The Dissenter

17 Aug 2020

Bipartisan Group Of Elites Freak Out As Trump Says He’s Considering A Pardon For Snowden

The bipartisan freakout over the mere possibility that President Donald Trump might pardon Edward Snowden is a reflection of the deep-seated prejudice that exists against the National Security Agency whistleblower. Prejudice formed among elites immediately after Snowden revealed he was behind disclosures that exposed the United States’ global mass surveillance

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14 Aug 2020

Dissenter Weekly: Vindicating The Rights Of Federal Whistleblowers

On this edition of the “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola highlights a couple examples of federal whistleblower legislation introduced recently in Congress. 

Whistleblower advocacy groups have fought for more than a decade for access to the courts and jury trials. Yet, in 2012, when there was an opportunity to expand federal whistleblower protections, President Barack Obama and Congress balked at giving federal whistleblowers the same ability to challenge retaliation that whistleblowers in the private sector have. 

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12 Aug 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Lockdown’ (Remix) By Anderson .Paak (Ft. JID, Noname & Jay Rock)

Anderson .Paak composed the tune based on his own experience attending Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others at the hand of police officers. He created a sad reminder that despite any progress there is still a long way to go for justice.

The recently released remixed version features additional poignant verses from JID, Noname, and Jay Rock.

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10 Aug 2020

Bills In Congress Would Grant Federal Whistleblowers Access To Courts

Legislation introduced in Congress would fill multiple gaps in federal whistleblower protections and grant access to courts and jury trials for review of their cases.

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Prison Protest

Cook County Jail (via Shadowproof)
07 Apr 2020

Detainees Sue As Cook County Jail Becomes One Of Biggest COVID-19 Clusters In United States

Cook County Jail detainees file a class action lawsuit alleging officials “failed in [their] constitutional responsibility” to “provide reasonable protection” against COVID-19.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Source: https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/sites/chi-step-summit/STEP%20Summit%20Recap%20Report%20Final.pdf
24 Mar 2020

Chicago Mayor Pressures Judge To Release Fewer Detainees As Coronavirus Spreads In Cook County Jail

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot and other mayors pressured a judge to be more discriminatory when deciding which detainees to release as coronavirus spreads.

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24 Mar 2020

Beyond Prisons: Supporting Prisoners During COVID19

Hosts Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein walk through our guide on how to support incarcerated people and their loved ones during the Coronavirus Crisis.

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Creative Commons Photo via Ichigo121212 on Pixabay (source: https://pixabay.com/en/prison-prison-cell-jail-crime-553836/)
13 Mar 2020

Release People From Jail To Prevent A Coronavirus Catastrophe Behind Bars

The coronavirus poses a grave risk to people incarcerated in jails, prisons, and detention centers across the United States.

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Amani Sawari.
10 Mar 2020

Beyond Prisons: Amani Sawari On Right2Vote Campaign For Justice-Involved People

Right2Vote’s Amani Sawari discusses her work to extend voting rights to all justice-involved people inspired by the 2018 prison strike demands.

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Michelle Jones
21 Feb 2020

Beyond Prisons: Epistemic Violence feat. Michelle Jones

Artist, activist, and historian Michelle Jones joins the Beyond Prison podcast to discuss re-entry and her scholarship at New York University.

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The Bullpen

04 Apr 2018

Disney Withholds Bonuses As Union Workers Protest Poverty Wages

Hundreds of Disney World workers marched on March 23 after the company withheld bonuses from 41,000 union employees in Florida and California.

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Photo by www.ccPixs.com via Flickr.
28 Feb 2018

Why Single-Payer Advocates Shouldn’t Obsess Over How To Pay For Universal Health Care

Single-payer advocates from center to left are obsessed with figuring out how to fully pay for universal health care. Here’s why that’s bad politics and bad policy.

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Photo by Rosmarie Voegtli on Flickr
23 Feb 2018

The Pros And Cons Of ‘Medicare Extra For All’ Plan From Center For American Progress

Jon Walker looks at the pros and cons of the ‘Medicare Extra For All’ health care plan published by the Center for American Progress.

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22 Feb 2018

‘Medicare Extra For All’ Proposal Represents Tectonic Shift Among Democrats

A tectonic shift occurred in the Democratic Party. The Center for American Progress, the powerful center-left establishment organization which sees itself as the Democratic White House in exile, released their new “Medicare Extra for All” plan. In many ways, it is nearly identical to the Medical Insurance and Care for

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07 Feb 2018

If America’s Largest Companies Can’t Shop For Better Health Insurance, No One Can

Last week, to great fanfare, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase announced they will work on a new health care program for their employees “free from profit-making incentives and constraints.” The response to this announcement unintentionally produced some remarkably insightful conversation about American health care reform. What exactly this new

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Young Americans for Liberty supporter wearing "Taxation Is Theft" hat. Photo by Gage Skidmore on Flickr.
09 Jan 2018

All Taxation Is Theft: Four Words To Understand The Republican Party

Besides the minimum taxes necessary to pay for national defense and basic law enforcement, the Republican Party treats all taxation as theft.

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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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