Democracy Now! - September 10, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley is urging supporters to rally next week in front of the Democratic National Committee office to protest the DNC’s debate schedule, which allows for six Democratic debates, only four of which will be held before the Iowa caucuses in February. The former Maryland governor joins us in studio to talk about his call for more debates.

As the European Union has proposed a new plan to resettle 160,000 refugees across the bloc, we speak to Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley about his call to welcome 65,000 Syrian refugees to the United States — far higher than the 1,500 allowed in so far by the Obama administration. O’Malley also discusses his overall plan for immigration reform.

In July, presidential candidate Martin O’Malley made headlines by suggesting that the rise of the so-called Islamic State came about in part because of the effects of climate change. "One of the things that preceded the failure of the nation-state of Syria and the rise of ISIS was the effect of climate change and the mega-drought that affected that region, wiped out farmers, drove people to cities, created a humanitarian crisis. It created the symptoms, or, rather, the conditions, of extreme poverty, that has led now to the rise of ISIL and this extreme violence." Republican Party Chair Reince Priebus called the remarks "absurd." We get O’Malley’s response.

Speaking on Democracy Now! recently, David Simon, a Baltimore resident best known for creating the television series "The Wire," criticized Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley’s policing policies as mayor of Baltimore. "It was almost as if he couldn’t get the reductions in the murder rate that he had promised as a candidate, and the next three or four years were: ’Let’s just throw everybody in the back of a van,’ Simon said. "If you looked at a cop the wrong way in Baltimore in about those three central years when Marty was trying to become governor, you went in the back of a police van, you were taken down to the city jail, you know, held overnight." O’Malley responds to Simon and also discusses the recent disruption of his appearance at the Netroots Nation conference by Black Lives Matter protesters who declared a "state of emergency" over the killings of African Americans. O’Malley also talks about the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore police custody.

The University of California has announced that it has sold off more than $200 million worth of investments in coal and tar sands companies. University officials say the move was prompted by concerns over environmental sustainability as well as the increasing riskiness of investing in the coal and tar sands industries, which have both seen their profits plummet in recent months. Bill McKibben, co-founder of, hailed the move. The European Green Party and recently launched the "Divest for Paris" challenge, calling on institutions, individuals and governments to divest from fossil fuels ahead of the climate summit in Paris later this year.

The award-winning film "La Jaula de Oro," or "The Golden Dream," directed by Diego Quemada-Díez, tells the story of two Guatemalan kids and one indigenous Tzotzil boy from southern Mexico as they attempt to traverse Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico border to reach the United States. The film is based on interviews Quemada-Díez conducted over six years in Mexico with hundreds of Central Americans and Mexicans attempting to migrate to the United States. The film is currently in theaters in Los Angeles and New York. We speak with filmmaker Diego Quemada-Díez.

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