It can be argued that our economic troubles began long before the crisis of 2008. But let’s use that as a starting point anyway as we consider the causes of the family homelessness crisis that has arisen in in Washington, DC. I’d read about the failure of Bear Stearns and how it was purchased by JP Morgan Chase in the spring of 2008. Over the next seven months, I would read about other investment banks whose names I’d either never heard or that just didn’t mean anything to me previously – names such as Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch (whose bull-silhouette commercials were etched into my memory during childhood) and Morgan Stanley. But the depth of the crisis didn’t “hit home” for me until mid-October when I read an e-mail announcing a special meeting at DC’s City Hall to address immediate cuts to the Dept. of Human Services budget for FY 2009 with us being two weeks into that fiscal year.
The anti-poverty movement lost one of its great warriors last week when Dottie Stevens of Mattapan passed away after a tough fight with cancer. Dottie Stevens was dear to our heart here at Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign and we are all grieving her loss.
This week, Occupy Radio interviewed Rev Bruce Wright, Green Shadow Cabinet’s Chair, Refuge Ministries and Florida PPEHRC on Ending Homelessness in the show entitled “Whoville UnHoused Sanctuary, and Criminalizing Homelessness”.
Anti-poverty Activist, Cheri Honkala, Arrested With Anti-Pipeline Protesters, Building a Bigger Movement for Justice
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.
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.
The 16th Homelessness Marathon will originate from Brattleboro, VT on the night of Wednesday, February 19th featuring our very own, Cheri Honkala at 12am (Midnight).
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’.
In the hopes of highlighting the effects that poverty is having on the region as a whole, the Rochester Area Community Foundation on Tuesday morning released its 50-page analysis of poverty in the greater Rochester area.