Regretfully I announce that Alice Bach & I will not continue to run a joint campaign for president & vice-president. While I am running against the political compromises of lesser evil politics, Alice is actively campaigning for Bernie Sanders. We have a different kind of socialism, an incompatible kind of socialism. So it’s better we remain united in activism around issues we agree about but not in a joint electoral campaign.

Many may think me intolerant of differences. But I simply cannot support a candidate of the Democratic Party since I have seen the destruction it has wrought on civil rights, women’s rights, & antiwar protest. Most importantly, I cannot support a candidate who advocates drone bombing, votes for wars, supports Israeli apartheid & bantustates for Palestinians, & opposes undocumented immigrants because they threaten the integrity of the nation-state. If that’s intolerant, so be it.

When I began this campaign I expected an uphill battle but I wanted there to be a voice, even a tiny one, speaking up in the US campaigns for our Black & Latino, Afghan, Palestinian, Kashmiri, Iraqi, Syrian, African, Mexican & Central American brothers & sisters. My campaign will continue undaunted.

There are no hard feelings with Alice, only deep regrets that our differences on the Democratic Party were incompatible.

Misery causes conflict among refugees

Scuffling refugees at Idomeni ( Visar Kryeziu:AP) Mar 14 2016

There are more photojournalist reports of men scuffling in the refugee camps than there are of the squalid conditions creating misery & tension–including no sanitation, no place to poop, no way to shower, not enough food, inadequate healthcare, & having to scrounge for scrap wood to keep warm.

Most of the scuffles appear to be around the distribution of food rations. Of course. People are hungry & cold. Their kids are crying, getting sick, increasingly coming down with respiratory infections. They’re living in flimsy, overcrowded tents. Everybody’s traumatized & scared & they’ve got nothing to do but wait. They have no idea what will happen to them. Will their elderly & infirm survive? Will their kids ever get over the nightmares? Will they be deported back to war zones? How long will this ordeal last?

Those who have never known want or fear can look at these scenes & make moralistic judgements or even political ones about the character of refugees. We leave them to their damnations & idiocies.

We demand immigration is a human right. Open the damn borders.

(Photo by Visar Kryeziu/AP)