This Week on Between The Lines

Posted April 22, 2015 for week ending May 1, 2015


"What we're seeing from these unions that are willing to put some money into the (low-wage workers movement) is an awareness that we need a new (workplace organizing) model. The one that we had since 1935 is gone, it doesn't work fundamentally anymore."

– Sarah Jaffe, journalist and fellow at The Nation Institute, on the role of labor unions in the new low wage workers protest movement

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Low-Wage Workers Organize Largest Nationwide Protest to Push for $15 Minimum Wage

MP3 Interview with Sarah Jaffe, journalist & fellow at The Nation Institute, conducted by Scott Harris


In more than 220 cities across the U.S., some 60,000 low-wage workers and their supporters joined marches and protests on April 1 to demand a $15 minimum hourly wage. The action, where many workers walked off their jobs, is said to be the largest protest by low-wage workers in U.S. history. Employees from fast food restaurants and retail stores, well as home healthcare aides and childcare workers participated in the day of action, which was primarily organized by the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU.  Story continues

On Fifth Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Not All Is Well in the Gulf

MP3 Interview with Wilma Subra, an environmental scientist and winner of a MacArthur "genius" grant, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


This year, April 20 marked the fifth anniversary of British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, which killed 11 workers and spilled an estimated 5 million barrels – or 210 million gallons – of oil into Gulf waters. The oil gushed for almost three months before being capped on July 15 and was finally sealed on Sept. 19, 2010.  Story continues

'Populism 2015' Conference Crafts Progressive Agenda to Influence 2016 Presidential Election Debate

MP3 Interview with Isaiah Poole, editor of the Campaign for America's Future blog, conducted by Scott Harris


A three-day conference called “Populism 2015," held in Washington, D.C. April 18-20, attracted 1,000 activists, organizers and progressive elected officials. The primary sponsors of the event were progressive activist groups, Campaign for America’s Future, National People’s Action, U.S. Action and Alliance for a Just Society.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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