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The Dissenter

02 Apr 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Try It, You’ll Like It’ By Marvin Gaye

“You’re The Man,” the long-shelved album from Marvin Gaye, is the work of an artist with a golden voice, who struggled with both personal demons and the demons plaguing the country in which he lived. One of the most uplifting and sublime protest anthems on the album is “Try It, You’ll Like It.”

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Chelsea Manning. Photo by joltcan on Flickr.
02 Apr 2019

Chelsea Manning’s Attorneys Challenge Prolonged Solitary Confinement, Demand Her Release From Jail

Chelsea Manning remains in conditions of prolonged solitary confinement, and her attorneys argue she should be released from jail pending her appeal.

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01 Apr 2019

Interview With Journalist Aaron Maté: On The Collapse Of Russiagate Conspiracy Theory

Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola were joined by journalist Aaron Maté to talk about the end of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Maté, a contributor to The Nation, was one of the few journalists who consistently questioned the Trump-Russia narrative.

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28 Mar 2019

Interview With Journalist Ben Norton: Media Myths Versus Reality In Venezuela

Journalist Ben Norton, who helps run The Grayzone, was in Venezuela for nearly 4 weeks from early February to early March. He talks with us about what he saw on the ground and how what he witnessed compares to what is reported in Western establishment news media.

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Prison Protest

16 Oct 2018

For Wearing Tampon, Virginia Woman Says She’s Barred From Prison Visits

Despite Virginia’s suspension of prison policy targeting visitors wearing feminine hygiene products, one woman says she’s banned indefinitely for wearing tampon.

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Credit: Kempis 'Ghani' Songster
11 Oct 2018

Beyond Prisons — Episode 29: Kempis ‘Ghani’ Songster (Part 2)

Kim Wilson speaks with formerly incarcerated activist Kempis “Ghani” Songster about the black liberation group MOVE in the second part of episode 29.

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Credit: Kempis "Ghani" Songster
04 Oct 2018

Beyond Prisons — Episode 29: Kempis ‘Ghani’ Songster (Part 1)

Kim Wilson interviews formerly incarcerated activist Kempis “Ghani” Songster in part one of Beyond Prisons episode 29.

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Photo by Ashoka Jegroo.
25 Sep 2018

Brooklyn Residents Protest ‘Miniature Rikers’ As City Unveils Plans To Expand Borough Jail

Brooklyn residents let New York City officials and their corporate partners know they oppose new jails as part of plans to shut down Rikers Island.

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Photo by Nick Muscavage.
20 Sep 2018

How Bail Reform Trapped Marijuana Activist NJ Weedman In Jail

The case of NJ Weedman shows how the state’s bail reform act allows for detention without bail and extra time to be added to a trial date.

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Graphic by Amanda Priebe: https://www.amandapriebe.com/movement/
18 Sep 2018

Beyond Prisons — Episode 28: Prison Strike 2018

Recorded in the midst of the strike, the Beyond Prisons team discusses the strike’s progress, the challenges of organizing, and why the press is unprepared to cover it.

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The Bullpen

"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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Photo by Health California on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CampaignForAHealthyCalifornia/photos/a.393244267445755.1073741831.312800772156772/973157642787745/?type=3&theater
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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Screenshot from Mother Jones website.
24 May 2017

Single-Payer Health Care Is Less Expensive—Deal With It

Practically everyone (except Kevin Drum at Mother Jones) believes single-payer would cut health care costs. It’s the heart of the whole debate.

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Screenshot from C-SPAN broadcast of House vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA): https://www.c-span.org/video/?427816-1/gop-health-care-bill-narrowly-clears-house-217213
14 May 2017

Trumpcare Shows Majority Of Politicians Are Willing To Vote Against Health Care Industry

Single-payer opponents claim it’s politically impossible get a majority in Congress to oppose the health care industry, but House GOP just proved them wrong.

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

Road To Single-Payer: Overcoming Hurdles At The State Level

Attempts to convince states to adopt single-payer healthcare face significant hurdles that are both legal and financial.

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THE IDIOCRAT

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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Photo from secret, anonymous source: Jonathan Chait's tear-stained face
10 Feb 2016

The Night The Establishment Pundit Class Died

Anonymous, unnamed, unidentified, and unknown sources have given us the inside scoop on what happened to several establishment pundits last night.

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01 Feb 2016

VIDEO: Trump Around — Donald Trump Unleashes A ‘House of Pain’

“The racists get down / the sexists get down / They get out of their seats and Trump Around!” raps Donald in this parody of the House of Pain classic.

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