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.
Calling artists of all talents in North Philadelphia: PPEHRC needs your help! Instead of playing music only to line your pockets, we believe can you utilize your skills to transform society while still making a living. In preparation for the district to take on the capital, we are organizing a series of block parties. We need musicians, spoken word poets, and other artists to perform at each party. Please fill out the form linked below if you are interested:
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The press conference will be held at 10 AM on Thursday July 7 in front of the Cuyahoga Job and Family Service Building at 1641 Payne Ave, Cleveland. Please join in Cleveland for the fight against poverty.
Find the press release here
The Physicians for Social Responsibility and the National Environmental Health Association are sponsoring a screening and discussion of This Changes Everything, a film highlighting the relationship between climate change and economics. Don’t miss this event!
Come down and celebrate Cheri’s birthday by attending PPEHRC’s fundraising event at Taco Riendo! $20 will cover the cost of your donation and dinner (BYOB). Looking forward to seeing you there!
On May 28, 2015, Cheri Honkala of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) and German Parodi of Disabled in Action of Pennsylvania, Inc. (DIA) announced a new “March for Our Lives” to take place at the 2016 Democratic National Nominating Convention in Philadelphia.
We are very excited to announce that the US Social Forum Philly will feature performances by Immortal Technique and Rebel Diaz!
Thousands of people from across the country will join us for the Third US Social Forum in Philadelphia and San Jose. The Philadelphia US Social Forum will occur June 25th – 28th. Together we will lift up the stories and the struggles of the voiceless of Philadelphia, the Bay Area, and the United States as a whole, together we will build another world
Watch our promo video here: https://youtu.be/lKjKkFNnaS8
Mark your calendars! The third US Social Forum (USSF) will be taking place in Philadelphia June 25th – 28th, 2015 at Temple University and along American Street. The USSF is a convergence driven by the understanding that people’s movements are what create social change.
EARTH DAY SPEAKER: CHERI HONKALA
. . . Uniting for Climate Democracy.
What happens when poor people’s movements
join with organized youth and workers
in struggling for climate justice