The Dissenter

10 Feb 2022

UK Official Secrets Act Proposals Take Cues From US Espionage Act Cases

Proposals could expand imprisonment for whistleblowers and journalists from two years to as high as 14 years in prison.

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09 Feb 2022

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Down In Virginia’ By Grace Victoria

Composed around the time that George Floyd was murdered by police in 2020, “Down In Virginia” is an exploration of the racism and violence faced by Black people on a constant basis.

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02 Feb 2022

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘The Overload’ By Yard Act

We all feel the malaise of what has become normal, whether it is life under a global pandemic and/or the expansion of austerity measures that impact everyone. “The Overload,” Yard Act’s single from their debut album, is an anthem for those struggling to keep their head above water. Yard Act

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26 Jan 2022

CIA Funded Experiments On Danish Orphans For Decades

Did the CIA conduct experiments on Danish orphans to perfect torture techniques?

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26 Jan 2022

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Landlord Of The Gentriflies’ By Calm. (Featuring Lee Reed and Buddha)

Calm is a hip-hop duo featuring rapper Time and producer Awareness. Time has also done engineering work for Common and is a journalist who has worked with Noam Chomsky.

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24 Jan 2022

British High Court Opens Door For Assange To Appeal To Supreme Court

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prevailed in his effort to obtain certification from the British High Court of Justice, which would allow him to appeal their prior decision to the Supreme Court.

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Prison Protest

Credit: Dylan RodrĂ­guez
05 Aug 2020

Beyond Prisons: Dylan RodrĂ­guez, Part II: Police Accountability Is Casualty Management

This is the second part of Beyond Prisons’ two-part conversation with professor, author, and abolitionist scholar Dr. Dylan RodrĂ­guez.

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Credit: Dylan RodrĂ­guez
30 Jul 2020

Beyond Prisons: Abolition Is Our Obligation feat. Dylan RodrĂ­guez

Professor, author, and abolitionist scholar Dr. Dylan Rodríguez joins Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein on an episode of the Beyond Prisons podcast. 

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Photo by Black & Pink on Facebook (Source: https://www.facebook.com/167172647960/photos/10157853858817961/)
29 Jul 2020

For Black & Pink Organizers, Decarceration Must Grapple With Constant Violence Against LGBTQ+ People

Adam Mahoney profiles leadership of Black & Pink, a national abolitionist organization dismantling the carceral system and the harms caused to LGBTQ+ people.

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Plants grow on a burned out police car. Illustration by Dan Nott on Instagram (Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBV0i3kD8bl/)
27 Jul 2020

How Transformative Justice Responds To Violence Without The Carceral System

Abolitionists have confronted violence through Transformative Justice, which models different skills and principles for approaching harm and violence.

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23 Jul 2020

California Initiative Moves Away From Relying On Police To Address Mental Health Crises

Mental Health First is a community-centered initiative to eliminate the need for police as first responders to mental health crises.

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The Police Enter (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)
15 Jul 2020

Community Organizers Address Sexual Violence Without The Criminal Justice System

Nicole Froio examines how some prison abolitionists are approaching gendered harm without the involvement of the criminal justice system.

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The Bullpen

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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01 Dec 2017

History Suggests Democrats Unlikely To Repeal Unpopular Tax Bill If It Passes

Senate Republicans are in a rush to pass a very unpopular tax bill that would dramatically cut taxes for the rich and corporations. There are many reasons why they want to pass this unpopular bill. It is what their donors want. Tax cuts are an article of faith among the

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President Trump delivers a statement on Syria. (Screenshot from White House video)
18 Oct 2017

Trump Is Taking Advantage Of The Fact That Obamacare Was Made To Be Broken

Trump is trying to remove as many Jenga blocks from Obamacare, as he legally can. The problem is that Obamacare is made of Jenga blocks in the first place.

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