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.
In the “Last Mexican of Venice,” Rip Rense reports for This Can’t Be Happening! on the story of Dr. Jeannine Mendoza, a substitute teacher in Venice, California who lost her home. Before gentrification transformed Venice, Mendoza and her family had the American Dream in their grasp, Rense reports: She and her late husband were the […]
Conflict between populist social movements and national governments that aim to silence dissent by criminalizing them is on the rise across Latin America, Jeff Abbott reports. Abbott’s report first focuses on Guatemala, where two indigenous leaders—Rigoberto Juarez and Domingo Baltazar—have been targeted with arrest for their leadership in a fight against proposed hydroelectric dams in […]
Tasasha Henderson of Truthout documents another instance in the alarmingly increase of African-American women who have died while in police custody. In January 2016, sixteen-year-old Gynna McMillen was found unresponsive in her cell at the Lincoln Village Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. She had been brought into custody after a domestic dispute occurred […]
The Happiness Research Institute in Denmark conducted a study to find out the “happiness” of most people and relate it to their use of social media. For their research, 1,095 people were divided into two groups; those who used Facebook and those who did not. Facebook was used because it is the most used social […]
US History Professor Maury Wiseman, California State University, Sacramento, accused his student of “hijacking” his class after he denied the killing of the Native Americans. The student, Chiitaanibah Johnson, was told by Wiseman that not only was there no genocide done to the indigenous people, but that the word “genocide” wasn’t the right word to […]