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Veteran Philadelphia Activist for the Poor to Run for Sheriff on No Evictions Pl
Posted by: hillarya on Feb 15, 2011 - 06:41 PM
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Cheri Honkala,, will announce her run for the Green Party nomination as Sheriff of Philadelphia.

718 Market St, Home of Casino Free Philly, 10:00 am

Cheri Honkala for Sheriff
Keeping Families In Their Homes

Veteran Philadelphia Activist for the Poor to Run for Sheriff on No Evictions Platform

Cheri Honkala Says Appealing to the Banks to Restructure Loans for Families Facing Foreclosure Did Not Work So She Will Run for Sheriff and Refuse to Evict Families.

If Elected, Honkala Would Suspend Sheriff Sales of Properties Indefinitely.

Philadelphia, PA, February, 14, 2011—Veteran advocate for the poor and homeless, Cheri Honkala will announce her run for the Green Party nomination as Sheriff of Philadelphia on a no-evictions platform. Honkala says she is running in an effort to keep struggling Philadelphia families in their homes. Blaming bureaucracy in the current Sheriff’s office and a lack of accountability, Honkala says millions of federal funds secured to help families stay in their homes have been wasted. After appealing to banks to restructure loan payments for families facing foreclosure Honkala says she was forced to run in an effort to stop people from being evicted.

“I’m running for Sheriff because something needs to be done to address the plague of home evictions being faced by too many poor and working families in Philadelphia,” said Cheri Honkala.

“If we lived in New Orleans or Haiti, where an act of nature made us homeless, rescue would be on the way. What about those of us who are made homeless through corrupt mortgage companies? Where is our justice?” said Rev. Robert Johnson, who lost his home in an illegal sheriff property sale. “I am supporting Cheri Honkala for sheriff because she is a tireless advocate for people like me. Cheri will work hard to keep the people of Philadelphia in their homes.”

Honkala founded the Philadelphia-based, Kensington Welfare Rights Union 1991 to house and feed Philadelphia’s poor. In 1998 she launched a national umbrella organization called the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign to advocate for the human rights of people struggling with issues of poverty across the country.

Ar the next meeting of the Green Party of Philadelphia,, members will elect new leaders and decide on the nomination of Cheri Honkala for Sheriff of Philadelphia. This meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 24, at Crossroads Coffee House,, 6156 Ridge Avenue in Roxborough. All registered Green Party members should attend. For more information, please telephone 215-243-7103 or email

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