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The Criminalization of the Hunger Strike

By Rob Bryan, Truthout | News Analysis

Officials portray hunger strikes as crimes rather than as protests of last resort, but Guantánamo detainees, Palestinian political prisoners and Chicagoans challenging the closure of a local school see hunger strikes as the best way to challenge the status quo.

 Robert Luca, an inmate at Pelican Bay State Prison who was a gang member, looking out the grates of his cell, near Crescent City, Calif., Feb. 10, 2012.  (Jim Wilson/The New York Times) Robert Luca, an inmate at Pelican Bay State Prison who was a gang member, looking out the grates of his cell, near Crescent City, Calif., Feb. 10, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Under a historic settlement reached this week, California prisoners who have spent 10 or more years in solitary confinement, and many of whom have participated in mass hunger strikes protesting prison conditions, will be able to interact with others in person for the first time in years.

Thomas Edison Was Right About Solar Power

By The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program | Op-Ed

Unequal Access to Local News Undermines Democracy

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 00:00 By Peter Montague, Speakout | News Analysis

A new report on community access to local news in New Jersey has revealed one more way democracy is being undermined by economic inequality: Judging by access to critical local news and information, poor communities are "dramatically under-served" compared to wealthier ones, the report concludes.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has described "critical information" that community residents must have for democracy to work - and this study reveals how low income communities and communities of color are being shut out. 

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The Criminalization of the Hunger Strike

By Rob Bryan, Truthout | News Analysis

Officials portray hunger strikes as crimes rather than as protests of last resort, but Guantánamo detainees, Palestinian political prisoners and Chicagoans challenging the closure of a local school see hunger strikes as the best way to challenge the status quo.

 Robert Luca, an inmate at Pelican Bay State Prison who was a gang member, looking out the grates of his cell, near Crescent City, Calif., Feb. 10, 2012.  (Jim Wilson/The New York Times) Robert Luca, an inmate at Pelican Bay State Prison who was a gang member, looking out the grates of his cell, near Crescent City, Calif., Feb. 10, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Under a historic settlement reached this week, California prisoners who have spent 10 or more years in solitary confinement, and many of whom have participated in mass hunger strikes protesting prison conditions, will be able to interact with others in person for the first time in years.

Thomas Edison Was Right About Solar Power

By The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program | Op-Ed

Unequal Access to Local News Undermines Democracy

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 00:00 By Peter Montague, Speakout | News Analysis

A new report on community access to local news in New Jersey has revealed one more way democracy is being undermined by economic inequality: Judging by access to critical local news and information, poor communities are "dramatically under-served" compared to wealthier ones, the report concludes.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has described "critical information" that community residents must have for democracy to work - and this study reveals how low income communities and communities of color are being shut out. 

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  • Author 46908
  • Label News Analysis
  • Related Content 26968,29292,31882
  • Disclaimer Copyright, Truthout. May not be reprinted without permission.
  • FB description A new report on community access to local news in New Jersey has revealed one more way democracy is undermined by economic inequality.