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Ukrainian War Song: Lviv activists coming up with unique musical project – Video!

Songs written by soldiers fighting on the frontline in eastern Ukraine SEP 7, 2016 – From Ukraine Today: “The social art project War Songs (in Ukrainian #ПісніВійни) is a large-scale public initiative, which aims to find and professionally record songs created by Ukrainian soldiers who have fought and are still fighting on the frontline in the Donbas…

ADELANTO, CA - NOVEMBER 15: A guard escorts an immigrant detainee from his 'segregation cell' back into the general population at the Adelanto Detention Facility on November 15, 2013 in Adelanto, California. Most detainees in segregation cells are sent there for fighting with other immigrants, according to guards. The facility, the largest and newest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), detention center in California, houses an average of 1,100 immigrants in custody pending a decision in their immigration cases or awaiting deportation. The average stay for a detainee is 29 days. The facility is managed by the private GEO Group. ICE detains an average of 33,000 undocumented immigrants in more than 400 facilities nationwide. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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This quote from America’s largest private prison company shows how much the industry fears criminal justice reform

Corrections Corporation of America, the country’s largest owner of private prisons, has faced renewed backlash against its business practices after theDepartment of Justice last week announced it would phase out use of for-profit facilities for federal inmates. The decision followed a damning Inspector General’s reportreleased earlier this month declaring private prisons to be less safe…

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This Music Video Captures The Current Political Discourse All Too Well

DJ Shadow’s name perfectly describes his relation to the music industry. He’s out there, you’ve heard his music, but you might not have noticed. Well, you will notice this. “Nobody Speak” (from his new album “The Mountain Will Fall”) is a particularly timely track given the current political climate. The lyrics, by rap duo Run…

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SCOTUS Unites Trump and Senate GOP

Differences aside, Donald Trump and Senate Republicans are strongly united on one issue — the balance of the Supreme Court. While Democrats are pushing the GOP-led Senate to confirm Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland by the end of President Barack Obama’s term, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has been resolute in blocking him, saying the…

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Babefest 2016 brings music, comedy to politics

Friday August 26th at 8pm you best get yourself to the first inaugural launching of BabeFest at Babeville, (Asbury Hall, 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo). Ani DiFranco will be returning, to headline this must-be-there event. In what has become a critically important presidential election year, this festival of music, comedy and social activism spawned organically out…

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Big Money vs. Black Lives: Movement connects money in politics to racial justice

Earlier this month, a coalition of more than 50 organizations connected to the Black Lives Matter movement released a highly-anticipated policy agenda document, “A Vision for Black Lives.” Rooted in the cause launched in 2013 to protest the killings of African Americans by police, the document began to take shape at a gathering in Cleveland…

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Big Daddy Kane on music, politics and the secret to a long career

Big Daddy Kane had his first big hit  in 1987 when he did a rap single with Biz Markie, “Just Rhymin’ with Biz“.   He was soon headlining on his own music and the rest is history. Kane sat down with host James Peterson to discuss everything from rappers he admires, to the presidential campaign,…

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DEA Rejects Requests to Relax Marijuana Classification

The federal government will announce Thursday that it will allow more research into marijuana but has rejected requests to relax the classification of the substance as a dangerous, highly addictive drug with no medical use, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. The decision is the Drug Enforcement Administration’s response to a 2011 petition…

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Justice Department sues Mississippi over treatment of mentally ill

The U.S. Justice Department filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the state of Mississippi over the way it treats the mentally ill. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson says the state spends millions to shut away the mentally ill in hospitals when they could be provided more appropriate and helpful services, at…

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