This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Dec. 31, 2014 for week ending Jan. 9, 2015


"Organizations now need to develop a position of intersectionality. They need to see that economic justice issues relate to environmental justice issues. They relate to racial justice issues. They relate to gender justice issues. The more we can connect our struggles on particular issue areas to others, the more powerful we become."

– Interview with Steve Schnapp, senior education coordinator with United for a Fair Economy, on how activists can effectively confront growing economic inequality

Listen to the entire program using these links, or to individual interviews via the links appearing prior to each segment description below.

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Government Policy Produces Record Levels of Economic Inequality in U.S.

MP3 Interview with Steve Schnapp, senior education coordinator with United for a Fair Economy, conducted by Scott Harris


In September 2011, Occupy Wall Street activists pitched their tents in New York City’s Zuccotti Park, near lower Manhattan’s financial district, launching a nationwide protest movement focused on social and economic inequality. Occupy’s mantra, “We Are the 99%,” spoke to rising income inequality and the divide between the wealthiest one percent and the rest of the nation. After a coordinated move by government officials and police to evict protesters from dozens of encampments across the country, Occupy activists drifted away, many getting involved in other progressive causes. But among Occupy’s most important legacies was a new public awareness of inequality, which opened the door to an important societal debate on the issue that hasn’t been seen in many decades.  Story continues

Activists at Lima UN Climate Talks Advocate for Gender Equality

MP3 Interview with Osprey Orielle, executive director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


One of the many civil society groups to attend the recent United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties meeting in Lima, Peru – known as COP 20 – was WECAN, the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network. The organization works with women leaders around the world to promote rights-based solutions to climate change, including the rights of women, indigenous peoples, nature and of future generations.  Story continues

Upsurge in Activism was Good News for Progressives in 2014

MP3 Interview with Dave Johnson, fellow with Campaign for America’s Future, conducted by Scott Harris


As 2014 came to a close, U.S. politics veered to the right, with Republican party election victories at both the state and national level. The GOP took control of the U.S. Senate and increased their majority in the House of Representatives. Right-wing governors won hotly contested campaigns in Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio and Michigan. The mid-term election, however, set a record for the lowest voter turnout in more than 70 years, with only 36.4 percent of eligible voters casting ballots. Low voter participation certainly isn’t a good omen for either the Democratic or Republican party, or for a healthy democracy.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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