- Pennsylvania Among 'Terrible 10' Most Regressive Tax States
- February 4 Non-Partisan Training: HOW TO RUN FOR ELECTION BOARD IN 2013: HOW TO RUN FOR COMMITTEEPERSON IN 2014
- Republican Governors Opt-In to Medicaid Expansion
- The Reports of Unions' Death Are Greatly Exaggerated
- Ask Allyson Schwartz to run for Governor
- Mind the gap: Opting Out of Medicaid Expansion Leaves Low-income Families Behind
- Jan. 14 Workshop:HOW TO RUN FOR ELECTION BOARD IN 2013; HOW TO RUN FOR COMMITTEEPERSON IN 2014
- Seth Williams on Guns, Jasmine Rivera on School Closures @PFC Meetup Wednesday
- PA Revenue Strong Midway Through Year; Tax Cut Could Have Big Impact
- What to Make of the Fiscal Cliff Deal?
The following is a letter to Green Party members written by Chris Robinson. He asked me to post it here.
Hello, Green Party Member.
I want to share with you a discussion we had at the end of the last Green Party General Membership Meeting, www.gpop.org. If you were present at that meeting, please forgive my repetition.
At the November meeting of Green Party members, I took a few minutes to speak about my disappointment with the 2012 Presidential Election. I believed that the Green Party candidates, Jill Stein for President and Cheri Honkala for Vice President, www.jillstein.org, deserved a much higher vote than they received. Looking at that election – and all of the Presidential Elections during this century -- I have arrived at the following analysis.
If you look at the political geography, we now have a Democratic Party, which is in the service of the corporate establishment. That Democratic Party has seized the Republican’s high ground. All of the Democratic Party’s current policies are now really Republican Party policies, or what used to be called “moderate Republican” policies.
By seizing the high ground from Republicans, the Democratic Party has forced the new Republican Party to move way to the right into the valley which used to be called “extremism.” There are now very few Republican policies which are acceptable to voters. In fact, very few of the Democratic Party’s policies are acceptable to voters, either, because they are really corporate policies which serve the Top One Percent.
Take for example health care. The Democratic Party moved way to the right, accepting Obamacare (really Romneycare or government welfare for the insurance industry) as their policy, which will bankrupt the U.S. in the near future. This left the Republican Party with no healthcare policy, except anti-Obamacare.
Looking at the 1st Presidential Debate led me to take a stiff drink, Romney blaming the poor while Obama is afraid to mention them only mentioning the middle class. Logically it is better to be ignored then blamed. There is a persistent drift over many elections that less and less people are paying attention to politics. But maybe if the Greens can inspire the stay-at-homes as the Libertarians and Constitutionalists shave votes from Romney, the future will be brighter even if a last minute economic meltdown leads to a Romney win.
After the debate was over I turned on my computer to watch the last half of the expanded debate with Jill Stein the Green Presidential candidate and Rocky Anderson the Justice Party candidate offering inspiration despite my being tipsy with alcohol. I promise if Pennsylvania is no longer Obama Blue but a toss up state November 6, I will vote for Obama unless Obama depresses me so much I couldn't make it to the polls. Part of the economic depression is Obama endless compromises even though it is good to get excited about Romney's last hurrah foreign policy which is in this declining economic period is suicidal.
Thursday's expanded Vice-Presidential debate Oct 11, on Democracy Now might be very inspirational. Both Cheri Honkala and Luis Rodriguez came out of extreme poverty and are getting poor folk involved in politics,
If the Libertarians join, a former judge, Libertarian Judge Gray who once liked to convict people like the young hood Lois Rodrogues who used to deal drugs can debate Judge Gray who used to make a faddish of putting jail drug dealers in jail. Since he reformed Rodrogues became a prize winning author. Thank to all the 3rd party efforts with a particular appreciation for the Libertarians and Constitutionalists for destroying or at least raining on the super-rich conspiracy, I may not have to get drunk and forget it any more.
7pm New Mexico I hope is 6pm Philadelphia where I can hopefully watch it on Democracy Now Channel 35 TV.Try to get a hall or movie theater to hook itself to the internet.
