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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Opt-Out of Standardized Testing

A Call To Action: 

Contact PPEHRC today at PPEHRCorg@gmail.com if you want to learn more about opting out of standardized testing, especially during these times of austerity. Let’s work to have every parent and student choosing to opt out of this discriminatory testing process! Join us for a hearing about opting out Nov. 19th, 3-5pm at City Council in Philadelphia. 

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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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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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