The Project: The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign is working to acquire vacant single-family rowhomes and twins in Philadelphia, in order to rehabilitate them and then rent them to homeless individuals and families at subsidized, affordable rates.
Community volunteer labor and sweat equity will accomplish a great deal of the construction work, using green building principles and practices. PPEHRC will establish a Community Land Trust (CLT) to ensure the perpetual affordability of the houses.
In addition to providing affordable housing, these Human Rights Houses will provide job-training programs and support services like mental health care and substance abuse treatment. We will offer this support alongside and interwoven with our work of supporting the leadership of poor and homeless people to organize for human rights and economic justice.
FLESH AND BLOOD
A Film By Mark Webber
Starring Cheri Honkala
Founder, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign
2012 Green Party nominee for Vice President
WATCH THE TRAILER
Join us for screenings this weekend and contribute to the conversation afterward! This is a terrific opportunity to discuss the film’s themes of social and economic justice as it relates to the work of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) with moviegoers who are enthusiastic about working to better their community, but not necessarily knowing where to start.
Jill Stein will moderate post-show discussions with Cheri and her sons Mark and Guillermo at the Prince Theater in Philly on 11/3 @ 6:40pm and 11/4 @ 1:30pm! Black Thought from The Roots will host the discussions on 11/5 @ 2:30pm. Click here to buy your tickets!
Based on a real family, FLESH AND BLOOD blurs the line between narrative and documentary, with characters played by their real life counterparts. Writer and director Mark Webber (GREEN ROOM, SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD) stars as a man who has just been released from prison and returns home to his impoverished neighborhood in Philadelphia. Mark attempts to rebuild his life and reintegrate into the community, but he struggles with staying sober, forging a bond with his half-brother Guillermo, and mending a strained relationship with his mother, who is played by Cheri Honkala, Webber’s real life mother and the Green Party’s nominee for Vice President in the 2012 U.S. election. Hoping to move beyond the mistakes of his past, Mark seeks out his estranged, real-life father, who he meets for the first time in over 30 years. Will Mark’s life remain defined by his own flesh and blood?
About Cheri Honkala
For almost 30 years, Cheri Honkala has been a committed activist and co-founder of multiple poverty-rights organizations. Her experiences as a homeless single mother caring for her son, writer/director/actor Mark Webber, served as a lightning rod that ignited a 30-year crusade as an anti-poverty activist. In the 2012 U.S. presidential election, Honkala was the Green Party?”s vice presidential candidate alongside Dr. Jill Stein. In November 2016, Honkala ran in a special election to be the Pennsylvania State Representative for the 197th District. Cheri Honkala resides in Philadelphia, PA and works with the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) to end homelessness through justice and compassion. To find out more about PPEHRC, visit economichumanrights.org.