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NOT GUILTY: Stein, Honkala, Fannie Mae protesters01.29.13


NOT GUILTY: Stein, Honkala, Fannie Mae protesters


Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala,, were found not guilty by a Philadelphia judge on January 25 on charges stemming from their participation in a housing rights protest at Fannie Mae’s regional offices. The two women were the Green Party’s 2012 presidential and vice presidential nominees.

In August 2012, Stein and Honkala, along with 50 other protesters, attempted to escort foreclosed families into Fannie Mae to demand policies that, according to Honkala, would, “keep families in their homes.” The two women were arrested during the protest, along with three others, and spent nearly 24 hours in jail. (more…)

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Analysis of 2012 Philadelphia Election Day Returns for Stein/Honkala12.02.12

– by Chris Robinson, Green Party of Philadelphia, City Committee at Large.
This white paper looks at the election returns for Jill Stein for President and Cheri Honkala for Vice President on Tuesday, November 6, in Philadelphia County, PA. The numbers come from two sources: Voter Registration Lists for the General Election and City Commissioners’ Election Results.

As of November 13, Stein and Honkala had received 422,017 votes nationwide (0.31 percent). In PA, Stein and Honkala had received 20,552 votes (0.35 percent), slightly better than their national average. In Philadelphia, Stein and Honkala had received 2,021 votes (0.31 percent), a very average vote total.

The Philadelphia Stein/Honkala Campaign recruited 35 poll volunteers who were assigned to 69 polling places out of the total 1,683 polling places. At their request, three of the volunteers were assigned to work at a polling place other than where they voted. Eight of the volunteers were Democrats, 4 were Independents, and 23 were Greens. Six of these volunteers did not show up. Three of these no-shows were Democrats, and three of them were newly registered Greens. (more…)

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Jill Stein Arrested10.31.12


Jill Stein Arrested for Delivering Food and Supplies to

Climate Activists Opposing Texas Keystone XL Pipeline

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein,, was handcuffed and arrested on October 31 after bringing food and supplies to a coalition of climate justice activists, known as the “Tar Sands Blockade,” who are attempting to stop the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas. She is currently at Wood County Jail awaiting processing.

“Everyone needs to step up resistance to climate-killing emissions,” said Stein, who was willing to risk arrest in order to show solidarity for this blockade. “Romney and Obama are only talking about the symptoms of climate change in terms of destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy; the blockaders are addressing the cause.” (more…)

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Philly Greens Hold Kickoff for Presidential Campaign10.03.12

OpEd News, October 2, 2012

Philly Greens Hold Kickoff for Presidential Campaign

On Friday, September 21, the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, held their Kickoff for the Green Presidential Campaign at the William Way Community Center,, in Philadelphia.

Fifty members of the press and friends of the Green Party gathered to hear how Dr. Jill Stein, who is running for President, and Cheri Honkala, running for Vice President, will present a real choice for voters, Erin Worrell Esq., a member of the GPOP City Committee was MC for the evening.

Chris Robinson, a member of the GPOP City Committee, began by explaining how the Green Party is not an alternative Party. “It is the imperative Party,” he said, “because only the Green Party has solutions to the crises facing our nation.” Robinson spoke about the Green’s opposition to the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan, their demand for a ban on fracking, the Green’s support for an elected school board in Philadelphia and their opposition to the sale of Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW). “On each of these issues,” Robinson said, “the Green Party is the only opposition to the two corporate parties which are running our society into the ground.” (more…)

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Stein/Honkala Campaign Kickoff09.14.12

 Philadelphia KICKOFF for the
Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala Campaign

The Philadelphia Stein/Honkala Campaign will KICKOFF their
Green Party Presidential drive at
7:00 pm on Friday, September 21, at the
William Way Community Center,,
1315 Spruce Street in Center City.

The Green Party is running Dr. Jill Stein for President and
Philadelphia’s own Cheri Honkala for Vice President.

Learn more about the Stein/Honkala proposal for a Green New Deal.

 Confirmed speakers:

Cheri Honkala, Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate

Carl Romanelli, Chair, Green Party of Pennsylvania

Dr. Walter Tsou, Former Health Commissioner of Philadelphia

Chris Robinson, City Committee, Green Party of Philadelphia

 The Green Presidential Kickoff will include
light refreshments, music, speakers and political discussion.

