This Week on Between The Lines

Posted April 30, 2014 for week ending May 9, 2014

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"Since the year 2000, disposable income in the United States is only up 0.3 percent. Spain (has) had a disposable income increase of 4.1 percent, well over 10 times the U.S. increase. In Italy, another country that's doing very poorly economically, the increase has been 8 percent. In the Netherlands, 14 percent. In Canada, a 20 percent increase in household disposable income."

– Sam Pizzigati, veteran labor journalist and Institute for Policy Studies Associate fellow, on how the middle class in other industrialized nations around the world have seen considerably larger increases in income over the last three decades than their American counterparts


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America's Poor and Middle Class Decline as Counterparts in Europe and Canada Advance

MP3 Interview with Sam Pizzigati, veteran labor journalist and Institute for Policy Studies Associate fellow, conducted by Scott Harris

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Since the birth of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City’s Zuccotti Park in September 2011, America has seen more discussion and debate about rising income inequality. While many politicians, including President Obama, talk about the need to address inequality, little of substance has been done to reverse policies that exacerbate the accelerating wealth gap. Now a new study published in the New York Times, titled, “The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest,” cites statistics from the Luxembourg Income Study Database, and concludes that the middle class in other industrialized nations around the world have seen considerably larger increases in income over the last three decades, than their American counterparts.  Story continues

Georgia's Extreme New Gun Law Allows Firearms in Bars, Schools and Churches

MP3 Interview with Ladd Everitt, communications director with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, conducted by Scott Harris

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Since the horrifying December 2012 Newtown massacre where deranged gunman 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook elementary school, states including Connecticut, California, Colorado, New York, and New Jersey have moved to strengthen laws governing gun sales. However, more than two dozen states have moved in the other direction, passing laws that weakened gun control regulations, expanding in many cases, the locations where concealed weapons are permitted to be carried.  Story continues

Activists Decry Treatment of Transgender Teenager held in Solitary Confinement in a Connecticut Prison

MP3 JeriMarie Liesegang, founder of the Connecticut Trans Advocacy Coalition reads an op-ed piece written by an imprisoned transgendered 16-year-old, and talks about how the non-trans community can best support transgender youth, in this segment recorded and produced by Between The Lines’ Melinda Tuhus

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A 16-year-old transgender girl – that is, a person who was born biologically male but identifies as female – has been held in solitary confinement at York Correctional Institution, the Connecticut state women's prison, since April 8. The girl, known as Jane Doe, remains in prison although no criminal charges have been brought against her, much less has she been convicted of any crime.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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