Announcements 


SPECIAL REPORT: "Tortured Logic: McGovern talks about Gina Haspel, the new CIA director"

The Resistance Round Table panel interviews former CIA analyst Ray McGovern about Gina Haspel, the new CIA director who oversaw torture after 9/11. The conversation includes discussion of the U.S. as an 'out law state,' American exceptionalism and the fight to defend net neutrality. Panel: Scott Harris, Ruthanne Baumgartner and Richard Hill (49:08) May 23, 2018






SPECIAL REPORT: "MIT Students' 'Day of Action': Understanding and Resisting Attacks on Immigrants"

Three-part excerpts from Avi Chomsky's presentations at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Day of Action on April 17. Includes a historical perspective as well as a question and answer session with immigrants. Recorded and produced by Chuck Rosina, long-time public affairs and news producer at WMBR FM, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's radio station in Cambridge, Massachusetts. April 17, 2018



SPECIAL REPORT: "MIT Students' 'Day of Action' Takes On Today's Political, Economic Challenges"

Chuck Rosina's report on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Day of Action on April 17, where members of the MIT and broader local community were given an opportunity to devote the day to engaging with the political, economic, environmental and social challenges facing us today, through learning, discussion, reflection and planning for action. Includes comments from Avi Chomsky, daughter of the renowned professor Noam Chomsky (12:58) April 17, 2018






SPECIAL REPORT: "Response to chemical attack in Syria – The priority must be the people"

The Resistance Roundtable panel discusses the U.S. missile strikes on Damascus and interviews Stan Heller from Promoting Enduring Peace (www.pepeace.org)about the situation in Syria and the broader Middle East. Panel: Ruthanne Baumgartner, Scott Harris and Richard Hill. April 14, 2018






SPECIAL REPORT: "What's next for the youth movement against gun violence?"

Tyler Suarez, lead organizer of the March for Our Lives demo in Hartford, CT on March 24, assesses the event attended by 10,000 and discusses the agenda for the youth movement going forward. Interviewed by Richard Hill.



SPECIAL REPORT: "March for Our Lives - Hartford, Connecticut" March 24, 2018

Selected speeches from the March for Our Lives in Hartford, Connecticut, recorded and produced by Scott Harris




Panel Discussion: Privatization v. Public Good and the Upcoming March for Our Lives on March 24



SPECIAL REPORT: Organized Labor: Resurgent or On the Ropes?



SPECIAL REPORT: Neoliberalism Comes Home: Connecticut's Water Under Privatization Threat



SPECIAL REPORT: Can There Be Food Justice Under Capitalism?



SPECIAL REPORT: Resistance Round Table – Feb. 10, 2018






Award-winning Investigative Journalist Robert Parry (1949-2018)

Award-winning investigative journalist and founder/editor of ConsortiumNews.com, Robert Parry has passed away. His ground-breaking work uncovering Reagan-era dirty wars in Central America and many other illegal and immoral policies conducted by successive administrations and U.S. intelligence agencies, stands as an inspiration to all in journalists working in the public interest.

Robert had been a regular guest on our Between The Lines and Counterpoint radio shows -- and many other progressive outlets across the U.S. over four decades.

His penetrating analysis of U.S. foreign policy and international conflicts will be sorely missed, and not easily replaced. His son Nat Parry writes a tribute to his father: Robert Parry’s Legacy and the Future of Consortiumnews.



Thank you for donating

If you've made a donation and wish to receive thank you gifts for your donation, be sure to send us your mailing address via our Contact form.

See our thank you gifts for your donation.




The Resistance Starts Now!

Between The Lines' coverage and resource compilation of the Resistance Movement



SPECIAL REPORT: "The Resistance - Women's March 2018 - Hartford, Connecticut" Jan. 20, 2018

Selected speeches from the Women's March in Hartford, Connecticut 2018, recorded and produced by Scott Harris





SPECIAL REPORT: "No Fracking Waste in CT!" Jan. 14, 2018



SPECIAL REPORT: "Resistance Round Table: The Unraveling Continues..." Jan. 13, 2018





SPECIAL REPORT: "Capitalism to the ash heap?" Richard Wolff, Jan. 2, 2018




SPECIAL REPORT: Maryn McKenna, author of "Big Chicken", Dec. 7, 2017






SPECIAL REPORT: Nina Turner's address, Working Families Party Awards Banquet, Dec. 14, 2017



