Contents 1 Career and political activism 2 Election of 2000 3 Published works 4 See also 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External links

Career and political activism[edit] Foster was born and reared in Maurice in Vermilion Parish in southwestern Louisiana and earned a master's degree from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. In 1960, she moved to Los Angeles, California, where she was employed as a public high school teacher for thirty-three years—teaching typing, business courses, and sometimes English classes. She had sought public office prior to 2000—as a Democrat in the 1970s and as a Republican candidate for California State Assembly in 1986. In the 1980s, she became an outspoken opponent of pornography, sex education, AIDS education and gay rights and founded "Black Americans for Family Values." She has been affiliated with the John Birch Society, founded after World War II by the late Robert W. Welch, Jr., to the dismay of Moderate Republicans. She was arrested in 1987 with several other women while disrupting the California state Republican convention to protest its recognition of the Log Cabin Club, an organization of gay Republicans. In 1992, she was a staunch defender of the police officers in the Rodney King beating case and organized a testimonial dinner for Laurence Powell, one of the convicted officers, in 1995.[1] In 1994, while teaching at Bell High School in Bell, California, Foster was a public advocate of Proposition 187, a California ballot initiative to deny government programs of social services, health care, and public education to illegal immigrants. Her position was extremely unpopular at the school where she taught, which was 90 percent Hispanic. In 1996, after she argued on PBS's MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour that illegal immigration was responsible for the low quality of Los Angeles schools, some of her colleagues at the school condemned her in an open letter. Two days later, she attended an anti-illegal-immigration rally where several of her supporters were attacked by members of the Progressive Labor Party, who allegedly wanted to harm Foster herself. Shortly thereafter, she left her job, which she calls a necessity resulting from her treatment at work. She went on speaking tours for the John Birch Society and took workers' compensation for an undisclosed mental disorder—which she describes as "stress" and "anxiety"—until her official retirement as a teacher in 1998. Foster has appeared on Larry King Live, CBS This Morning, CNN & CO., Nightline, NewsTalk Television, CNN Live, MSNBC, Politically Incorrect, and various CBS, NBC, and ABC newscasts.[2]

Election of 2000[edit] Pat Buchanan selected Foster as his running-mate after several other candidates such as Jim Traficant of Ohio and Teamsters Union president James P. Hoffa declined his offer. Foster, who had supported Buchanan's campaigns in 1992 and 1996, quit her own speaking tour to join the race. While Buchanan was hospitalized during part of the campaign, Foster was the ticket's mouthpiece, campaigning through television and radio appearances. This was the first time in history that an African-American had been nominated for Vice-President by a Federal Election Commission-recognized and federally funding political party, and the second time a woman had accomplished this (Democrat Geraldine Ferraro being the first).[1] Foster was chosen because of her conservative credentials and speaking ability; she called Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society social policy "Marxist". Buchanan critics saw her as an affirmative action selection because she had never held a political office and is African-American.[1]

Published works[edit] What's Right for All Americans (1995) ISBN 978-1-56796-058-7

See also[edit] Biography portal Louisiana portal Texas portal Los Angeles portal California portal Education portal Politics portal Conservatism portal Books portal Christianity portal Black conservatism in the United States

References[edit] ^ a b c Timothy Stanley, The Crusader: The Life and Tumultuous Times of Pat Buchanan (New York City: St. Martin's Press, 2012), pp. 346–47; 349–50; ISBN 978-0-312-58174-9 ^ "WHO IS EZOLA?" Ezola Foster for Congress. 2001. Digital Collections – UCLA Library. Accessed February 9, 2009.

Further reading[edit] Carlson, Peter. "Ezola Foster: Pat Buchanan's Far Right Hand." The Washington Post (Sept. 13, 2000) – Some of Foster's campaign positions and quotations Foster, Ezola. "Let the Children be Children." National Minority Politics (August 31, 1995)

External links[edit] Ezola Foster on IMDb Appearances on C-SPAN Party political offices Preceded by Pat Choate Reform nominee for Vice President of the United States 2000 Succeeded by Peter Camejo v t e Reform Party of the United States Vice Presidential nominees 1996: Choate 2000: Foster 2004: Camejo 2008: McEnulty 2012: Cross 2016: Steinberg Authority control WorldCat Identities VIAF: 26301200 LCCN: n94120964 Retrieved from "" Categories: 1938 birthsLiving people20th-century American politicians20th-century American writers20th-century Roman Catholics21st-century Roman CatholicsAfrican-American CatholicsAfrican-American people in California politicsAfrican-American United States vice-presidential candidatesAfrican-American women in politicsAfrican-American women writersAmerican women writersAfrican-American writersAmerican Roman CatholicsAmerican political writersCalifornia DemocratsCalifornia RepublicansCalifornia ConstitutionalistsFemale United States vice-presidential candidatesJohn Birch SocietyPeople from HoustonPeople from Los AngelesPeople from Maurice, LouisianaReform Party of the United States of America vice-presidential nomineesUnited States vice-presidential candidates, 200020th-century women politiciansHidden categories: BLP articles lacking sources from August 2011All BLP articles lacking sourcesPages using infobox officeholder with an atypical party valuePages using infobox officeholder with unknown parametersWikipedia articles with VIAF identifiersWikipedia articles with LCCN identifiers

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