This Week on Between The Lines

Posted May 2, 2012 for week ending May 11, 2012


"Arizona legislators have taken it upon themselves to enforce their own interpretation of what federal immigration laws should be: Anyone that appears to be undocumented ... will be questioned, detained until able to prove they are in this country with documents. This is particularly problematic for a state like Arizona in which over 60 percent of the population are people of color."

– Christian Ramirez, director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition

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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments Challenging Constitutionality of Arizona's "Papers Please" Law

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Interview with Christian Ramirez, director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition, conducted by Scott Harris


The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on April 25 from both defenders and opponents of Arizona’s controversial Senate Bill 1070 immigration law. The Obama administration’s Justice Department is challenging the Arizona law, arguing that the federal government has sole authority over matters of immigration enforcement, citing the Supremacy Clause in the U.S. constitution.  Story continues

BP Oil Spill Disaster Fines to be Dedicated to Gulf Coast Wetlands Restoration

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Interview with Aaron Viles, deputy director of the Gulf Restoration Network, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


British Petroleum’s Macondo oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico just over two years ago was the worst and most publicized environmental disaster to strike the U.S., killing 11 workers and spilling 200 million gallons of oil into the deep waters of the Gulf as well as the vulnerable – and disappearing – wetlands along the shore.  Story continues

Occupy Wall Street Movement Returns to the Streets in May Day Spring Revival

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Interview with Mark Bray, Occupy Wall Street, NYC media team member, conducted by Scott Harris


Seven-and-a-half months after the Occupy Wall Street movement was born in New York City’s Zuccotti Park, activists across the U.S. and around the world celebrated May Day, International Workers' Day, by taking to the streets in what was described as “A Day Without the 99 Percent.” The call for a May Day "general strike," urged workers to take the day off and students to walk out of school to participate in marches, rallies, non-violent civil disobedience and teach-ins.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

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