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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Into The Streets – People’s Climate March

On September 21st, over 400,000 people took to the streets of Manhattan as a unified front against climate justice inaction. Diverse perspectives converge as a popular movement unfolds.

Below is a video created by Meerkat Media Collective that captured various organizations and activists that participated in the People’s Climate March with a special highlight of Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. We want to thank them for providing an outlet for us to show how we are connecting poverty to the climate crisis and having our voices heard.

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This is What the Climate Justice Movement Looks Like

On Sunday, September 21st we took the streets of NYC for the People’s Climate March to demand “People, Planet, and Peace over Profit” alongside Global Climate Convergence and System Change Not Climate Change; the Ecosocialist Coalition. We had representatives from around the country standing in solidarity speaking out for “System Change, not Climate Change” and showing what the real Climate Justice Movement looks like.

The march is now over but our voices will continue to be heard. In the words of one of our fellow PPEHRC leaders, Shamako Noble, “It won’t take one of us, it won’t take 25, it will take all of us if we’re going to survive”.

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PPEHRC Workshops at NYC Climate Convergence

This weekend, Friday September 19th – Sunday September 21st, thousands of people will be gathering in New York City for the Climate Convergence. What are we asking for? “People, Planet, and Peace over Profit! Demand an end to fossil fuels, mobilize for system change, living wage jobs now!” Throughout the day on Saturday PPEHRC will be holding various different workshops connecting issues of poverty to the climate change crisis.

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Get On The Bus to NYC!

Date: September 19th – 21st
Bus Ticket: FREE (Please call to reserve a ticket)

Join Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) as we take a bus to NYC on September 19th to participate in the NYC Climate Convergence. This will be a conference, skill share and festival rolled into one – assisting mobilization for change to prevent catastrophic climate change. PPEHRC will be holding various workshops connecting issues of poverty to the environmental justice movement. Please join us for the largest climate march in history!

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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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