist, and singer-songwriter Dennis MacKenzie. He released the self-titled album in 2021, right before Canada’s Remembrance Day.

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11 Jan 2022

Twenty Years Of Barbarism At Guantánamo: Biden Could End It But Lacks The Political Will

This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter, a project of Shadowproof. Become a paid subscriber and help us expand our work. The first “high-value detainee” at Guantánamo military prison was approved for transfer a day before the detention camp marked the 20th anniversary of confining prisoners in

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27 Dec 2021

We’ll All Eventually Think ‘Don’t Look Up’ Is Laughing At Us If Nothing Fundamentally Changes

Most contemporary satirical films are compared to Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb.” It is the standard by which critics and viewers decide if the satire succeeded. Yet in the past decades no film has come close to matching the sharpness and

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23 Dec 2021

Ten Of The Best Protest Albums Of 2021

*The following is a collection of some of the best albums of protest music released in 2021. They were selected by Kevin Gosztola and C.J. Baker, who publishes writing regularly at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. They are in alphabetical order by artist. **Full playlist with each album on Spotify

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20 Dec 2021

The Things Musicians At Territorial Prison Carry: ‘Battle Cry’ Video Premiere

Shadowproof is honored to premiere “Battlecry” from “TLAXIHUIQUI.” It was created by Dane “Zealot” Newton, who is a Black musician at Territorial.

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10 Dec 2021

Assange Plans To Appeal High Court Decision Backing Extradition To United States

In a ruling from UK High Court on Human Rights Day, a district judge’s decision which blocked extradition of Julian Assange was overturned.

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Prison Protest

Donaldson Correctional Facility, Alabama. Cropped version of photo by Patrick Huber on Flickr.
09 Feb 2021

Incarcerated People Airlifted To Hospital Following Violent Attack By Alabama Prison Guards

Loved ones staged a protest outside the hospital where Alabama prisoners were airlifted following an attack by guards.

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Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation
04 Feb 2021

As COVID-19 Spreads In Virginia Civil Commitment Center, Incarcerated Can’t Get Medical Care

People incarcerated at a civil commitment center in VA say they’re not receiving proper medical attention as COVID-19 spreads in the facility.

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26 Jan 2021

Alabama Prisoners Face Solitary, Violence For Organizing Boycott And Work Stoppage

Alabama prisoners face violence and isolation for organizing a boycott and work stoppage. One is on a hunger strike to protest the state’s retaliation.

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12 Jan 2021

Ohio Prisoners Argue State Uses Solitary Confinement To Retaliate Against Political Advocacy

Several people incarcerated in Toledo, Ohio claim they are placed in solitary confinement in retaliation for their political advocacy.

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23 Dec 2020

Beyond Prisons Podcast: Study And Struggle Feat. Garrett Felber

Garrett Felber joins Beyond Prisons to discuss Study and Struggle, a political education project which supports and collaborates with MS grassroots organizations.

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Kinetik Justice-Amun. Photo by Free Alabama Movement
01 Dec 2020

Incarcerated Activist Sues Alabama Prison Officials After Facing Retaliation For Exposing Gambling Ring

Kinetik Justice Amun has sued the Alabama Department of Corrections, who he claims engaged in retaliation against him by placing him in solitary confinement.

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The Bullpen

22 Jul 2019

Many Shortfalls Of Wage Theft Enforcement For Migrant Workers

Migrant workers share stories of wage theft and retaliation by employers, and how there is little-to-no enforcement of state labor protections.

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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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