This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Oct. 15, 2014 for week ending Oct. 24, 2014


"The troubling thing about Ferguson is that we get focused on young black men – and no question that young black men are a group that is targeted. But there are people of color; brown folk suffer under abuse because of immigration and other issues, black women suffer, poor people suffer. So we have to be about building that movement."

– Interview with Kevin Alexander Gray, author and activist, on the "Ferguson October," "Weekend of Resistance" protests.

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'Ferguson October' Civil Disobedience Protests Target Police Violence in Communities of Color Nationwide

MP3 Interview with Kevin Alexander Gray, writer and activist, conducted by Scott Harris


Two months after the August day that Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African-American was shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a "Weekend of Resistance" was launched to focus public attention on the urgent need to address police violence in communities of color. The rallies, marches, and civil disobedience actions – known as "Ferguson October" – drew thousands of activists locally and from around the nation. Just two days before the protests were scheduled to get underway, another 18-year-old African American, Vonderrit Myers was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer in St. Louis. Police say that Myers shot at the officer first, but his family members maintain he was unarmed.  Story continues

Report on Abuse of Adolescent Inmates in New York Draws Attention to Juvenile Justice System Crisis

MP3 Interview with Josh Rovner, state advocacy associate with the Sentencing Project, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


In August, the U.S. attorney for Manhattan, Preet Bharara, issued a report charging that the New York City Department of Correction had systematically violated the civil rights of young male prisoners, 16 to 18 years old, held at Rikers Island, by failing to protect them from the rampant use of unnecessary and excessive force by abusive correction officers.  Story continues

U.S. Government's Prosecution of Investigative Reporter James Risen Threatens Freedom of the Press

MP3 Interview with Norman Solomon, author and activist, conducted by Scott Harris


For more than six years, New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and author James Risen has been the target of federal prosecutors for his refusal to disclose his sources. The Department of Justice has ordered Risen to testify against one of his alleged sources, former CIA agent Jeffrey Sterling, who it is believed provided the journalist with confidential information regarding a failed CIA operation to sabotage Iran’s nuclear weapons program, which was published in Risen's 2006 book, “State of War.” Thus far, Risen has refused to cooperate with prosecutors and identify his source, stating that he would rather go to jail than give up everything he believes in.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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