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The Poor Get Prison: The Alarming Spread of the Criminalization of Poverty

This report by Karen Dolan and Jodi L. Carr summarizes the “criminalization of poverty,” filling out the true breadth and depth of this national crisis. The key elements examined are: the targeting of poor people with fines and fees for misdemeanors, and the resurgence of debtors’ prisons – the imprisonment of people unable to pay debts Read more

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The Digital CultureSHIFT: Moving from Scale to Power to Achieve Racial Justice

Reposted with permission from 18 Million Rising If you missed the livestream of this discussion, check out the full video here. The following is an edited transcript of the Netroots Nation 2016 keynote plenary “The Digital CultureSHIFT: Moving from Scale to Power to Achieve Racial Justice,” which took place in St. Louis on Friday, July Read more

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The NYPD Wants to Know Your Thoughts on Bodycams (Kind of)

Reposted with permission from WITNESS At WITNESS we are all in on the power of video. After almost 25 years in existence, we’ve come to believe that how and why a video is created is just as important as what it captures. That’s why we’ve watched closely as military and police departments around the world Read more

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The Relentless “Eye”

The Relentless “Eye” – Local Surveillance: Its impact on human rights and its relationship to National and International surveillance A package of statements from some of the grassroots (and national) organizations struggling against local police surveillance abuses, including May First/People Link, MAG-Net, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, Media Alliance, Generation Justice, Media Mobilizing Project, Champaign-Urbana Indymedia Read more

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Prison Boycott in Illinois Targets Costs of Incarceration

This article was originally published on Truth Out, it has been reposted with their permission. During the month of April, at least 100 of those incarcerated at Stateville Correctional Center, about an hour outside of Chicago, Illinois, participated in a boycott of the overpriced phone calls, commissary goods and vending machines. “Mass incarceration is a Read more

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African Americans and Technology Use

This report by Pew Research Center,  is the first in a series of demographic snapshots of technology use and adoption among African Americans in the United States.

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The Freeing of Black Speech and Other 21st Century Rebellions

    Below is the transcript from CMJ Executive Director, Malkia Cyril’s, keynote address at the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. conference in Denver, CO. June 9th, 2016.    Thank you for the invitation to speak with you today.  I am excited to be here because of you; because I know how powerful and how necessary Read more

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Medium, Mozilla, and Kickstarter Signed a Letter Against Zero-Rating

This article was originally published by Motherboard and is republished in its entirety.  A coalition of leading open internet advocates is pressuring federal regulators to crack down on the controversial broadband industry practice of “zero-rating,” calling it a threat to net neutrality, the principle that all content on the internet should be equally accessible. Zero-rating refers Read more

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Telcos, NGOs call for open review of zero-rating plans

This article was originally published by Telecompaper and has ben republished in its entirety. US ISP Cogent Communications said that it sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) together with 37 companies and 21 grassroots NGOs, calling for a free and open internet and for an open, public process around the review of Read more

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Groups to FCC: Block Buffoons; Unlock the Box

This article was originally published by Broadcasting and Cable and has ben republished in its entirety. Free Press, joined by 30-plus diversity groups (ColorOfChange, Center for Media Justice) and independent creators filed a letter with the FCC maintaining that MVPD’s oppose the FCC’s set-top proposal because they want to preserve their #20 billion set-top rental Read more