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The Dissenter

29 Nov 2018

Review: Documentary Connects Revolutionary Feminist Struggles In The Middle East

In August 2014, the women of the “Women’s Protection Units” (YPJ) captured the attention of the world when they helped rescue 50,000 people from a massacre by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Sinjar Mountains of northern Iraq. The “Sinjar massacre,” as it has come to

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28 Nov 2018

Why U.S. Senate Vote To Advance Resolution To End Military Involvement In Saudi War In Yemen Is Remarkable

The United States Senate took a significant step in withdrawing U.S. military support for the Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen and advanced debate on a war powers resolution by a vote of 63-37. The vote discharged the resolution on withdrawing U.S. military support from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which

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27 Nov 2018

Risk Of Death From ‘Extremely Poor’ Illinois Prison Medical Care Has Worsened

Medical care in Illinois prisons remains “extremely poor” and conditions leading to preventable deaths have worsened since experts first assessed health program.

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26 Nov 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Thin Blue Border’

There are at least six million Syrian refugees who have fled the war-torn country since 2011. Millions are in countries, where they fled, waiting in camps for a chance to sail to freedom. They yearn for an opportunity to rebuild their lives in Europe, even as the rise of virulent

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Prison Protest

Logo for the Abolitionist Law Center (www.abolitionistlawcenter.org)
10 May 2018

Beyond Prisons — Episode 24: Bret Grote of Abolitionist Law Center

Bret Grote of the Abolitionist Law Center talks about his organization’s work and an abolitionist approach to practicing law.

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Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina. Photo via Google Maps.
03 May 2018

Interview: South Carolina Prisoners Challenge Narrative Around Violence At Lee Correctional Institution

Jared Ware interviews three South Carolina prisoners about violence, gangs, rehabilitation, and more following a deadly incident at Lee Correctional Institution.

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Photo by drust on Flickr.
25 Apr 2018

Lucasville Uprising Survivors On Hunger Strike After Ohio Prison Officials Restrict Communications

Incarcerated survivors of the 1993 Lucasville Uprising are on hunger strike, demanding to know why Ohio officials restricted their phone and email access for nearly five days during the 25-year anniversary of the rebellion. Prison officials said the restrictions, which impacted at least five survivors, would be lifted by the

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Tenacious zine. Photo by Victoria Law.
05 Apr 2018

Beyond Prisons—Episode 23: Prison Publications feat. Victoria Law

Victoria Law talks about prison publications and Tenacious, the zine she’s organized for nearly 16 years featuring the work of incarcerated women from around the country.

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Artwork and Photography by Kim Wilson (kimwilsonart.com)
21 Mar 2018

Beyond Prisons—Episode 22: Pen Pals

In a special two-part episode of Beyond Prisons, we discuss communicating with incarcerated people and interview pen pal and activist Ciara Kay.

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Photo By Tony Webster from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States (Michael Freeman, Hennepin County Attorney) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
20 Mar 2018

Three Of America’s Worst Democratic Prosecutors Are Running Unopposed In 2018 Election

Three of America’s worst local head prosecutors are running unopposed in the next election as of March 2018, and all three are Democrats.

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The Bullpen

"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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Photo by North Charlestone (northcharleston) on Flickr
27 Mar 2017

Obamacare Is A Failure, But It Will Only ‘Explode’ If Trump Sabotages It

The American Health Care Act has gone down in a blaze of glory. It is time to focus on what President Donald Trump has long said would be his plan B.

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Photo by Ted Eytan (taedc) on Flickr.
22 Mar 2017

At This Rate, We’ll All Be Dead Before Our Country Truly Fixes Health Care

Americans can’t endure endless tinkering with private health insurance. We must change the conversation on health care once and for all.

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Paul Ryan. Photo by Gage Skidmore on Flickr.
08 Mar 2017

Ryancare Is Just A Shittier Version Of Obamacare

Selling Obamacare was almost impossible for Democrats; selling just a shittier version of Obamacare should be even more difficult for Republicans.

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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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THE IDIOCRAT

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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