This Week on Between The Lines

Posted July 3, 2013 for week ending July 12, 2013


"This really was a dreadful decision that's going to do real harm to real people by rolling back protections against racial discrimination that have been absolutely central to the progress we've made as a nation in protecting the right to vote."

– Brenda Wright, vice president of Legal Strategies at Demos, on the Supreme Court ruling striking down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act on June 25

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Response to High Court's Gutting of Voting Rights Act: "Don't Mourn, Organize!"

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Interview with Brenda Wright, vice president of Legal Strategies at Demos, conducted by Scott Harris


With their narrow 5 to 4 ruling on the constitutionality of the 1965 Voting Rights Act on June 25, the majority conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court effectively gutted the landmark civil rights legislation designed to prevent discrimination against the nation’s minority voters. Specifically, the court ruling challenged the formula in Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act that determined the list of states and other jurisdictions mandated to receive special scrutiny of any proposed changes in their voting laws. Striking down the section 4 formula, the Supreme Court decision in effect invalidated Section 5 of the civil rights legislation, which required pre-clearance of new voting laws in jurisdictions with a documented history of discrimination, protecting voters’ rights before they are violated on election day. Now it’s up to Congress to replace the formula struck down by the court.  Story continues

Fearless Summer: U.S. Climate Change Groups Escalate Anti-Fossil Fuels Campaign

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Interview with Mathew Louis-Rosenberg, anti-fossil fuel activist, member of RAMPS and Fearless Summer campaign, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


This summer is witnessing stepped-up opposition to the use of fossil fuels by many communities and activists around the country. According to the world’s scientists, the continued exploitation of oil, coal and natural gas will eventually heat up the planet climate to the point of no return, where life on earth will be in endangered.  Story continues

Beltway Corporate Media Elite Attack Fellow Journalists for Revealing Government Secrets

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Interview with Jeff Cohen, director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, conducted by Scott Harris


NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, stranded in a transit terminal at Moscow’s International airport, continues to seek political asylum outside the United States as the Obama administration pressures nations around the world to deny his request for refuge reportedly made to 20 governments. Last month, Snowden revealed details the U.S. government’s previously unknown massive collection of domestic and overseas phone and Internet communications. The Obama administration has responded to the unauthorized revelations by filing charges against the 30-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and recent employee of a government defense contractor with three felonies: espionage, theft and conversion of government property.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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