Introducing Shadowproof

Introducing Shadowproof

In the beginning of August, my colleague Kevin Gosztola and I started a news organization called Shadowproof. Check out our announcement post for more information: Over the past decade at Firedoglake, we have had the privilege of being on the front lines of many critical reporting and advocacy projects. FDL’s work brought attention to and …

VICE News on NYC’s Bail Fund

VICE News on NYC’s Bail Fund

From VICE NEWS: However, the fund, as it stands, does not offer assistance to those with a violent criminal record. That technicality makes little to no sense, Brian Sonenstein, an activist and writer for Prison Protest, argues, because bail is often set only for those with past criminal offenses. In other words: low-level offenders with …

ICYMI: My guest posts at Firedoglake

ICYMI: My guest posts at Firedoglake

This past week I had the privilege of filling in for my friend and former colleague Kevin Gosztola, who writes at Firedoglake’s The Dissenter. Here are my contributions in case you missed them (also available at prisonprotest.com): Virginia Woman Dies In Custody After Being Tasered, Placed In Restraints and Anti-Spit Hood. Montana Legislature Debuts Bill …

Would a legal ban on chokeholds change anything?

Would a legal ban on chokeholds change anything?

There are a lot of well-meaning anti-police brutality advocates on Twitter voicing their dismay over Mayor de Blasio’s veto threat for a legal prohibition on the use of chokeholds by NYPD officers. I can sympathize with their position, although as someone who has spent the last 4 years campaigning to end marijuana prohibition, I can also kind of …

Welcome, and stay tuned!

Hello, and welcome to my portfolio. I’m Brian Sonenstein, a writer and activist with a passion for civil liberties and criminal justice reform. For more information on my work, please check out my resume. This website is a work in progress, mostly because I’ve been busy setting up my blog on prison abolition, prisonprotest.com. But I plan …