John Parker is the regional coordinator of International ANSWER's Los Angeles office, and the coordinator of the Los Angeles Coalition to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal. A former schoolteacher, Parker has been a militant unionist and Communist political organizer since he was 18 years old. He is currently a writer for Workers World, the newsletter of the Workers Word Party (WWP), a Marxist-Leninist sect. Parker characterizes the United States as a greedy, racist, imperialistic, war-mongering nation that “only cares about profits.”
Parker was the 2004 U.S. presidential candidate on the WWP ticket; his vice presidential running mate was fellow WWP member Teresa Gutierrez. The pair sought to “reach out to the class in society that is made up of the millions, not the millionaires”; to “encourage mass action and class struggle and ... warn all those struggling for a better world not to rely on capitalist elections to solve their problems”; and to “extend a hand of solidarity to the most oppressed, many of whom to this day are still denied even a minute semblance of bourgeois democratic rights and fill the prisons in this country.” Parker and Gutierrez received 1,330 votes in the general election.