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For The Week Ending July 26, 2002


LISTEN to this week's half-hour program of Between The Lines by clicking on one of the links below. MP3 files available until July 31, 2002.

This week we present Between The Lines' summary
of under-reported news stories and:

International AIDS Conference in Barcelona
Proposes Strategies for Prevention and Treatment,
But Lack of Funds Prevents Implementation

Interview with Julie Davids, director of ACT-UP Philadelphia, by Scott Harris

As the AIDS epidemic continues to spread around the world, more than 17,000 people engaged in battling the disease gathered in Barcelona, Spain for the 14th International AIDS Conference in July. Among the critical issues discussed there by doctors, researchers, activists and government officials was the urgent need to develop more effective prevention programs and making life-saving drugs available to treat millions of those infected in impoverished nations.

Since the first cases of AIDS appeared in 1981, more than 20 million people have died from the disease. But most of the 40 million people who are currently living with the HIV virus will die without receiving specialized drugs now effectively used in the world's wealthy countries. Both former South African President Nelson Mandela and U.S. president Bill Clinton addressed the conference. In a rare admission Mr. Clinton stated in an interview at the conference that he regretted not doing more to control the spread of AIDS while he was in the White House.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Julie Davids director of the Philadelphia chapter of ACT-UP, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power and member of the HealthGAP Coalition, who attended the Barcelona Conference. She examines some of the critical issues discussed at the gathering and describes a protest against Bush administration policies directed at Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson who tried to speak to those meeting in Barcelona.

Contact the HEALTHGAP Coalition by calling (215) 474-9329 or visit their Web site at:

13th Aid Caravan to Cuba Defies
Crackdown on Havana by Bush White House

Interview with the Rev. Lucius Walker,
founder and director of
IFCO, Pastors for Peace, by Denise Manzari

A caravan of vehicles, packed with medical, other aid and carrying almost 100 volunteers from across the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe, have converged in San Antonio, Texas. They will cross the border into Mexico and load the aid onto a freighter which will set sail for Cuba.

Initiated by Pastors for Peace, a project of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, the caravan, now in its 10th year, was organized in defiance of the 42-year-old U.S. blockade of Cuba, which requires a U.S. Treasury license to send aid to the people of Cuba.

Caravan organizers also plan to return to the United States with Cuban-manufactured goods to underscore what they regard as the detrimental effects of the embargo on the people of the U.S.

Despite the Bush Administration's recent reinforcement of restrictions on U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba, the group is risking fines and imprisonment by delivering humanitarian assistance to the Cuban people.

Lucius Walker is the founder and executive producer of IFCO/Pastors for Peace. He spoke with Denise Manzari about his group's continued opposition to U.S. government policy toward Cuba.

Contact the IFCO/Pastors for Peace by calling (212) 926-5757 or visit their Web site at

Police Beating of 16-year-old Donovan Jackson, Captured
on Videotape, Sparks Calls for Federal Probe and Community Control

Interview with commentator Earl Ofari Hutchinson,
by Scott Harris

Thousands of times a year across the U.S., allegations of police brutality are reported by victims. More often than not, these complaints are made by young Black and Latino men who frequently find themselves the target of police who employ the now scrutinized practice of racial profiling. Many of these cases never go to court due to the inaction of prosecutors and judges who commonly take the word of police officers over complainants.

On July 6, 16-year-old African American Donovan Jackson was handcuffed, thrown on the hood of a car, and punched in the face by white police officer Jeremy Morse in Inglewood, Calif. If not for the videotape evidence provided by Mitchell Crooks, the beating most likely would never have made it to the news wire or a court room. After the release of Crooks' video to the news media, a second officer admitted punching Jackson twice before the action was captured on tape. Police assert that Jackson was resisting arrest. After his 15 minutes of fame videographer Crooks was later arrested by police on what they say were outstanding warrants.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with author and columnist Earl Ofari Hutchinson, who lives in Inglewood. Hutchinson discusses why he believes the federal government should investigate the Jackson beating case and explains how communities can effectively confront a law enforcement culture that tolerates abuse which survives in too many police departments.

Call Earl Ofari Hutchinson at National Alliance for Positive Action at (312) 672-2542 or visit their Web site at

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This week's summary of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Agent Orange still poisoning the soil, food and water in Vietnam. ("A Toxic Burden," Mother Jones, June 24, 2002 on the Web)
  • Anti-sweatshop activists set up tent city at Florida State University to force university to join Workers Rights Consortium. ("Sunshine on Sweatshops," The Nation, July 2, 2002 on the Web)
  • Future of Internet's high speed broadband service being shaped by handful of big media corporations. ("Getting a Lock on Broadband,", June 7, 2002)

Senior news editor/writer: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Sasha Summer Cousineau
Segment producer: Denise Manzari
Distribution: Anna Manzo, Harry Minot, Jeff Yates
Web editor/producer: Anna Manzo
Executive producer: Scott Harris

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