Wilson has embraced the Green Party’s global view. She also said the political process needs to be opened to include more political parties. Wilson spent a night in Nassau County jail after being arrested outside of Hofstra University in Hempstead protesting the exclusion of minor-party candidates from the first presidential debate in September. “We need to halt all fossil fuel projects and investments, and urgently invest in updated, renewable green infrastructure,” she said. “That alone will help reverse the negative direction we’re going and provide an almost unlimited number of job opportunities.” In New York, she said she would work to close the Indian Point nuclear plant and stop expansion of Spectra Energy’s AIM fracked-gas pipeline in the Northeast. She said it is time to reset the nation’s priorities to “planet, people and peace,” in that order, to ensure prosperity “that’s as universal as sunshine.” Wilson said she will champion the grass-root organizations and people opposing the ruling class and stagnant status quo. “Together we can fight for New York’s 99 percent against racism, sexism and exploitation,” she said.
Wilson, 42, is making her first run for public office. She is running on the Green Party line. A singer, performer and artist, Wilson also goes by her artist-activist moniker “Dragonfly.” Recently, she performed in video as “Helvetika Bold,” a black female social-justice activist turned super hero. Wilson graduated from Rutgers University in 2008 and is pursuing a master’s degree in applied theater at CUNY School of Professional Studies. Born in Detroit and raised in San Antonio, Wilson moved to the New York City area in 2003 and has lived in Brooklyn since 2013.