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 May 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services added a rule to the Affordable Care Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. However, as Mallory Locklear reported for Women’s eNews, although the amendment, known as Section 1557, may protect transgender individuals seeking medical care, […]
Migrant women working in Sonoma County’s famous vineyards are “coming together to support one another and advocate for the safety of undocumented fieldworkers,” Trina Moyles and KJ Dakin reported for YES! Magazine in June 2016. As Moyles and Dakin wrote, “Thousands of women from Mexico and Central America have played a crucial role in developing […]
Jorge Rivas and Rafa Fernandez de Castro of Fusion reported that, following the horrific Pulse Nightclub massacre on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida, victims without legal status now face “a whole additional set of challenges in the wake of the horrible mass-shooting.” Their report describes the cases of an undocumented 24-year-old Salvadorian survivor named […]
On February 17th, 2016, French Parliament voted to extend the nation’s state of emergency for three months. A state of emergency allows the police and other authorities to perform raids without warrants, and to place citizens under house arrest without prior judge approval, among other things. Since the devastating Paris attacks in November 2015, the […]
The year 2003 was a game changer when two Pennsylvania State Correction facilities were shut down and relocated to a new facility, the State Correctional Institute at Fayette (SCI Fayette), outside the town LaBelle, which was built directly on top of an old coal mine and adjacent to a fly ash dump – fly ash […]