WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - August 25
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Kevin Gosztola, who was in Augusta, Georgia, to cover former NSA contractor Reality Winner's sentencing for an unauthorized disclosure, interviewed Titus Nichols, who was part of Winner's defense team.
A national prison strike was launched on August 21. Brian Sonenstein interviewed a representative from Jailhouse Lawyers Speak on the demands of organizers and mobilizing resistance in prison.
In Case Against Indigenous #NoDAPL Activist Chase Iron Eyes, Judge Accepts Plea Deal That Drops Most Serious Charges
Michael Sainato contributed this report on indigenous activist Chase Iron Eyes, who faced charges after participating in a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. He could have gone to prison and lost his license to practice law.
This is how the government "softens" or pressures a whistleblower guilty of committing an unauthorized disclosure into taking a plea deal with prison time instead of going to trial.
Kevin Gosztola's report from the federal courthouse in Augusta, Georgia.
Brian Sonenstein reports on how prison officials at the Ohio State Penitentiary cracked down on known prisoners' rights activists ahead of a national prison strike.
Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola interviewed Sarah Smith, a Democratic Party candidate for Congress in Washington's 9th congressional district. She is running against an incumbent Democrat and is a democratic socialist. (Both links contain full transcripts of the conversation.)
Protest Song Of The Week
C.J. Baker features this song by rapper Bobby Sessions, which shows solidarity with athletes like Colin Kaepernick who take a knee during the national anthem. The tune highlights several experiences of black Americans, from police brutality to mass incarceration.
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