Angela Nicole Walker Interview
Angela Nicole Walker is born and raised in Milwaukee, the largest city in the state of Wisconsin and also listed as one of the most dangerous cities to live in North America. According to a study conducted by Kevin Rizzo the Crime in America editor at Law Street Media, Milwaukee ranks number 6 in their “Crime In America Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Over 200,000” lists. In this Angela Nicole Interview, she talks about her background, growing up in Milwaukee, and how she got into politics.
Before we begin, let me give you some facts about Milwaukee:
- The Per capita income for the city of Milwaukee is $16,181.
- 21.3% of the population and 17.4% of families are below the poverty line.
- Milwaukee incarcerates black people more than anywhere else in the world.
- 40% of the population in Milwaukee is black.
- Unemployment among blacks in the city of Milwaukee is the highest in the Country of the United States.
- Unemployment among blacks in the State of Wisconsin is the highest in the Country of the United States.
- The homicide rate in Milwaukee zip code: 53206, is 250 per 100,000. The Highest incarceration rate in the United States.
- The State of Wisconsin has the highest black male incarceration rate in the United States.
- 1 in 8 black men of working age has spent time behind bars in state prisons and local jails in the state of Wisconsin.
David A Clarke Jr. has held the position of Sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin since 2002. Back in 2014, Clarke was re-elected for a fourth term. The lives of black people of Milwaukee county especially black men of working age has not improved under Sheriff Clarke. The numbers above show that black lives have gotten worse and there is a 1 in 8 chance that you will be incarcerated. The stats show that Sheriff Clarke is a total failure to Milwaukee’s black community and has absolutely no clue on how to resolve the issues that affect young black men and women in his own city. Sheriff Clarke needs to do the black community a favor and excuse himself from commenting on black issues and let black men and women who know what they are talking about speak. Milwaukee native and community advocate Angela Nicole Walker, who is running for the vice-presidency of the United States on the Socialist Party of the US ticket, is one of those individuals and she joins us today in this exclusive interview.
David P Fenelus: Thank you for taking the time to give us this interview Angela.
David P Fenelus: Who is Angela Nicole Walker? Tell the Nuwla community and the people living in and outside of Milwaukee who you are and what part of town you live in?
Angela Nicole Walker: My name is Angela Nicole Walker, and I’m a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I am the birth mother of one daughter and the grandmother of three children. I am a proud graduate of Milwaukee Public Schools, and I currently live on the North Side of our city, zip code 53206, ground zero for every failed and malicious policy that has been introduced by our legislature. I’m a member of the Socialist Party of the United States, and of Schools and Communities United. I am currently the vice-presidential candidate for the SP-USA. The Black community in my city has been suffering the fallout of decades of deindustrialization and subsequent job loss, oversaturation of law enforcement, the constant erosion of social safety nets, and denial of access to transit and other infrastructure. There is a lot of work to be done here.
David P Fenelus: You are a black woman, born and raised in Milwaukee. A city described as one of the most dangerous places to live in North America. Tell us a little bit about your upbringing and what’s it’s like to live in that type of environment as a single black female?
Angela Nicole Walker: I was raised in the inner city, and while it was often a very difficult place to live, there was an optimism and sense of possibility in the neighborhoods then that is missing now. My family is a working-class Black family. I have to admit that while the statistics about the inner city of Milwaukee are staggering, I don’t feel unsafe here. This is where I was raised, every block here is a part of my childhood and my life. I hate the toll that the constant devaluation of Black life has had on where I live, which manifests itself as intracommunity violence and a really pervasive lack of hope.
David P Fenelus: Back in 2014 you ran for the Milwaukee County Sheriff office and did very well for yourself receiving 21% of the votes. This is a 3 part question. 1) What motivated you to run for County Sheriff? 2) Tell us about some of the policy reform you would have implemented… 3) And tell us why you felt you would be the right fit for the job if elected?
