Walid Hakim is a Different Type of Candidate in South Carolina
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Most everyone who reads this blog is familiar with Occupy Wall Street, arguably one of the most well orchestrated, non-partisan, national political protests since the Civil Rights Movement. Here in South Carolina, there were many angles taken. Many said that they were “disorganized” or a “bunch of hippies who need to get a job” to loosely quote. Considering some of the key tech people took time off of work to run a live stream on Ustream, I’d say that not only were they organized but also had extremely marketable skills.
The unemployment rate in South Carolina is around 10%, one in ten people in South Carolina don’t have a job (the numbers are probably higher than this in reality, those who are independent contractors, have stopped looking for work, etc.)
This November, we may be hearing more from Occupy Columbia, on the ballot in South Carolina. Walid Hakim, one of the unofficial spokespersons for Occupy Columbia, has filed paperwork to run against a candidate in one of the most traditionally conservative districts in the US. No one has run on the Democratic ticket there in 5 election cycles.
Official statement from the Hakim campaign announcing his candidacy:
Video from the Occupy Columbia arrests (which were all dismissed, all fines dropped)