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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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Posted May 2, 2012
Interview with Mark Bray, Occupy Wall Street, NYC media team member, conducted by Scott Harris
Seven-and-a-half months after the Occupy Wall Street movement was born in New York City’s Zuccotti Park, activists across the U.S. and around the world celebrated May Day, International Workers' Day, by taking to the streets in what was described as “A Day Without the 99 Percent.” The call for a May Day "general strike," urged workers to take the day off and students to walk out of school to participate in marches, rallies, non-violent civil disobedience and teach-ins.
International Workers Day commemorates a peaceful protest in Chicago on May 1, 1886, where thousands marched for an eight-hour work day. The march was followed by a lethal bombing in the city’s Haymarket Square and the unjust execution of four anarchists, with no connection to the bombing. The May Day holiday is celebrated in more than 80 nations around the world, but ironically not in the U.S. despite its native origins.
On May Day 2012, demonstrations took place in more than 125 cities in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia, unified around opposition to corporate greed, growing economic inequality, austerity budget cuts and an embrace of grassroots democracy. Since last fall’s police repression and eviction of Occupy movement encampments in dozens of U.S. cities, activists have been reaching out to make common cause with labor unions, immigrant rights groups and students. The diversity of people who participated in May Day actions suggest these outreach efforts have met with some success in broadening the base of this new movement. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Mark Bray, a member of the Occupy Wall Street Media Team in New York City, who talks about the significance of the May Day protests and what’s ahead for the movement.