Activist and former homeless mother promotes poverty awareness

Homelessness is a major national issue, as well as a local one in the city of Rochester. That is why the Social Work Department at the College at Brockport brought Cheri Honkala to campus to speak about her firsthand experience as both an activist and former homeless mother.

“I’ve lived a very surreal kind of life,” Honkala said. “I live in, like you guys do, one of the richest places in the entire world and I consider myself to be fairly educated and smart and resourceful and yet I found myself living in a car with my 9-year-old son driving around trying to figure out where I was going to sleep on any given night.”

To prevent herself and her son, Mark Webber, from freezing, she began taking over abandoned government properties, like vacant houses.

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We Are Women Rally

Pushing back against a wave of legislative and judicial action seen as targeting the rights of women, the grassroots organization “We Are Woman” will lead a Constitutional Day Rally in Washington on Saturday, September 13th, launching the return of a demand for the ERA to fully enfranchise women into the United States Constitution. The organizers have included a special tribute to military women and are expecting thousands of supporters from across the nation to attend the rally scheduled from 9:30am-4pm on the west lawn of the Capitol. The rally comes just weeks ahead of the fall elections in which women are projected to be the key voting demographic.

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They Call Me Arethusa

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Colie McClellan and Mark Kennedy’s critically acclaimed Philly FringeArts production: They Call Me Arethusa. This performance uses spoken word to bring awareness to issues of domestic violence. PPEHRC’s very own, Cheri Honkala, will be participating in a panel discussion following the show on Sept. 14th. Please join us for this special event.

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65th Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference

Bringing Equitable Participation into Sustainable Development Decisions

Initiative for Equality is calling for more equitable participation in the discussions and decisions surrounding sustainable development. The United Nations is in the process of adopting new Sustainable Development Goals to supplant the Millennium Development Goals which expire in 2015.  Initiative for Equality, or IfE, is a global network of civil society groups and individuals advocating for greater social, economic and political equality. IfE’s global Field Hearings project will be presented at the UN’s DPI NGO conference at UN HQ in New York this week.

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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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