Chelsea Manning waits on a subway platform. Still image from "XY Chelsea" trailer via SHOWTIME.
10 Jun 2019

‘XY Chelsea’ Is Bittersweet Film On Chelsea Manning’s Life After Commutation

“XY Chelsea” explores moments in Chelsea Manning’s life immediately following her release from military prison at Fort Leavenworth.

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra practicing in Millennium Park (Photo: niXerKG on Flickr)
06 May 2019

Billionaires Against Funding Symphony Musicians

Summer is a time for music festivals. Yet, like many workers, musicians increasingly face threats to their wages and pension plans.

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Bernie Sanders speaks on prisoner voting rights at a CNN Town Hall. Screenshot via CNN on Youtube.
27 Apr 2019

The Shameful Moralizing On Prisoner Voting Rights

Bernie Sanders’ 2020 opponents jumped at the opportunity to give a question on prisoner voting rights the answer it demanded in a shameful display of moralizing.

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26 Jan 2019

‘Minding The Gap’: Oscar-Nominated Film About Trauma At Home And Growing Up

“Minding The Gap” is a 2018 feature documentary nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Shadowproof managing editor Kevin Gosztola offers a review. The documentary revolves around three characters, who dealt with trauma in their home during adolescence by turning to skateboarding. It grapples with issues of toxic

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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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South Carolina prisoners abandoned to Hurricane Florence were forced to fill over 35,000 sand bags. Photo via SC Department of Corrections on Twitter.
14 Sep 2018

Member Newsletter: Why South Carolina Abandoned Prisoners During Hurricane Florence

Brian Sonenstein examines decision not to evacuate South Carolina prisoners in path of Hurricane Florence and what it says about how we dehumanize them.

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28 Jul 2018

Member Newsletter Preview: Using Your Spark For Good

“I’m watching Ronald Reagan’s funeral, and the phone rings, and I go hello,” comedian Billy Crystal recalled. “Bill, it’s Ron Reagan.” It was Crystal’s friend, Robin Williams. These kind of phone calls happened often between them. Crystal replied, “So, what a coincidence. I’m watching your funeral.” Williams continued, “I just

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NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner. Photo via StandWithReality.org.
20 Jul 2018

Member Newsletter Preview: What It’s Like To Cover Whistleblower Prosecution Under Trump

As a show of gratitude to members who have helped fund his trips, Kevin Gosztola writes about his experience covering the prosecution of whistleblower Reality Winner.

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13 Jul 2018

Member Newsletter Preview: Roger Waters And Boundaries Of Permissible Thought

Artists should challenge the boundaries of permissible thought. They should transcend orthodoxy or the conventional wisdom of the establishment, and few artists dare to use their voice for peace and human rights like Roger Waters. Waters, best known for his work as a singer, songwriter, and bassist for Pink Floyd,

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12 May 2018

Member Newsletter Preview: The Way Violence Engulfs Us

In this edition of Shadowproof’s weekly member newsletter, we highlight Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay’s film, “You Were Never Really Here,” starring Joaquin Phoenix, which was released in April. Joe (Phoenix), an Afghanistan War veteran, works as a hitman while taking care of his elderly mother. He is offered a job

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