Politics turned Rodrogues's and Honkala's life around, collective self-help politics is making Honkala's life soar. Kids heading for trouble have football and basketball stars put in their face, Don't let the hacks say registration to vote is almost over, if someone gets turned away from the voting booth for being unqualified or in some way indicates interest everyone even Obama diehards make sure you have a registration form to hand them for future participation.
I would like to see 5 second ads on the TV screen, “'Vote “No!” to two party corruption shop for 3rd party hope election day.
Staying home is giving corrupt politicians the world they want”; with a link or several at the bottom of the screen. If one can't buy a less then 15 second TV ad perhaps the Sierra Club and the ACLU could each have 5 seconds.
Why sit around depressed as things slowly get worse under Obama or rapidly collapse under Romney when we can do better? Winston Churchill inspired Britain with his Blood, Sweet and Tears policy, the Libertarians with a no foreign bleeding policy would be better than Obama-Romney as well.
PS in Philadelphia there was a small Peace Demonstration with no war on Iran or Syria signs at 30th Street bridge, and the Schuylkill Expressway light, as cars gave a quick toot of approval like they used to at the height of the Vietnam War. I hope this is repeated all over the country. I want a one hour demo at that spot twice a week.
By Richard Kane
What happened when a voter pressed Cheri Honkala first then pressed the Democratic or Republican button at the top? Did Honkala button go dark and Jewell Williams light up along with the rest of the Democrats? I am looking for someone who did this yet was alert enough to note if Honkala's light stayed lit,
One way or another I am sure more than 6% of the voters tried to vote for her.
She was slightly outvoted in my division, and I am sure she didn't actually win, but elsewhere in the city something must have not added up.
Reading Sunday's Philly Inquirer (Oct 3O) made me at first want to cheer,
An article on the opinion page against prejudice by Imam Feisal Rauf, who is coming Lehigh University Monday. His interfaith in part NY mosque stands up for Interculturalism -- the Interculturalism that bin Laden and Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik kill trying to end.
But also on page B4 is an article entitled “Good candidates among judicial choices” heaping praise on cooperate lawyer Anne Covey who would ’hit the ground running’ whatever that means,
Most progressive organizations want Kathy Boockvar to win Democratic column (202) who worked tirelessly as a public defenders and legal aid attorney. Later as a voting rights advocate. Also did labor work. It would be ironic if all the complaints by Occupy Philly and Occupy Pittsburgh, ends up with a court more pro-business and less for the unemployed than ever, if they continue to pay no attention to politics. The Green Party of Philadelphia almost endorsed Kathy but the meeting lacked a quorum so the vote didn’t count.
Cheri Honkala (321) is campaigning for sheriff to stop evictions. During the Depression several cites did this preventing a lot vacant buildings. Occupy NY and LA are putting people back in there homes so far without anyone being arrested for it.
Cheri Honkala urges people to vote for Honkala first, without mentioning also vote for some other good candidates out there. Don’t believe everything the Inquirer and Daily News says on who they are. I wish we could have a complete progressive list, like Philly ADA used to have 30 years ago, where they always listed two Republicans for City Council at large or once a third party instead.
Tonight: Meet Occupy Philadelphia's Steve Ross, Green Sheriff Candidate Cheri Honkola (and watch the Phils) @ PFC MeetupSubmitted by Sam Durso on Wed, 10/05/2011 - 10:10am.
On the eve of tomorrow's protest, meet Occupy Philadelphia's Steve Ross, who is coordinating communications for the event, and also meet internationally famous activist for the poor/Green Party sheriff candidate Cheri Honkola, along with some other great local activists, at Philly For Change Meetup tonight.
Occupy Philadelphia takes City Hall at 9:00 am Thursday as part of the international movement protesting corporate greed and the financial exploitation of 99% of the population. Steve will answer questions about the occupation and about future sites for marches and protest as the movement in Philly evolves. This is all happening right now, so it's very very exciting. You won't want to miss a chance to come out and meet Steve and be part of this moment in history.
Cheri Honkala is running for sheriff in an effort to end sheriff sales and keep families in their homes. Can she do it? Come out tonight and decide for yourself. Democratic candidate (and North Philly State Representative) Jewell Williams also has been invited.
