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Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with "The End of Nature" in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. The group he founded, 350.org, has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. The Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was "probably the country’s most important environmentalist."
Alexis Tsipras, a member of the Hellenic parliament, president of the Synaspismos political party since 2008, head of the SYRIZA parliamentary group since 2009, and leader of the Opposition since June 2012. SYRIZA currently leads in Greek opinion polls. Listen to the audio here.
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Interview with Hilary Shelton, NAACP Washington bureau director and senior vice president for policy and advocacy, conducted by Scott Harris
After months of conservative activists brandishing racist signs at anti-Obama Tea Party movement rallies around the country, delegates at last summer's NAACP convention unanimously passed a resolution condemning white supremacist elements within the Tea Party, and called on the group's leaders to repudiate members who spread a message of bigotry and hate. When Congress passed the health care reform bill in March, tea party activists protested on Capital Hill, with some hurling racist epithets, and even spitting at members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Although Mark Williams, president of the Tea Party Express was expelled from the group for his racially offensive remarks, the movement as a whole took on a defensive posture against charges that some members too often tolerated racism and anti-Semitism. On Oct. 20,, the NAACP released a report titled, "Tea Party Nationalism," that was produced by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights. The report details more than a dozen examples of hate group leaders who currently head various tea party factions. Among tea party activists profiled are individuals with links to the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, Christian nationalist militia groups and the Council of Conservative Citizens -- the direct successor of the White Citizens Councils of the Old South.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Hilary Shelton, the NAACP's Washington Bureau director and senior vice president for policy and advocacy. He summarizes the findings of the "Tea Party Nationalism," report and discusses his concern that the Republican Party has not distanced itself from some of the tea party's xenophobic and hate-filled rhetoric.
Download a copy of the "Tea Party Nationalism" report at TeaPartyNationalism.com, or call the NAACP at (202) 463-2940.