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The Dissenter

Katie Tuten speaks at Lincoln Yards Meeting. Photo by Aaron Cynic.
21 Jan 2019

#ChiMayor19—Episode 2: Megaprojects For The Rich, Crumbs For The People

Listen to the episode of “#ChiMayor19” with journalist Aaron Cynic by clicking the below player:   In conjunction with reporting from journalist Aaron Cynic on the Chicago mayoral election, Shadowproof is producing a limited podcast series, “#ChiMayor19,” featuring Aaron. A new episode will be posted after each of Aaron’s reports

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18 Jan 2019

Laquan McDonald’s Family: Jason Van Dyke’s Sentence Reduces Laquan To ‘Second-Class Citizen’

Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke to six years and eight months in state prison for second-degree murder. He killed a black 17 year-old named Laquan McDonald. It was the first time 

that a Chicago police officer was sentenced to prison for a shooting in

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17 Jan 2019

Trump Administration Backs Slow-Motion Right-Wing Coup In Venezuela

As slow-motion coup by right-wing opposition unfolds in Venezuela against President Maduro, President Donald Trump’s administration backs regime change.

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16 Jan 2019

US Army Documents Reveal Massive Support For ‘Long Road Home’ Miniseries, Possible Fraud At Military’s Entertainment Liaison Office

National Geographic miniseries, “Long Road Home,” received extensive military support. Pentagon bent its rules for assistance, potentially committing fraud.

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Prison Protest

Credit: Sean Damon
07 Aug 2018

Beyond Prisons — Episode 27: Sean Damon

Sean Damon of the Amistad Law Project, a public interest law center focused on the human rights of incarcerated people, joins Episode 27 of Beyond Prisons.

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20 Jul 2018

Beyond Prisons — Episode 26: John Gillespie Jr. (aka swim.)

Poet, musician, and PhD student John Gillespie Jr. (aka swim.) joins Beyond Prisons to discuss his art and scholarship around suicide in the Black community.

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Reverend Kenneth Glasgow at the FICPFM conference in September 2016. Photo by Victoria Nam / Shadowproof
12 Jul 2018

A Pastor Charged With Murder He Did Not Commit: Alabama Targets Reverend Glasgow In Political Prosecution

Reverend Kenneth Glasgow, a formerly incarcerated organizer in Alabama, may be executed or imprisoned for life for a murder he’s not accused of committing.

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15 Jun 2018

Separation Of Immigrant Families Was Part Of Deportation Under Obama—Now Trump Is Expanding The Practice

Family separation and child detention are a basic feature of American deportation proceedings, even if the government isn’t pounding its chest about it.

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13 Jun 2018

Though Trump May Seem More Callous, Obama Had Higher Rate Of Deportation

CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein about a bill she introduced, which would prohibit the federal government from separating immigrant children from their families during arrests at ports of entry or within 100 miles of the border of the United States. As he asked his question, Tapper brought

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Photo via the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons
07 Jun 2018

Beyond Prisons — Episode 25: Fight Toxic Prisons

Panagioti Tsolkas, an organizer with the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons, discusses the intersections between the criminal legal system and the environment.

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The Bullpen

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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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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"Obama at Healthcare rally at UMD." Photo by Daniel Borman (dborman2) on Flickr.
24 Apr 2017

Road To Single-Payer: Fighting For Universal Health Care At The Federal Level

In Part 3 of Jon Walker’s series, he examines various hurdles at the federal level that Americans must overcome to achieve a universal health care system.

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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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