Cheri Honkala, long time Philadelphia resident and local and international human rights advocate, is seeking the office of Pennsylvania State Representative of District 197 in the March 21, 2017 Special Election as the Green Party candidate. The seat is vacant following the recent resignation of former State Representative Leslie Acosta after secretly pleading guilty to a federal felony charge in March 2016. In the 2016 elections, the Green Party of Pennsylvania regained minor party status--making it easier for Pennsylvanians to register as Greens and field candidates for special elections.
The people of the 197th district deserve a voice in Harrisburg that has gone to jail fighting for justice--not for corruption.
For nearly thirty years, Cheri has been a committed and tireless crusader on behalf of Philadelphians experiencing homelessness, poverty, and extreme poverty in District 197 where many struggle to get by on less than $2 a day. In addition to housing rights, Cheri works for education and healthcare for all, social and economic equality, an end to the war on drugs and the resulting mass incarceration, and protection of immigrants’ rights.
Cheri is co-founder of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and co-founder of and National Coordinator of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign. She was also the Green Party's vice-presidential candidate in 2012 alongside Dr. Jill Stein. As a State Representative in Harrisburg, Cheri will continue to advocate for the dignity and basic human rights of each of her constituents in District 197 and also fight for policies that redirect industries away from environmental destruction and toward sustainable and renewable energy, preserving a habitable future for all Pennsylvanians!
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