Two recent updates to Cheri Honkala’s website show exciting signs of support for a campaign based on the promise to keep people in their homes and help give communities control over their land.
You came into social work because you wanted change.
You learned quickly that we need fundamental, systemic change.
The “change we could believe in” hasn’t delivered.
So let’s listen to Ghandi:
We need to BE the change we wish to see in the world. . .
That’s why Cheri Honkala, co-founder of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC),is running for sheriff in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the Green Party ticket.
Neighborhood Networks is an organization in Philly that has, as far as I know, always been a progressive Democratic group. In their message of support urging members to help get Cheri on the ballot, Neighborhood Networks said,
two races that Neighborhood Networks may well want to put resources into
in the Fall. In one of those races, it’s time to act NOW.
Immediate action is needed in the race for Sheriff if we hope to have
any real choice in November. That’s because Cheri Honkala, a Green
Party candidate that we may want to support, needs help just to get on
the ballot. The two major parties may not agree on much, but they do
agree that it’s in their interest to make it really hard for third party
candidates to compete. So just for us to have a choice, Cheri needs
4,000 signatures of Philadelphia registered voters. She aims to collect
them by July 1.
The Sheriff’s office is an object of scandal right now, with the
Controller having found that $53 million in fees is unaccounted for. So
job one is to clean the place up. But then it’s also important that
the Sheriff’s office operate in the public interest. If Cheri is on the
ballot, she will bring to the election a lively debate about whether the
public interest at this time of growing economic distress and growing
homelessness requires that evictions be stopped. We need to have that
So, if you’d like to get Cheri on the ballot, please call her at
888-434-7914. Or just drop into her office at 718 Market Street and
offer to help out.