Associate Editor, Perspectiva Mundial (official Spanish language
newspaper of the SWP) and Staff Writer, The Militant (official
English language newspaper of the SWP). Former meat packer.
Born in 1969 in Nicaragua. Moved to the US in 1985. Permanent
Resident Alien (Green Card) of the US since 1990. Convicted Felon (Sale
of Marijuana), 1988.
HAWKINS of New York
Provisional Vice Presidential Nominee
Trowe is the SWP surrogate nominee for Vice President in
any states that
will not accept Hawkins as a qualified candidate because she is a
not constitutionally eligible.
her foreign-born Presidential runningmate, Arrin Hawkins is also constitutionally
ineligibile to be elected -- but for a different reason. Hawkins --
claiming to be only 24 years old in 2004 -- is far too young to meet
the minimum legal age requirements of the office. Hawkins is the leader
of Young Socialists, the communist youth wing of the SWP. She was
also Koppel's 2002 runningmate for NY Lieutenant Governor. Other info:
Hawkins earned her B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota, spent
a year in Senegal studying the role of women in African culture for
her senior year college project, and previously worked as a SWP political
organizer in Chicago during the 2000 campaign. An interesting aside:
Politics1 received several emails from people who claim they knew
Hawkins, in which they each wrote that she is actually several years older
than the age she claims (allegedly somewhere in the 28-30 age range). However, inquiries on this issue to the SWP
have gone unanswered. While Hawkins may be older than 24, it appears
that -- whatever her real age -- she still is under the legal age
requirement. Calero briefly because a communist cause celebre in 2002-03 when the INS arrested Calero and started deportation proceedings based on a felony marijuana conviction from 1988 when Calero was in high school. A federal judge killed the deportation attempts six months later.
Socialist Workers 2004 Campaign - Official Campaign Site.
Militant - Official Newspaper of the Socialist Workers Party.
- Official Spanish Language Newspaper of the SWP.
Roger Calero Defense Committee - Support Site from 2002-03.
they weren't going to be elected anyways, the Socialist Workers Party
didn't care that they nominated a ticket entirely ineligible to be elected.
Why? Because Róger
Calero is both foreign born and also not a US citizen; and Arrin
Hawkins is too young. To avoid ballot access problems for the SWP, as
the constitutional ineligibility may also render them unable to be listed
on the ballot in some states, the 2000 SWP ticket
of James Harris for President and Margaret Trowe for Vice President
are being used in states that will not permit the Calero-Hawkins slate
to be listed. It is not the first time the SWP pulled this stunt. In
1972, the SWP nominated a Presidential candidate -- Linda Jenness --
who was also too young to qualify for the office (so the party used
a replacement nominee in some states to achieve ballot status). They
regularly do likewise in US Senate and Congressional races by nominating
candidates too young to be eligible to serve. From articles in The
Militant, the SWP want to use the Calero-Hawkins ticket to reach
out to disaffected, poor, immigrant and young voters. The SWP team describes
iteself as "the only fighting alternative to the twin parties of
imperialist war and economic depression ... the only voice for workers,
farmers, and young people who are standing up to the brutal effects
of the deepening global crisis of the capitalist system." As for
ideology, the SWP has evolved into a hardline communist party advocating
the brand of authoritarian politics espoused by Cuban President Fidel
Castro's style of Marxism. In fact, the SWP officially supports "defending
the Cuban Revolution." The SWP's 2000 Presidential ticket achieved
ballot status in 14 states, but earned only 7,378 votes (9th place -
0.01%). In June 2004, the SWP moved Provisional Presidential nominee
Martin Koppel into a US Senate race and substituted Calero as the official
SWP Presidential nominee.
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