SPECIAL REPORT: Mic Check, Dec. 12, 2017



SPECIAL REPORT: Resistance Roundtable, Dec. 9, 2017




SPECIAL REPORT: On Tyranny - one year later, Nov. 28, 2017



SPECIAL REPORT: Mic Check, Nov. 12, 2017



SPECIAL REPORT: Resistance Roundtable, Nov. 11, 2017



SPECIAL REPORT: Rainy Day Radio, Nov. 7, 2017



SPECIAL REPORT: Rainy Day Radio, Nov. 7, 2017




SPECIAL REPORT: Resisting U.S. JeJu Island military base in South Korea, Oct. 24, 2017




SPECIAL REPORT: John Allen, Out in New Haven




2017 Gandhi Peace Awards

Promoting Enduring Peace presented its Gandhi Peace Award jointly to renowned consumer advocate Ralph Nader and BDS founder Omar Barghouti on April 23, 2017.



Subscribe to our Weekly Summary & receive our FREE Resist Trump window cling


resist (Car window cling)

Email us with your mailing address at contact@btlonline.org to receive our "Resist Trump/Resist Hate" car window cling!


THANK YOU TO EVERYONE...

who helped make our 25th anniversary with Jeremy Scahill a success!

For those who missed the event, or were there and really wanted to fully absorb its import, here it is in video

Jeremy Scahill keynote speech, part 1 from PROUDEYEMEDIA on Vimeo.

Jeremy Scahill keynote speech, part 2 from PROUDEYEMEDIA on Vimeo.


Between The Lines on Stitcher

stitcher

Between The Lines Presentation at the Left Forum 2016

inequality
"How Do We Build A Mass Movement to Reverse Runaway Inequality?" with Les Leopold, author of "Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice,"May 22, 2016, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York, 860 11th Ave. (Between 58th and 59th), New York City. Between The Lines' Scott Harris and Richard Hill moderated this workshop. Listen to the audio/slideshows and more from this workshop.





Listen to audio of the plenary sessions from the weekend.



JEREMY SCAHILL: Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker "Dirty Wars"

Listen to the full interview (30:33) with Jeremy Scahill, an award-winning investigative journalist with the Nation Magazine, correspondent for Democracy Now! and author of the bestselling book, "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army," about America's outsourcing of its military. In an exclusive interview with Counterpoint's Scott Harris on Sept. 16, 2013, Scahill talks about his latest book, "Dirty Wars, The World is a Battlefield," also made into a documentary film under the same title, and was nominated Dec. 5, 2013 for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Feature category.

Listen to Scott Harris Live on WPKN Radio

Between The Lines' Executive Producer Scott Harris hosts a live, weekly talk show, Counterpoint, from which some of Between The Lines' interviews are excerpted. Listen every Monday evening from 8 to 10 p.m. EDT at www.WPKN.org (Follows the 5-7 minute White Rose Calendar.)

Counterpoint in its entirety is archived after midnight ET Monday nights, and is available for at least a year following broadcast in WPKN Radio's Archives.

You can also listen to full unedited interview segments from Counterpoint, which are generally available some time the day following broadcast.

Subscribe to Counterpoint bulletins via our subscriptions page.


Between The Lines Blog  BTL Blog

"The Rogue World Order: Connecting the Dots Between Trump, Flynn, Bannon, Spencer, Dugin Putin," by Anna Manzo (GlobalHealing), Daily Kos, Feb. 13, 2017

"Widespread Resistance Begins to Trump's Muslim Travel Ban at U.S. Airports," by Anna Manzo (GlobalHealing), Daily Kos, Jan. 28, 2017

"MSNBC Editor: Women's March is a Revival of the Progressive Movement," by Anna Manzo (GlobalHealing), Daily Kos, Jan. 24, 2017

"Cornering Trump," by Reginald Johnson, Jan. 19, 2017

"Free Leonard Peltier," by Reginald Johnson, Jan. 6, 2016

"For Natives, a "Day of Mourning"by Reginald Johnson, November 23, 2016

"A Bitter Harvest" by Reginald Johnson, Nov. 15, 2016


Special Programming Special Programming

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Between The Lines Progressive Resources

A compilation of activist and news sites with a progressive point of view

Share this content:

|


Podcasts Subscribe to BTL

Podcasts:  direct  or  via iTunes

Subscribe to Program Summaries, Interview Transcripts or Counterpoint via email or RSS feed

If you have other questions regarding subscriptions, feeds or podcasts/mp3s go to our Audio Help page.

Between The Lines Blog


Stay connected to BTL

RSS feed  twitter  facebook

donate  Learn how to support our efforts!


