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Dear Friend of Between The Lines:
Something electric is happening in the streets across America! From the spark ignited by a determined group of activists at New York City’s Zuccotti Park on Sept. 17, the Occupy Wall Street movement has spread like a prairie fire to hundreds of cities and towns, large and small, in the heartland and around the world.As the new Occupy movement connects with millions of supporters across the U.S., Between The Lines is well-placed to provide in-depth coverage of this exciting time of revived activism over the core issues: fixing America's broken economic and political system.
Americans from all walks of life have awoken to the realization that their dreams and economic future had been shattered by the big banks and financial institutions who crashed the economy in their reckless pursuit of obscene profits at the expense of the 99%.
What further has come into focus — with the Obama administration and Congress’ failure to responsibly rein in the excesses of America’s corporate elite during this latest crisis — is the unholy alliance between the two major U.S. political parties and Wall Street. For decades now, the money from corporate America has financed our election campaigns rigged in favor of the 1% that owns 40% of the nation’s wealth.
The meltdown of the U.S. economy in 2007 and 2008 exacerbated a 30-year erosion of the American middle class. The process by which Wall Street was deregulated and taxes dramatically reduced on the nation’s wealthiest corporations and individuals had been underway for more than three decades with the complicity of both political parties. The result is that now, for the first time in post-World War II history, a new generation — many already burdened by unsustainable college loan debt — is facing a lower standard of living than their parents.
Occupy Wall Street has captured the imagination and support of so many because at long last, they see a movement that speaks directly to their sense of outrage at being violated by America’s most powerful institutions, a violation that has not been fully investigated or featured in corporate-controlled U.S. media.
In 1991, Between The Lines began its first broadcast to cover dissenting points of view during the first Persian Gulf War. For 20 years, Between The Lines Radio newsmagazine has dedicated our program to exposing the injustices in our nation and the world. For years now, we have featured reports and interviews on the widening gap between America's rich and poor, the largest disparity in the industrialized world. Between The Lines was also on the ground covering a predecessor of the current Occupy protests — the global social justice movement that was launched during the protests against the World Trade Organization in Seattle in 1999. That movement also protested corporate greed and global inequality in other international summits around the globe — but later ground to a halt after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Now, as the new Occupy movement connects with millions of supporters across the U.S., Between The Lines is well-placed to provide you with in-depth coverage of this exciting time of revived activism that addresses the core issues: fixing America's broken economic and political system.
We will endeavor not simply to report on this new mass movement, their tactics and police repression, but also to bring you intelligent discussion on the many possible solutions being debated to restructure our failed U.S. economic and political system, with the goal to ensure the 99% will recapture their democratic rights from the 1% who hijacked it long ago.
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Since our 20th anniversary event with Ralph Nader, we've added an Occupy Wall Street section to our website at BTLonline.org, which includes in-depth interviews from Between The Lines’ Executive Producer Scott Harris and subscriptions to our podcasts, RSS feeds or email subscriptions of weekly program summaries and interview transcripts. Now, you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter with updates on the movement.
In case you’ve missed these Between The Lines and Counterpoint interviews, here’s a sample of what listeners hear each week and that have covered issues at the heart of the Occupy Wall Street movement:
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