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Immigrant detention center. Photo by Patrick Feller on Flickr.
20 Aug 2019

With Record Number Of Immigrants In ICE Detention, Class Action Lawsuit Outlines ‘Atrocious Conditions’

A class action lawsuit filed on behalf of 55,000 immigrants alleges ICE is responsible for “atrocious conditions” that amount to torture.

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19 Aug 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ by Jimi Hendrix

It was fifty years ago that Jimi Hendrix performed the United States national anthem during a Monday morning for tens of thousands of people at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. Hendrix was the last act to take the stage. He had top-billing and was supposed to take the stage

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14 Aug 2019

Media Elites Melt Down Over Bernie Sanders’ Critique Of Washington Post

Senator Bernie Sanders clarified his critique of the Washington Post’s coverage of his presidential campaign. “We are taking on corporate America. Large corporations own the media in America, by and large, and I think there is a framework, about how the corporate media focuses on politics.” “That is my concern.

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13 Aug 2019

Protest Songs Of The Week: ‘Mercedes Marxist’ And ‘I Dream Guillotine’ By IDLES

IDLES recently released a seven-inch single featuring two unreleased songs from the album’s session, “Mercedes Marxist,” and the B-side, “I Dream Guillotine.” Even though the band may have felt that they did not fit the mood of their last album, both tracks are hard-hitting, insightful, and well worth a listen.

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Prison Protest

Flyer for No New Jails NYC public forum on December 2.
24 Nov 2018

Beyond Prisons: Jail Free NYC feat. Nabil Hassein

Nabil Hassein joins Beyond Prisons to give an update on the campaign to close Rikers Island and the fight to oppose new jail construction in New York City.

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Reporters' Notebooks. Photo by Joanna Poe on Flickr.
07 Nov 2018

Beyond Prisons — Episode 30: Prison Reporting

Kim and Brian share their best practices for journalists looking to improve their reporting on incarceration and related issues.

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Creative Commons Photo via Ichigo121212 on Pixabay (source: https://pixabay.com/en/prison-prison-cell-jail-crime-553836/)
20 Oct 2018

Member Newsletter: Breaking Through Secrecy That Enables Abuse Of Prisoners

Journalist and editor Brian Sonenstein recently wrote about retaliation for supporting the prison strike and provides further insights into his reporting.

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Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan. Photo via Lucasville Amnesty. Source: http://www.lucasvilleamnesty.org/2016/08/detailed-update-from-imam-siddique.html
18 Oct 2018

Ohio Prisons Uphold Year-Long Communications Ban Against Incarcerated Activist Who Supported National Prison Strike

Ohio prison officials denied an appeal by Imam Hasan against the one-year restriction placed on his phone and email use for supporting the 2018 prison strike.

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18 Oct 2018

Louisiana Court Declares State’s Non-Unanimous Jury Verdict Scheme Unconstitutional, Motivated By Racial Discrimination

District court in Louisiana ruled the state’s non-unanimous jury verdict system is unconstitutional, product of discrimination, and impacts minority jurors.

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16 Oct 2018

For Wearing Tampon, Virginia Woman Says She’s Barred From Prison Visits

Despite Virginia’s suspension of prison policy targeting visitors wearing feminine hygiene products, one woman says she’s banned indefinitely for wearing tampon.

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The Bullpen

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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Photo by Michael Fleshman (fleshmanpix) on Flickr.
26 Jan 2017

Repealing Obamacare: The Push To Eliminate The Individual Mandate

The Trump team has made it clear they are going after the highly unpopular individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

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"Diplomacy in an Era of Disruption" - Conversation with Secretary John Kerry and Tom Friedman on the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photo by U.S. Embassy Bern/ Eric Bridiers on Flickr.
25 Jan 2017

Davos: Panicked IMF Head Calls For Wealth Redistribution To Stop Populism

At this year’s World Economic Forum, political and corporate elites recognized populism was on the rise and that increasingly people rebuked their project.

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23 Jan 2017

Setback For Neoliberalism: Trump Dumps TPP, Will Renegotiate NAFTA

President Donald Trump reportedly signed executive orders that will remove the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and start a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It increases the possibility that the Trump administration will deliver a fatal blow to neoliberal globalization. That such actions came

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