Reporting from Paris, Democracy Now! spoke to Dallas Goldtooth of the comedy group the 1491s, and his father Tom Goldtooth, executive director of Indigenous Environmental Network. Tom Goldtooth, who is a member of Global Justice Ecology’s New Voices Speakers Bureau, is the recent recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award. The Goldtooth’s discussed the heightened police state and bureaucracy coupled with the limited resources available to dissenting voices at the COP21 Climate Conference.

Tom Goldtooth (center)

And the other issue here is just the banning of the civil society. I mean, part of democracy is that the people who are disenfranchised, the people on the front lines of these struggles of climate justice, energy justice, food sovereignty and all of the related issues, you know, why are they being called out here? And why are — why is that voice being shut down? – Tom Goldtooth – Democracy Now!, is an independent global news hour that airs weekdays on 1,300+ TV and radio stations Monday through Friday.