Validated Independent News stories (VINs) report information and perspective that the public has a right and need to know, but to which it has limited access. Before being posted as a VIN, each story undergoes evaluation by student researchers and faculty evaluators to determine that it is important, timely, fact-based, well documented, and under-reported in the corporate media. These VINs are candidates for inclusion among the top 25 stories in Project Censored’s annual book.
It is no secret that concerned citizens are condemning the United States government’s lack of transparency, accountability and honest constituent representation. Reporting for Moyers & Company, Mike Lofgren, a Congressional staff member for 28 years specializing in national security, addresses the issue of a Deep State that undemocratically orchestrates unchecked private agendas, while corporate […]
Waitresses and restaurant staff are underpaid. In this economy, restaurant staff are paid so little—the federal minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 per hour—that employees must work as much as possible to make ends meet. When it comes to being ill, servers have little choice but to go to work anyhow, resulting in a […]
As of today, there are about 2.3 million people imprisoned in the US. But, as Felicia Gustin of WarTimes asks, Is locking people away the answer to creating safer communities? She reports on the work of the Restorative Community Conferencing Program, based in Oakland, California. According to the Program’s coordinator, Denise Curtis, “Restorative justice […]
The story of the 30,000 California prisoners who started a hunger strike on July 8, 2013 to protest against long-term solitary confinement and other abuses was censored, and the worst facts were hidden. Although the prisoners suspended their strike on 5 September, the prisons have continued mistreating them because they went on strike. The […]
Most of us are under the impression that plastic bottles get recycled after we put them in the recycling bin. However, as the Plastic Free Times reports, “not all types of plastic can be recycled, the recycling process can be energy intensive and wasteful, and environmentalists worry that putting the emphasis on recycling does […]