Thank you for visiting Between The Lines' fundraising page during our 20th year of broadcasting, which coincides with a most critical period in our nation's history...and a rebirth of activism in the Occupy Wall Street movement!
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure and sends your donation directly to our tax-exempt, fiscal sponsor, The International Center for Global Communications Foundation, Inc. (dba "The Global Center"). It is also the most efficient way to support our fundraising efforts. (If you want to donate by check, instructions are also on this page, below.)
Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might be concerned about the shift of political power in the nation. We held our 20th anniversary event with Ralph Nader on May 14, and were simply astounded by his generous and surprise fundraising pitch for our group -- basically, it's as if he's launched a new goal for our anniversary. ... We are very close to raising $20,000 for our 20th year of broadcasting.
Since the 2010 midterm congressional election campaign and this summer's debate on deficit reduction through austerity measures, extremist legislators have proven their goal is to further erode the social safety net with cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security.
For decades, the GOP has attempted to kill the New Deal programs born in the Great Depression under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Now, with their takeover of the House, Republican politicians are closer to achieving their goals.
It's ironic that the super-rich corporations and individuals who bankroll the Republican machine are the very same forces that caused the global economic meltdown by advocating reckless financial deregulation and billions of dollars in tax breaks for the nation's wealthiest citizens. But sadly, millions of frustrated voters, angry about obscenely high unemployment and a bad economy, were skillfully manipulated into voting against their own economic self-interest in the last congressional election.
Chillingly, this manipulation often succeeds because the U.S. commercial media system, particularly radio, is dominated by right-wing extremist voices who regularly use the public airwaves as an echo chamber to spread lies and distortions in support of the agenda of powerful corporations and the super rich. Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and Michael Savage and countless "ditto-heads" dominate the radio airwaves, broadcasting hours of back-to-back right-wing programming.
Each weekday, 2,570 hours of conservative talk are broadcast, compared to 254 hours of progressive talk -- 10 times as much conservative voices as progressive. -- "The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio," Center for American Progress and Free Press
Will more progressive voices be heard in 2012?
We hope so! Something electric is already 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.
Between The Lines' Radio Newsmagazine is one of a relative handful of progressive broadcast outlets in the U.S. that operates to counter the blatant propaganda of the right. Reaching low-information voters with easily digestible, timely in-depth information on major issues of the day -- to act as a bulwark against manipulation -- is one of our most important goals.
Your financial support of Between The Lines is vital to our ability to continue producing the show that brings the voices of progressive activists and journalists to a national audience broadcast on 50 radio stations each week.
While the big three networks and cable outlets like Fox News enjoy budgets of hundreds of millions of dollars, your humble BTL crew is scrambling right now to find the man-hours to distribute our Between The Lines program and the speeches of our speakers such as John Nichols, Chris Hedges, Ralph Nader and Occupiers across the nation, free of charge to more radio stations so that more listeners can hear the views of independent journalists and progressive activists.
If the in-depth analysis and commentary you regularly hear on Between The Lines increases your knowledge and understanding of the world, won't you please consider making a tax deductible contribution?
Help Between The Lines grow our efforts to broadcast the news and views of activists working to make a better world possible, by donating now.
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Thank you again,
Scott, Melinda, Denise, Anna, Bob, Jeff, Hank, Richard, Elaine, Rita, Gary, Reggie, Prue, Ruben, Chris, and Liz