- 1 Kensington Welfare Rights Union
- 2 Pro Democracy Convention
- 3 ANSWER "Rally Against War and Racism"
- 4 Interim National Council
- 5 US Social Forum National Planning Committee
- 6 Speakers for a New America
- 7 Green Party of NJ
- 8 Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign
- 9 Our Revolution support
- 10 Teach-in and March
- 11 References
Cheri Honkala is a Pennsylvania activist.
Kensington Welfare Rights Union
Pro Democracy Convention
The Pro Democracy Convention was held June 29th To July 1, 2001. It started with a National Town Hall Meeting, Annenberg Center, University of Pennsylvania.
- Come to a National Town Hall Meeting! Hear speakers representing a wide range of communities, including academics, labor leaders,
lawyers, organizers, and elected officials, speak out about Election 2000, recommendations for electoral reform, and how we all can build the movement to expand democracy in the U.S. Partial List of Invited Speakers and Presenters:
- John B. Anderson, Center for Voting & Democracy
- Melanie Campbell, National Coalition for Black Civic Participation
- Linda Chavez-Thompson, AFL-CIO
- Representative John Conyers (Michigan)
- Ron Daniels, Center for Constitutional Rights
- Representative Chaka Fattah (Pennsylvania)
- Margaret Fung, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
- Ted Glick, Independent Progressive Politics Network
- Lani Guinier, Harvard University
- Cheri Honkala, Kensington Welfare Rights Union
- Reverend Jesse Jackson, Rainbow-PUSH Coalition
- Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas
- Representative James Leach (Iowa)
- William Lucy, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
- Henry Nicholas, National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees - District 1199C
- Reverend Al Sharpton, National Action Network
- Hillary Shelton, NAACP
- Nadine Smith, Equality Florida
- Representative Nydia Velazquez (New York)
ANSWER "Rally Against War and Racism"
April 20, 2002 International A.N.S.W.E.R. Rally Activists representing various groups met on the Ellipse in Washington, DC to voice their support for a Palestinian state, criticize the Bush administration for its support of Prime Minister Sharon’s government in Israel, advocate a stop to racial profiling, and protest the treatment of Muslims at home and abroad.
The event was coordinated by the organization Act Now to Stop War and End Racism.
Speakers included Larry Adams - Labor Against the War, Pam Africa Activist International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Sami al-Arian Professor University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)->Computer Science, Tariq Ali Author, Luis Alvarez Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques, Nihad Awad Co-Founder and Exec. Dir. Council on American-Islamic Relations, Brian Becker, Co-Director International Action Center, Vernon Bellecourt Director (Former) American Indian Movement, Mahdi Bray Director Muslim Public Affairs Council->Communications, Helen Caldicott M.D. Founder Physicians for Social Responsibility, Illel Cohen Activist, , Tarek Elgawhay Spokesperson Muslim Student Association Shaker Elsayed, Secretary-General Muslim American Society, Sara Flounders Spokesperson Iraq Sanctions Challenge, Jane Franklin Author, Teresa Gutierrez Co-Director International Action Center, Graylan Hagler Minister Plymouth Congregational Church of Christ (Washington, DC), Cheri Honkala, Founder and Executive Director Kensington Welfare Rights Union, Rafik Jaber President National Islamic Association for Palestine, Teresita Jacinto Member Committee for Indigenous Solidarity, Randa Jamal Member Palestine Right to Return Coalition, Amer Jubran Activist, Sala Kahn, Activist Magdy Mahmoud, President , Metropolitan Muslim Federation->New York, New Jersey, Carl Messner Co-Founder, Partnership for Civil Justice, Riya Ortiz, Representative Asha Samad-Matias Spokesperson Muslims Against Racism, Grace Trevettn Activist.
