This Week on Between The Lines

Posted June 22, 2016 for week ending July 1, 2016

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"One really, really important thing that's come out of all this is ... we are going to get the buy-in of the LGBTQ movement moving forward on gun violence prevention measures."

– Ladd Everitt, director of communications with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, on how the LGBTQ movement will mobilize around ending gun violence in the wake of the Orlando massacre


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After Orlando, Congress Once Again Fails to Pass Measures to Reduce Gun Violence

MP3 Interview with Ladd Everitt, director of communications with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, conducted by Scott Harris

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In the aftermath of the mass murder of 49 – and injuries to more than 50 others at an Orlando, Florida LGBTQ nightclub – the U.S. is again debating the need for stronger gun regulations. The worst mass shooting incident in U.S. history motivated Connecticut Democratic U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy to launch a 15-hour filibuster that succeeded in scheduling a vote on several key gun control measures on June 20. But like so many times before Republicans, backed by the NRA, voted to block the most effective legislative proposals designed to make the nation’s background check system more comprehensive – and preventing individuals on the government’s terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms.  Story continues

Orlando Massacre the Latest in Hate Crimes Epidemic Targeting America's LGBTQ Community

MP3 Interview with Sarah Warbelow, legal director with Human Rights Campaign, conducted by Scott Harris

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After the carnage at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub that killed 49 and wounded 53 on June 12, Americans are reflecting on many issues related to the bloodbath there. Issues being debated include the threat of terrorism, religious extremism, gun control and hate crimes targeting the LGBTQ community. While the motivation of the Orlando mass murderer may never be fully known, given the contradictory statements and behavior of the perpetrator, the targeting of gays and lesbians for violence is a familiar fact of life in the U.S.  Story continues

U.S. Civil Case Pursues Justice in 1973 Murder of Chilean Singer Victor Jara

MP3 Interview with Dixon Osburn, executive director of the Center for Justice and Accountability, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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Apart from the infamous terrorist attacks in the U.S. on September 11 of 2001, September 11 in 1973 is a day that will live in infamy. On that day, Chilean General Augusto Pinochet overthrew the government of socialist President Salvador Allende. Allende, in his short time in office, had greatly improved the lives of Chile's poor and provided hope for a more equal society. Chilean singer/songwriter Victor Jara was the best known popularizer of his nation’s politics of hope and social justice. Beloved in his own country, he was well known around the Americas for his beautiful songs that captured Chile’s spirit of optimism during that era.  Story continues

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