Waging War on Poverty Is About Class Identity – an interview with Cheri Honkala

Cheri Honkala: The co- founder and national coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign and vice president of the Green Shadow Cabinet. Cheri is nationally and internationally respected for her anti-poverty work. Honoring the legacy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign of 1967-68 Cheri inspires a new generation of leaders working to end poverty.

In this exclusive interview, Dennis Trainor, Jr. and Cheri Honkala discuss the Earth Day to May Day Climate Convergence, the U.S. Social Forum, and what motivates a life of social justice organizing.

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Is Minimum Wage Another Distraction? Let’s talk Basic Income, Shall We?

Cheri Honkala of the Poor Peoples Economic Campaign and Vice President of the Green Shadow Cabinet joins the host Dennis Trainor, Jr. and the Resistance Report panel (Nicole Carty (The Other 98%), Julianna Forlano (Absurdity Today) and Joel Northam (Acronym TV Contributor) – to discuss the jobs crisis in the United States, the perpetually underemployed, and the impact of a raise in the minimum wage versus a policy that guaranteed an income for all.

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U.S. Social Forum is Coming to Philadelphia

The US Social Forum taking place in Philadelphia summer of 2015 is a convergence driven by the understanding that people’s movements are what create social change.  It is an opportunity for regional and issue-specific social justice projects to work towards broader unity.  The goal is to map out action plans for a cohesive movement and organize to be on the offense against all forms of oppression.

The USSF is the next most important step in our struggle to build a powerful and inclusive movement that transforms this country and the world.  We will reach far and near to lift up our people so that they can be heard and know they are not alone.  Through learning together we will tear down divisions and put into practice the idea that ‘Your Fight Is My Fight’.

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USSF Meet & Greet

On Saturday Feb. 8th we had a successful Meet & Greet for the USSF in collaboration with Asian Americans United. We had about 50 organization representatives at the meeting who signed up for various working groups in order to support the USSF. These working groups were: Communications & Technology, Outreach, Arts & Culture, and Fund Development. Some of the representatives included: West Kensington Ministry, Neighborhood Networks, Decarcerate, Intentional Faith Community, The Green Party, Asian Americans United, Students from University of Pennsylvania & Temple, Environmental Justice, as well as concerned citizens.

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Community Outreach: Connecticut Students

On Feb. 7th, a group of high school students from Fairfield Ludlowe High School in Connecticut came to learn about PPEHRC as part of their service club field trip in partnership with Youth Service Opportunities Project. We had a great time with the students making sandwiches to pass out to the Kensington community as well as having the students participate in the direct action of handing out the sandwiches they had prepared. It was great to see the students so engaged in the outreach process and we were so thankful for the donations that came in for us to provide a meal and loaves of bread to those in the community.

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