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The Dissenter

04 Dec 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘She Showed Me Love’ By Neil Young and Crazy Horse

In an interview for MOJO Magazine, Neil Young said it is a “hell of a time to be alive. I wouldn’t wish what’s gonna happen on my grandchildren, and even my children. I’ll probably be here long enough to see the very beginning of the devastation.” That is, “unless we

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27 Nov 2019

Dissenter Weekly Update: Whistleblower Concerns Over Trump Gutting Asylum, WikiLeaks Publishes OPCW Whistleblower Email

This week’s “Dissenter Weekly Update” episode features a story involving whistleblowers at immigration agencies, who object to how President Donald Trump is gutting the asylum process available to immigrants. According to a United States Senate report, “Whistleblowers reported that in nearly all cases where asylum officers found that asylum seekers

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27 Nov 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Iraq2Chile (Martyrs of Hope)’ By Lowkey Featuring Mai Khalil

The following post was originally published at Ongoing History of Protest Songs. Lowkey is a rapper and activist of English and Iraqi descent, who recently released “Soundtrack to the Struggle 2,” the long-awaited follow-up to his 2011 album, “Soundtrack to the Struggle.” Part of the reason for Lowkey’s eight-year hiatus

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22 Nov 2019

Shadowproof Launches Weekly Show Highlighting Whistleblower Stories, Developments With WikiLeaks

Shadowproof launched a show that will stream weekly on YouTube and cover whistleblowing, WikiLeaks, and related press freedom stories.

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Prison Protest

Image adapted from "Shadows" by kdigga on Flickr
27 Mar 2019

Freelance Journalists: Open Call For Submissions In April

Shadowproof is seeking pitches from journalists or writers for publication in April. We list several subjects we would like to pay journalists to cover.

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These are actual tiny child handcuffs used by the US government to restrain captured Native American children and drag them away from their families to send them to boarding schools where their identities, cultures and their rights to speak their Native languages were forcefully stripped away from them. (Photo: US government)
27 Mar 2019

Mass Incarceration Since 1492: Native American Encounters With Criminal Injustice

Critical accounts of police abuse and mass incarceration overlook structural violence visited upon Native peoples for centuries, and how it relates to and differs from Black peoples’ experiences.

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Credit: Taylar Nuevelle
22 Mar 2019

Beyond Prisons: Taylar Nuevelle On Knitting In Prison

Taylar Nuevelle joins Beyond Prisons to share her love of knitting, the space it created for her while in prison, as well as how it was used to punish her.

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19 Mar 2019

Alabama Prisoners Associated With Anti-Violence Program Put In Solitary, Launch Hunger Strike

Eight Alabama prisoners in solitary confinement have gone on hunger strike. They’re part of Free Alabama Movement and/or linked to anti-violence program that was shut down by Alabama Department of Corrections.

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Kinetik Justice-Amun. Photo by Free Alabama Movement
13 Mar 2019

Alabama Prison Officials Won’t Say Why Prison Strike Leader Is In Solitary Confinement

Alabama prisoner Robert Earl Council, who has faced retaliation for organizing incarcerated workers for years, is in isolation after he was transferred.

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12 Mar 2019

Connecticut Could Be First State To Curb Blanket Discrimination Against People With Criminal Records

Connecticut could become first state in United States to prohibit blanket discrimination against people with criminal records.

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The Bullpen

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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"Healthcare Costs." Photo by Images Money on Flickr.
17 Apr 2017

Road To Single-Payer: Understanding Different Universal Health Care Systems

Unraveling for-profit health care will continue to be difficult if citizens remain uninformed on how different universal systems truly function.

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Healthcare Justice March - October 26, 2013. Photo by United Workers on Flickr.
10 Apr 2017

Road To Single-Payer: How The US Can Achieve Universal Health Care

This is the moment for honest assessment of how U.S. could adopt single-payer, a proven system that would actually deliver affordable universal health care.

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THE IDIOCRAT

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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05 Dec 2015

Film Review: ‘Chi-Raq’ is Timely Piece of Satire That Comes From Place of Love

Few films in recent years have been as polarizing as Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq.” Before it premiered, numerous well-meaning people throughout the United States, especially in Chicago, had already chosen to oppose the film, even though they had not seen it. It is too bad these people did not wait to

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02 Aug 2015

Media Asks, “What Do We Do For Clicks After Jon Stewart?”

For years, news organizations interested in quick and easy traffic have had specially-assigned writers who post about clips from “The Daily Show.” But, as Jon Stewart prepares to leave the show, reporters are facing reassignment and even potential firings as media prepare to lose a cheap source of traffic.

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