If that's not enough, Education Voters' Ian Moran gives us an important update on the effort to replace the School Reform Commission and the onslaught of vouchers bills in Harrisburg, and local star organizer Pedro Rodriguez updates us on the movement to save Social Security.
And there's a new campaign in town: Food and Water Watch's Emily Heffling explains their Fair Farm Bill campaign.
Finally, if you're afraid of missing Roy Oswalt's attempt to pitch the Phils into the League Championship Series, there will be a television behind the bar, and across the street at Bob and Barbara's. Get to Meetup early and you can order dinner from Tritone's kitchen, as well.
Philly For Change Meetup is tonight, October 5, starting at 7:00, at Tritone, 1508 South Street. It is wheelchair accessible.
From the campaign website of Philadelphia's first female candidate for Sheriff, Cheri Honkala of the Green Party:
Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks today endorsed Green party candidate Cheri Honkala for Sheriff of Philadelphia. Neighborhood Networks is a grassroots organization that works to push for progressive candidates and policies in Philadelphia. We at the Cheri for Sheriff headquarters are ecstatic about this endorsement.
From NN website:
Cheri Honkala is the one candidate on the ballot in November who reminds City voters that it’s Wall Street and the banking industry that has brought our City down, not “greedy” government workers or any other right wing whipping boy. By treating home mortgages like gambling chips, the financial sector has collapsed the national economy, destroyed the retirement funds of individuals, cities and states alike, and created the worst economic conditions since the Great Depression. Millions of jobs disappeared, and millions of families lost their homes. Millions more remain at risk of losing theirs as well. As Sheriff, Cheri plans to ride to the rescue.
Cheri’s main campaign pledge is that she will refuse to evict any family from their home due to the complicity of the judicial branch in foreclosing on their mortgage or terminating their lease. At a time like this we don’t need more families in the street. We need more programs to enable workers to find jobs, and to get them over the hump until they do. By refusing to evict, Cheri will force the system to come to grips with the real causes and cures for the crisis. Cheri, and Neighborhood Networks, recognize that the legal system will fight back against her plan. And perhaps they will succeed. But the fight itself will raise the issue of who is really to blame and where the route out truly lies. And that is how real progress begins.
"People's Sheriff" Cheri Honkala to ride through Kensington on horseback, promoting end to foreclosures and concert on 9/14Submitted by rossl on Fri, 08/26/2011 - 1:49pm.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 26, 2011
Contact: Jason Bosch
"PEOPLE’S SHERIFF" CHERI HONKALA TO RIDE THROUGH KENSINGTON ON HORSEBACK
Green Party Candidate focuses on "Protecting the Hood" & "Keeping Families in Their Homes"
Green Party candidate Cheri Honkala running for Sheriff of Philadelphia will be riding a horse through her neighborhood of Kensington on Monday August 29 at 11am. The campaign will be playing songs from Artists supporting her including political hip hop group Rebel Diaz, Yeye Organic Pop and more to promote the Cheri for Sheriff Party / Fund-raiser scheduled for September 14 at the Palladium. The candidate will be giving a press conference and taking questions from the press at the end of her ride.
Philadelphia Sheriff candidate Cheri Honkala
Riding a Horse through Kensington
From Kensington & Allegheny (riding on Allegheny) to the Palladim (229 W. Allegheny Avenue)
Monday August 29, 2011 at 11am
For more information about the Cheri Honkala for Sheriff of Philadelphia campaign, please visit cherihonkala.com.
Yeye Organic Pop: Vota por Cheri
Two recent updates to Cheri Honkala's website show exciting signs of support for a campaign based on the promise to keep people in their homes and help give communities control over their land.
You came into social work because you wanted change.
You learned quickly that we need fundamental, systemic change.
The “change we could believe in” hasn’t delivered.
So let’s listen to Ghandi:
We need to BE the change we wish to see in the world. . .
