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01 Jul 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Forever High Mast’ By Lucy Dacus

The post was originally published at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. Most countries have holidays and observances that celebrate aspects of their founding and heritage. For many, it is an opportunity to display patriotic pride, but for others, it is the time to somberly reflect on dark chapters of their

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Joe Biden. Photo by Marc Nozell via Flickr.
28 Jun 2019

Joe Biden Didn’t End Iraq War, Yet He Claimed Credit During Debate

Joe Biden took credit for withdrawing troops from Iraq during the Democratic presidential debate. But the withdrawal was part of an agreement made by President George W. Bush.

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New DNC Chair Tom Perez. Photo by Edward Kimmel (mdfriendofhillary) on Flickr.
26 Jun 2019

Holding Debate In Miami Offers Establishment Democrats A Way To Resist Transforming The Party

Over two nights in Miami, the Democratic National Committee will host the first presidential debate of the 2020 primary on June 26 and 27. There are multiple swing states the Democratic nominee must win in 2020 to prevent a repeat of what happened with President Donald Trump in 2016. So,

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25 Jun 2019

When Former Prisoner Sold Dr. John A Protest Song From Angola Prison

In 1970, Dr. John recorded a song his friend gave him after serving more than 40 years at the infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary known as Angola.

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Prison Protest

14 Sep 2015

Questionable Medical Care Turns Short Jail Stays Into Death Sentences

When Jesse Jacobs reported to the Galveston County Jail to serve a 30-day sentence for a DUI, he did so knowing that if everything went well, he would be out in 12 to 15 days. Six days later, he was dead. Jacobs was one of the nearly 1000 people who die each year in America’s jails, according to statistics released by the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics. Like Jacobs, four in every ten of these people die in their first seven days in jail.

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Cook County Jail (via Shadowproof)
11 Sep 2015

Formerly Incarcerated Black Youth Face Extremely High Mortality Rates in Chicago

Young black men detained in Cook County, Chicago, face a higher mortality rate than the general population of the county, according to a bulletin published by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) as part of their “Northeastern Juvenile Project.”

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10 Sep 2015

Lawsuit: Inmate’s Skull Fracture Ignored For Days By Advanced Correctional Healthcare

A new lawsuit alleges for-profit inmate medical contractor Advanced Correctional Healthcare (ACH) and jail officials violated state laws and the Constitution in their substandard delivery of healthcare to an inmate suffering from serious conditions related to a traumatic brain injury. The inmate alleges his critical prescriptions were withheld and altered, and an injury to his head was left untreated for days until he developed paralysis on the right side of his body.

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05 Sep 2015

Lawsuit: NYPD Retaliated Against Whistleblower Cop For Exposing Illegal Quotas

Adhyl Polanco, an NYPD officer who spoke out publicly against the department’s use of illegal quotas for summonses and arrests, filed a lawsuit in federal court this week alleging his superiors discriminated and retaliated against him based on his race and speech. According to Polanco’s lawsuit, the NYPD was threatening officers with “termination and negative employment actions, such as low performance evaluations and punitive postings,” to force them to meet Stop & Frisk and arrest quotas.

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03 Sep 2015

Report: US Jails And Prisons Ill Equipped For Global Warming

A new study published by the Columbia Law School Sabin Center for Climate Change Law found US jails and prisons grossly unfit for dealing with rising temperatures, which place inmate and staff health at risk. The study urged policy makers and administrators to begin taking steps to prepare for heat waves associated with climate change.

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02 Sep 2015

California Agrees To Restrict Use of Long-Term Solitary Confinement

California has agreed to restrict the use of long-term solitary confinement in a settlement agreement filed in federal court this week. Restrictions are expected to reduce the number of inmates in isolation, cap the number of continuous years an inmate can spend in solitary confinement to five, and establish measures by which inmates can more easily achieve release back to general population.

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The Bullpen

03 Sep 2015

Your Facebook Friends Could Cost You A Loan

Welcome to the age of the social media credit check. On July 22nd, Facebook filed a new patent for a product the company could sell to creditors to analyze someone’s creditworthiness based on their social network.

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02 Sep 2015

Treasury Department Claims Paulson Never Officially Discussed AIG Bailout

In August, the US Treasury Department responded to a 2013 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records of former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s communications during the 2008 bailout of American International Group (AIG) by claiming that the agency could not find any records. Here’s how you can help us respond.

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1 Wall Street, the Bank of New York Buidling By Jim in Times Square (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
01 Sep 2015

BNY Mellon Bank Settles Corruption Charges Over Hiring Foreign Officials’ Relatives

On August 18, the SEC announced that the Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BNY Mellon) agreed to pay $14.8 million to settle charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), when the bank gave out highly sought-after student internships to the relatives of foreign government officials in

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31 Aug 2015

Walmart Increased Wages Only To Later Cut Hours

Late last year, in response to a series of strikes by workers and protests by activists, Walmart agreed to raise wages so that many of the company’s workers received at least a meager $9 an hour in 2015. Unfortunately, Walmart’s entire business model is based on severely exploiting workers in the US, so the order has now come down from Walmart executives to cut workers’ hours to lower company costs.

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28 Aug 2015

CEO Compensation Jumped In 2014 As Workers Treaded Water

The pay for CEOs of public companies continued its upward climb in 2014 according to a report by The Conference Board, a business research organization. The report, published in August, claims that total compensation for chief executive officers of US public companies in the Russell 3000 Index rose up 11.9 % from 2013 and as much as 34.7 % from 2010.

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27 Aug 2015

Big Tobacco TTIP Discussion Documents Censored By EU

Documents related to discussions between US, British and European officials and multinational tobacco corporations concerning the regulation of tobacco under a new trade agreement were censored by the European Commission. Activists with Corporate Europe Observatory revealed the meetings through a Freedom of Information request, but the documents were heavily edited.

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