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For The Week Ending Jan. 26, 2001

Click here to listen to Between The Lines' Special Report on the Crisis
at the Pacifica Radio Network and WBAI, New York

Indepth interviews with:

  • Utrice Leid, WBAI interim general manager
  • Bernard White, fired WBAI program director
  • Leslie Cagan, Pacifica foundation board member


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

NAACP, ACLU Lawsuit Challenges Florida's Discriminatory Electoral System
Interview by Scott Harris.

This year's celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. took on special significance for many in view of last November's disputed presidential election that was ultimately settled by a 5-4 vote in the U.S. Supreme Court, giving the White House to George W. Bush. In the minds of activists across the nation, the disenfranchisement of African Americans and other minority citizens in Florida, and elsewhere, reveals that King's lifelong struggle to win voting rights for all Americans is far from over.

In the wake of the Nov. 7 election and widespread reports of voting irregularities in Florida, a spotlight was cast on that state's electoral system where investigations by civil rights group's identified unfair voting practices that they say resulted in the invalidation of a disproportionate numbers of ballots cast by black voters for president.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Louis Bograd, senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who discusses a lawsuit filed by his organization, the NAACP and other groups on Jan. 10 challenging what they assert is Florida's discriminatory electoral system.

Louis Bograd is co-counsel in the case of NAACP v. Harris. Contact the groups supporting the lawsuit by calling 1 (800) 221-4277 or visit the NAACP's Web site at The ACLU can be reached at

Related articles

Civil Rights Leader Asserts Democratic Leadership Fails to Defend Rights of America's Disenfranchised Voters
Interview by Scott Harris.

A diverse coalition of civil rights, environmental, peace, women's, student, gay and lesbian organizations plan to provide a very different kind of welcome to President-elect George W. Bush when he takes the oath of office on Saturday, Jan. 20. Motivated by an election marred by voting irregularities in Florida and the extremist cast of individuals nominated by Mr. Bush to fill posts in his Cabinet, a progressive coalition is preparing to resist the GOP's political and economic agenda.

Along with the National Organization for Women, the Justice Action Movement and disaffected Democrats, the Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network will be in Washington, D.C. employing diverse tactics to remind the nation that the majority of voters rejected the Republican Party at the polls Nov. 7, where Vice President Al Gore won 500,000 more votes than Mr. Bush. While the 43rd president is sworn in on the steps of the Capitol, Sharpton and Ron Daniels of the Center for Constitutional Rights will be holding a "Shadow Inauguration" in front of the United States Supreme Court where voters will be sworn to commit themselves to fight for fair and non-discriminatory voting standards.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Ron Daniels, executive director with the Center for Constitutional Rights, who talks about his planned protest at the Supreme Court and assesses the strength of progressive groups to fight the conservative agenda of the incoming Bush administration.

To learn how you can act locally, contact the Center for Constitutional Rights at (212) 614-6429.

Related articles and interviews

  • "Operation Divide and Discredit"Washington Post, by Robert Borosage, Jan. 10, 2001. Quotes: "As Marshall Wittman of the right-wing Hudson Institute summarized, 'The left won this election. If you add the votes of Nader to Gore, you have a majority electorate...' Al Gore and Ralph Nader totaled the largest center-left vote since Lyndon Johnson in 1964."
  • Progressive Coalition Gears Up for Battle Against Bush Cabinet Nominees, Between The Lines interview with Robert Borosage of Campaign for America's Future, by Scott Harris, for week ending Jan. 19, 2001 (In RealAudio)

Journalist Present at Pine Ridge Reservation Shootout Advocates Executive Clemency for Leonard Peltier
Interview by Denise Manzari.

Almost 20 years ago on June 25, 1975, in a notorious shootout at the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota, FBI agent Jack Coler and Ronald Williams were shot and killed. Joe Stunt, an American Indian Movement member, was also killed by a federal agent.

Although the government has never produced an eyewitness in the deaths of the agents, AIM leader Leonard Peltier was charged with the killings. He was among the 21-plus Native Americans present that day, and admitted to participating in the shootout.

In the case, two other AIM members were acquitted, but testimony regarding FBI activities on the reservation before the 1975 incident was excluded by the judge as it applied to Peltier, who was tried separately from the other two defendants.

Kevin McKiernan is a journalist who covered the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation from 1973 to 1976. He was present the day of the shootings and believes President Clinton, before leaving office, should grant Leonard Peltier executive clemency. He spoke with Between The Lines' Denise Manzari.

For more information, call the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee at (785) 842-5774 or visit their website at

This week's summary of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon.

  • In many states, abortion services getting harder to obtain. (In These Times, Jan. 8, 2001)
  • UN peacekeepers absent in Chechnya as Russian troops continue to suppress independence movement there. (New Internationalist, December 2000)
  • Forty-five years after Martin Luther King Jr.'s civil rights bus boycott, Montgomery, Ala. bus service for poor almost nonexistent. (Nation, Dec. 25, 2000)

Senior news editor: Bob Nixon
Program narration: Arch Currie
News reader: Prue Cullen
Distribution: Harry Minot, Anna Manzo, Jeff Yates
Web editor/producer: Anna Manzo
Producer: Denise Manzari
Executive producer: Scott Harris

... MORE ...

Inauguration Week Teach-Ins, Protests

Jan. 15-21, 2001, see/hear reports of the protests from the:

Protest organizations:

National Organization for Women (

Independent Progressive Politics Network (

International Action Center (

Stop the Death Machine: Free Mumia Abu-Jamal (

Trust The People ( - Working for Voter Rights

Between The Lines/WPKN Counter-Inaugural Protest Archive (in MP3):

"'Stolen Election' Outrage Unites Once Divided Progressive Factions with Mainstream America" Interview with John Cavanaugh, Institute for Policy Studies, at a counter-inaugural protest coalition press conference in Washington D.C., Jan. 19, 2001. He described the six coalitions made up of dozens of groups that would protest Bush Inauguration.

" Political Shocks of Electoral College Resolution and U.S. Supreme Court Coup Spurs New Era of Activism" Interview with Ronnie Dugger, founder of Alliance For Democracy, Jan. 19, 2001. He spoke at a counter-inaugural protest coalition press conference in Washington D.C., Jan. 19, 2001.

"Dems and GOP Two Branches of Washington, D.C.'s 'Company Town,'" Patricia Ireland, president of the National Organization for Women, interviewed at Washington, D.C. Dupont Circle inauguration protest.

On the street:
"New Orleans Woman at Supreme Court" Drove 15 hours from Louisiana with her mother, 64, and stepfather to join thousands demonstrating outside U.S. Supreme Court in freezing rain.

"Detroit Michigan Woman, at Supreme Court"Rode bus 11 hours from Detroit to protest at U.S. Supreme Court.

Between The Lines/WPKN Election Crisis Archive:

"Human Rights Attorney Assesses Lasting Impact of 'Stolen Election'"

"Law Professor Calls Electoral College a Relic of Slave Era"

"Racial Discrimination Against Florida Voters Unexamined in Election Controversy"


"Hail to the Thief,"AlterNet, by Geov Parrish, Jan. 8, 2001. See the "Who's Coming to the Party" sidebar, for a comprehensive list of groups organizing protests relating to George W. Bush's inauguration in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Jan. 20.

"Election Anger Fuels Protesters"Washington Post, Dec. 21, 2000, by David Montgomery and Arthur Santana

"A Dark Cloud", by Robert Parry,, Dec. 10, 2000


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