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Meet the Full-Service Social Media Secretary for Prisoners

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How Renea Royster gives prisoners access to the digital world.

Maurice Chammah, The Marshall Project

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https://d1n0c1ufntxbvh.cloudfront.net/photo/fde61fc6/16653/2000x/ Renea Royster at her son Phil's apartment in Perrysburg, Ohio. Maurice Chammah/The Marshall Project 

06.28.2016 | Early one May morning, Renea Royster arrived at her son’s apartment, pulled out her laptop, and scrolled through the dozens of messages from prisoners that had collected in her inbox overnight. She began her daily grind of copy-paste — moving messages sent via CorrLinks, an email service available to federal inmates, to the Facebook pages they had paid her to create in their names.

Renea read out a post that one of her clients had asked her to put on his Facebook page. It was a paean to Hillary Clinton. “Everybody stops and looks her way, and when she talks everybody shuts up and listens,” she read aloud to her son Phil, who chuckled. “That’s the other type of shit that makes me hard-up! Go Hillary! You are one bad bitch!”

Maurice Chammah is a staff writer. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for a 2014 Livingston Award for a story on the decline of the death penalty, and a 2011-2012 Fulbright fellow in Egypt. He plays the violin and has toured with the band Mother Falcon.

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The Media Is Enabling Trump’s Divide-And-Conquer Strategy

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  • So long as the media continues to give airtime to the Trump campaign’s fear-mongering and race-baiting, he stands a real chance to win this election. Because as powerful as Mr. Khan’s impassioned speech was, fear is is all the more powerful, and has helped many a demagogue win many an election across the world.
  • Related: Why Donald Trump Could Be the Next President of the United States

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, Huffington Post

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08/02/2016 | There are more than 5,000 Muslims serving in various branches of the military according to the Pentagon, a fact that alone should serve as a foil to those hoping to perpetuate this idea that the War on Terror is somehow a war against Islam, a clash of civilizations, an example that Islam is incompatible with Western values, or as Trump told Anderson Cooper on CNN, “ I think Islam hates us”.

Yet, there I was at 5:45 a.m. on CNN having yet another debate spurred by Trump’s bigoted, arrogant, and belligerent attacks on Muslims, except this time, on a mother and father who immigrated to America with their son, a captain in the Army who was awarded the Purple Heart along with he Bronze Star, in recognition for his bravery when he was killed in the line of duty in Iraq in 2004.

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, VICE Correspondent & Emmy-nominated Journalist

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Why Donald Trump Could Be the Next President of the United States, Alan Minsky, Truthdig

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  • As we move on to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, let’s be clear: The great tragedy of the moment is not rooted in the Republican Party’s self-cannibalization. It’s with a Democratic Party that “successfully” suffocated responsible answers to the crises consuming our world. Indeed, as Hillary Clinton’s selection of the milquetoast Tim Kaine as her vice president shows, the Dems have put forward a candidate who embodies an establishment widely recognized as having betrayed the majority of the American public.
  • All of which leaves us with the very real possibility of President Donald Trump being inaugurated on Jan. 20.
  • Related: Cornel West- Why There Is a Serious Danger of a Right-Wing Revolution in the US

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David Perry on Disabilities and Police Violence

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The disability community is routinely marginalized in the media; in this case, the absence makes life-saving responses harder to get at.

David Perry, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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http://fair.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/WheelchairProtest-300x200.jpgJuly 29, 2016 | This week on CounterSpin: Media present the debate over police violence in black communities as almost hopelessly fraught, as it’s tied up with the country’s history of white supremacy and racial division. That can’t explain the unwillingness to address another increasingly undeniable reality: the frequency with which law enforcement use of force involves people with disabilities, and the particular factors at work in those interactions. The disability community is routinely marginalized in the media; in this case, the absence makes life-saving responses harder to get at. We’ll talk about police use of force and disability with journalist and professor David Perry.

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While We Obsessed over Melania, US Airstrikes Massacre Scores of Civilians in Syria

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“There must be a prompt, independent, and transparent investigation to determine what happened, who was responsible, and how to avoid further needless loss of civilian life. Anyone responsible for violations of international humanitarian law must be brought to justice and victims and their families should receive full reparation,” said Magdalena Mughrabi, the interim deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa program for Amnesty International.

Tom Cahill, U.S. Uncut

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July 19, 2016 As many as 77 innocent people or more, including 11 children, were killed during US-led coalition airstrikes performed in Syria over this Monday and Tuesday.

According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), the US-led airstrike in Manbij, Syria targeted the group of civilians, mistakenly identifying them as ISIS-affiliated fighters. The number of those killed remains unclear, though AFP and the New York Times reported that 56 civilians were killed Monday and another 21 killed Tuesday. Dozens more have been wounded.

Tom Cahill is a writer for US Uncut based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. 

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