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Green Party Chooses Howie Hawkins for Presidential Candidate; Angela Walker for Vice President

12 Jul

The Green Party, whose core values are peace, ecology, social justice and democracy, chose Howie Hawkins, a co-founder of the Green Party in 1984, and Angela Walker, who according to the Green Party website “describes herself as ‘a Fred Hampton, Assata Shakur socialist,’” on Saturday, July 11, at its National Nominating Convention to be its 2020 presidential and vice-presidential candidates respectively.

Hawkins, according to the Green Party website, “has been an organizer … for peace, justice, labor, the environment, and independent working-class politics since 1967 when he got active … as a teenager” and defines himself “a socialist and believes in self-organization, independent political action, and international solidarity by the working class and oppressed people.”

Walker, according to the same website, ran as the vice-presidential candidate, along with Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik, who ran as president, of the Socialist Party USA in the 2016 election. She began, in the summer of 2017, working as a dump-truck driver, which she continues to do. She is an advocate for the rights of black, brown, the indigenous and LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual) community.

The Hawkins-Walker domestic platform focus on the coronavirus emergencies measures for the duration of the crisis and other measures regarding an eco-socialist green new deal and an economic bill of rights; their foreign policy platform includes support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) of Israel, also according to the Green Party website.

The Green Party has 161 elected officials, almost all at the local level, according to its website.