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July 12, 2012
Cheri Honkala, a welfare-rights activist and former candidate for Philadelphia sheriff, was selected as the running mate for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who announced her choice Wednesday. "Ever since deciding to run for president, I've been thinking about who would have the strength and courage to take up this fight with me," Stein said on her campaign website. "Cheri Honkala has shown tremendous perseverance and leadership, despite remarkable odds. Her selflessness and demonstrated capacity to inspire make her the perfect vice presidential candidate to help me reclaim democracy.
NEWS
December 27, 1999 | by Mensah M. Dean, Daily News Staff Writer
The gadfly is giddy. Whispering with friends seated on either side, Cheri Honkala evokes the image of a schoolgirl who has perfected the art of cutting up without attracting the teacher's attention. Soon, she's passing a roll of breath mints to a friend seated behind her. "I want them back," she says in mock seriousness, drawing giggles from her gang. After her friend returns the mints, Honkala scans the room, and queries: "Anybody else?" A stranger raises his hand, and she flicks him the mints.
NEWS
August 9, 2000 | by Mensah M. Dean, Daily News Staff Writer
Philadelphia's queen of civil disobedience was not pleased. She wasn't even consulted. As a horde of protesters took to the streets of Center City Aug. 1, repeatedly clashing with police, Cheri Honkala watched from the sidelines. Honkala, who has been arrested about 70 times and is banned from the Liberty Bell, surveyed the melee from inside a car, underneath a blanket. She was leery of the cops as well as the angry young protesters whom some would accuse her of having spawned.
NEWS
June 28, 1992 | By Kimberly J. McLarin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Cheri Honkala faces prison for breaking into an abandoned building to turn it into a community center, but that's not her immediate concern. Poverty is. Poverty and homelessness. The grinding despair of simply not having, the painful humiliation of having to scrimp for every piece of food and piece of clothing and every little pleasure that makes a life a life. If not her own poverty, then that of someone she knows. If not someone she knows, then that of someone she doesn't know.
NEWS
November 10, 1995 | By John Woestendiek and Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Cheri Honkala, executive director of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, was sentenced to six months of probation yesterday for refusing to leave the homeless camp her organization set up in Independence Mall in September. After a short trial before U.S Magistrate Judge Arnold C. Rapoport, Honkala was found guilty of "residing in a park area. " Rapoport also ordered her to pay a $250 fine. Honkala, 32, pleaded not guilty to the charge. She admitted she set up the camp in the park, but argued that she and her homeless followers were seeking refuge and exercising their rights to free speech, and had not harmed the park during their day-and-a-half-long occupation.
NEWS
July 2, 1999 | MICHAEL MALLY / Inquirer Staff Photographer
Advocates for the homeless Tamesin Cheshire (left) and Cheri Honkala (right) were among seven arrested during a sit-in on Independence Mall near the Liberty Bell. The members of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union were protesting the lack of affordable housing.
NEWS
May 1, 1997 | DAVID MAIALETTI/ DAILY NEWS
Henry Nicholas (above center) of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, is arrested yesterday at 2nd Street and Germantown Avenue. He and other protesters, members of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, cleaned up a park and planned to set up shacks to live in. Cheri Honkala (left), director of the Kensington group, is led to police van.
NEWS
September 4, 2002
I NOTICE that the welfare queen Cheri Honkala has a new baby. Where is her wedding ring? I guess the working people will pay to raise that kid. Also a nice Section 8 house, food stamps, free electric and gas. What a life. Rich Rimkis Philadelphia
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February 21, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
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.
NEWS
August 24, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
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.
NEWS
October 18, 2012 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 12, 2012
Cheri Honkala, a welfare-rights activist and former candidate for Philadelphia sheriff, was selected as the running mate for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who announced her choice Wednesday. "Ever since deciding to run for president, I've been thinking about who would have the strength and courage to take up this fight with me," Stein said on her campaign website. "Cheri Honkala has shown tremendous perseverance and leadership, despite remarkable odds. Her selflessness and demonstrated capacity to inspire make her the perfect vice presidential candidate to help me reclaim democracy.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 2011 | By Dan Gross
ACTOR/DIRECTOR Mark Webber was in town Tuesday night at a party for his mother, Cheri Honkala , the Green Party candidate for Philadelphia sheriff. The party was held at the Center City offices of the Bochetto & Lentz law firm where George Bochetto introduced Honkala, a longtime advocate for the homeless through the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, whom he is supporting. Former City Paper columnist Mary Patel was among the guests. She was a producer on Webber's directorial debut, "Explicit Ills.
NEWS
December 3, 2010 | By DANA DiFILIPPO, difilid@phillynews.com 215-854-5934
About a dozen activists protested conditions inside a crowded welfare office in North Philadelphia yesterday, prompting applause from some case workers and citizens, and fury from supervisors and guards, who forcibly booted the protesters. Volunteers with the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign walked into the second-floor office, on Broad Street near Lehigh Avenue, shortly after 10 a.m. Within minutes, they began chanting, marching with signs and distributing flyers to people waiting for service.
NEWS
August 19, 2004 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As if organizing the whole poor people's fight for human rights weren't enough of a headache, Cheri Honkala has a Russell Simmons problem. A day ago, still in Kensington, Honkala was doing things like showing up at Miss Betty's rowhouse, cajoling the tired-but-still-willing woman to put together a hundred sandwiches for a Bronx protest later in the week. But now, a march over the George Washington Bridge later, she's in St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Harlem with her usual entourage - the homeless, the once-homeless, the idealistic college grads, the recovering drug addicts - camped out down the hall.
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