Between The Lines

News and Analysis
For The Week Ending Aug. 25, 2000

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Activists and concerned individuals: Dismayed by the lack of major media coverage of the protests during the Democratic Convention? Here's one example of a letter that you can write to the major media letting them know you feel they have been negligent in their coverage:

Scott Harris' letter to PBS News Hour producers over their failure to include protest organizers in the in-studio roundtable discussion on Aug. 17, 2000.

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Guest producers: This week we are happy to announce that David Goodman, of Boston-based WMBR Radio, has contributed a segment on the Hawaiian independence movement. If you would like to submit a segment proposal for Between The Lines, email Scott Harris at

Global social justice movement resources: We continue (as time permits) to archive our collection of interviews and Web links with contacts and breaking news about the global social justice movement. Click here to check it out. (Audio files in MP3 and RealAudio formats.)

Independent Media Center coverage:
For the latest on the activists who still remain jailed from the Democratic Convention protests, see the Los Angeles Independent Media Center Web site:

This week we present Between The Lines' summary of under-reported news stories and:

Report Contradicts President Clinton's Assessment of Child Poverty
Interview by Scott Harris.
In a farewell address at the Democratic National convention in Los Angeles, President Clinton listed with pride the achievements of his administration. Among the accomplishments he touted was "the lowest child poverty rate in 20 years."

But the National Center for Children in Poverty contradicted the president's assertion in a recent report which found that the percentage of children growing up in impoverished households has risen from 16.2 percent in 1979 to 19 percent in 1998, an increase of 15%. Although since 1993 economic good times have begun to reverse these trends, 3 million more children live in poverty now than they did in 1979. In fact, the U.S. child poverty rate is often two to three times higher than that of most other Western industrialized nations.

The percentage of children living in poverty is highest for African Americans at a shocking 37 percent, while 34 percent of Latino and 11 percent of white children live below the official poverty line.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Julian Palmer, communications director with the National Center for Children in Poverty, who discusses his group's report and the political will necessary to substantively address this national disgrace.

Contact the National Center for Children in Poverty by calling (212) 304-7100 or visit their Web site at

Why a Multi-issue Coalition is Protesting at Democratic National Convention
Interview by Scott Harris.

Many of the same groups that came to Philadelphia to protest at the Republican national convention also came to Los Angeles to demonstrate against the Democrats during their nominating convention.

Thousands of activists took to the streets to focus attention on critical issues that they say neither the Republican nor Democratic parties have seriously addressed. Both parties, protesters say, have been bought and paid for by the same set of giant transnational corporations undermining democracy. The week was filled with legal demonstrations and non-violent civil disobedience to draw attention to a number of issues including: opposition to the death penalty, the prison industrial complex, corporate globalization and the growing gap between the rich and poor.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Kevin Rudiger of the Direct Action Network, who explains why a broad coalition of groups is protesting against the Democrats and how non-violent civil disobedience is being used to affect social change.

Contact the Direct Action Network in Los Angeles by calling (213) 484-0484 or visit their Web site at

Other related sites for breaking news:

Hawaiian Independence Activists Seek Sovereignty, Repatriation of Stolen Lands
Interview by David Goodman.

Earlier this month, hundreds of native Hawaiians and their supporters marched and rallied in Washington, D.C. The goal, according to organizers of the Aloha 2000 march, was to start a dialogue about Hawaiian independence.

More than 100 years ago, the U.S. Navy led a force that overthrew the government of Hawaiian Queen Lydia Lili'uokalani. Five years later, the island nation was annexed, and like Puerto Rico, became part of the American commonwealth. Statehood for Hawaii came in 1959. But in 1993, President Clinton acknowledged the illegal nature of this annexation and signed an official apology to native Hawaiians.

For many activists, an apology is not enough. Native Hawaiians have some of the worst educational and economic indicators of any American ethnic group and the highest rates of heart disease, cancer, strokes and diabetes. According to Butch Kekahu and Alfred Wong of the Koani Foundation, sponsor of the Aloha 2000 March, there's been some progress since the president's apology, including public hearings in December 1999 conducted by the U.S. Departments of Justice and the Interior. Boston-based WMBR Radio's David Goodman spoke with the two men about repatriation of stolen lands, independence and related social and economic issues.

For more information on Hawaiian independence, call the Aloha 2000 Foundation at 1-808-822-7643 or visit their Web site at

This week's summary of under-reported news
Compiled from alternative media sources by Bob Nixon

  • 350,000 displaced Palestinians still living in refugee camps after forced evacuation from Israel in 1948. (In These Times, Aug. 7, 2000)
  • Rebels in India's Kashmir province resume attacks against Indian army.(The Economist, Aug. 12, 2000)
  • Global demand for oil could exceed existing oil reserves by the year 2007. (E: The Environmental Magazine, July/Aug. 2000)

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