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. Many in the audience were homeless…

When asked why he was holding the bill, [Councilwoman] Blackwell said she believes he thinks it would fail and he was worried about the protests. “He knows we’re here,” she said.

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

  1. Kimberly Wilder

    Glad people could see through the bill which includes (quote) allowing police to “cite or remove persons who are homeless without the currently mandated system of warnings and engagement with an Outreach Team.” (quote)

    What a bad idea. How do you determine someone is homeless? If their hair looks unwashed?

    What if the police want to harass an activist who they know lives with their mother? Are people homeless if their house is being renovated, and they are living with their brother-in-law?

    Besides this law being mean to homeless people, it is another law that can allow police to strip the rights of anyone they want. Eventually, the police would just say that anyone seemed homeless. Then, they could instantly, without warning, remove anyone from the sidewalk with force.

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