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Many of the same groups making up the coalition that are organizing demonstrations in Philadelphia and Los Angeles were also in Seattle and Washington D.C. protesting the policies of the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund & World Bank.
Groups gathering in Philadelphia include those advocating universal health care and economic human rights, abolition of the death penalty, and an end to gun violence.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Barbara DiTullio, president of Pennsylvania's National Organization for Women, and an organizer with the July 30th "Unity 2000" march for economic and social justice. She explains the multi-issue rally's message, calling for a new direction in American politics.
Call Unity 2000 at (215) 627-5007 or visit their Web site at: www.unity2000.com
The Philadelphia Direct Action Group is coordinating a series of actions which will focus on disrupting the Republican Convention and business as usual in Philadelphia. Over the past two months city police and federal agents have systematically monitored the activities of direct action organizers by staking out their offices, videotaping their comings and goings and even rifling through their trash. Despite what organizers characterize as law enforcement's effort to harass and intimidate them, thousands of activists from all over the country will be converging on Philadelphia in the days before the convention to receive non-violence training and plan their actions.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Matthew Ruben, an organizer with the Philadelphia Direct Action Group, who explains why so many activists, in the tradition of the civil rights movement, are willing to put their bodies on the line for social justice.
To contact the Direct Action Group call (215) 545-1505 or visit their Web site at: www.thepartysover.org
The Kensington Welfare Rights Union, working with a national coalition of poor people's groups, has organized a March for Economic Human Rights on Monday, July 31, coinciding with the opening day Philadelphia's Republican National Convention. The march was called to focus attention on the plight of America's poor, a critical issue -- organizers assert -- which has been ignored by both major political parties. Despite being denied a permit for the march by the City of Philadelphia, thousands of poor and homeless families and their supporters say they will march to the site of the GOP convention.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Galen Tyler, an organizer with the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, who discusses the group's July 31st March for Economic Human Rights.
To contact the Philadelphia's Kensington Welfare Rights Union, call (215) 203-1945 or visit their Web site at: www.kwru.org
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