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  • Under Louisiana Bill, Peaceful Protesters Could Face 20 Years in Prison

    By Christine Baniewicz, Truthout | Report

    New Orleans, LA, September 21, 2013, The environmental group 350.org's 'Draw the Line' on Tar Sands and the Keystone XL pipeline protest took the form of a second line parade as it made its way through the french quarter. Under a proposed Louisiana law, peaceful protests against pipeline infrastructural projects bear the possibility of prison sentences as long as 20 years, or fines of up to $10,000. (Photo: Julie Dermansky / Corbis via Getty Images)Under a proposed Louisiana law, peaceful protests like 350.org's "Draw the Line on Tar Sands and the Keystone XL pipeline," in the French Quarter in New Orleans on September 21, 2013, bear the possibility of prison sentences as long as 20 years, or fines of up to $10,000. (Photo: Julie Dermansky / Corbis via Getty Images)

    With House Bill 727, Louisiana has joined a growing number of states that are seeking to criminalize nonviolent civil disobedience actions at "critical infrastructure" sites, which typically include pipelines, refineries and electrical power facilities. Financed by Big Oil, the Louisiana bill makes even discussing a possible trespass action punishable with prison sentences of five years and fines up to $10,000.

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  • How the Working Families Party Intends to Shake Up the 2018 Elections

    How the Working Families Party Intends to Shake Up the 2018 Elections

    By Sarah Jaffe, Truthout | Interview

    There's a new energy in voters and they are more open to big ideas about the kind of change we need, says Joe Dinkin, national communications director of the Working Families Party (WFP). From chasing Paul Ryan out of the race in Wisconsin, to challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to deliver on a progressive budget, WFP is shaking up the 2018 midterms.

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  • Anticipating a Crush: In Prison, Tactical Teams Declare Uneven War

    Anticipating a Crush: In Prison, Tactical Teams Declare Uneven War

    By Phil Hartsfield, Truthout | Op-Ed

    Orange Crush -- or the tact team, as they're called officially -- is the Illinois Department of Correction's most oppressive armed wing. They are bullies dressed in riot gear who kick you when you're down, both figuratively and literally. These are usually big white guys with insecurities, poor communication skills and a power complex that makes for a horrible mix.

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