The Dissenter

08 May 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Fists Of Fury’ By Kamasi Washington

Jazz musician Kamasi Washington reworked the theme for Bruce Lee’s “Fists Of Fury” film into a theme for the movement for black lives. The song appears on Washington’s forthcoming double album, “Heaven and Earth,” as part of the “Earth side” that he says will represent the world as he sees

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April Stephenson. Photo via C-SPAN: https://www.c-span.org/video/?289744-3/oversight-contractor-business-systems-internal-controls
08 May 2018

Official With History Of Whistleblower Retaliation Served On Board That Fired Key U.S. Intelligence Whistleblower Advocate

Key U.S. intelligence whistleblower advocate was fired by ad-hoc board supported by no policy. Board included officials with huge conflict of interest.

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#J20 Inauguration Day protest. Photo: Jake Conroy / RAN
04 May 2018

Members-Only Newsletter Preview: A Tidy Way To Smother Movements

Siobhan O’Leary discusses her recent report on prosecutors invoking the union membership of #J20 defendants to further criminalize their activism

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Anti-fascist and anti-racist activists march outside a conference held by the white supremacist magazine, American Renaissance. (Photo by Aaron Cynic)
03 May 2018

Tennessee Welcomes White Supremacist Conference By Deploying Police To Shield Attendees From Protesters

Dozens of anti-racist and anti-fascist activists gathered in Tennessee to protest a conference held by the white supremacist magazine, American Renaissance.

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Prison Protest

Photo by Devyn Springer
02 Nov 2017

Beyond Prisons — Episode 14: Mental Health And The Community feat. Devyn Springer (Part 1)

Artist, writer, and organizer Devyn Springer talks about his work with mental health response networks in Atlanta.

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Photo via @Milli4Prisoners on Twitter.
30 Oct 2017

Beyond Prisons — Episode 13: The Crisis At McCormick Correctional Institution

Journalist Jared Ware interviewed people incarcerated at McCormick Correctional Institution regarding the ongoing crisis there for a special edition of Beyond Prisons.

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Screen shot of a rejection letter sent to Workers World newspaper from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Photo via Central PA Antifa on Facebook.
03 Oct 2017

Facing Backlash, Pennsylvania Prison Officials Change Reason For Rejecting Newspaper Against White Supremacy

Pennsylvania prison officials claim they rejected an issue of Workers World Newspaper from reaching incarcerated subscribers on the grounds that it contained literal calls to violence in opposition to white supremacy. The department originally blocked the issue because it included “articles that call for people to join the fight against

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24 Sep 2017

Upcoming Execution Of Keith Leroy Tharpe Illustrates Legacy Of Lynching In US

Court filings from juror interviews reveal that one juror voted for Tharpe’s death because he was black.

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15 Sep 2017

Watchdog Finds Attica’s Mental Health Treatment Unit Is Haven For Abuse And Neglect

A new report from Disability Rights New York, the federal watchdog for people with disabilities in the state, found rampant abuse and neglect within the mental health treatment unit at the Attica Correctional Facility. Under state law, people with diagnosed serious mental illness, who face punitive solitary confinement in excess

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Victoria Law. Photo by Jen Cleary.
14 Sep 2017

Beyond Prisons — Episode 12: Incarcerated Women Resist feat. Victoria Law

Victoria Law joins Beyond Prisons to discuss her work with imprisoned women and her book, “Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles Of Incarcerated Women.”

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The Bullpen

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

How Two Constraints Made Obamacare A Political Disaster

To understand how the Affordable Care Act never became popular, we need to understand two artificial constraints imposed by Obama that doomed it.

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"Healthcare Costs." Photo by Images Money on Flickr.
04 Jan 2017

Will Trump Go Along With Paul Ryan’s Plan To Destroy Medicare?

Given President-elect Trump’s commitments and the popularity of Social Security and Medicare, will he go along with Paul Ryan’s plan to destroy the programs?

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Mark Zuckerberg on stage at Facebook's F8 Conference. Photo by Maurizio Pesce (pestoverde) on Flickr.
02 Jan 2017

Facebook Partners With Data Brokers For More Information On Users

People regularly ask how Facebook, with its massive data management costs, can offer its service for free. The answer is simple, the product is you.

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31 Dec 2016

The One Who Never Got Away: Trader Vincent McCrudden’s Relentless Reckoning

In the wreckage of the 2008 financial crisis many Americans looked for someone to blame. The official explanations came in waves. First there was the “these things just happen” story. It was essentially what Wall Street and Corporate America wanted people to believe, which the mainstream media (owned by them)

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29 Dec 2016

Bullpen Roundup for Thursday, December 29, 2016

Daniel Wright runs down some of this week’s overlooked stories on labor, corporate crime, the military industrial complex, and money in politics.

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28 Dec 2016

Economic Recovery Is Mostly A Myth For The 99 Percent

The famous United States stock index known as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (or simply the Dow) flirted with approaching a historic high of 20,000. The index, which shows how the largest 30 companies publicly traded in the U.S. are performing, is considered a key indicator of how well U.S.

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