This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Sept. 25, 2013 for week ending Oct. 4, 2013


"Pretty much every other rich democracy on the planet has a lower rate of poverty than we do here – lower child poverty, lower rate of inequality, etc. ... There is no shortage of programs around the world that we could look at to demonstrate ways of reducing poverty."

– Interview with Stephen Pimpare, author of “A People’s History of Poverty in America”, on how 15 percent of the overall U.S. population is poor, including 26 percent of Hispanics, 27 percent of African Americans, 22 percent of children under 18, and 9 percent over age 65.

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U.S. Census: Despite Rising Corporate Profits, Poor and Middle-Class Income Remains Flat, Poverty Levels Stagnate

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Interview with Stephen Pimpare, author of “A People’s History of Poverty in America”, conducted by Scott Harris


The sluggish economic recovery from the depths of the Great Recession that began in 2008 hasn’t yet reached the nation’s poor and middle class, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report for 2012. The data reveals that as two million more jobs were created last year and the nation’s corporations raked in big profits, the average income of American households remained frozen.  Story continues

International Women's Earth and Climate Summit Convenes to Draft Action Agenda

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Interview with Jacqueline Patterson, director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, conducted by Melinda tuhus


At a three-day conference Sept. 20-23 in Suffern, N.Y., 100 women environmental leaders from around the world convened to share their experiences and hammer out a Women's Climate Action Agenda. The International Women's Earth and Climate Initiative summit included equal representation from both industrial and developing nations around the globe, including many indigenous leaders from North America, the Amazon, and Africa.  Story continues

Another Mass Casualty Shooting Underscores Need for More Restrictive Federal Gun Laws

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Interview with Ladd Everitt, communications director with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, conducted by Scott Harris


The latest in a long series of mass casualty shootings across America occurred on Sept. 16 when accused gunman Aaron Alexis, a technology contractor for the U.S. government with security clearance, killed 12 people in a bloody rampage at Washington, D.C.’s Navy Yard, before being shot and killed himself.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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