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.
President Donald J. Trump’s affection for authoritarians is prompting worried comparisons of our polarized country to the fascism that arose in Germany in the 1920s and ’30s. However, consider the Norwegians, who also experienced extreme polarization, yet managed to remain a social democracy. In some ways Norway and Germany were similar: predominantly Christian, racially homogeneous, and suffering hugely […]
The growing drug epidemic in the United States leaves to police the job of managing drug addicts. This usually means criminalizing their behavior and jailing them. But a former police chief in Gloucester, Massachusetts, had a better idea – to actually help drug addicts instead of throwing them behind bars. In 2015, then-Police Chief Leonard Campanello […]
Collaborative tools help local residents come together and shape the political systems and economies within their communities. Participatory Budgeting (PB) allows citizens to meet and decide how a portion of the public funds will be spent. Founded in 2009, the PB Project (PBP) is a non-profit organization that aims to “deepen democracy, build stronger communities […]
There are signs that the internet and global technology are reviving the role of citizens in documenting how the world around us is changing by using technology to build collective insight–millions of little observations about the now-warming climate, the now-shrinking numbers of species of animals and plants, the chemistry of air and oceans and minerals–that […]
Right-wing conservatives are using money and power to influence universities and public policy to suppress student dissent on US college and university campuses. Right-wing conservatives like the Goldwater Institute, funded by conservatives such as Charles Koch and the Mercer family, have proposed model legislation, the Campus Free Speech Act, that seeks to quell student dissent […]