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Featured Reporting

The Dissenter

Chelsea Manning. Photo by Media Convention Berlin on Flickr.
08 May 2019

Chelsea Manning: Despite Heartbreak And Hardship, Cooperation With WikiLeaks Grand Jury Not An Option

Read Chelsea Manning’s declaration filed in federal court after two months in jail for refusing to testify before the WikiLeaks Grand Jury.

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra practicing in Millennium Park (Photo: niXerKG on Flickr)
06 May 2019

Billionaires Against Funding Symphony Musicians

Summer is a time for music festivals. Yet, like many workers, musicians increasingly face threats to their wages and pension plans.

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06 May 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Gaia’ By Calina Lawrence (With Sylvie Karina And Francesca Rivera)

Calina Lawrence is an indigenous vocalist and activist from the Suquamish Nation. She effectively fuses traditional native music with elements of hip-hop, soul, and spoken word. Lawrence uses her art to draw attention to social justice issues.

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Joe Biden. Photo by Marc Nozell via Flickr.
05 May 2019

Let’s Not Rewrite History To Defend Joe Biden’s Record Of Cynical Dog-Whistle Politics

Liberal pundits excuse Joe Biden for his leadership on the 1994 crime bill because “it was a different time” when Americans were more tolerant of injustice.

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Prison Protest

19 Jan 2019

Beyond Prisons: Transformative Justice & Pod-Mapping

Beyond Prisons hosts Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein begin a conversation on transformative justice, exploring the concepts of “Pods” and “Pod-mapping.”

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Barbed wire fence. Photo by BOP.gov
17 Jan 2019

House Subcommittee Report Highlights ‘Culture Of Fear And Retaliation’ In Federal Prisons

Senior officials in the Bureau of Prisons avoid consequences for misconduct by influencing investigations, encouraging a “culture of fear and retaliation.”

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Candice Crowder. Photo via Medina Orthwein LLP.
09 Jan 2019

Black Transgender Woman Who Survived Rape And Box Cutter Attack Sues California Prison Employees

Candice Crowder sues California prison employees after she was violently raped, placed in solitary confinement, and attacked with a box cutter.

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Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Illinois. (Jim Larrison on Flickr)
07 Jan 2019

Federal Court Will Appoint Monitor To Ensure Illinois Prisoners Have Basic Health Care

A settlement over the unconstitutional lack of health care in Illinois prisons will include the appointment of a federal court monitor.

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Voting machines. Photo by carlmikoy on Flickr.
04 Dec 2018

Florida’s Amendment 4 Pushes Back On Tradition Of Social Death For People With Convictions

The exclusion of people with prior convictions from civic life upholds a tradition that is deeply racist, classist, misogynist, and xenophobic, and must be abolished

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Flyer for No New Jails NYC public forum on December 2.
24 Nov 2018

Beyond Prisons: Jail Free NYC feat. Nabil Hassein

Nabil Hassein joins Beyond Prisons to give an update on the campaign to close Rikers Island and the fight to oppose new jail construction in New York City.

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The Bullpen

Young Americans for Liberty supporter wearing "Taxation Is Theft" hat. Photo by Gage Skidmore on Flickr.
09 Jan 2018

All Taxation Is Theft: Four Words To Understand The Republican Party

Besides the minimum taxes necessary to pay for national defense and basic law enforcement, the Republican Party treats all taxation as theft.

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01 Dec 2017

History Suggests Democrats Unlikely To Repeal Unpopular Tax Bill If It Passes

Senate Republicans are in a rush to pass a very unpopular tax bill that would dramatically cut taxes for the rich and corporations. There are many reasons why they want to pass this unpopular bill. It is what their donors want. Tax cuts are an article of faith among the

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President Trump delivers a statement on Syria. (Screenshot from White House video)
18 Oct 2017

Trump Is Taking Advantage Of The Fact That Obamacare Was Made To Be Broken

Trump is trying to remove as many Jenga blocks from Obamacare, as he legally can. The problem is that Obamacare is made of Jenga blocks in the first place.

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

The Surprising Provision Buried In Sanders’ Medicare For All Bill

Senator Bernie Sanders’ Medicare For All bill contained one very interesting section that has been mostly overlooked.

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Vermont Human Right To Healthcare. Rally at the State House in Montpelier, VT. Photo by NESRI on Flickr.
09 Aug 2017

Interview With Jon Walker: Why MICA Is Good Plan To Transition U.S. To Single-Payer Health Care

Health care policy analyst Jon Walker discusses his proposal for transitioning the United States to a single-payer health care system.

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Hospital room. Photo by Sara Star NS on Flickr.
24 Jul 2017

Here’s A National Single-Payer Health Care Plan That Would Work

Shadowproof is proud to contribute to the national health care debate by introducing our plan to transition the U.S. to a single-payer health care system.

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THE IDIOCRAT

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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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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