Dakota Pipeline Construction Halted Amid Ongoing ‘Defiance of Black Snake’

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Deirdre Fulton, staff writerConstruction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline has been temporarily halted as protests against the $3.8 billion, 1,172-mile project continued this week at the North Dakota state capitol building as well as at a “sp…

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Private Prisons May Be Phased Out, But Industry Leaves Trail of Bodies from Medical Neglect & Abuses

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News that the Department of Justice will phase out 13 private prisons sent stocks plummeting on Thursday for for the companies that operate them: Corrections Corporation of America, The GEO Group and Management and Training Corporation. We look at the companies’ track record with Shane Bauer, whose 18-month investigation of a CCA prison for Mother Jones recently took up its entire issue. Titled “My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard,” it chronicles his time as an undercover correctional officer at Louisiana’s Winn Correctional Center. His most recent article is titled “This Prisoner Hanged Himself at the Private Prison Where I Worked. His Family Says He Didn’t Have to Die.” We are also joined by reporter Seth Freed Wessler, who investigated several CCA prisons for the federal government that are now set to close.

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“It’s a Bittersweet Time”: Some Sanders Backers Stay Inside DNC, Now Plan to Support Hillary Clinton

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As Hillary Clinton secured the party’s presidential nomination Tuesday night, Democracy Now! was on the floor of the convention speaking to delegates and political leaders from around the country who formerly backed Bernie Sanders and now plan to support Clinton, including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, and Jesús “Chuy” García, former Chicago mayoral candidate. “This is really not necessarily about the individual,” says Carol Ammons, an Illinois state representative who introduced Sanders when he spoke in her district. “It is truly about the ideas.”

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The Lopsided Political Dialogue With the Working Class

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Tamara Draut

Thursday night, Trump spent considerable air time speaking (more like yelling) about how America’s steel and coal workers have been ignored and sold-out for decades by both political parties. He promised to bring back those long-disappearing jobs and to put their needs front and center in his administration. As the daughter of a steel worker, I admit it was nice to finally hear someone talk about how the old industrial working class was robbed of their dignity and livelihood, with little regard for the devastation left behind.

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Black Activists Occupy Police Union Offices in NYC & DC, Demand End to Protection for Brutal Cops

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Activists in several cities are attempting to shut down the offices of two major police unions: the Fraternal Order of Police and the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. In Washington, D.C., activists with Black Youth Project 100 and Black Lives Matter have locked themselves to the steps of the Fraternal Order of Police with chains. In New York City, activists with Million Hoodies and BYP 100 have locked themselves to each other using PVC pipes at the entrance to the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. The activists are demanding police officers stop paying dues to the private unions, which they accuse of defending officers accused of brutality. We go to Washington, D.C., for a live update from the scene with Samantha Master, member of BYP 100.

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