Hello! You are part of a community of millions who seek out Democracy Now! each month for ad-free daily news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for our in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power and lift up the voices of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We produce all of this news at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation. We do this without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How? This model of news depends on support from viewers and listeners like you. Today, less than 1% of our visitors support Democracy Now! with a donation each year. If even 3% of our website visitors donated just $10 per month, we could cover our basic operating expenses for a year. Pretty amazing right? If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make a monthly contribution.

Your Donation: $
Thursday, June 14, 2001 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES

As President Bush Continues His Tour, Thousands Protest U.S. Capital Punishment in Europe,and a Senate Panel Investigates Whether the Death Penalty Is Racist, a Debate Between Stephen Brightof the Sou

download:   Audio Get CD/DVD More Formats
This is viewer supported news

President Bush faces the largest protest yet on his European tour as thousands amass in the streets of Goteborg,Sweden today.

He has run into protests in every city thus far, with activists and ordinary citizens furious over the Texan’sexecutions, his plans to build a star wars weapons system, and his withdrawal from the Kyoto protocol on globalwarming.

Every country in the European Union has outlawed the death penalty, and public incredulity has been mounting foryears at the U.S. stance on the issue. Since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, over 700 peoplehave been executed. Public outcry in Europe reached the boiling point this week.

The U.S. executed Timothy McVeigh on Monday–the first federal execution in decades–the same day that PresidentBush departed for Europe.

Meanwhile, U.S. Supreme Court refused yesterday to hear appeals from Jay D. Scott, who is scheduled to be put todeath in Ohio today. Yesterday, the state of Texas carried out it’s 8th execution this year. And the federalgovernment is set to execute Juan Raul Garza next week.

Newly empowered by the transfer of power, Democratic Senator Russell Feingold yesterday held a hearing of a SenateJudiciary subcommittee yesterday on racism and the death penalty. 17 of the 19 prisoners on federal death row arepeople of color. Feingold called for a moratorium on all federal executions until a thorough and independent studyof racism and the death penalty is completed.

Attorney General John Ashcroft issued a controversial, internal report last week which concluded that there is noevidence of racial bias in federal death penalty cases.


  • Stephen Bright, Director, Southern Center for Human Rights.
  • Judge Alex Kozinski, on the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Recent Shows More

Full News Hour


    A People’s Climate Movement: Indigenous, Labor, Faith Groups Prepare for Historic March
    New York City is set to host what could be the largest climate change protest in history. Organizers expect more than 100,000 people to converge for a People’s Climate March on Sunday. Some 2,000 solidarity events are scheduled around the world this weekend ahead of Tuesday’s United Nations climate summit. We spend the hour with four participants representing the labor, indigenous, faith and climate justice communities: Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is the president of Union Theological Seminary, which recently voted to divest from fossil...

Creative Commons License The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.