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Exclusive Interview with 64th Assembly candidate Prophet Walker

prophetProphet Walker is an articulate, charismatic young man who is running for the 64th Assembly District to replace the termed out Dr. Isadore Hall III.  The 64th District covers Carson, Compton, North Long Beach, South Los Angeles, Wilmington and Watts.  Walker is from Watts and has made no secrets or excuses about his past.  He is astutely aware of the needs of the residents of the 64th.  Jobs, security and summer programs are his focus.

The Watts Gang Task Force meets weekly with the residents who live amongst the (4) housing projects in the area, to discuss crime in the area.  LA councilman Joe Buscaino and his staff, alongside law enforcement, attend the meetings and today Walker spoke to the group.  He listened to parents voice concerns over safety, access to programs and jobs.  All issues Walker holds close to his heart and knows far too well.

Chief Eddie Goodman, who works with at-risk youth in local schools, says this of Walker “…he’s very familiar with the issues facing our community and we look forward to working with him”.

As a teen, Walker experienced being bullied at school.  By defending himself, he became a resident in the penal system.  By supporting the efforts of the forty dedicated officers, to the areas four housing projects, the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) is proving a success to keep children safe before school.  Walker is also aware the kids in the area also need programs during the summer, or as he calls it, the “off-season”.

Walker’s off-season program is called Camps 4 Kids.  The program runs in conjunction with Markham Middle School.  The program provides monthly retreats to Angeles National Forest, where students learn tolerance and participate in writing contests and become exposed to life outside of Watts.  Markham Middle School was chosen due to it being in the heart of Watts and being equally accessible to all residents.  Walker is acutely aware of the summer bringing higher levels of crime, which particularly effects residents in Compton and Watts, and at times, landing in jail is inevitable.  Should they end up in the penal system, Walker created a college program which led to his attending Loyola Marymount University upon release.

The program didn’t impact the penal system budget which allowed him to get focused on his life.  Walker tells this author about pending legislation in the Assembly to make the program permanent.  The program was geared towards writing fluency and assisted with his deciding to pursue higher education when he came home.

Shields for Families is another program on ground zero in Watts working to assist the areas residents.

Prophet Walker doesn’t fit the stereotypical profile of someone from Watts.  We immediately envision someone who’s a thug or uneducated, he’s the opposite.  With a faith-based education he brings empathy to the table for community and a determination to assist those also looking to escape poverty.  He also happens to love gummy bears.

Prophet Walker is the best candidate to understand the issues the residents face in the 64th District.  Carson may boast the most voters, but Compton, Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez and Watts residents share the same socio-economic woes and jail incarceration rates in the district, which Walker was able to escape from.  It makes you wonder what would have become of Prophet Walker had he not went to jail.

Don’t forget to vote tomorrow, June 3rd.

 


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About Melissa

I am a lifelong Inglewood resident living in District 4. I serve on PTA and School Site Council as Vice-President, for the last 8 years with Inglewood Unified School District. I volunteer on the Wellness Committee for ICEF Public Schools. I am an alumni of California State University, Dominguez Hills with a degree in Political Science. You can find me on Twitter under @CreoleMommie

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