Fund Our Coverage Of Officer Jason Van Dyke's Trial

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with several crimes, including first-degree murder and aggravated battery, for killing a black teenager named Laquan McDonald in 2014.

Van Dyke, a white officer, finally goes on trial this week, and Shadowproof is sending journalist Brandon Smith to court to cover it. Smith forced the city to release video of the shooting and we would like to raise $1400 to fund his reporting.

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The Dissenter

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis. Credit: DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
14 Aug 2018

What’s In The John McCain Endless War Spending Bill That Trump Signed

The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act gives billions more to military contractors, who give generously to the elected officials who voted for it.

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13 Aug 2018

Unauthorized Disclosure—Episode 26: Israel, Saudi Arabia, Assassination Attempt Against Maduro

Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola discuss the latest bloodshed caused by Israeli military forces and the Saudi Arabia-led coalition backed by the United States, which continues to wage war on Yemen. They wonder if there’s some kind of competition. The episode highlights the assassination attempt against Venezuela President Nicolas

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10 Aug 2018

DNC Passes Resolution That Welcomes Donations From Fossil Fuel Employer PACs

The Democratic National Committee’s executive committee passed a resolution introduced by DNC chair Tom Perez, which encourages donations from employee political action committees in the fossil fuel industry. Perez introduced the resolution to show that the Democrats are committed to supporting workers and unions that “power the American economy.” But

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09 Aug 2018

Why Media Pundits Are Wrong To Suggest Voters Rejected Socialism In Recent Primaries

Several pundits in the media fully adopted the narrative that the results of Democratic Party primaries on August 7 show democratic socialism was soundly rejected. The outcome proves candidates with socialist politics cannot win in “heartland” districts, particularly in middle America. Right-wing media, such as The Daily Caller, Townhall, American

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Prison Protest

Photo from Grassroots Leadership
17 Jan 2018

Immigrant Woman Attempts Suicide At Detention Center After Facing Punishment For Avoiding Guard Who Sexually Abused Her

A twenty-three year-old immigrant woman from El Salvador attempted suicide at a private immigration detention center in Texas after learning she may face punishment for avoiding a guard who sexually abused her and still works at the facility. Laura Monterrosa ingested “51 pain pills that were left in her possession by

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11 Jan 2018

Movement Against Prison Slavery Ramps Up With Operation PUSH In Florida

Organizers, including one incarcerated individual, outline plans for Operation PUSH, which will involve refusing to work in multiple prisons in Florida.

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Mariame Kaba
05 Jan 2018

Beyond Prisons—Episode 19: Hope Is A Discipline feat. Mariame Kaba

Mariame Kaba discusses youth detention and Bresha Meadows, surviving abuse, prison abolition, and what books are on her reading shelf.

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15 Dec 2017

Justice Department Has No Idea If Their Alternatives To Incarceration Work

The Justice Department is not evaluating the performance of pretrial diversion programs, residential re-entry centers, and home confinement, according to congressional testimony from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Under President Barack Obama administration, the Justice Department sought to reduce booming federal prison populations by providing alternatives to incarceration for people

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14 Dec 2017

Widespread Detainee Abuse At ICE Prisons Confirmed By Inspector General Report

The inspector general for the Homeland Security Department conducted unannounced inspections of six immigrant detention facilities overseen by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It uncovered glaring examples of detainee abuse and mistreatment at four of the facilities. Inspections were conducted in response to complaints from immigrant rights groups, as well

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12 Dec 2017

Beyond Prisons—Episode 18: The End Of Policing feat. Alex Vitale

Professor Alex S. Vitale discusses his book, “The End Of Policing,” which provides a historical analysis of law enforcement and police reform, and argues for alternatives.

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The Bullpen

Health care for all. Photo by wayne marshall (wayneandwax)
22 Feb 2017

It’s Perfectly Fine If Rich Benefit From Universal Social Programs

Calling for laws that would make everyone entitled to the same government assistance to afford health insurance and education is a good thing.

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Photo by Michael Fleshman (fleshmanpix) on Flickr.
26 Jan 2017

Repealing Obamacare: The Push To Eliminate The Individual Mandate

The Trump team has made it clear they are going after the highly unpopular individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

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"Diplomacy in an Era of Disruption" - Conversation with Secretary John Kerry and Tom Friedman on the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photo by U.S. Embassy Bern/ Eric Bridiers on Flickr.
25 Jan 2017

Davos: Panicked IMF Head Calls For Wealth Redistribution To Stop Populism

At this year’s World Economic Forum, political and corporate elites recognized populism was on the rise and that increasingly people rebuked their project.

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23 Jan 2017

Setback For Neoliberalism: Trump Dumps TPP, Will Renegotiate NAFTA

President Donald Trump reportedly signed executive orders that will remove the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and start a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It increases the possibility that the Trump administration will deliver a fatal blow to neoliberal globalization. That such actions came

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18 Jan 2017

Report: Eight Men Own As Much Wealth As Poorest Half Of The World

A report from Oxfam International shows eight men own as much wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion people in the world. Oxfam says new data from India and China suggests previous estimates of global wealth concentration credited the poorest half of the world with too much wealth. The report is

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16 Jan 2017

Trump’s Chief Of Staff Promises To Keep Entitlements But Obamacare Plan Unknown

President-elect Donald Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus says there are no plans to cut Social Security or Medicare. This was Trump’s position throughout the Republican primaries and general election. But Priebus was less blunt on whether the expansion of Medicaid brought by the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) would

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