When in the presence of William “Dock” Walls, especially after having the opportunity to watch him address a crowd, one can’t help but wonder, “Why isn’t this man in elected office?” A Chicago native with a law degree and an entrepreneurial background, Walls has a long history of community activism balanced with a political pedigree that makes him ripe for political office. Walls touts his relationship with Mayor Harold Washington as where he cut his teeth on the political landscape, and he has been a consistent, incessant voice for the entire Chicago community.
From a Black perspective, he is the most articulate conveyor of our truth, our hopes and our problem-solving acumen that currently exists in the 2015 mayoral race. He defiantly stares down his naysayers with an air of “Why can’t I?” where others are more apt to say that “He can’t.” For Walls, his other political runs (and losses) mean nothing more than a lesson learned and speak to a system that still has to be defeated. He marches undeterred with a movement mindset that rests squarely with the common good.
In an interview with Windy City Times, Walls stated, “I’m passionate about our community, and no one is fighting for us … in this election, the other candidates represent the 1 percent. They stand for everybody except the 99 percent. They balance their budgets on the backs of the poor. They have programs that are good for people who are investment bankers and huge corporate types, but not for the average person.”
When asked about he would do to address the issues of the 99 percent, he went on to say, “The very first thing that we need to do is recognize that the homeless need representation, and that disaffected and disadvantaged youth need representation. Our seniors — Rahm Emanuel, Willie Wilson and Chuy [Garcia] are running commercials, but none of them mention our senior citizens. You also have to picture that those persons who live check to check are included in those equations, as well who are ‘just in the 99 percent.’ So we have programs to rebuild our communities and our neighborhoods. If you go to our website, we have two jobs programs, for example, and those jobs programs are legitimate and real, with specificity and great detail. It indicates that we need to eliminate our food deserts and tells exactly how, and where the money is going to come from, step by step.”