This Week on Between The Lines

Posted April 4, 2012 for week ending April 13, 2012


"Assuming that person who is black or Latino has criminal tendencies is a result of long-standing racism, our criminal justice institutions and media perceptions, and the consequences could be tragic."

– Jin Hee Lee, assistant counsel with the Criminal Justice Practice Group, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, on why their group is concerned with the criminalization of people of color.


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Shooting Death of Trayvon Martin Provokes National Debate on Racial Profiling

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Interview with Jin Hee Lee, assistant counsel with the Criminal Justice Practice Group, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, conducted by Scott Harris


The tragic Feb. 26 shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a volunteer neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Fla., has focused the nation’s attention on the issue of racial profiling and its sometimes fatal consequences. The fact that the shooter, 28-year-old George Zimmerman, has not been arrested, despite having a record of being previously arrested for assaulting a police officer in 2005 and a history of domestic violence, adds to the feeling of many in Florida and around the country, that race played a role in how the police handled the case.  Story continues

Federal Court Overturns EPA Revocation of Mountain Top Removal Coal Mine Permit

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Interview with Chuck Nelson, anti-MTR activist and chairman of the board of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


In January 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency revoked the Clean Water Act permit for the Spruce No. 1 coal mine, the largest mountaintop removal site in West Virginia. Mountaintop removal coal mining is the process of blowing up mountain tops to access the coal seams underneath, and dumping the rocks and earth into valleys below. Citing major environmental damage if the project proceeded, including the burial of miles of mountain streams, this was the first time the EPA had rescinded an already-granted permit from the Army Corps of Engineers.  Story continues

"99% Spring" Coalition of Unions, Students, Environmental Groups Organizing for Direct Action Protests

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Interview with John Cavanagh, director of the Institute for Policy Studies, conducted by Scott Harris


The nation’s first Occupy Wall Street protest encampment in New York City’s Zuccotti Park last September had a dramatic effect both on the morale of progressive activists and on the focus of America’s national debate. The actions of a small number of mostly young people who decided that a prolonged protest camp was the only way to communicate their message calling attention to the nation’s growing income inequality and a failed and corrupt political system, struck a chord with millions of Americans reeling from the Great Recession and decades of declining economic fortunes.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

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