ThisCantBeHappening.Net is not only one of the most interesting news sources on the web, it's also based just outside of Philadelphia. We're lucky to have such talented independent journalists in our city. John Grant, one of the site's writers, recently profiled the Green Party's candidate for Sheriff, Cheri Honkala, and he might cover the campaign more in the future. Here is a sample, but you can read the whole thing here:
I see Cheri Honkala as Robin Hood. Instead of running around in green tights and using bows and arrows to engage the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham, she's using the ballot box to take the Sheriff of Nottingham's job.
Cheri Honkala is running for Sheriff. She's been nominated by a party (the Greens). She's been a community activist - and an activist in other parts of the country - for decades. She has participated in candidate forums and debates. She is running a serious campaign.
Yet the Committee Of Seventy thinks voters don't deserve to know she exists. They have devoted absolutely zero attention to her candidacy, not even giving her the space on their website that other candidates for Sheriff have received. This is WRONG. Just because Cheri has decided not to run with one of the two major parties, that doesn't mean that voters are either a) not interested in her or b) too stupid to understand this.
The good news is that there are two ways you can directly tell the Committee Of Seventy to put Cheri on their website and acknowledge her candidacy. One is an online petition posted at Change.org:
Two events coming up (visit http://gpop.org for the Green Party's website):
Earth Day Demonstration Against Fracking
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Dept. of Environmental Protection, 2 Main St., Norristown, PA
Notes: Demonstration at DEP to demand a ban on gas drilling. Stop polluting our drinking water as well as our waterways.
This demonstration has been called by the Green Party of Philadelphia and endorsed by Brandywine Peace Community, BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action, Citizens for Clean Water, Green Party of Delaware County, Green Party of Montgomery County, Protecting our Waters and Saint Vincent’s Peace and Justice Ministry.
For more info: Green Party of Phila. 215-243-7103 or email@example.com.
Green Party Of Phila. General Membership Meeting, 4/28/2011, 7:00 pm (open to public)
Date: Thursday April 28, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Why have Democrats abandoned labor? Discuss with fmr. AFSCME DC 47 Pres. Thomas Paine Cronin at the next Green Night Out!Submitted by rossl on Tue, 03/01/2011 - 11:21pm.
From the Green Party of Philadelphia:
Green Party of Philadelphia
GREEN NIGHT OUT
Saturday, March 12, 7:00 pm
Enjoy an endless supply of
vegetarian, kosher, Chinese food.
Discuss how too many Democrats have turned against Labor
with Thomas Paine Cronin,
retired president of AFSCME District Council 47.
Please join us.
GREEN NIGHT OUT
will be open to the public,
an exceptional bargain
for only $25/person.
Singapore Vegetarian Restaurant
1006 Race Street
For more information:
215-243-7103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
[I went to the last Green Night Out, when an organizer from Action United (btw, good luck to them in their fight for sick days for Philly workers) spoke, and both the food and conversation were great]
And here's the facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=196479820376770
Cheri Honkala for Sheriff
Join Us on Thursday, February 17, 10:00 am
Cheri Honkala, www.cherihonkala.com, will announce her run for the
Green Party nomination as Sheriff of Philadelphia .
718 Market St, Home of Casino Free Philly, 10:00 am
Cheri Honkala for Sheriff
Keeping Families In Their Homes
Veteran Philadelphia Activist for the Poor to Run for Sheriff on No Evictions Platform
Cheri Honkala Says Appealing to the Banks to Restructure Loans for Families Facing Foreclosure Did Not Work So She Will Run for Sheriff and Refuse to Evict Families.
If Elected, Honkala Would Suspend Sheriff Sales of Properties Indefinitely.
On December 17th, the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, headed up by nationally known Philadelphia activist Cheri Honkala, will be hosting a fundraiser, with support from the Green Party of Philadelphia and Hugh Giordano. Hugh posted the following on his facebook:
The Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign IS A GREAT ORGANIZATION. We share a common interest in uniting against the prevailing conditions and around our vision of a society where we all have the right to health care, housing, living wage jobs, and access to quality primary, secondary, and higher education.
Its for a GREAT cause and you will feel good about doing it.
The Cost is $25 ($30 at door) dollars and you get :
Domestic Beer and Well Mixed Drinks along with Open Buffet!
LIVE MUSIC from The K & A MOB / Plus a 50/50 Drawing!
For more info and tickets please call :