FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Howie Hawkins
Howie Hawkins Selects Angela Walker, Veteran Labor and Racial Justice Activist, as Running Mate for Vice President
(May 5, 2020, Syracuse, NY) – Howie Hawkins, the front runner for the Green Party presidential nomination, named Angela Walker to be his running mate Tuesday, choosing a veteran labor and racial justice activist who has twice previously run for office as an independent socialist.
Hawkins will introduce Walker to the public on Tuesday night via a live video broadcast on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch. Reporters will be able to ask questions on the YouTube comment stream.
Hawkins, 67, decided that Walker, 46, has the qualifications, experience, and rapport with him to make a strong team. The ticket offers two workers for the White House. Walker is a truck driver in Florence, South Carolina. Hawkins is a retired Teamster in Syracuse, New York.
“I’ve known Angela since 2014. She knows the issues. She speaks with a clarity and conviction that people understand and believe. She has the experience as a worker, a black woman, a union leader, and a movement organizer to connect with the working-class, minority, and young voters our campaign wants to mobilize. She was my first choice and I’m so glad she accepted,” Hawkins said.
“How could I not say yes to running? The Green Party is in a great position to amplify the people’s power, and we’ve got to encourage people to use their power. If not now, when? I believe the Green Party can deliver this message to millions of Americans, and I am honored to be running with Howie to bring about necessary change,” Walker said.
Walker has been an activist since she successfully organized students get black history classes into the curriculum at her Bay View High School in Milwaukee. As a public transit bus driver and Legislative Director of her Amalgamated Transit Workers (ATU) local in Milwaukee, she was a leader in her union’s participation in the Wisconsin Uprising against union busting in the first half of 2011 and in the Occupy movement in the fall of that year.
In 2014, Walker challenged incumbent David Clarke, a conservative Democrat and Fox News regular, for Milwaukee County Sheriff. Walker received 20% of the vote for running as an independent socialist and Black Lives Matter activist on a platform of fighting crime by fighting poverty. In 2016, she was the vice presidential candidate of the Socialist Party USA.
Hawkins is already the 2020 presidential nominee of the Socialist Party USA, which is expected to accept his choice of Walker for vice president.
Howie Hawkins: Angela Walker for Vice President!
Angela Walker: Acceptance Statement
Videos and Articles About Angela Walker
Angela for Sheriff, October 4, 2014
Dan LaBotz, “Angela Walker, “Free Range Socialist,” Runs for Sheriff in Milwaukee,” June 18, 2014, New Politics, https://newpol.org/angela-walker-free-range-socialist-runs-sheriff-milwaukee/
Tracey Pollock, “A Socialist for Sheriff,” Urban Milwaukee, June 18, 2014, https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2014/06/18/a-socialist-for-sheriff/
Keith Mann, “Socialist Angela Walker Wins 20% in Milwaukee Sheriff Race,” November 7, 2014, https://solidarity-us.org/p4303/
“Milwaukee All-Star: Activist Angela Walker,” On Milwaukee, March 29, 2015, https://onmilwaukee.com/living/articles/allstarwalker.html
Jae Carico, “Interview With Socialist Party USA Vice Presidential Candidate Angela, The Fifth Column, June 18, 2016, https://thefifthcolumnnews.com/2016/06/interview-with-socialist-party-usa-vice-presidential-candidate-angela-walker/