Interim National Council
- Donna DeWitt, President, South Carolina AFL-CIO - Co-Chair
- Bill Kane, President, New Jersey Industrial Union Council - Co-Chair
- Baldemar Velasquez, President, Farm Labor Organizing Committee - Co-Chair
- Noel Beasley, International Vice President, UNITE HERE
- Ed Bruno, California Nurses Association
- Deborah Burger, President, CNA
- Dave Campbell, Secretary-Treasurer, PACE Local 8-675
- Marilyn Clement, Director, CNHP NOW
- Russ Davis, Vice President, AFGE Local 2782
- Rose Ann DeMoro, Executive Director, CNA
- Mark Dimondstein, NC Piedmont Triad chapter
- Jed Dodd, General Chairman, Penn. Federation, BMWE
- Lisa Frank, Metro Pittsburgh chapter
- Cheri Honkala, Founder, Kensington Welfare Rights Union
- Bruce Klipple, General Secretary-Treasurer, UE
- C. Robert McDevitt, President, UNITE HERE Local 54
- Bill Onasch, Kansas City chapter
- Cecilia Perry, Public Policy Analyst, AFSCME
- Linda Raisovich-Parsons, UMWA
- Adolph Reed, Jr., Professor, University of Pennsylvania
- David H. Richardson, PhD, Secretary, AFGE Local 12
- Dean Robinson, Professor, UMASS-Amherst
- Anthony Rochon, BMWE
- Preston Smith II, Professor, Mount Holyoke College
- Brenda Stokely, President, AFSCME DC 1707
- Chris Townsend, Political Action Director, UE
- Gerry Zero, IBT Local 705
US Social Forum National Planning Committee
Cheri Honkala is the National Coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. She speaks worldwide about the struggle against poverty in the U.S., and the denial of basic economic human rights. She says, “And who better to change this than those that live within my country?"
Speakers for a New America
Circa 2014 Cheri Honkala was part of Speakers for a New America, the speakers bureau for League of Revolutionaries for a New America.Cheri Honkala - A speaker with a powerful message about ending poverty in America
"We the poor of the world have the will to end poverty." Cheri Honkala, Director, Kensington Welfare Rights Union.
Accomplishments of Cheri Honkala:
- National Coordinator, Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign
- Named among the region's 100 most powerful men and women by The Philadelphia Weekly
- Named "Woman of the Year" by the Philadelphia Weekly
- Featured in the award-winning documentary, "Poverty Outlaw"
- Described in the book, "Myth of the Welfare Queen," by Pulitzer Prize winning author David Zuchino
- A leader of a march of over 10,000 people during the Republican National Convention, 2000
- Spoke to 148 governments at the United Nations about ending poverty in America
- A leader of the March of the Americas, the World Summit of the Poor, and a 125-mile march of homeless and poor from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to the United Nations to protest welfare reform and poverty as a violation of economic human rights.
- The only welfare recipient allowed to testify to the U.S. Congress on welfare cuts.
- Served on the boards of many national organizations including the Urban-Rural Mission, the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, Pennsylvanians for Choice, the Alliance of Native Americans, and the Annie Smart Leadership Development Project.
- Refused to sign the Pennsylvania Agreement of Mutual responsibility (AMR on behalf of all welfare recipients on the grounds that without adequate guarantees of childcare, healthcare, and jobs at a living wage, the AMR is an unfair contract.) She was sanctioned from cash assistance.
- Single mom, formerly homeless, recipient of numerous awards for her leadership in the struggle to end poverty. Mother and son (the actor, Mark Webber,) lived on the streets homeless, using their experience to organize the poor. Playwright of "Taking it Back," a one-person play about her life pregnant and homeless.
- Cheri Honkala was a Vice Presidential candidate for the Green Party USA in 2014.
Green Party of NJ
Craig Cayetano April 15, 2018:
Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign
Matthew Pillischer December 11, 2018
Our Revolution support
Teach-in and March
During the weekend of January 12th to the 15th, in Philadelphia, PA the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign will be hosting a number of activities. This activities will culminate with a day of Teach-in and March commemorating the 50's anniversary march held with Dr. Martin Luther King and the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign community.
Community Film Screening of Flesh and Blood & Cheri's Fundraiser Birthday Bash!
7:00 pm at Taller Puertorriqueno, 2600 N 5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19133
- Democratic Left, Fall 2000
- [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/internetdemocrats1/message/4715, internetdemocrats1 · Internet Democrats1, National Town Hall Meeting Posted By: impeach_bush@...Mon Jun 4, 2001]
- 20, 2002 International A.N.S.W.E.R. CSPAN Rally Activists representing various groups met on the Ellipse in Washington, DC to voice their support for a Palestinian
- Labor Party News April 2005 (accessed on Dec. 31, 2010)