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Cheri Honkala

Running for State Representative
Election: March 21, 2017

For almost 30 years, Cheri Honkala has been a committed and tireless crusader on behalf of Philadelphians experiencing homelessness, poverty, and extreme poverty in District 197 where many struggle to get by on less than $2 a day. In addition to housing rights, Cheri works for education and healthcare for all, social and economic equality, an end to the war on drugs and the resulting mass incarceration, and protection of immigrants’ rights.

Cheri faced homelessness as a single mother. One day, she had to make the decision to either take over an empty house or see her son die from exposure. This moment launched Cheri’s activism, as she never forgot the weight of that decision, even decades after escaping homelessness herself. She has been fighting to free others from the trauma of poverty every day since.

Cheri is co-founder of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, a “Philadelphia based interracial organization of welfare recipients and other poor people.” She is also the co-founder and the National Coordinator of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign--representing a network of over 40 poor people’s organizations across the United States. In 2012, Cheri was the Green Party's vice-presidential candidate in 2012 alongside Dr. Jill Stein.

Cheri is campaigning on the following platform:

  • Food for All

  • Housing for All

  • Healthcare for All -- Inclusive of Mental Health

  • Fund Public Education

  • Allow Immigrants to Stay in Pennsylvania

  • Living Wage Employment