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.
St. Joseph, MI- Dr. Jill Stein was among supporters who attended Rev. Edward Pinkney’s evidentiary hearing on Tuesday, April 14, where a motion for a new trial based on the violation of Pinkney’s rights to impartial jurors was denied. Rev. Pinkney remains in prison, serving a 3-10 year term for altering the dates on petitions to recall the Mayor of Benton Harbor. However, according to Victoria Collier and Ben-Zion Ptashnik, who covered the trial in depth for Truthout:
“There was absolutely no evidence to convict Pinkney, and, legally, the altering of a petition document should have been a misdemeanor offense. Instead, they charged him with felony forgery – though no signatures were forged and all signatories testified that they signed willingly on the correct day. Incredibly, the all-white jury was urged by the prosecutor to believe that direct evidence was not required; they only had to “believe” that Pinkney was motivated to cheat and that he “could” have changed the dates while circulating the petitions.”
Calling all PPEHRC supporters in New York, come and hear Cheri Honkala speak on Friday, April 17th ! More details below.
On April 14th, members of PPEHRC along with Jill Stein traveled to Michigan to support Rev. Pinkney who has been unjustly imprisoned. Today he was denied a retrial and fined $1,800 restitution for exercising his democratic right to recall the election of a corrupt mayor. #freerevpinkney
On Saturday, April 4th PPEHRC joined Reclaim MLK PHL and 15 an Hour Now Philadelphia outside of New Vision UMC Church at Broad and Westmoreland for a march to the OIC Building at Broad and Thompson. As a coalition, we were demanding the end to poverty in one of the largest, poorest, gentrified cities in the country. We are demanding $15.00 an hr, the right to unionize, and full employment in the city of Philadelphia.
Mark your calendars! The third US Social Forum (USSF) will be taking place in Philadelphia June 25th – 28th, 2015. The USSF is a convergence driven by the understanding that people’s movements are what create social change.
PEOPLE’S MOVEMENT ASSEMBLY
Re-Visioning the Constitution to Serve The People
Aug 9, 2014
In Philadelphia, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) and Disabled in Action (DIA) have teamed up to anchor the planning for the 2015 U.S. Social Forum polycentric site. Addressing Philadelphia’s history as the original namesake of the Constitutional Convention, we kicked off the community outreach with a Peoples’ Movement Assembly in August that focused on the U.S. Constitution, discussing its original intentions and how it was never designed to include the most affected—including women and people of color— but was always meant to be a document that protected property rights.
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.