United Church of Christ Takes Leading Role in Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

MP3  MP3

Posted Jan. 29, 2014

Interview with Rev. Jim Antal, national leader on the fossil fuel divestment, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

divest

In the summer of 2012, environmentalist Bill McKibben published his seminal article, "Global Warming's Terrifying New Math," which kicked off a national campaign among colleges, municipalities and religious organizations to divest their endowment or pension fund holdings from fossil fuel stocks. The divestment campaign, which is gathering momentum, was inspired by the international anti-apartheid divestment campaign of the 1980s that was an important part of the movement that helped topple South Africa’s racist government.

The first national organization to move forward with divestment was the United Church of Christ, which in June 2013, voted at its biennial General Synod to divest their fossil fuel holdings. The resolution was introduced by the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ, led by the Rev. Jim Antal, its minister and president. Seventy-two percent of the Synod's 800 delegates, representing some 5,000 congregations across the U.S. voted in favor of the resolution.

Rev. Antal, who has become a national leader on climate change and divestment, has been arrested a number of times protesting fossil fuel projects such as the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Between The Lines’ Melinda Tuhus spoke with Antal about the United Church of Christ’s decision and what it means in practice, as well as the bigger picture of how fossil fuels trigger climate change.

REV. JIM ANTAL: In late July 2012, Bill McKibben wrote his now very famous article in Rolling Stone to initiate a divestment from the fossil fuel companies movement. So within a year, we were able to muster enough education so that our 800-plus delegates gathered for our national meeting every two years – that they felt both called by conscience and informed enough to say, Yes, divestment is, under these conditions, an appropriate move. As Desmond Tutu told us, it is very rare to use the tactic of divestment, but under these conditions you have a set of companies which, if all they do is carry out their business plan, they will wreck the earth. Under those conditions, shareholder activism doesn't work. What works is communicating unambiguously to those companies that they are part of a structural evil in the country – in the world, I should say – and that as people of conscience, as people of faith, we want to do everything we can to revoke the social license that society has granted them until now, and say, from here on out, no more.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Jim Antal, describe exactly what the resolution does.

REV. JIM ANTAL: We have in our denomination, two financial entities. One is United Church funds, and that's an investment agency which holds the endowments of many of our congregations and other parts of our denominations, and invests them in socially responsible ways. One of the things they signed onto was that within 18 months – they currently have 11 funds – they would create a 12th fund that would be fossil fuel-free, and they are well on their way to doing that. And what that would mean is that any congregation or other entities of our denomination who were investing their holdings – their endowments – with United Church funds, they would be able to say, "We want our investments to be held in the fossil fuel-free fund."

We also have a pension board, and the pension boards hold the pension contributions from about 20,000 United Church of Christ ministers and employees. And they are somewhat supportive of this resolution, but they have made no promise as to whether or not they will allow people who have accumulated pension moneys to designate a fossil fuel-free fund as the fund in which their pensions will go. What they have done is ramp up their shareholder activism on climate. And so both of these financial entities in our denomination are paying much, much more attention – they're prioritizing their attention to climate issues.

BETWEEN THE LINES: I'm a little confused about the 11 funds and the new 12th fossil fuel(-free) fund. Creating a new fund isn't the same as divesting fossil-fuel stocks from the existing funds, right?

REV. JIM ANTAL: We're basically a bottom-up denomination, not a top-down denomination, so the fact that our national body took this vote does not obligate any entity in the UCC to do anything. What it does is bear witness to our 5,000 congregations and other entities in the United Church of Christ that the discernment of our national body representing all aspects of our church, is that divestment is a path that we should follow. And as a consequence right now, there are scores and scores and scores of UCC congregations around the country who are having exactly that conversation.

BETWEEN THE LINES: I know the divestment campaign initiated by 350.org is a moral as opposed to an economic campaign, but do you think if it gets big enough it could have an economic impact as well?

REV. JIM ANTAL: Well, I mean, ultimately we have to – the world has to – bring together its kind of moral axis with the weight of the 150 years of history in which what we refer to as our current civilization depending on fossil fuels.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Due to fracking for oil, the U.S. is on track to be the biggest oil producer in the world in a few years, and natural gas is booming also, due to fracking. This seems like a juggernaut with no way of stopping, if profit is still the moving force behind it.

REV. JIM ANTAL: So, it falls to the movement to say to that momentum, "We have to stop." If we can get our politicians to stop it, that's fine. If we can get divestment to stop it, that's fine. If it takes placing our bodies over the railroad tracks that are transporting oil all over the place, we'll do that. There's a variety of tactics to be employed, but they must all be employed if we expect to have our children and our grandchildren live on a planet that's recognizable.

See the UCC Divestment Resolution.

Related Links: