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The Dissenter

10 Jul 2019

At ‘Kids In Cages’ Congressional Hearing, Mother And Human Rights Advocates Share Stories Of Cruelty At The Border

Yazmin Juarez, who fled Guatemala and was held in detention at a facility in Dilley, Texas, where her baby contracted a severe respiratory illness that led to her death, testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The hearing was titled, “Kids In Cages: Inhumane Treatment at the Border,”

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09 Jul 2019

‘There’s More Of Us Than Landlords’: Tenant Organizing In The Trump Era

Tenants throughout the U.S. struggle with the high cost of living and loss of their homes, but are escalating a grassroots movement for housing justice.

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Photo from Jews for Racial & Economic Justice in New York.
08 Jul 2019

Immigrant Rights Activists Renew Push Against Palantir To Cancel $53 Million Contract With ICE

Immigrant rights activists mobilized in New York and Washington D.C. to demand Palantir Technologies cancel its contract with ICE.

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02 Jul 2019

Let’s Not Rewrite History To Defend Joe Biden’s Record Of Racist 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

Protesters gather outside of GEO Group's immigration detention center in Aurora, Colorado (Justin Valas on Flickr)
24 Sep 2015

Grijalva Rails Against Contracts Permitted In His Own Prison Reform Bill

Progressive Arizona congressman Raúl Grijalva expressed dismay that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) signed an $11 million contract with GEO Care because its parent company, GEO Group, profits off detaining women and children in horrific conditions. Yet, remarkably, Grijalva is the sponsor of a bill, which contains specific exemptions allowing companies

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"Our souls are so much bigger than this." Art by Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski
23 Sep 2015

The Heavy Price Families And Communities Pay For Incarceration

A new report details how families pay a high price for the incarceration of a relative—a price “felt most deeply by women, low-income families and communities of color.”  It examines the various ways families and former prisoners “pay” for their incarceration, even after they are released. The report, “Who Pays? The True Cost Of

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22 Sep 2015

New York City Council Adopts Eight Bills For Transparency, Oversight Of Jails

Last week, the New York City Council sent eight bills to Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s desk aimed at bringing greater transparency to the city’s jails. The wave of legislation was introduced this past spring and its passage marks the latest efforts by the city to reign in the brutal culture of violence and impunity that has reigned inside its jails for years.

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21 Sep 2015

Bernie Sanders’ Private Prison Reform Bill Would Leave Opportunities For Industry To Grow

Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), has introduced legislation to abolish aspects of the prison industrial-complex. However, despite being touted as a private prison abolition bill, it would still leave some areas of corrections open to contractors. On September 17, Sanders joined Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)

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16 Sep 2015

Former Chicago Juvenile Inmates Have High Rates of Substance Abuse, Psychiatric Disorders, Study Finds

Formerly incarcerated youth in Cook County, Chicago, were diagnosed with psychiatric disorders at a rate higher than that of the general population, according to new research. The research also found Black former juvenile inmates had lower prevalence rates for psychiatric and substance abuse disorders over time than compared to whites and Hispanics, despite the fact that they constitute a disproportionately larger segment of the incarcerated population.

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14 Sep 2015

Modern Debtors Prison: Alabama Jailing Residents Over Tickets

According to a federal class action lawsuit filed in Alabama this month, the city of Alexander is incarcerating people who are unable to pay court fees and fines in a modern-day debtors prison. The suit argues the practice not only constitutes false imprisonment, but also violates inmates’ Fourth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment rights under the Constitution.

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The Bullpen

11 Sep 2015

Resurfaced Documentary: Donald Trump Used Undocumented Immigrants, Screwed Taxpayers

A 1991 documentary on Donald Trump suppressed from broadcast by legal threats from Trump titled “Trump: What’s The Deal?” is now available online. The documentary paints an extremely unflattering picture of Trump as a businessman and a man in general highlighting questionable if not illegal business practices and making all but explicit claims that Trump committed adultery while married to Ivana Trump with his later wife Marla Maples.

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10 Sep 2015

DOJ Claims Corporate Executives Will No Longer Be Above Law

After years of being mocked and ridiculed for failing to prosecute even one of the major Wall Street criminals that brought the global economy to its knees in 2008, the Justice Department now claims it will finally start enforcing the law on cases that involve criminal wrongdoing by corporate executives.

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09 Sep 2015

Chris Christie Bridge Scandal Brings Down United Airlines’ CEO

The scandal surrounding the illegal lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, nicknamed Bridgegate, continues to ruin careers. On Tuesday, the CEO and two senior executives of United Airlines resigned due to their involvement in a favor-trading scheme uncovered in the Bridgegate investigations.

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09 Sep 2015

Building A Shadowproof That Supports More Contributors

Shadowproof launched on August 2. We are a movement publication, which builds relationships with grassroots organizations and elevates voices from within those groups. We need your support to publish the work of a diverse range of independent journalists committed to exposing abuses of power in government and corporations. Together, we can build on Firedoglake’s legacy.

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08 Sep 2015

Wal-Mart To Reopen Stores At Center Of Labor Complaint

In April, Wal-Mart was the subject of a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after Wal-Mart closed five stores, including one where workers had been fighting for higher wages and benefits and working with a union. Last Week, Wal-Mart announced plans to reopen the stores in late October or early November, but former workers will be forced to reapply.

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04 Sep 2015

1996 Welfare Reform Law Caused Increase In Extreme Poverty

The 1996 welfare reform law championed by the Clinton Administration known as the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act was supposed to bring in a new era and “end welfare as we know it.” In some sense it did, as the consequence of the law has been a considerable increase in extreme poverty in America.

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