6/02/20: Meet five Black and Brown Southerners running for office to change the system

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Angela Nicole Walker for Vice President of the U.S. (South Carolina)
Green Party National Convention dates: July 9 – 12

There’s a Black woman socialist (in her own words, “a Fred Hampton, Assata Shakur socialist”) running for vice president of the U.S.—and this isn’t her first time. Angela Nicole Walker, who lives in Florence, South Carolina, is the running mate of Green Party of the U.S. (GPUS) presidential candidate, Howie Hawkins, and ran for the same office with Socialist Party USA in 2016.

A longtime labor activist, a dump truck driver, and a mother, Walker also ran for sheriff in 2014 while living in Milwaukee. Hawkins commented on the race, “Angela won 20 percent of the vote with the message that the best way to cut street crime and violence was to fight poverty and economic frustration with living wages, affordable housing, grocery stores in food desserts, and good health care and public transit. She pledged no cooperation with ICE on the detention of immigrants without court-ordered warrants.”

Walker and Hawkins are calling for a people-centered federal government response to COVID-19, a stark contrast to the demands of the two dominant political parties. Whether Southerners see their names on our November ballots hinges upon whether the duo wins the GPUS presidential primary, and then, on whether the party has gained ballot access in our state.

Link: https://www.scalawagmagazine.org/2020/06/progressive-southern-candidates/

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June 2, 2020

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