David Quarter davidquarter at
Sun Sep 8 09:26:44 MDT 2002

 I suspect that in the eyes of most marginalized americans -- the
poor, the working class, immigrants, people of colour -- there are
more pressing issues than the war and occupation of Iraq. This is
not to deny the intrinsic link between exploitation on the home front
and imperialist wars and occupations -- which is something
Camejo would do well to highlight.  Yet, people scraping by on min.
wage or on welfare, who work 16 hours a day 6 days a week, have
families to look after, face constant discrimination and harassment
by  government and 'private sector' agencies , live in a crime ridden
neibourhoods and are in constantly in fear of gangs, drug pushers
or the boys blue will not be much impressed with politicians who
speak passionately about the suffering of people on the opposite
side of the globe.  It's the 'concrete' issues  that will most interest


My concern was on the way Peter hasn't injected the
war into the campaign, which I think is the biggest of
all the issues. Maybe it's my past experience in the
SWP speaking here, but the war is the issue which
the campaign needs to have injected most of all.

Still, I am supporting Peter because he's got
the best chance of doing this and of having an
audible impact on the campaign as a whole.

The Peace and Freedom Party's literature doesn't
mention the war or demand withdrawal from all of
the occuppied countries, either. I notice that the
Socialist Workers Party is running Joel Britton in
the recall and he does advocate these ideas, a
stand which is to its credit.

If the issure here was related to formal program,
I suppose I'd be closest to the SWP, but not being
involved in the organizational aspects, I am only
offering a few observations on this.


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