Please join us.
This event will be open to the media and the public.

For more information, please contact the
Philadelphia Stein/Honkala Campaign at
215-243-7103 and


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Winning labor’s battles requires independent politics09.03.12

The following statement was released on August 29 by Green Party candidate for President, Dr. Jill Stein,

Statement By Jill Stein.

I welcome and endorse the AFL-CIO’s campaign to finally fulfill President Roosevelt’s 1944 call for a second, Economic Bill of Rights, including the rights to jobs, living wages, labor unions, voting rights, health care, education, and retirement security.

As the Green Party candidate for President, my Green New Deal platform already has specific proposals to secure these rights.

Jobs: Employ the unemployed in public works projects and federally-supported community-controlled cooperatives and other enterprises;

create 25 million green and pink jobs.

Living Wages: Raise the federal minimum wage to a living wage.

Labor Law Reforms: Repeal the anti-labor Taft-Hartley Act, outlaw permanent striker replacements, and authorize majority card check union recognition.

Voting Rights: Pass the Right To Vote Amendment to establish an affirmative constitutional right to vote and accurate vote counting.

Corporate Power: Pass a constitutional amendment to repeal the corrupting court-ordered doctrines that corporations are people and money is speech and establish that corporations and election campaign finance can be regulated.

Health Care: Enact single-payer Medicare for All.

Education: Forgive student debt and provide tuition-free public education from pre-school through graduate school.

Retirement Security: Eliminate the cap on Social Security taxes for high incomes in order to secure Social Security’s indefinite fiscal sustainability. (more…)

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Cheri Honkala, VP Candidate For Green Party, Visits “Romneyville”09.03.12

The Green Party Vice Presidential candidate, Philadelphia based activist Cheri Honkala, was in Tampa on Friday, August 25, to discuss her fledgling campaign. Founder of the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign,, Honkala was also here to talk up the group’s protest that will take place on the first day of the Republican National Convention, Monday, August 27.

Although she says that she never imagined she would be on a presidential ticket, Honkala has campaigned for office before, running for Sheriff of Philadelphia last year. (more…)

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Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein Arrested08.26.12

Philadelphia Weekly Blog, Thursday, August 2, 2012, 4:09 pm

Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein Arrested at “Occupy Fannie Mae” Protest in Center City Philadelphia

By Randy LoBasso.

Germantown resident Rhonda Lancaster speaks about the foreclosure of her home.

Rhonda Lancaster was one of the first to speak at yesterday’s “Occupy Fannie Mae” event, a Green Party-sponsored sit-in at the Fannie Mae office in Center City to protest unjust home foreclosures. Lancaster, a musician and fitness instructor, has been dealing with foreclosure since 2009, when her mother passed away shortly after signing a reverse mortgage on their Germantown home. Thus far, she’s managed to fight off the banks; she’s even met with the president of Fannie Mae during her process, and says she’s been in discussions to buy back her home for a negotiated price. “We hope to use this as a litmus test for all the other folks who are going through this process,” Lancaster told a crowd of about 50 protesters and activists. “Because the bottom line is, when you don’t know how the process works, you’re basically swatting in the dark at flies.” (more…)

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Green Party Presidential Candidate Campaigns in Phila.04.09.12

Green Party Presidential Candidate Campaigns in Philadelphia

Dr. Jill Stein,, opened her Pennsylvania campaign for President of the U.S. on Monday, March 19. Campaigning in Center City at the invitation of the Green Party of Philadelphia,, Stein spoke with 50 people in the ballroom of the William Way Community Center , (more…)

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Last Party for Cheri Honkala before the General Election10.27.11

Last Party for Cheri Honkala before the General Election

Cheri Honkala, Green Party Candidate for Sheriff of Phila.


Sunday, October 30, from 2:00pm ‘til 4:00pm

Cheri’s campaign office, 718 Market St . , Phila.

RSVP: 215-243-7103 or email

If you haven’t been to one of our parties for Cheri, here’s your chance to get involved.

If you partied with us before, you know how much fun we have.

Great food, drinks and company, plus we have a fantastic candidate!

Cheri Honkala is the only candidate running on a platform of zero tolerance for home foreclosures. Show your support for Cheri and come out on Sunday, October 30th. If you cannot attend, please send your check to: `Friends of Cheri Honkala,’ c/o Hillary Kane, Treasurer, 5031 Catharine Street , Phila. , PA 19143 or contribute via Paypal at

Suggested giving: Supporter, $25; Associate, $50; Friend, $100; but any amount is appreciated and needed.

