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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 Jan. 9, 2013
Interview with Heather Benno, staff attorney with the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, conducted by Scott Harris
Last fall, the Occupy Wall Street movement unexpectedly spread from New York City’s Zuccotti Park to hundreds of other encampments and protest sites across the U.S. and the world. The activists’ condemnation of corporate greed, economic inequality and the corrupting influence of money in politics resonated with millions of people around the globe who are suffering through the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression early in the 20th century.
To protest veterans and students of history, it was not surprising when this powerful new movement was the target of police repression. By late fall, local police commanders across the U.S. employed brutal tactics against Occupy activists that were more suited to confronting a terrorist threat than a group of citizens engaged in lawful and nonviolent peaceful protest. While police action effectively broke up most of the Occupy encampments, the movement’s activities continue today, but much of it below the media radar.
It was learned early on, through statement by Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and an anonymous Justice Department source, that the FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security had helped coordinate local police actions suppressing the Occupy movement. Now a new batch of FBI documents, obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund under the Freedom of Information Act, reveals the extent of government surveillance targeting Occupy – and law enforcement agencies' collaboration with many of the same big banks targeted by Occupy Wall Street protests. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Heather Benno, staff attorney with the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, who discusses her group’s successful fight for the documents and what they reveal about the government’s perception of the threat presented by the Occupy movement.
Find more information about the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund at justiconline.org.