Category Archives: Social Justice

California Ships Prisoners Out of State to “Reduce” Its Prison Population

By Victoria Law Danielle Rigney’s son was arrested and sentenced to six years in prison when he was 19. He spent two years imprisoned in California. Each weekend, family members or friends drove four hours to visit him. “He got … Continue reading




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The Other Police State — The Private Intel Industry Grows

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By David Rosen On November 20th, the Center for Corporate Policy, a Washington, DC, good-government group, issued a revealing study, “Spooky Business: A New Report on Corporate Espionage Against Non-profits.”  Written by Gary Ruskin, it confirms one’s worst suspicions about … Continue reading




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Blaming the Victims: Media Bias Against Struggling Millennials

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By Michael Corcoran It has become a common refrain in the mainstream media: The economic problems that young people face are the product of generational laziness and a sense of entitlement. People between the ages of 16 and 24 have … Continue reading




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Henry Giroux on the “School to Prison Pipeline”

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Interview with Bill Moyers Education expert Henry Giroux tells Bill public schools are suffering from an overemphasis on academic testing as teachers are stripped of their powers, in schools with disciplinary systems that resemble prisons. “The discipline, particularly in these urban … Continue reading




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Feeding the Flame of Revolt

By Chris Hedges NEW YORK—I was in federal court here Friday for the sentencing of Jeremy Hammond to 10 years in prison for hacking into the computers of a private security firm that works on behalf of the government, including the Department … Continue reading




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Shooting Ourselves: Mass Killings, Austerity, and the Breakdown of American Society

Alice Chen, right, and Alizza Manzoeillo participated in a candlelight vigil outside the White House for victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. (Photo: Common Dreams File)

By Jacob Swenson and Jamie Merchant  Sandy Hook. Columbine. Aurora. Tucson. Fort Hood. These names ring out in popular memory as the sites of seemingly random, horrific atrocities. Mass violence and how we can address it has become a hot-button … Continue reading




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The Revolutionaries in our Midst

"Free Jeremy Hammond" gathering in New York City, July 23, 2012. (Photo: pameladrew212 / Flickr)

By Chris Hedges New York – Jeremy Hammond sat in New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center last week in a small room reserved for visits from attorneys. He was wearing an oversized prison jumpsuit. The brown hair of the lanky 6-footer … Continue reading




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Our Invisible Revolution

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by Chris Hedges “Did you ever ask yourself how it happens that government and capitalism continue to exist in spite of all the evil and trouble they are causing in the world?” the anarchist Alexander Berkman wrote in his essay “The Idea … Continue reading




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Exploring Misogyny in the Amanda Todd Case: How Prevention Education Can Better Address Sexual Assault

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By Kiera Obbard On October 10, 2012 in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, 15-year-old Amanda Todd committed suicide following years of blackmail, sexual harassment, and bullying. Weeks earlier, Todd had posted a heart-wrenching video to YouTube that outlined on handwritten cue … Continue reading




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The Arts in Hamilton: The Good the Bad and the Way Forward

How do you feel when you see Art is the New Steel? Hamilton, Ontario is gaining a reputation for the arts – but where does this identity leave the Steel City rhetoric of days gone by? Some say that “Art … Continue reading




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