Build Our House Project

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.

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FLESH AND BLOOD FILM — Starring Cheri Honkala




A Film By Mark Webber


Starring Cheri Honkala

Founder, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign

2012 Green Party nominee for Vice President



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 HonkalaFor 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

Send Human Rights Observers to Puerto Rico

On Monday, October 2 at 1:00 pm, the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) will be visiting the offices of the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. to ask that international human rights observers are sent to Puerto Rico to witness the extent of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria and whether the recovery efforts are putting poor people before profits or are further contributing to Puerto Rico’s economic crisis. We, the poor, are calling on the international community to witness the U.S. government’s treatment of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, and ensure that our families, friends, and loved ones receive the resources and justice they require.


For Immediate Release
September 29, 2017

Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign

Cheri Honkala,, 215-869-4753
Edgardo Gonzalez,


Even before Hurricane Maria, due to centuries of colonial dispossession, Puerto Rico was facing an economic crisis with high unemployment rates and the highest migration to the mainland in the history of the island. Our Puerto Rican friends and family are now facing the fiscal devastation and physical destruction of Hurricane Maria. They do not have drinking water and their homes, shelters, and hospitals are still without power. There is intense flooding in neighborhoods that do not normally experience floods.

Our loved ones are not receiving the necessary food, water, clothing, medicine, and fuel that they desperately need to survive. Those of us on the mainland of the United States are increasingly worried and frustrated because the resources we are collecting are not getting to those that need them most on the island. The bureaucracy created by the U.S. government is preventing the transport of assistance to Puerto Rico. Eliminating the Jones Act for ten days is not good enough.

The U.S. government needs to bail out Puerto Rico the way they bailed out U.S. banks. We call on the U.S. Congress to sufficiently fund emergency relief efforts, allow for the transport of resources, and stop putting profits over our people and abolish Puerto Rico’s debt immediately. Recovery efforts should also be placed directly in the hands of the Puerto Rican people and Puerto Rican-owned businesses, so that they can rebuild their communities themselves. Failing to provide necessary resources or issuing the contracts to rebuild to companies outside Puerto Rico is setting up our Puerto Rican people for continued economic crisis and displacement from their homes.


Campaña Económica de Los Pobres Sobre los Derechos Humanos
29 Septiembre 2017

Cheri Honkala,, 215-869-4753
Edgardo Gonzalez,

En Lunes, 2 de Octubre a la 1 pm miembros de la Campaña Económica de Los Pobres Sobre los Derechos Humanos (Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign) visitarán las oficinas de la Organización de los Estados Americanos en Washington, D.C. para pedirles que envíen los observadores internationals de derechos humanos a Puerto Rico para que mirar la devastación y los esfuerzos de ayuda. Nosotros, los pobres, estamos llamando a la comunidad internacional para que mirar el tratamiento del pueblo puertoriqueño por parte del gobierno de los Estados Unidos despues del huracán Maria, y asegurar que nuestros familias y amigos reciben los recursos y la justicia que requieren.

Antes del huracán Maria, debido a siglos de desposesión colonial, Puerto Rico ya estaba enfrentando una crisis económica, con altas tasas de desempleo y la mayor migración hacia el continente en la historia de la isla. Ahora, nuestros amigos y familias puertoriqueños están enfrentando la devastación economico y la destrucción física del huracán Maria. Ellos no tienen agua potable y sus hogares, refugios y hospitales están sin energía. Hay intence inundaciones en vesindarios que normalmente no undavan.

Ayuda no esta llegando a nuestros seres queridos y aquellos de nosotros, aquí en el continente de los Estados Unidos, se están haciendo más fustrados y preocupados porque no podemos obtener ayuda para mandar los recursos y el dinero que nos reunimos aquí para nuestros seres queridos en la isla. El gobierno de los Estados Unidos ha creado una burocracia tal que no podemos usar aviones o barcos dentro o fuera de puertorico para aser llegar a ellos. Eliminar la ley de jones act por diez días no es suficiente.

El gobierno de EE.UU. necesita ser presionado para rescatar a puerto rico de la misma manera que rescató a los bancos estadounidenses con recursos financieros inmediatos. Nosotros estamos llamando al congreso de EE.UU para que financiar los esfuerzos de ayuda, permitar el transporte de recursos, priorizar el pueblo, y eliminar la deuda de Puerto Rico. Recursos deben ser entregados directamente a los puertorriqueños y a los propietarios puertorriqueños para que ellos mismos sean capaces de reconstruir nuestra isla. Dar recursos a contratistas externos o no dar en absoluto, estableceria a nuestra gente para crisis económica continua y desplazamiento.


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  • Elderly
  • Low income
  • Disabled
  • Health concerns
  • Family relation


Housing Cuts


Posted by Cheri Honkala on Saturday, July 29, 2017


Poverty Reality Tour in a War Economy

A tour beginning in Norris Square Park to reveal the effects of the war economy on the people. In a nation where the poor are excessively taxed to front the costs of war while the very machine that they fund claims inability to care for its people, the consequences are dire. The National War Tax Resistance Coordination Committee works to support people who refuse to fund wars and advocates to redirect tax dollars to promote peace and stability. The PPEHRC will cohost the event with this organization to open our eyes to the faults of the war economy.

March for Our Lives 2016 at the DNC

The March for Our Lives 2016 is a call upon all victims of poverty and their allies to demand real economic change from the Democratic Party.  March down broad street to challenge the Democratic Party to earn its label as the poor people’s party by reaffirming the people’s right to accessible, affordable housing, higher education, healthcare, a living wage, full restoration of city services, and more.  This historic march has taken place over the past several conventions with turnout exceeding thousands of frustrated-but optimistic-Americans; join them and remind the Democrats that the people remain united to end poverty with or without their help.


Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign is stepping up its farm organizing.  We are committed to working toward a city where our communities can support themselves.  No longer will people, our friends and families and children, go hungry while vacant land sits empty and unused.  We are no longer waiting for politicians to address the problems in this the second hungriest congressional district in the nation or the 40,000 vacant lots in Philadelphia or the many environmental problems we face everyday and will increasingly face. For this, we need support from our members and friends.

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