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The Dissenter

05 Mar 2020

Espionage Act Reform Bill Would Protect Journalists Like Julian Assange

Under legislation proposed in Congress, the United States government would not be able to prosecute journalists like WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who publish classified information. Democratic Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Ro Khanna introduced the Espionage Act Reform Act to reaffirm “First Amendment protections for journalists” and ensure “whistleblowers can

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05 Mar 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Means To An End’ By Sepultura

For over three decades the pioneering Brazilian heavy metal band has never been afraid to address political issues. One of Sepultura’s more political albums, “Chaos A.D.” (1993), features “Refuse/Resist,” a hard hitting anti-police anthem, and “Territory,” which references the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Sepultura recently released their fifteenth studio

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Banners and signs outside of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing in London. Photo by Kevin Gosztola.Banners and signs outside of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing in London. Photo by Kevin Gosztola.
27 Feb 2020

Judge: Julian Assange Must Remain In Glass Box During Extradition Proceedings

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange must remain isolated in a glass box at the back of the courtroom, the judge in his extradition proceedings decided.

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A flyer at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing in London, reading "FREE ASSANGE. NO U.S. EXTRADITION." Photo by Kevin Gosztola.
26 Feb 2020

Prosecution: US-UK Treaty Does Not Apply To Assange Extradition

The prosecution urged a magistrate court to flout an international norm enshrined in treaty law to approve the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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Prison Protest

Sign at the entrance to Rikers Island (satanslaundromat on Flickr)
17 Oct 2019

Why I Support Closing Rikers Island Without Building New Jails: A Letter From Prisoner E. Paris Whitfield

Incarcerated No New Jails NYC member E. Paris Whitfield, who was held pretrial on Rikers Island for three years, explains his opposition to $11 billion investment in new jails.

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16 Oct 2019

Why Rikers Island Must Be Closed Without Building New Jails

On October 16, all eyes are on the New York City Council as it votes on a proposal to build four new skyscraper jails and up to eight jailing satellites that would burn an $11 billion hole through the city’s wallet. The greatest cost of this plan, however, is that it would undoubtedly ensure that our future generations will inherit our system of mass incarceration.

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30 Sep 2019

Trans Behind Bars: Homophobia Persists At Shakopee Prison After End To No-Touch Policy

A homophobic, transphobic culture persists at Minnesota’s Shakopee prison after successful organizing against a no-touch policy and for trans men to receive hormones.

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Soledad State Prison (CDCR).
04 Sep 2019

Officials Ignored Warnings Before Massive ‘Gladiator Fight’ At Soledad State Prison In California

Prisoners say the head of California’s prison system was warned the day before hundreds of prisoners were involved in a fight.

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Cook County Jail (via Shadowproof)
26 Aug 2019

The Number Of People Incarcerated In United States Is Far Higher Than 2.5 Million

The most popular statistic regarding the United States’ prison system is that there are 2.5 million people incarcerated. However, this figure significantly under-represents the number of people caged in this country each year.

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24 Aug 2019

Beyond Prisons: Gladiator Fights Feat. IWOC’s Brooke Terpstra

Beyond Prisons returns from summer break with a special double episode on “Gladiator Fights” with IWOC organizer Brooke Terpstra.

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The Bullpen

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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"Healthcare Costs." Photo by Images Money on Flickr.
24 Jul 2017

Medical Insurance And Care For All: A National Single-Payer Bill

The Medical Insurance and Care for All (MICA) program is a public health insurance program based on Medicare but open to all individuals.

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Photo (cropped) via Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur on Flickr.
24 Jun 2017

Senate Trumpcare Bill Shows GOP Thinks Working Poor Should Struggle More For Health Care

Senate Republicans want to make Obamacare much worse in order to fund a large tax cuts for the rich, drug companies, insurance companies, and device makers.

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07 Jun 2017

California Plan For Single-Payer System Must Confront Political Obstacles To Succeed

Generating support for single-payer health care is important, but it will never succeed without planning for the trade-offs necessary to make it work.

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THE IDIOCRAT

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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Demonstrators at the Bernie Sanders rally in Philadelphia during the DNC Convention. Photo by Victoria Pickering on Flickr.
05 Aug 2016

An American Child’s Primer For The US Presidential Election

See the Republican. Voters are angry. He feeds off their anger. Voters are scared. He feeds off their fear. He watches himself on tv. This would make a good tv show.

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Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic Party's nomination for president. Photo by Disney ABC on Flickr.
29 Jul 2016

Clinton Cut Sections From Her Historic DNC Speech, And Here They Are

We managed to uncover some of the sections from Hillary Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, which were cut.

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Donald Trump and family, on stage after his RNC acceptance speech. Photo by disneyabc on Flickr.
22 Jul 2016

Trump Cut Sections From His RNC Speech Last Night, And Here They Are

We managed to uncover some of the sections from Donald Trump’s speech, which were cut.

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07 Mar 2016

Comedy Sketch: ‘Bernie Bros On Campus’

Over the past months, I have taken a stab at sketch writing. My attempts at sketch writing mostly stem from the fact that I am enrolled in improvisation classes at the iO Theater in Chicago, and I performed in two sketch shows in the Chicago Sketchfest in January. I am

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