Brian Sonenstein

About Me:
Campaign Director at Firedoglake. Follow me on twitter @bsonenstein
About Me:
Campaign Director at Firedoglake. Follow me on twitter @bsonenstein

Report: For-Profit Medical Provider Killed Mentally Ill Inmate in Solitary Confinement on Rikers Island

By: Wednesday January 28, 2015 11:00 am

The New York State Commission on Correction released a new report this week, detailing the findings from its investigation into the horrific and preventable death of mentally ill black inmate, Bradley Ballard.

Emergency Early Release Taken Off The Table as Ohio Considers Options for Overcrowded Prisons

By: Friday January 23, 2015 1:50 pm

As prisoners, advocates and journalists warned of deteriorating conditions in Ohio’s prisons over the past year, the inmate population slowly crept back up to around 30% over capacity.

New Rules for Solitary Confinement on Rikers Island Attempt to Fix What Must Be Replaced

By: Thursday January 22, 2015 4:00 pm

Would New York City’s new rules for solitary confinement have saved the life of 19-year-old Andy Henriquez?
Henriquez was brought to Rikers Island when he was only 16. Three years later, he was still awaiting trial when he was placed in isolation.

Help Firedoglake Buy the Kiriakou Kids a Treehouse for Christmas

By: Monday December 22, 2014 10:00 am

Imprisoned whistleblower John Kiriakou won’t be home for Christmas this year, but we can still do something special for his children.

Donate $25 now to help Firedoglake buy the Kiriakou kids a treehouse that they can build with their dad when he’s out of jail.

To Improve Assassination Operations, CIA Studies Failures of Colonial Powers to Combat Resistance

By: Thursday December 18, 2014 2:02 pm

WikiLeaks has released a copy of a secret CIA analysis, which reviewed the success of “High Value Target” (HVT) assassination programs used by governments to combat insurgencies. The review shows the CIA is learning lessons from colonial powers that have failed to suppress revolutions and also demonstrates that relying on lethal strikes to combat insurgencies has often failed to succeed.

#BlackLivesMatter #DayofAction #MillionsMarch Protests Take Place Across America

By: Saturday December 13, 2014 2:44 pm

Act now! Our children & our community can't wait! 12/13/14 #dayofaction #dayofresistance — Ferguson Action (@fergusonaction) December 12, 2014 On my last post ‘Signs of the Season to and from the United States of What the F*ck’, toward the end of the comment thread we’d been discussing a Daily Beast article ‘Friends In High [...]

A Quick Whirl Around the Fracking World: December 11, 2014

By: Thursday December 11, 2014 6:30 pm

Oil and heavy metals contamination in the Peruvian Amazon *Worldwide.  At the UN Conference in Lima, Catholic bishops from “Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe” say “it’s the poorest people who are impacted the most, despite the fact they’ve contributed the least to causing [climate change].  They’re the ones who respect the planet, the Earth, [...]

Like Canada’s Harper Government, Obama Administration Muzzling Its Scientists

By: Thursday December 11, 2014 5:01 pm

Not only do Canada and the U.S. have a shared bond in that record amounts of Alberta’s tar sands now flow into the U.S, but also that the muzzling of scientists, and by extension the press at-large, is a threat to democracy in both countries.

Boston Bombing News: Fact or Fiction?

By: Thursday December 11, 2014 3:42 pm

“It contains inaccuracies, misconstrued quotations, and non-factual dramatizations” of marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s interactions with Matanov.” These words are used by Paul Glickman, Khairullozhon Matanov’s defense attorney, in Document 88, (Motion For Hearing Concerning Leaks to Press and Dissemination of Documents by Law Enforcement), which was filed in response to an article [...]

Albert Woodfox Has Been Denied Contact Visits for Almost 2 Years; Please take action!

By: Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:20 pm

(PHOTO: Albert Woodfox, left, embraces Herman Wallace, right) Action alert written by the International Coalition to Free the Angola 3 In Homer Louisiana, Albert Woodfox remains in his cell – 42 years in solitary and held under increasingly severe restrictions. From the unnecessary and extensive use of the black-box during transport, to the ‘catch-22′ system [...]

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