Abby Martin, the renowned U.S. journalist and presenter of teleSUR’s The Empire Files, hosted a live analysis of the Democratic Party debate Tuesday on teleSUR . You can watch it below if you missed it. Here is our round up of both the presidential debate and our post-debate analysis.
To dissect the five candidates battling it out for the Democratic nomination for presidential candidate, Martin was joined by politician Jill P. Carter, who represents Maryland's 41st legislative district of Baltimore City in the Maryland House of Delegates; Jared Ball, assistant professor of communication studies at Morgan State University, who is also a host and producer at the Real News Network; Kamau K. Franklin, the South Regional Director of the American Friends Service Committee who has also helped develop community cop-watch programs; Bhaskar Sunkara, the founding editor and publisher of Jacobin Magazine; and journalist Sarah Jaffe, who co-hosts Dissent magazine's “Belabored” podcast.
Most of the discussion was focused on the two frontrunners, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, whose lead over Sanders is shrinking in the polls. Should Sanders perform well in the debate, the gap is likely to close even further.
Other lower-profile candidates included former Mayor of Baltimore and former Maryland Governor, Martin O’Malley, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb, and former Republican Senator and former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee.
Here’s some more about Martin’s guests:
Jared Ball’s research at Morgan State includes the interaction between colonialism, mass media theory and history, as well as the development of alternative/underground journalism and cultural expression as mechanisms of social movements and political organization. Ball is the author of “I Mix what I Like!: A Mixtape Manifesto.”
Kamau K. Franklin’s work living in New York City for over 18 years included representing activists, police misconduct victims and others, leading several grassroots groups and working on various issues including youth development, police misconduct, and creating sustainable urban communities. Kamau has helped develop freedom school programs for youth and electoral work. He traveled to Palestine as part of a delegation monitoring Israeli human rights abuses. He also blogs at grassrootsthinking.com and can be followed on Twitter @kamaufranklin.
Jill P. Carter was elected to the Maryland legislature after defeating four incumbents in the Democratic primary. She was the third African-American female attorney elected to the Maryland legislature and has served from 2003 to the present.
Bhaskar Sunkara is the founding editor and publisher of the print quarterly, Jacobin Magazine.
Sarah Jaffe’s writing on labor, politics, social movements and pop culture has been published at The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Week, The Nation and many other publications. She is currently a staff writer at In These Times. Follow her on Twitter at @sarahljaffe, or find all of her work on her website.
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