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Green Party endorses March For Our Lives during Democratic convention

Honkala_PPEHRCThe Green Party of the United States has endorsed the March For Our Lives, organized by the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign in Philadelphia on July 25, the opening day of the Democratic National Convention.

While the city of Philadelphia has denied PPEHRC a permit to hold a protest on Broad Street during the convention, PPEHRC said last week that the protest will take place with or without a permit. The group said in a statement, “The City of Philadelphia will spend upwards of $60 million to house millionaires and billionaires but yet continues to fail in providing for its most vulnerable citizens. The denied demonstration intends to shed light on the city’s unemployment and homelessness issues and demand accessible housing and living wages in Philadelphia.”

PPEHRC co-founder Cheri Honkala was the Green Party vice presidential nominee in 2012.

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Honkala to hold news conference over denied Democratic convention protest permit

Honkala_PPEHRCThe Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign is criticizing the city of Philadelphia for refusing a permit for its March for Our Lives rally and march for economic justice protest on July 25, the opening day of the Democratic National Convention in the city. PPEHRC said the “denied demonstration intends to shed light on the city’s unemployment and homelessness issues and demand accessible housing and living wages in Philadelphia.”

PPEHRC National Coordinator Cheri Honkala, the 2012 Green Party nominee for vice president, will hold a news conference on Tuesday, May 17, at 11:00 a.m. at the U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia.

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Stein: Romney attorneys trying to get debate lawsuit tossed

Jill-Stein-Hofstra-010Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein said in a campaign email that “lawyers for Mitt Romney are trying to get our lawsuit against the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) thrown out. Our lawsuit, supported by both Greens and Libertarians, makes the case that the CPD violates antitrust law by excluding independent candidates, essentially giving the establishment parties a monopoly on the presidential debates.”

Stein said, “When I heard that Mitt Romney was opposing our case for open debates, my first thought was that Romney probably still remembers the time in 2002 when I debated him and two other candidates in the race for governor of Massachusetts. In that televised debate, I spoke out for our Green platform and values, and then was mobbed by reporters telling me that I won the instant online viewer poll! I wasn’t invited to any more debates with Romney and company after that.”

Stein and vice presidential running mate Cheri Honkala were arrested in October 2012 when they attempted to enter the grounds of the presidential debate site at Hofstra University in New York. They were, Stein said, “arrested and held incommunicado for eight hours in an undisclosed location, where we were handcuffed to metal chairs.”

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Pennsylvania Greens meet, host presidential candidate forum

pennPennsylvania’s Centre Daily News covers the first day of the Green Party of Pennsylvania annual meeting and nominating convention. Presidential candidate Jill Stein, 2012 vice presidential nominee Cheri Honkala, and Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers were among the speakers Saturday. The other four recognized presidential candidates — Darryl Cherney, Bill Kreml, Kent Mesplay, and Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry — joined Stein via Skype for a candidate forum later in the day.

State party chair Jay Sweeney told the newspaper that there is “a national slow growth trend among the party. If nothing else, he hopes more people can get involved — if not to join the Green Party, then to become more educated.” He said, “A lot of people agree with the Green Party on the issues, but a lot of people are afraid to make the break. All we are asking is to give Greens a chance.”

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Honkala, Flowers to address Green Party of Pennsylvania Annual Meeting

GPPA_HeadThe Green Party of Pennsylvania Annual Meeting will take place this Saturday, February 6, in State College. The meeting will include a presidential candidate forum featuring all five nationally recognized Green Party candidates, participating in person or via Skype.

In addition, Cheri Honkala of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, the 2012 Green Party vice presidential nominee, and Maryland Green U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers will address the meeting.

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Romney attorneys respond to Green, Libertarian debate lawsuit

stein_photoThe National Law Journal reports that attorneys for 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney have filed papers seeking dismissal of a federal lawsuit brought by the Green Party and Libertarian Party over their nominees’ exclusion from the presidential and vice presidential debates that year.

The lawsuit, which also names the Commission on Presidential Debates, Barack Obama’s campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and the Republican National Committee, says the defendants illegally conspired in violation of antitrust laws to exclude Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala, Gary Johnson, and Jim Gray from the “presidential debates market, the presidential campaign market, and the electoral politics market.”

Attorneys for the defendants argue that political activity is not covered by antitrust law, but attorney Bruce Fein, representing the plaintiffs, disagrees. He said in an interview, “Somehow running for president isn’t a commercial activity, even though it’s projected that in 2016 races, collectively, people will spend $5 to $10 billion dollars.”

Stein and Honkala were arrested in October 2012 when they attempted to enter the grounds of the presidential debate site at Hofstra University in New York. At the time, Stein called the debate a “mockery of democracy.”

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Honkala’s PPEHRC builds Philadelphia tent city timed for papal visit

honkalaThe Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, co-founded by 2012 Green Party vice presidential nominee Cheri Honkala, has built a tent city in North Philadelphia, hoping to use Pope Francis’s visit to the city next week to raise awareness of homelessness in the city.

Honkala told KYW-TV, the CBS affiliate in the city, “We live in a city that hosts the Pope and conventions, but we can’t house our people.” She added, “We intend to be the welcoming committee for the Pope.”

There are currently six families in the encampment, according to Honkala, and the PPEHRC has raised about $500 for supplies. According to KYW, the Philadelphia Housing Authority will not issue keys or vouchers to the six families.

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Stein campaign creates online Open The Debates petition

stein_photoJill Stein’s Green Party presidential campaign has launched an online petition calling on the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) to open the 2016 debates to alternative party candidates.

The campaign notes that “50% of Americans do not identify as either Democrat or Republican,” and the CPD “is actually a private organization run by the Democratic and Republican parties.” The campaign is calling for the debates to include candidates from all parties on the ballot in enough states to theoretically achieve an electoral vote majority. In 2012, that would have been the Democratic and Republican nominees, as well as Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson.

Stein and vice presidential running mate Cheri Honkala were arrested in October 2012 when they attempted to enter the grounds of the presidential debate site at Hofstra University in New York. At the time, Stein called the debate a “mockery of democracy.”

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Webber secures funding for Honkala film “Flesh and Blood”

Actor/director Mark Webber announced Friday that he has passed the $50,000 Kickstarter funding mark for a film about his mother Cheri Honkala, who was the 2012 Green Party vice presidential nominee.

In a video message, Webber says the film will be called Flesh and Blood and will feature Honkala as well as Webber and his brother. Webber said, “It’s the story of one unbelievably incredible woman, a mother and her two sons.”

As of Friday evening, the Kickstarter campaign has raised $53,954 from 455 backers.