Angela Nicole Walker:
- I was presented with the idea of running for sheriff by my socialist friend Rick Kissell. He brought the idea to me and I sat with it for a few days before making the decision to run. A big reason for the campaign is that Milwaukee has deep socialist roots, and we felt that the conversation about socialism and third parties needed to be reopened and had, especially in communities of color. We felt that people needed to be reminded that the crime plaguing our city and our county isn’t happening in a vacuum, that there are root causes that needed to be examined. Milwaukee has a very long history of segregation and denial of opportunities for Black residents and policies that keep that segregation in place needed to be called out. We did that.
- One of the policies I would have implemented was a moratorium on foreclosures. The banks have been rescued, but they’re continuing with the displacement of families. Vacant homes do nothing to build community, or contribute to the stability of a neighborhood. I would have followed the example of Cheri Honkala, who ran for sheriff on a similar platform in Philadelphia, and called for a moratorium and slowing of the process of foreclosure. I also would have implemented the Immigration and Customs Enforcement ordinance adopted by the Milwaukee County Board in 2012 which prevents ICE from demonizing immigrant communities with random searches and raids. The ordinance states that unless ICE has a specific warrant for a specific person and a specific crime, they are not to be given the cooperation of the Sheriff’s Office to racially profile and detain community members. I would have unhesitatingly and immediately implemented that ordinance.
- I think that at a time when people of color and working class people here in Milwaukee County are suffering the most, I would have been the sheriff to advocate for and implement measures that addressed the need for a transformative justice model, opened dialogue between the Sheriff’s Office and other city and county agencies, worked to build trust between the Sheriff’s Office and the community, and addressed the pervasive poverty that is plaguing our country.
David P Fenelus: You are running for the vice-presidency of the United States on the Socialist Party of the US ticket. Use the Nuwla platform to tell our visitors and audience all about your party, and the goals you are trying to accomplish in this campaign.
Angela Nicole Walker: For the Soltysik/Walker 2016 campaign, the presidential candidate, Mimi Soltysik of Los Angeles and I have a few objectives. Similar to my goals with the Sheriff campaign, we want to make sure that people know that there are more than two political parties operating in this country and that third and alternative party candidates have a message that truly reflects the needs of the people in the neighborhoods. We want to remind people that THEY are the ones with the power to create the country they want to live in, not any elected official and that, that power is not something conferred on them, but something they were born with. We want to open discussions about revolutionary socialism and what exactly that means for communities of color and working-class folk. We are able to be explicit about what white supremacist patriarchy and capitalism are costing the US and the world in terms of people and resources and simple dignity. We’re not corporate, so we can say what we need to say, what corporate candidates can’t say.
Angela Nicole Walker: The Socialist Party of the United States is about worker ownership of the workplace, and a completely democratic, classless society that respects the planet we live on and all who share it. We believe a dignified, productive and healthy world is possible when capitalism and the exploitation that is its hallmark are ended. We are not interested in reforming capitalism, we are interested in destroying it.
David P Fenelus: Where can our visitors reach you? And share any last words
David P Fenelus: Thank you again for your time Mrs. Walker, good luck with US Presidency campaign… Nuwla supports you.
Angela Nicole Walker: Thank you, David, and the Nuwla community for having me.
Nicole Angela Walker is vying to regulate the politics of her community. She puts in the maximum effort toward relieving the plight of black and brown children and adults living in poverty. Individuals, Politicians, Executives, or Corporations who haven’t experienced or understand the conditions and the challenges that we face as black people across North America on a daily basis, can’t help you. It doesn’t matter how much sympathy or pity that said individual or political party or organization have for our community, they will never understand our pain and suffering because they don’t live it. I’m willing to go as far as saying that it is scientifically impossible.
Now, here we have a black woman raised from among us. A woman who experiences and understands white supremacy. A woman who understands that to fix a problem you have to attack it from the root to fix the problem for good. Angela Nicole is born and raised in a city listed as the 6th most dangerous in the USA and the zip code that incarcerates the black men more than any other place in the world for Pete sakes. Empathy is the experience of understanding another person’s condition from their perspective. You place yourself in their shoes and feel what they are feeling. That’s what Angela represents for us in this US Presidency campaign. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A SIGN THIS IS IT!
- Reflections of a Black Socialist, Vol. III
- American Socialist Triptych: The Literary-Political Work of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Upton Sinclair, and W. E. B. Du Bois (Class: Culture)
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