July 25, 2016 |
In a repurposed dance studio in South Philadelphia a little more than a mile from the site of the Democratic National Convention, Cheri Honkala opened an enormous day planner stuffed with folders and fliers and festooned with Post-its. For longtime activists like Honkala, it was crunch time. Two weeks to go before Democratic delegates descend on Philadelphia for a glittering week of parties and speeches and formal nominations. Two weeks before Honkala and tens of thousands of other protesters would take to the streets to protest the whole rigmarole.
July 22, 2016 |
Protesters preparing for the Democratic National Convention are ready - and organized. Members of disparate groups have collaborated to create a handbook for marchers, a schedule of events, and even their own newspaper. On Wednesday, the DNC Action Committee, which is working to coordinate the many planned protests and rallies, released information on demonstrations and events during the city's week in the national spotlight. "I do believe they built a stage on top of this city and they thought it was just going to be their show," said Brianna Jones, founder of the Action Committee, which has hosted bi-weekly meetings to unite different groups.
July 20, 2016 |
CLEVELAND - As delegates gathered behind miles of high-security fences for the first day of the Republican National Convention, hundreds of protesters took to the streets, shadowed by hundreds of police officers. But despite a few moments of tension downtown as far left and right rubbed elbows, demonstrations remained peaceful. Two marches Monday were the largest the city has seen this week. Meanwhile, on the banks of the Cuyahoga River, a group called "America First" held an hours-long rally in support of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
July 3, 2016 |
The city's permit process really stinks, Cheri Honkala said Friday at a news conference - as she wheeled out a large paper replica of a can of beans. The longtime activist was referring to a lawsuit the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed in order to obtain a protest permit for July 25, first day of the Democratic National Convention here. As Honkala and others announced Friday and was reported Thursday, the city is settling that suit by lifting its ban on rush-hour protests during the DNC - and by granting a permit to Honkala's group, the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, to march from City Hall down Broad Street to the Wells Fargo Center, site of the convention, starting at 3 p.m. that Monday.
February 5, 2016 |
There's something comforting about watching a movie that comes from noted schlock master Nicholas Sparks. Two attractive people will find each other in coastal North Carolina, fall in love, overcome the obstacle that stands in the way of their love, experience tragedy, and, at some point, get drenched in some sort of sexy rainstorm. So it goes in The Choice , the newest entry into the Sparks canon, following such romantic weepies (rom-wees?) as The Notebook and The Longest Ride . Haverford-born and -raised director Ross Katz directs Teresa Palmer (her mother-in-law is Philadelphia homeless-advocate Cheri Honkala)
February 21, 2014 |
DIGGING THE NEW SET for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon "? It's got a Carson flair with a modern twist, don't you think? It's all thanks to Philly guy Eugene Lee , who's also set designer for "Saturday Night Live" and has won Tonys for his designs for "Wicked," Leonard Bernstein 's "Candide" and Stephen Sondheim 's "Sweeney Todd. " Before that, Lee cut his teeth at South Street's Theatre of Living Arts. Lee's next act? Working at the Arden Theatre. Lee is the scenic designer for "Three Sisters," Anton Chekhov 's classic.
August 24, 2013 |
After sleeping two nights on a Center City sidewalks to protest a lack of shelter beds, a group of homeless women and their children intensified the drama Thursday morning by taking over part of a city office. Their activist leader expected to be arrested by noon. Instead, the women and children were served pizza, then offered places in shelters by midafternoon. "The squeaky wheel gets the grease," Cheri Honkala said triumphantly. City spokesman Mark McDonald countered, "Her point was to engage in publicity.
August 14, 2013 |
PHILLY-BORN AND -BRED actor/director Mark Webber is having a baby. Well, most of the work falls to new fiancee Teresa Palmer , the Australian beauty who recently starred in zombie rom-com "Warm Bodies. " Webber, the son of local activist and former Green Party vice-presidential candidate Cheri Honkala , has a son, Isaac Love , from a previous marriage. "She seemed like a very smart, intelligent young woman who knows that Mark is connected to many mothers in the fight for economic justice.
October 18, 2012 |
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Cheri Honkala, a veteran Philadelphia antipoverty activist and Green Party vice presidential nominee, was arrested along with her running mate as they tried to enter the debate site Tuesday afternoon. Police said that Honkala and Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential nominee, were charged with disorderly conduct. The Green Party said in a statement that Stein and Honkala were walking with supporters toward the Hofstra University campus when they were met by uniformed police officers.
October 9, 2012
Chillin' Wit' is a regular feature of the Daily News spotlighting a name in the news away from the job. SUNDAYS are for laundry in Cheri Honkala's Kensington rowhouse, but this Sunday she's sidetracked, sitting on a comfy red loveseat, chatting with some friends. They're discussing how Honkala, 49, a well-known advocate for the poor and homeless, hopes to become one of the nation's most powerful people next month. She's the Green Party's vice-presidential candidate. "I really need to do laundry," Honkala says, her cellphone ringing constantly.