This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Oct. 5, 2011 for week ending Oct. 14, 2011



"What we need to do is have a sustained resistance. I don't think it's going to end any time soon."

-- "Joe Hill," organizer with Occupy Wall Street, on how the movement got started and his expectations. See story below.

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Occupy Wall Street Activists Inspire Non-Violent Resistance Across the U.S.

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Interview with Joe Hill, Occupy Wall Street organizer, conducted by Scott Harris


As the Occupy Wall Street protest encampment entered its third week in lower Manhattan, activists there launched a march over the Brooklyn Bridge on Oct. 1 that resulted in the arrest of 700 people. Although New York City police say they warned protesters over bullhorns that marching onto the iconic bridge’s roadway was illegal, eyewitnesses accuse police of leading hundreds into the car lanes before moving in to make mass arrests.  Story continues

Prisoner Hunger Strike in California Protests Solitary Confinement

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Interview with Amy Fettig, senior staff counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union's National Prison Project, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


This week, 4,200 inmates in California prisons are on hunger strike, many in solidarity with prisoners at the Pelican Bay super-maximum security facility. Prisoners at Pelican Bay conducted an earlier hunger strike over the summer, but called it off when they believed prison officials would grant some of their demands.  Story continues

Despite its Failure to Stop the Execution of Troy Davis, Campaign To End U.S. Death Penalty Grows

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Interview with Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, conducted by Scott Harris


Despite an international campaign and petition drive that collected nearly 1 million signatures to stop his execution, 41- year-old Troy Davis was put to death by lethal injection in a Georgia prison on Sept. 21. In the weeks before the execution, Amnesty International, which has long campaigned against the death penalty, helped organize 300 vigils and other events in an attempt to pressure Georgia state authorities to commute Troy Davis’ death sentence.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

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