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Green Party Candidate for Sheriff Pledges to Halt Evictions

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Cheri Honkala, homeless advocate and Green Party
candidate for Sheriff of Philadelphia, Pa., pledges to
halt home evictions and challenge the power of banks,
if elected

Green Party USA
August 18, 2011

http://www.gp.org/newscenter.shtml

WASHINGTON, DC

Cheri Honkala, candidate for Sheriff of Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, has emerged as the Green Party's highest
profile candidate in the 2011 election year.

Ms. Honkala's campaign slogans, "Keeping Families in
Their Homes," "The People's Sheriff," and "Referendum
on America," reflect her pledge, if elected, to declare
a moratorium on home evictions until the economic
climate in Philadelphia changes.

"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 Ms. Honkala, who is using her
campaign to help build the nation-wide movement to
reverse the growing dominance of banks and other
corporations over our government and local communities.

Cheri Honkala discussed her campaign and "zero
evictions" platform at the Green Party's 2011 Annual
National Meeting in Alfred, New York, on August 5 (
http://nygreenfest.org).  Two videos of Ms. Honkala
speaking at the meeting: http://vimeo.com/27355841 and
http://vimeo.com/27415010

Ms. Honkala would be the first woman sheriff in
Philadelphia.  The city's past sheriff, who resigned
during a corruption investigation, cooperated with
banks in evicting families from homes as a result of
the subprime mortgage crisis, and Ms. Honkala's
Democratic and Republican competitors in the race
intend to continue using the sheriff's office as a tool
for the financial industry.

The crisis was triggered when low- and middle-income
working Americans were unable to refinance their homes
after they were issued adjustable-rate mortgages.  The
subprime mortgage crisis, stemming from misleading
lending practices by banks and other financial
companies, touched off the 2008 economic meltdown.

"Our so-called political leaders don't dare to do
anything of substance against the banks," said Jason
Bosch, chief of staff for the Cheri Honkala campaign.
"Cheri Honkala's campaign is the most significant thing
happening in this country to challenge these banks and
the direction they are taking all of us.  Philadelphia
voters have the unique opportunity to do something that
no other voters in America have -- to change policy
with one vote.  If Cheri gets elected there will be no
evictions.  This will force banks to the table and
expand the discourse around these issues to include the
voices of people who are struggling just to survive and
keep a roof over their heads.  This is a campaign of
national significance."

The Honkala campaign supports the development of
community-based land trusts.  There are over 40,000
vacant properties in Philadelphia, and community-based
ownership of these properties offers the means to house
people in need of homes and to create more urban
gardens and public spaces that will strengthen
communities.  Ms. Honkala sides with immigrants facing
raids and deportations that tear apart families,
affirming that she will stand with poor working class
people of all nationalities and refuse to cooperate
with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Cheri Honkala, a tireless advocate for the nation's
poor and homeless, founded the local Kensington Welfare
Rights Union and the national Poor Peoples Economic
Human Rights Campaign, which works to help people who
cannot get help through bureaucratic channels find
solutions to their housing crises.  She has organized
numerous street demonstrations in Philadelphia, as well
as efforts to reclaim and occupy vacant homes for poor
families in need of housing.

Ms. Honkala was included in Philadelphia Magazine's
list of 100 Most Powerful Philadelphians and was named
Philadelphia Weekly's "Woman of the Year" in 1997.

David Cobb, the Green Party's 2004 presidential
nominee, called Cheri Honkala "a long-distance runner
for social justice" and added, "I think Cheri's
campaign can become the 'signature' national electoral
campaign for progressives of all stripes in 2011."

The Cheri Honkala campaign headquarters is located
about 100 feet from the site where Thomas Jefferson
penned the Declaration of Independence.  Ms. Honkala
has dedicated her campaign to forging a new
independence -- independence from the big banks and
other corporations, which Jefferson himself warned
about.  "I hope we shall... crush in its birth the
aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare
already to challenge our government to a trial of
strength and bid defiance to the laws our country."
(Letter from Thomas Jefferson to George Logan, November
12, 1816)

MORE INFORMATION

Videos of Ms. Honkala: http://vimeo.com/27355841 /
http://vimeo.com/27415010 / http://vimeo.com/27711528
Campaign web site: http://www.cherihonkala.com Cheri
for Sheriff Campaign contact: 215-923-3747,
[log in to unmask] Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/Cheri4Sheriff

Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org

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