This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Feb. 1, 2012 for week ending Feb. 10, 2012


"These spaces were very important to bring together people across society ... That's a huge threat to the state because it brings questions, actions and public rage."

– Sandy Nurse, an activist with the Occupy Wall Street movement, commenting on the Jan. 28 police suppression of Occupy Oakland's attempt to claim a vacant city building for use as a community center and organizing hub. Four hundred activists were arrested.


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State-by-State Campaign Working for Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Decision

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Interview with Bob Edgar, former six-term congressional representative, president and CEO of Common Cause, conducted by Scott Harris


Jan. 20 marked the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case, where the justices ruled that corporations and unions may give unlimited and anonymous donations to elect or defeat political candidates. In their decision, the high court declared that corporations have the same rights as living persons.  Story continues

Obama Ruling on Access to Birth Control Provokes Attack from GOP and Religious Right

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Interview with Meghan Smith, domestic program associate at Catholics for Choice, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


In late January, the Obama administration issued a ruling that religious institutions serving the public, such as schools and hospitals, must provide their employees with access to birth control through employee health plans with no deductibles or co-pays, as part of the President’s Affordable Care Act health reform law. However, the ruling provides an exemption for employees of churches and other houses of worship, and allows these institutions an extra year to comply.  Story continues

The Occupy Movement Prepares for Spring Actions as 400 Arrested in Oakland

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Interview with Sandy Nurse, a member of Occupy Wall Street, NYC, conducted by Scott Harris


As police suppression of the Occupy Wall Street movement proceeded with evictions of activists from public spaces over the past several months, the movement has continued organizing protests highlighting the issues of economic inequality, while targeting big banks and attempting to stop home foreclosures. In some cases, Occupy activists have employed direct action to reclaim public space lost, as happened in December when an unsuccessful effort was launched to occupy Duarte Square in New York City, resulting in some 50 arrests.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

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