Tag Archives: Philadelphia

2012 Green VP candidate Cheri Honkala challenges standardized testing in Philadelphia schools

2012 Green VP candidate and PPEHRC National Coordinator Cheri Honkala shared this photo on her Facebook page recently.

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Green Party’s 2012 Vice Presidential candidate is taking a leading role in public school parents’ challenges to high stakes standardized testing.  Cheri Honkala, the parent of a child in the Philadelphia public school system, is also the national coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.… Read more ...

2012 Green VP Candidate Arrested Protesting Philadelphia School Budget Cuts

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Photo Credit: Harvey Finkle

Earlier this month, during a protest against school budget cuts Philadelphia police arrested Cheri Honkala, the Green Party’s 2012 Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate and National Coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.  Honkala’s son attended the Moffett Elementary School, a Philadelphia elementary school that is scheduled to be closed, and was joined by a group of parents, students, and school district staff. … Read more ...

Constitution Party of Pennsylvania Withdraws Pennsylvania Petition

The Constitution Party of Pennsylvania submitted approximately 35,000 petition signatures in an effort to make the ballot in their state, where the requirement is 20,601 valid petitions. Unfortunately, in Pennsylvania there is a very discriminatory procedure for challenging petitions. The challenge costs nothing to those alleging invalid or insufficient signatures, while it can cost the party attempting to get ballot status tens of thousands of additional extra dollars.… Read more ...

Jill Stein announces Cheri Honkala as her choice for VP

CBS News is reporting, in an interview with her, that Green Party presumptive presidential nominee Jill Stein has announced her choice for the party’s vice presidential candidate, to be approved at this week’s convention in Baltimore.  Cheri Honkala is the Stein campaign’s choice, a poor people’s advocate based in Philadelphia and the national coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.… Read more ...

Philadelphia newspaper covers recent ballot access, and related corruption, history in PA

Philadelphia Weekly, a paper which has not been unkind in its coverage of the Green Party of Philadelphia, recently published a piece covering Democratic primary ballot access, ballot access for third parties, ballot access reform efforts, and convictions of Democratic lawmakers related to keeping Ralph Nader off the ballot in 2004, among other things.  … Read more ...

Philadelphia Greens laud DA’s decision in stopping Mumia Abu-Jamal execution, but call for further action

From the Green Party of Philadelphia:

The City Committee of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, http://www.gpop.org) applauds Seth Williams’ decision on December 7 to end the District Attorney office’s long fight to impose the death sentence in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. This is a huge victory for justice, the result of many years of hard work by many people committed to the cause of justice.… Read more ...

Cheri Honkala: Occupy Homes! – A Sheriff to Protect People Over Banks

Emailed to IPR:

Dear Independent,

ARE YOU READY?

TO BE BOLD!

AND FOLLOW THE WISDOM OF YOUR HEART…

Last February Cheri Honkala held a press conference announcing that she planned to run for Sheriff of Philadelphia with the Green Party. It was quite unconventional that a formerly homeless single mother who has been arrested over 200 times in the past 25 years for her anti-poverty work would seek the office of Sheriff however this move was almost inevitable.… Read more ...

Cheri Honkala, Green for Philadelphia Sheriff, interviewed by YES, endorsed by NOW

Dave Schwab at Green Party Watch:

Yes Magazine has published an interview with Cheri Honkala, the Green Party candidate for Sheriff of Philadelphia:

There’s a new sheriff in town—or there could be soon. Cheri Honkala, a single mom, sometimes homeless, who launched one of the country’s biggest multi-racial movements led by the poor and homeless, is running for sheriff of Philadelphia.

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Three Philadelphia Greens file ballot access petitions, including one not endorsed by the local party

From Philly.com:

Candidates seeking the Green imprimatur must attend monthly membership meetings and present their platforms. The members then vote on whether the candidates can carry the banner.

For the November election, the party has given its blessing to Cheri Honkala for sheriff and Richie Antipuna for city commissioner.

The third Green candidate, Brian Rudnick, is running for Council in the Eighth District without an endorsement.

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Philly Green Richard Antipuna running against ‘computerized election theft [becoming] the norm in the US’

The following is an article by Philadelphia Green Chris Robinson, reprinted with his permission:

At Green Night Out on July 9, Josh Mitteldorf explained to the gathered diners that “computerized election theft has become the norm in the U.S.” Philadelphia Greens and their friends had gathered for an evening of feasting, fun and politics.… Read more ...

In endorsement letter, 2004 Green presidential candidate David Cobb calls Honkala for Sheriff campaign ‘the “signature” national electoral campaign for progressives of all stripes’

The letter of endorsement, as posted on the campaign website of Cheri Honkala for Sheriff of Philadelphia:

Dear Fellow Green Party members,

Remember the excitement of the Nader/LaDuke 2000 campaign?  How about the enthusiasm generated when Matt Gonzalez ran for Mayor of San Francisco as a Green and damned near won?… Read more ...

Green candidate for Sheriff of Philadelphia, Cheri Honkala, part of successful coalition against anti-homeless bill

From Philadelphia Weekly:

Several area groups, including Project H.O.M.E. and the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign [which Honkala helped to found and organizes – RL] came to Dilworth Plaza today to protest Bill 110386. The bill, introduced by outgoing Councilman Frank DiCicco, would amend Philadelphia code pertaining to sidewalk behavior, allowing police to “cite or remove persons who are homeless without the currently mandated system of warnings and engagement with an Outreach Team.”

Speakers including Sister Mary Scullion of Project H.O.M.E., Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and Green Party Sheriff candidate Cheri Honkala, spoke mic-less to a crowd of about 80.

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