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Past Events

Oct. 19, 2019: "The Fascist Threat and Effective Resistance in the Era of Donald Trump"

FALL 2016: Between The Lines' 25th Anniversary with award-winning investigative journalist, author and Oscar-nominated docummentary filmmaker Jeremy Scahill

SPRING 2011: "Overcoming the Power of the Plutocrats by Forging the Power of the People,"citizen activist and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader at Between The Lines' 20th anniversary

SPRING 2010: "Democracy vs. the Propaganda State: Why We Must Support Independent Media and Build a Real Alternative to Corporate Power," public forum with John Nichols, author of "The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that will Begin the World Again"

FALL 2009: "Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Crisis and What to Do About It," Oct. 24 Film screening and forum with economics professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and consultant on Michael Moore's new film, "Capitalism: A Love Story"

WINTER 2009: Sneak Preview Screening: "Combatants for Peace and the Billboard from Bethlehem", with producer/director Bruce Barrett and Combatants for Peace's Elik Elhanan

FALL 2008: Pre-Election Forum: Oil, War and the Future of American Foreign Policy, with Michael T. Klare at the documentary screening of "Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Dependency on Foreign Petroleum"

SUMMER 2008: "Eyewitness Reports on Iran, Palesine and Israel," with peace activists Rev. Allie Perry, Patty Nuelsen, and Between The Lines' producer Melinda Tuhus

FALL 2007: "Health Care: A Basic Right or Privilege?" with Dr. Stephanie Woolhandler, Physicians for a National Health Program

SPRING 2007: "American Fascists" with Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges

SPRING 2007: "Energy Wars: Popular Movements At Home and Abroad," with TowardFreedom.com Editor Ben Dangl and Connecticut activists Frank Panzarella and Bruce Crowder

FALL 2006: Between The Lines' 15th Anniversary Event Series "Democracy in Danger: Oil Wars, Corporate Power, Terrorism and the Struggle to Defend Liberty and Justice," with journalists and media analysts Greg Palast and Jeff Cohen

SPRING 2006: Between The Lines'15th Anniversary Event Series, "Troubadours for Truth,"

SUMMER 2006: "The Case for Impeachment of President George W. Bush" coauthors journalist David Lindorff and Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Barbara Olshansky on their book, "The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office."

FALL 2005: "The Iraq War and the Bush Administration's Pursuit of Global Domination," U.S. Marine veteran and former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter

SUMMER 2005 "Weapons of Mass Deception," a screening of this award-winning documentary followed by a discussion with director Danny Schechter

FALL 2004: Media Education Foundation documentary: "Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear and the Selling of American Empire," with economist Max Wolff

SPRING 2003: "Who Profits from War on Iraq?" with BBC-TV reporter Greg Palast

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A message from Between The Lines' executive producer, Scott Harris

To Our Between The Lines Friends:

While Donald Trump is no longer in the White House, "Trumpism" is still very much alive across the U.S. The disgraced former president's big lie about election fraud and his brand of white nationalism that promotes hate and division have taken a firm hold of the Republican Party with disastrous consequences for our nation.

Due to his big lie, the Republican party is now in the U.S. attempting to pass over 360 laws in 47 states to make it more difficult for communities of color and young people to vote. Their strategy poses an existential threat to our already deeply flawed democracy and must be stopped. Two pieces of legislation would go a long way to mitigating some, but not all of the Republicans' voter suppression anti-democracy tactics. One is the For The People Act, a comprehensive bill to defend democracy and reduce the role of big money in U.S. elections. The other is the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore what the U.S. Supreme Court notoriously gutted from the 1965 Voting Rights Act that allowed dozens of states to disenfranchise voters since 2013.

And, right-wing politicians are going after movements. The spate of G.O.P. anti-protest bills introduced this year (81 in 34 states to be exact) is alarming. But it also shows that they fear effective organizing.

GOP politicians and right-wing TV and radio pundits are further perpetuating Trump's big lie that the 2020 election was stolen from him by Joe Biden, the Democrats and millions of fraudulent votes cast by black and brown voters -- by insisting that pro-Trump insurrectionists were simply touring the Capitol on Jan. 6 to assert their rights, didn't hurt anyone and had every legitimate reason to be there. What's worse is that these same shameless politicians and commentators continue to falsely claim that the real culprits in the violence at the Capitol weren't Trump supporters, but antifa and Black Lives Matter activists posing as Trump supporters. These claims are reminiscent of the Nazis setting fire to Germany's Capitol building, the Reichstag -- and then blaming the arson on the communists -- justifying repression and a state of emergency that enabled Adlolf Hitler and the Nazis to take control of Germany's government.

Republican politicians and their right-wing media echo chamber further continue to promote disinformation and bogus conspiracy theories about the coronavirus, mask wearing, social distancing -- and vaccinations. This is especially dangerous now that more contagious mutated variants of the virus are taking hold across the U.S. and the world. While we certainly should agree that a non-political commission be formed to investigate and understand who are the parties responsible for the Jan. 6 Trump insurrection and attack at the U.S. Capitol, it's also critical that a deadly serious investigation be launched into the conduct of Donald Trump, members of his administration, the CDC and state governors regarding their failure to follow common sense, science-based public health guidelines, resulting in the needless deaths of more than half a million deaths caused by COVID-19 -- the number of Americans killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined. These unnecessary deaths constitute mass murder and a crime against humanity. Those responsible must be held accountable.

Progressives have played an important current role in pressuring the Biden administration and the Democratic Congress to pass pandemic relief, honor campaign pledges and pursue policies to responsibly and effectively address inequality, universal healthcare, climate change, police reform, immigration reform and common sense gun control. In some cases, Biden and the Democrats have even gone beyond expectations, with generous monthly payments to families with children under 18, as pandemic relief; a proposed infrastructure bill to create jobs in a renewable energy economy, federally funded with research and development; expanded Internet to rural areas and caregiving support for seniors.

Over the past few months, Between The Lines has focused our coverage on the need to hold the Trump regime accountable for the preventable deaths they are responsible for, as well as immediately getting to work on repairing the gaping holes in our nation's economic and health care system that have been exposed by the pandemic and the hard work necessary to uproot long-standing institutional racism in virtually every corner of America's economy and society.

Between The Lines, which is broadcast on more than 65 stations across the U.S. each week, has been broadcasting timely, in-depth progressive analysis since 1991. We take pride in the fact that our nonprofit group has produced a weekly show these many years with an all-volunteer collective, funded exclusively by our supportive listeners. With your help, we've recently expanded distribution of our podcasts beyond Pacifica Radio Network, to new aggregators like Progressive Voices Network on TuneIn, with over a million listeners, and nine other podcasting platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, TuneIn/Alexa, iHeart Radio, Stitcher and Overcast.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Squeaky Wheel Productions, Between The Lines' tax-exempt nonprofit organization for the Great Give 2021 from May 4-5. The Great Give is a 36-hour fundraiser sponsored by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and many other philanthropic organizations to help Greater New Haven area nonprofits support their social missions.

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Thanks for all your past and continued support in the struggle for a more peaceful and just world for the next generation!
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In Solidarity,

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Scott Harris, Executive Producer, Between The Lines and Squeaky Wheel Productions
and the rest of us at Between The Lines - Melinda, Denise, Anna, Bob, Elaine, Hank, Richard, Leslie, Jeff, Susan, Mary, Cat, Marco and Ruth Anne