Please RSVP and let us know we can count on you. Also, we want to make sure we have plenty of food and beverages for everyone!

Call 215-243-7103 or email



Volunteer for Cheri Honkala for Sheriff on November 8.

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Honkala Calls For Open Books In Sheriff’s Office10.17.11

Philadelphia Daily Record, October 17, 2011, page 4.

Honkala Calls For Open Books In Sheriff’s Office

      Philadelphia Sheriff candidate Cheri Honkala,, vows to create full transparency and accountability if elected. Her announcement follows reports that the Sheriff’s office will be transferring $40M of the $56M it has accumulated of unclaimed money from Sheriff’s sales going as far back as 1999. (more…)

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Documentary Screening at Cheri 4 Sheriff Office09.27.11

Submitted by: Jason Bosch, Chief of Staff, Cheri 4 Sheriff Campaign

 On Tuesday, September 27 at 7PM, we will be screening the documentary film, “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai”. This is a powerful film about an incredible woman, who founded the Green Party in Kenya as well as the Green Belt Movement:  poor women planting trees. They’ve planted over a million trees since its founding and have had dramatic direct confrontations with the military, whose interest is protecting the logging industry. Sadly, Wangari passed away on Monday at the age of 71. Come to our campaign office at 718 Market St. to learn more about this incredible woman and celebrate the resistance that continues. The film screening will be free but donations to Cheri’s campaign are always welcome. Bring some snacks and refreshments. Here’s the film’s website:
For more information, please call 215-923-3747.

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David Rovics – Live Concert for Cheri 4 Sheriff09.26.11

– by Jason Bosch, Chief of Staff. Cheri Honkala for Sheriff

Political singer/songwriter David Rovics will give a rare intimate live performance for Cheri Honkala supporters at our campaign office on Tuesday, October 4th. We are hoping to raise some much needed funds for our historical effort to stop foreclosure evictions in the city of Philadelphia. (more…)

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Cheri Wants a Showdown09.14.11

Northeast Times Newsweekly, Broad Street Media, Tuesday, September 6, 2011, pg 1. 

Longtime activist Cheri Honkala would use Philly’s sheriff’s office to take on big banks in the foreclosure crisis. By Hayden Mitman, Star Staff Writer

Activist and Green Party candidate for sheriff Cheri Honkala rode a horse down Allegheny Avenue last week while residents took in her campaign message. FAYE MURMAN / FOR THE STAR
Activist and Green Party candidate for sheriff Cheri Honkala
rode a horse down Allegheny Avenue last week while
residents took in her campaign message.

      Cheri Honkala isn’t horsing around.
      You might think otherwise, given that she appeared atop a magnificent brown horse on Monday, Aug. 29, trotting down Allegheny Avenue in Kensington.
      In an attention-getting move that surely worked — and provided the gathered press with plenty of opportunities for horse puns — Green Party candidate for sheriff Honkala brought traffic to a standstill as children raced down the sidewalks to see the commotion. (more…)

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McKinney Endorses Sheriff Candidate Cheri Honkala09.05.11

Philadelphia Weekly, August 23, 2011.

Controversial Former Rep. McKinney

to Endorse Philly Sheriff Candidate Cheri Honkala

Vote Cheri Honkala

Vote Cheri Honkala

On Friday, former Georgia Democratic State Representative Cynthia McKinney will be in town for an event sponsored by the Philadelphia International Action Center, at the Calvary Church at 48th and Baltimore. The focus of her appearance will be to speak of a delegation she recently led to Libya and to discuss what she and the IAC are calling “the U.S. criminal destruction of Libya .”

Her secondary reason for showing up in Philly: She’ll endorse Cheri Honkala, Green Party candidate for sheriff. “By refusing to throw people out of their homes, refusing to cooperate with ICE, and vowing to uphold the U.S. Constitution, Cheri Honkala seeks to restore the role of the Sheriff to that of a peace keeper, serving people over money,” McKinney said in a previous statement. “Cheri Honkala’s campaign for Sheriff of Philadelphia is the most significant move that is being made in America to challenge the out of control banks, and she deserves our support.” (more…)

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