This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Oct. 12, 2011 for week ending Oct. 21, 2011

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OCCUPY WALL STREET OCTOBER 15 GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION:

"Stop Asking Me Why I'm Here and Start Asking Yourself Why You Aren't "

-- Protester's sign at the Occupation Party at Times Square

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Occupy Wall Street, October 15 Day of Global Action

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Occupy Wall Street Movement Expands Exponentially Across the U.S.

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Interview with Medea Benjamin, Code Pink and Global Exchange co-founder, conducted by Scott Harris

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The exponential growth of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement across the U.S. was a surprise to both organizers and activists, now gratified that their message targeting Wall Street greed and America’s corrupt political system has struck a chord among so many Americans. Now in its fourth week, the occupation model that launched the movement in New York City’s Zuccotti Park has now spread to dozens of cities and towns from coast to coast, with new organizing committees forming every day.  Story continues

Voices of the 99 Percent

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Interview with protesters at a joint Occupy Wall Street/labor union rally in New York City, Oct. 5, 2011, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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Less than a month old, the new Occupy Wall Street protests, spreading like wildfire across the U.S., have already had a profound effect on the national debate, which up until a few weeks ago centered in Washington around budget cuts and slashing social safety net programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. With its newfound power to influence, the direct action movement has attracted new allies in labor unions that have made common cause with the protesters’ grievances against Wall Street greed and political corruption. In New York City, labor unions joined Occupy activists for a march and rally on Oct. 5th.  Story continues

Grim Economic Data Illustrate the Severe Decline of America's Middle Class

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Interview with Andy Kroll, Mother Jones Magazine reporter and associate editor at TomDispatch.com, conducted by Scott Harris

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As if waking up from a deep three-year slumber to find their standard of living and future prospects shattered, tens of thousands of Americans are now taking to the streets to express their outrage at the reckless and unaccountable behavior of Wall Street and big banks that hurled the nation and world into the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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