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?

I am writing to you because I think we have the opportunity to recapture that sense of momentum and optimism for our party by supporting Cheri Honkalah for Sheriff of Philadelphia.

Cheri is a long-distance runner for social justice.  I have personally known of her work as an activist for years, and was pleased to learn she was turning her activism toward electoral politics.  When I learned she was running as a Green, I was thrilled!

Cheri is a formerly homeless mother who worked her way out of poverty. She went on to form the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, and has become a national leader in the fight for economic fairness in this country.  She has been profiled in The Nation, Mother Jones named her a “Hell Raiser of the Month and Ms. Magazine awarded her “Woman of the Year” in 2001.

And it’s not just her credentials as an activist that has me so jazzed—it’s her keen sense of strategy, her commitment to movement building, and the multi-racial coalition of organized labor leaders, peace and justice activists, young people, and Greens she is bringing together.

And get this—in Philadelphia the main job of the Sheriff is to serve evictions and foreclosures.  Cheri’s campaign message?

NO EVICTIONS!

NO FORECLOSURES!

EVERYBODY STAYS IN THEIR HOMES!

Sisters and Brothers, this is genius!  Cheri’s campaign provides a perfect opportunity to fight back against the so-called “austerity programs” that the leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties are trying to shove down the throats of Americans across the country, and to show that the Green Party offers a true alternative.

Even deeper, I think Cheri’s campaign can become the “signature” national electoral campaign for progressives of all stripes in 2011.  No other candidate of her caliber is likely to be running in a local race, her principal opponent is a typical corporatist hack, and her campaign captures the zeitgeist of the moment—which is to fight back against Wall Street and Big Banks and the elected officials of both establishment parties who are doing their bidding.

And the enthusiasm is already building!  At this years “Progressive Dialogue” hosted by the Independent Progressive Politics Network (IPPN), there was universal agreement that Cheri’s campaign had the potential to unite Greens, independents, and progressive Democrats.

Who thought this? Greens, independents, and progressive Democrats, that’s who!

So I ask that you join me in supporting Cheri’s campaign.

Make a donation at www.cherihonkala.com or mail it to Friends of Cheri Honkala c/o Hillary Kane, 5031 Catharine St. Philadelphia, PA 19143

And don’t stop there! Blog about her campaign.  Friend her on Facebook. Write Letters to the Editor to The Nation, Mother Jones, The Progressive and every liberal print publication you know.

Call in to progressive talk radio to describe her strategy, and challenge elected officials in your area to follow her example.

If you are able, travel to Philadelphia and volunteer.  They can find host housing for you, and I can personally attest to the hospitality and generosity that Cheri—and her entire campaign team—will offer to you.

Regardless of how you do it, please add your voice to the growing chorus that is already supporting Cheri. Let’s become so loud and enthusiastic that others hear and join us, and too positive and boisterous to be ignored!

Consider this– even though the corporate media has ignored us, the Green Party continues to grow.

Cheri’s campaign provides Greens a tremendous opportunity to continue that success.  Cheri demonstrates to ordinary Americans that Greens are serious, we are credible, and that we can make a difference.

The time is ripe.  Cheri is the right candidate at the right time with the right strategy.

Lastly–as Greens, we need to support Cheri so that other candidates of her caliber realize that if they join and support the Green Party, the Green Party will support them.

In solidarity,
David Cobb
2004 Green Party Presidential Nominee and proud initiator of the Ohio Recount that helped to spawn a new election integrity movement

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

  1. Michael Cavlan RN

    Pete

    Yeah. David Cobb has some balls doesn’t he?

    To mention Ralph Nader, when he led the movement to have the now dead Green Party block Nader’s endorsement in 2004 and 2008.

    Or Matt Gonzalez, who almost became Mayor of San Francisco as a Green and then left the moribund, defunct and dead Green Party and ran as VP with Ralph Nader.

    My own studied opinion. The drama known as “As The Green Turd Turned” was killed. By actions, in part of David Cobb and his “only run small local races” and “safe states to protect Democrats and the shallow egos of the PDA”

    To the Libertarians here. Remember. You have been warned by a voice of experience.

    Do not let Wayne Allen Root do to your party what others did to the Green Party.

  2. Robert Milnes

    Cavlan the rockability of the candidate matters very little.
    Election dynamics are extremely powerful between reactionary & progressive, revolutionary & even counterrevo9lutionary.
    The reactionaries(dems & reps) are firmly entrenched.

  3. Kimberly wilder

    Yes, to Pete Healey and Michael Cavlan.

    I have been interested in the Cheri Honkala race. But, if she does get tied up with David Cobb, and the “We love OPM” Green Party elite, then I won’t help her.

    Since I am not a green, and I try to be “quiet and nice” to greens, anymore, I wasn’t going to say anything.

    But, really. David Cobb stinks. And, his promise and promises were never fulfilled. He may look good on paper. But, is really no use to a candidate. His name and endorsement only remind people of the old stench of internal bickering, and Democratic-Party-selling-out. Wonder how many quasi-green-distract them from electoral politics-think tanks David Cobb currently belongs to???

  4. Ross

    Let’s be clear – David Cobb is on board with the Cheri Honkala campaign, not the other way around! This is still her campaign, she is still an uncompromising badass, the Democrats are still as corrupt as ever in Philadelphia, and we’re still running to win. Whatever happened with Cobb, this is NOT about the divisions of the past. The campaign is almost entirely about Philadelphia and what poor people in Philadelphia need, but the rest of it isn’t about internal fighting in the Green Party – if anything, it’s about hopefully uniting Greens and progressives and radicals around a populist message.

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  9. Daniel Surman

    I met Cobb a couple of months ago when he visited Saint Paul with Move to Amend. As an outsider to the Green Party I am not as familiar with the frustration with him, but he seemed competent enough (plus, he is from San Leon, a tiny town right next to where I am from in Texas).

  10. pete healey

    @Daniel, My complaint about Cobb is that he wanted/wants to “have his cake and eat it too”. Either the Green Party is an independent force or it isn’t, and Cobb’s actions in the past have attempted to make it both. You can’t have both, not in this political culture. There are way too many Greens (and Libertarians, too?) who don’t want to do too much to alienate the Democrats (Republicans) while at the same time appealling to people who are fed up with the two party system.

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