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Photos from the rally against the proposed Kinder Morgan oil pipeline on Burnaby Mountain. Monday, November 17th, 2014. Photo by Mark Klotz on Flickr.
09 Apr 2019

Washington Appeals Court: Evidence May Prove Climate Action Against Tar Sands Pipeline Was Necessary

A WA appeals court concluded a trial court violated climate activist Kenneth Ward’s constitutional rights by prohibiting him from presenting a necessity defense.

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09 Apr 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Change’ By Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples’ forthcoming album features the lead single “Change,” a bluesy call to action that highlights issues, such as inequality and gun violence.

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Photo by Claudette Begin, CUE Teamsters Local 2010, via Flickr.
04 Apr 2019

Anti-Union University Administrations Fight Surge In Graduate Student Worker Organizing

Since the National Labor Relations Board ruled graduate student workers at private universities can unionize, a surge in organizing has faced persistent union-busting.

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Neil Gorsuch, nominee for Associate Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court, and President Donald Trump, via the official White House YouTube page.
03 Apr 2019

Supreme Court Deems Torture Of Prisoners During Executions Permissible

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Missouri may use lethal injection against a prisoner with a medical condition that will cause him to choke to death on his blood.

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Prison Protest

05 Aug 2015

Corizon Health Services Makes Bad Prison Healthcare Even Worse For Florida Inmate

Prison mistreatment may have given Oberist Saunders a staph infection after surgery, but under the privatized healthcare of Corizon Health Services, things got even worse, according to a lawsuit. Florida prisons have been home to some of the most horrific stories of inmate abuse and medical neglect and this lawsuit shows the harm caused by putting profit over patient health.

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04 Aug 2015

NYPD Allegedly Entraps Methadone User Outside Of Clinic

A federal lawsuit filed on March 11, 2015 claims James Angone was wrongfully arrested and imprisoned after leaving a Queens methadone clinic. Angone maintains an undercover New York Police Department officer framed him for attempting to sell narcotics after he refused the officer’s proposition to give him his medication.

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03 Aug 2015

Advanced Correctional Healthcare’s Brutal Brand Of Jailhouse Medicine

Timothy Strayer was approaching 70 years of age and suffering from multiple chronic illnesses in the summer of 2011 when he was arrested for marijuana possession with the intent to sell. One year later, his family launched a federal civil rights lawsuit that is still in progress to this day. This is the result of Shadowproof’s three month investigation of Advanced Correctional Healthcare and the Strayer family’s story.

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31 Mar 2015

New Solitary Confinement Unit Plagued by Old Problems on Rikers Island

This post was originally published to PrisonProtest.com. At the beginning of March, New York City’s Board of Correction released a preliminary report on Rikers Island’s controversial new isolation facility, the Enhanced Supervision Housing Unit (ESHU). The $14.8 million ESHU was proposed to house 250 of Rikers’ so-called “most dangerous” inmates–

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21 Mar 2015

NYC DOC Allegedly Withholds Records on Violence Against Developmentally Disabled Juvenile Inmate

This post was originally published at PrisonProtest.com. A lawsuit filed on March 12th in the Eastern District of New York claims the New York City Department of Corrections (DOC) withheld important records from a federally-mandated disability advocate after they learned guards had brutally attacked a developmentally disabled juvenile inmate at

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14 Mar 2015

Private Contractor “Deliberately Ignored Medical Needs” of Kentucky Inmate: Lawsuit

In a lawsuit filed on February 24th, the mother of Brandon Clint Hacker claims that a “continuing policy, pattern, custom and/or practice of … willfully and deliberately ignoring the medical needs of inmates of the Jail” contributed to the death of her 35-year-old son at Kentucky’s Madison County Detention Center (MCDC).

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The Bullpen

04 Aug 2015

JPMorgan And Citigroup Pay Over $800 Million For Credit Card Crimes

Fraudulent paperwork, cheated counterparties, robosigning — no it’s not the housing crisis again. This time the crimes are related to the Too Big To Fail/Jail banks’ conduct with credit cards. Both JPMorgan and Citigroup have now reached settlements with the government related to their criminal credit card practices.

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03 Aug 2015

Introducing The Bullpen

Named after temporary prisons setup for rebellious workers, The Bullpen will seek to reveal and explore the underlying power dynamics within the US economy and political system — the forces shaping how ‘We The People’ live our lives. This is not the place for the latest campaign gossip and ephemera, but do not be surprised to see some familiar names featured in the quest to illuminate the dark connections between moneyed interests and those with more formal powers.

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31 Jul 2015

World Bank Peddling Private, For-Profit Schools In Africa, Disguised As Aid

Originally published at MintPress News. EDINBURGH — Private, for-profit schools in Africa funded by the World Bank and U.S. venture capitalists have been criticized by more than 100 organizations who’ve signed a petition opposing the controversial educational venture. A May statement addressed to Jim Kim, president of the World Bank,

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23 Jul 2015

Chris Christie’s Presidential Announcement Came At Taxpayer’s Expense

When New Jersey Governor Chris Christie stepped into his old high school in Livingston, New Jersey to officially announce his candidacy for president many assumed – given that it was explicitly a political event – that Christie’s campaign would pick up to the tab. But that would be wrong. A

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10 Jun 2015

Jamie Dimon, Billionaire

The ancient Athenian philosopher Anacharsis is said to have once noted that laws are no different than a spider’s web in that “They’ll restrain anyone weak and insignificant who gets caught in them, but they’ll be torn to shreds by people with power and wealth.” It would be difficult to

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29 May 2015

Former Speaker Dennis Hastert Indicted for Violating Federal Banking Laws

Ex-Speaker Dennis Hastert resigns lobbying position after indictment: http://t.co/5sHjkFxg7W pic.twitter.com/iT4s59Rc2K — The Hill (@thehill) May 29, 2015 Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives Dennis Hastert was indicted Thursday for violating federal banking laws and lying to investigators. According to the indictment former Speaker Hastert was involved in a

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