The Dissenter

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11 Nov 2015

Dissenting Against Another Unjust Retrial Of Albert Woodfox By State Of Louisiana

Although a court just ruled that Albert Woodfox could be retried, Judge James L. Dennis objected to the years of torture the state has put Woodfox through.

Chelsea Manning's prison mugshot from week she began hormone therapy (via Chelsea Manning Support Network)
10 Nov 2015

Letter From Leavenworth: Chelsea Manning Discusses ‘Personal And Emotionally Tough Letters’ From Trans People

In a second letter from Chelsea Manning, she reflects on being put on 21-day recreation restriction and what it is like to read letters from trans people.

Elevate Festival in Graz, Austria. Chelsea Manning tweets projected. (Photo by murdelta)
09 Nov 2015

Protest Song of the Week: ‘s​/​as boy​/​as a boy’ by Ted Hearne

In the past week Representative Peter King and “60 Minutes” have compared U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning to Aaron Alexis, the Washington Navy Yard shooter who killed twelve people, and presented Manning as a disloyal American. This makes Ted Hearne’s composition inspired by Chelsea Manning exceptionally relevant to the moment.

United States Court House, which houses U.S. District Court for District of Columbia. Located at 333 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. (Via Wikimeadia Commons)
09 Nov 2015

Judge Blocks NSA From Collecting Data on Law Firm Under Phone Records Surveillance Program

A federal judge blocked the NSA from collecting data on a law firm under the agency’s phone records surveillance program.


Prison Protest

The exterior of Advanced Correctional Health headquarters in Peoria, IL. (Screenshot of Google Maps)
07 Oct 2015

Tennessee County Seeks New Jail Medical Contract After Inmate Deaths

About one month after two inmates died in one week at the Henderson County Jail in Tennessee, the county issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) [PDF] for a new jail medical contract. Henderson County Jail had a contract with Advanced Correctional Healthcare (ACH) at the time of the deaths—a company which has

CPD officer and Cortland City Schools Resource Officer, Rob Reyngoudt (via Philip LaConte on Flickr)
06 Oct 2015

School Officers’ Pepper Spray Policy Declared Unconstitutional In Alabama

High school public safety officers employed by the Birmingham Police Department (BPD) in Alabama violated the constitutional rights of students by using pepper spray against them “unnecessarily” and then failing to adequately decontaminate the children, according to a decision by US District Court Judge Abdul K. Kallon. The ruling in the class action lawsuit brought by eight Birmingham City School

File: A statue of "blind justice" holds a pair of scales, on the exterior of the Albert V Bryan Federal District Courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia.
05 Oct 2015

Long-Awaited Criminal Justice Reform Introduced In Senate

A bipartisan criminal justice reform bill introduced in the Senate last week includes changes to mandatory minimum sentences for low level drug offenses.

The exterior of St. Louis' Buzz Westfall Justice Center, which includes the county jail. (Screenshot: Google Streetview)
01 Oct 2015

St. Louis Considers Privatizing Jail Medical Care

With St. Louis jails disproportionately filled with blacks and other populations underserved by health care, the move could prove disastrous for inmates.


The Bullpen

The exterior of AIG headquarters in New York City. (Wikimedia Commons / AIG Corporate)
03 Nov 2015

Too Big To Fail AIG Refuses To Break Up

AIG executives are refusing to consider a plan created by shareholder activist Carl Icahn to break up the massive “Too Big To Fail” corporation.

Wall Street and the Supreme Court (Composit image via Dave Center and OZinOH on Flickr)
02 Nov 2015

Corporate Coup: Arbitration Clauses Deny Justice To Consumers

Consumers have been effectively prevented from seeking justice through class action lawsuits in many instances thanks to arbitration clauses in contracts.

A collection of dirty coins seen inside the bottom of a piggy bank. (Flickr / JJ)
30 Oct 2015

100 CEO Retirement Accounts Equal To Savings Of 50M Families

A new report calculates that the retirement assets of just 100 CEOs add up to as much as the entire retirement account savings of 41% of American families.

Elizabeth Warren speaks at an IBEW union gathering in Massachusetts in this March 21, 2012 photograph. (Flickr / Edward Kimmel)
29 Oct 2015

Investigation By Elizabeth Warren Reveals Life Insurance Kickback Scheme

Elizabeth Warren revealed a massive life insurance kickback scheme where agents encourage customers to buy substandard coverage in return for personal gain.


The Next Cold War