Cheri Honkala

Co-Founder of Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign

Cheri Honkala is a national organizer on issues of homelessness and poverty. For more than 25 years, Cheri has been leading demonstrations, setting up homeless encampments, organizing housing takeovers and speaking nationwide on poverty, housing, health care and education. She co-founded Philadelphia's Kensington Welfare Rights Union and the national Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign. 

In 2011, Cheri became the first woman to run for sheriff of Philadelphia and the first sheriff candidate in the U.S. to run on a zero-evictions platform.

In 2012, Cheri was the Green Party candidate for vice president of the United States. The platform she and presidential candidate Jill Stein developed included an economic bill of rights covering the rights to employment, a living wage, single-payer health care, tuition-free public school from preschool through college, student-loan forgiveness, affordable housing, a halt on all foreclosures and evictions, affordable utilities and fair taxation in proportion to ability to pay. It also promoted financial reforms and a transition to an environmentally sustainable economy.

Today Cheri continues her work with the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign and speaks at events nationally. 

People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good