Mckayla Wilkes

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Template:TOCnestleft Mckayla Wilkes is a Maryland activist.

Standing for Congress

Mckayla Wilkes, inspired by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, sees her focus on Medicare for All and the Green New Deal as a way to beat Rep. Steny Hoyer and fellow primary challenger Briana Urbina in Maryland's 5th District.

From Mckayla Wilkes's website:

However, despite the challenges I faced earlier in life, I did everything within my power to turn my life around. I have worked diligently to create a brighter future for myself and my two amazing children. To support my young family, I found work as an administrative assistant for the Department of Defense. I even enrolled in community college to improve my credentials and future prospects for my young family, inspired by my mother’s example.
Despite the difficulties that come with raising two children on my own, attending school, and working a full-time job all at once, I still find time to be an involved member of my community and a local activist. I am a passionate advocate for Waldorf’s homeless population and have taken it upon myself to temporarily shelter individuals struggling with housing insecurity within my own community. I marched alongside thousands of Marylanders in the March for Our Schools in Annapolis, demanding increased funding for Maryland’s public schools. I have rallied outside Congress in protest of the Trump administration’s proposed gag rule, which would make it illegal for Title X health care providers to tell their patients — primarily low-income individuals — how and where to receive safe, legal abortions.
As your representative in Congress, I will continue to provide an inspiring example of how to juggle single motherhood, activism, and service. I will offer fresh leadership and much-needed perspective as a young, working-class woman of color. There is more at stake than just whether our representative has a D or an R next to their name: Our children’s future, the health of our communities, and the livelihoods of working families are all on the line.
Without a doubt, our political system has been and continues to be dominated by corporate money and lobbying. As your representative, I will work to serve the interests of everyday people, listening to the concerns of my constituents, instead of the political and economic elite. Right now, your representative’s ear is turned to the powerful lobbying sector in D.C. It’s time to prioritize the concerns of working families in our district. We need a clear voice for bold, progressive policies, not a mouthpiece for corporate interests that slow down meaningful change to preserve their bottom lines. We need a representative who cares more about amplifying the voice of the people, rather than silencing their criticism in order to hold onto power and maintain the status quo. We need a representative who hears our voices, feels our pain, and lives our struggles.[1]

Brand New Congress

Brand New Congress — confirmed it’s in talks with Wilkes. Though it hasn’t officially endorsed her, Zeynab Day, the group’s communications director, said in an interview that the group loves Wilkes’ story and sees her as a natural fit with their working-class slate of candidates.

“Mckayla’s a really interesting case because she’s gone through a lot of hardships,” Day said. “She’s lived the experiences of people in her district.”[2]

In 2020 Mckayla Wilkes was a Brand New Congress endorsed candidate for US Congress in Maryland.

Metro DC DSA endorsement


Mckayla Wilkes for Congress October 22 2019·

I am honored to be endorsed by Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America!

I am a democratic socialist because healthcare should not be a commodity. Housing should not be a commodity. Human rights should not be commodity.

I will always fight for working people & intersectional justice.

Solidarity forever!

DSA comrade