SEIU California has endorsed Prophet Walker for the 64th Assembly District.
SEIU is the largest union in the state, representing 700,000 workers, including 10,183 members in the 64th Assembly District. The district includes Watts, Compton, Carson, Wilmington, parts of Los Angeles, and North Long Beach.
“Working families need the passionate, committed leadership of someone who understands the real struggles our communities face,” said the Rev. Louis James, an SEIU member and in-home caregiver from Los Angeles. “Prophet Walker has overcome struggle and loss, and found fulfillment in helping his community. This is the kind of leader SEIU members are proud to endorse.”
Walker’s mother was a heroin addict. At the age of 16, he was tried as an adult for robbery and great bodily injury, stemming from a fight. He was sentenced to six years in prison. While in prison, he helped create a college program for juvenile offenders, which has now enrolled over 1,000 young people. Walker was the program’s first graduate, and after his release, he attended Loyola Marymount University’s engineering program. He now works with the Jordan Downs Redevelopment Project in Watts, helping to recruit and train workers.
“Thousands of SEIU members live in the communities I represent. They provide health care for our loved ones, they feed and protect our children at school, they clean our offices, and they make sure our government offices run smoothly,” said Walker. “Many of them work two jobs just to make ends meet, and to provide a better life for their families. I feel a deep personal connection with SEIU members, and it will be a genuine honor to represent them.”
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SEIU local unions in California are made up of over 700,000 health care workers, janitors, social workers, nurses, security officers, in-home caregivers, school and university employees, court workers, and city, county and state employees.