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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Wall built on the US-Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona. Photo by bobistraveling on Flickr
07 Aug 2018

Appeals Court: No Reason Why US Border Patrol Officer Should Have Shot And Killed Mexican Boy

An Appeals Court ruled a US Border Patrol agent could be sued for violating the Fourth Amendment, when he shot across the border and killed a boy in Mexico.

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Inside the booking area of the Northwest Detention Center in Washington. Photo by Seattle Globalist on Flickr.
06 Aug 2018

Judge Certifies Class Action Lawsuit Against GEO Group’s Forced Immigrant Labor In Washington

In a lawsuit alleging systematic wage theft, thousands of detained immigrants at GEO Group’s Northwest Detention Center were certified as a class by a federal judge.

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06 Aug 2018

Protest Song Of Week: ‘Last Lion Of Albion’ By Neko Case

Albion is the oldest name for Great Britain, and twelve to fourteen thousand years ago, the large lions that resided there became extinct. One common theory is that the extinction was caused by hunting and technological advancements. The other common theory was that it was the result of climate change.

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05 Aug 2018

Interview With Max Blumenthal On Violent Undemocratic Uprising In Nicaragua

Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola welcome journalist Max Blumenthal, the editor of the Grayzone Project and co-host of the podcast, “Moderate Rebels” to “Unauthorized Disclosure.” Blumenthal recently returned from a reporting trip in Nicaragua. Nicaragua has experienced violence over the past months, as opponents of President Daniel Ortega and

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Prison Protest

Crime Analyst Jeff Asher. Photo via Twitter.
11 Dec 2017

Crime Analyst And FiveThirtyEight Commentator Concealed Law Enforcement Employment

Jeff Asher, a New Orleans-based crime analyst who contributes to FiveThirtyEight, has not disclosed his employment with local police.

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06 Dec 2017

FBI Intervenes In Sexual Abuse Investigation At Texas Immigrant Detention Center

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations of detainee sexual abuse by guards at a for-profit immigrant detention center in Texas. At a press conference on December 4, advocates with Grassroots Leadership, an Austin-based immigrant rights organization, announced the FBI had taken over the investigation at the T.

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30 Nov 2017

Cibola Immigration Detention Facility Is Trump Administration’s Model For Isolating Refugees

Christopher, a young Congolese asylum seeker, was detained at the Cibola County Correctional Center, which is a prison in rural New Mexico operated by CoreCivic. He endured health issues, experienced isolation because he doesn’t speak a commonly spoken language, struggled to find a lawyer, and had his asylum application denied

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Dr. Breea Willingham
30 Nov 2017

Beyond Prisons—Episode 17: Prison Workshops feat. Dr. Breea Willingham

Dr. Breea Willingham discusses her prison research, her writing workshops with incarcerated women, and her experiences as someone with family directly impacted by the system.

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Photo from Grassroots Leadership
28 Nov 2017

More Women Allege Sexual Abuse And Retaliation At Private Immigrant Detention Center

More women accused guards of sexual abuse at a for-profit immigrant detention center in Taylor, Texas. “Ana” and “Esmeralda” said they were sexually harassed by a guard for months in the recreation area at T. Don Hutto Residential Center. They spoke out anonymously to avoid retaliation by immigration and detention officials just

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Charlottesville "Unite the Right" Rally. Photo by Anthony Crider on Flickr.
17 Nov 2017

Beyond Prisons — Episode 16: Racial Violence Syllabus feat. Dr. Walter Greason

Dr. Walter Greason joins the podcast to discusses his Racial Violence Syllabus, which attracted worldwide attention following the “Unite the Right” rally.

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The Bullpen

16 Jan 2017

The Revolutionary Socialism Of Martin Luther King Jr.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the establishment (and their media) like to celebrate MLK’s love of imperial America and centrist economic doctrine. The symbol celebrated bares little resemblance to the actual man and his ideas. There is a reason the FBI orchestrated a well-resourced campaign to destroy King that

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President-elect Donald Trump. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
11 Jan 2017

Day After Obama’s Farewell Speech, Trump Gives A Press Conference

President Barack Obama gave his farewell speech and lamented inequality, saying, “For all the real progress we’ve made, we know it’s not enough. Our economy doesn’t work as well or grow as fast when a few prosper at the expense of a growing middle class.” Obama continued, “But stark inequality

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09 Jan 2017

FBI Arrests Volkswagen Executive Involved In Emissions Scandal

The FBI arrested former Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Schmidt was in charge of emissions compliance for Volkswagen and is believed to have participated in a scheme to fake emissions levels to meet U.S. government requirements for pollution. Volkswagen cheated U.S. emission

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"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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