The Dissenter

13 Jun 2020

Dissenter Weekly: Whistleblower Cops Who Challenged The Blue Wall Of Silence

On this edition of the “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola highlights a few police whistleblower stories. Cariol Horne is a black Buffalo cop, who was fired in 2006 after she attempted to intervene when her white colleague, Gregory Kwiatkowski, put a black man in a chokehold. Kwiatkowski

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10 Jun 2020

Democrats Push Reforms That Will Not Fundamentally Change Policing

Proposals for police reform by Democrats are distressingly similar to prior proposals that have done nothing to fundamentally change policing. In fact, the vast majority of provisions in legislation introduced in Congress were recommended by a task force convened by President Barack Obama five years ago.

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Photo by Fibonacci Blue on Flickr.
04 Jun 2020

Attempts By Officials To Blame ‘Outside Agitators’ For George Floyd Protests Failed

Efforts by officials to blame “outside agitators” for looting, vandalism, and arson during the George Floyd protests flopped.

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Anna Eskamani. Credit: Emily Wray
04 Jun 2020

Many Abortion Clinics May Not Survive COVID-19 Unless Progressives Take Bolder Action

With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing the abortion access debate to a fever pitch, pro-choice advocates are challenging all progressives to do better than placate politicians.

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Prison Protest

17 Oct 2019

Why I Support Closing Rikers Island Without Building New Jails: A Letter From Prisoner Lee Doane

Incarcerated No New Jails NYC member Lee Doane, who has extensive experience with detention in New York City, explains his opposition to the city’s $11 billion investment in new jails.

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17 Oct 2019

Why I Support Closing Rikers Island Without Building New Jails: A Letter From Prisoner Jesus ‘ChinoBlast’ Morales

Incarcerated No New Jails NYC member Jesus Morales, who has experience with multiple New York City jails, explains his opposition to the city’s $11 billion investment in detention.

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17 Oct 2019

Why I Support Closing Rikers Island Without Building New Jails: A Letter From Prisoner Hakim Trent

Incarcerated No New Jails NYC member Hakim Trent, who organized in solidarity with New York activists from Virginia, explains his opposition to the city’s $11 billion investment in jails.

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Sign at the entrance to Rikers Island (satanslaundromat on Flickr)
17 Oct 2019

Why I Support Closing Rikers Island Without Building New Jails: A Letter From Prisoner E. Paris Whitfield

Incarcerated No New Jails NYC member E. Paris Whitfield, who was held pretrial on Rikers Island for three years, explains his opposition to $11 billion investment in new jails.

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16 Oct 2019

Why Rikers Island Must Be Closed Without Building New Jails

On October 16, all eyes are on the New York City Council as it votes on a proposal to build four new skyscraper jails and up to eight jailing satellites that would burn an $11 billion hole through the city’s wallet. The greatest cost of this plan, however, is that it would undoubtedly ensure that our future generations will inherit our system of mass incarceration.

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30 Sep 2019

Trans Behind Bars: Homophobia Persists At Shakopee Prison After End To No-Touch Policy

A homophobic, transphobic culture persists at Minnesota’s Shakopee prison after successful organizing against a no-touch policy and for trans men to receive hormones.

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The Bullpen

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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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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