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An update on long-time activist Cheri Honkala's Green campaign for Sheriff of Philadelphia

The Green Party of Philadelphia’s candidate for Sheriff, long-time activist Cheri Honkala, recently opened an official campaign office. Other news from the campaign is also below, including a protest against the current Sheriff of Philadelphia resuming sheriff’s sales.

From the Daily Record, on the subject of her campaign's office:

In celebration of the office opening, the campaign has released the first in a series of tracks contributed by artists from all over the country inspired by Cheri Honkala’s bid for Sheriff of Philadelphia and her promise of “Keeping Families In Their Homes” by halting all evictions based in foreclosure. The song entitled “My Name is Cheri Honkala” can be found at the campaign’s BandCamp page,, and can be downloaded for a $1 donation.

A slideshow to accompany the song featuring photographs from famous documentary photographer Harvey Finkle can be found at the campaign’s YouTube channel located at,,

Supporters of the campaign can receive a print of one of the celebrated photog’s images that have documented Philadelphia’s activist community for decades with a $50 donation. Harvey Finkle was honored by the Bread and Roses Community Fund in 2009 and is actively documenting the Cheri Honkala for Philadelphia Sheriff Campaign.

From Philadelphia Weekly, regarding the sheriff's sale protests:
Around 4:30 Monday afternoon, anti-poverty activist and Sheriff candidate Cheri Honkala stands outside Acting Sheriff Barbara Deeley’s Center City office. The veteran protester is joined by her son, Guillermo Santos, and a handful of supporters. She tells members of the press, some onlookers and passers-by that some day, she hopes we’ll all “live in a country that will make it against the law to throw families out on the streets, where people will stand up and say something.” She points at the office and tells the crowd that although 2,000 homes will be sold in sheriff’s sale the next day, “they haven’t even dealt with the corruption yet, in this office,” referring to $53 million the Sheriff’s Office hasn’t been able to account for.

Honkala has also been challenging the position of one of the several Democratic candidates running in a May 15 primary. The candidate is generally seen as a reformer, and he would like to eliminate the office of sheriff entirely. However,
Some critics of elimination, such as candidate Cheri Honkala say many sheriff responsibilities will be shifted to the courts if the office is eliminated, making it worse for those hardest hit by the mortgage crisis.

Finally, in a show of support from her hometown, a fundraiser is being held on April 29th in Minneapolis to benefit Honkala's campaign:
Minneapolis – Artists Support Cheri Honkala for the “People’s Sheriff
Evictions and Sheriff’s-sale auctions of foreclosed properties are core issues for Cheri Honkala, this year’s Green Party candidate for Sheriff of Philadelphia. Originally from the Twin Cities, the two years that Cheri spent in Minneapolis between 2007 and 2009 strengthened her already firm resolve to struggle for the rights of homeowners during the onset of the foreclosure crisis.

The April 29th benefit at The Blue Nile in Minneapolis is one of many being held to support the Green Party candidate for Philadelphia Sheriff across the nation. Honkala is calling for people all over the country to run for Sheriff and put an end to evictions based in foreclosure in their communities. The candidate has received an outpouring of support from artists across the U.S., including the donation and dedication of original music to the campaign from artists Sir Ben Marx (NC), Shamako Noble (CA), Mic Crenshaw (OR) and many others. The election for Philadelphia Sheriff takes place in November, 2011.

[Originally posted at, hence the somewhat dry tone about a campaign I actually have been slightly involved in. The Green Party of Philadelphia will also be nominating candidates for other offices this Thursday, and we've been keeping busy with fracking protests, a May Day event, a monthly dinner, among other things.]

Posted by Ross Levin at April 29, 2011 8:45 AM
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Come on Ross! Are we a nation of laws or is it every Sheriff for themself? One might look to the immigration laws, or lack of enforcement of immigration laws for a similar situ.

IMO, the sane approach is to abide by and enforce laws on the books. If people disagree with the laws there should be a process for broaching their disagreement with gov’t toward getting the law repealed or changed.

A case in point; while we are living under Corpocracy rule there are organizations, advocating for the courts to address the situation.

Otherwise - -

Posted by: Roy Ellis at April 29, 2011 4:14 PM
Comment #322532

And what do you do once the democracy doesn’t work? Once those mechanisms for changing the laws on the books don’t work?

John Grant wrote a piece addressing exactly what you’re talking about with Cheri’s campaign:

Posted by: Ross at April 30, 2011 1:54 AM
Comment #322533

And with Move to Amend…David Cobb is actually coming to a Green Party of Philadelphia event on May 5 to speak about corporate personhood and Move to Amend. So we’re very supportive of that. It’s a somewhat abstract idea and a bit “meta” (although it is essential at the same time) and this is about hopefully helping people in the immediate future, while also pushing the conversation in a new direction and hopefully changing the system by gaining power so that it doesn’t hurt people.

I once heard someone say, it’s not a revolution if you haven’t stepped on a few toes.

Posted by: Ross at April 30, 2011 2:01 AM
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Ross, I feel yore pain but, we can’t go around advocating for anarchy. The mortgage industry is just one problem we are facing. The Corpocracy is advancing corruption far and wide. Heck, even that darling ‘IBM’ has been called on the carpet for corruption. Just consider events from yesterday’s Washington Post. Hedgefundmanager guilty of insider trading. Tore apart flash drives and tossed the pieces into different garbage trucks to evade, becoming the 34th convicted in the Southern District of NY since 2009.

In an effort to collect “potentially billions of dollars” AIG sues investment adviser over CDO’s costing AIG more than $350M. Suit stems from and SEC case involving ICP and founder who arranged for more than $1B in trades that “defrauded clients or broke rules”.

Consider these ‘globalized’ multinationals. What a cess pool to play in. Mexico comes to mind. A basket case of corruption and US companies are wheeling and dealing right along with the worst of them. The Chinese are hacking into computers, getting your banking info and wiring themselves money to some far flung outpost in North Western China. I saw an article recently where more melamine was found in some Chinese products.

Our problems are global and our best and only recourse is to remove the money influence from politics/gov’t and and are getting up a head of steam toward that goal. Abolish corporate personhood and implement real campaign finance reform and at that point our representatives will begin to focus on their constituents instead of the Corpocracy.

Otherwise - -

Posted by: Roy Ellis at April 30, 2011 12:49 PM
Comment #322574

There’s a bit of cognitive dissonance in what you’re saying. On the one hand, you’re saying that the corporatocracy is doing everything in their power to take the power away from citizens, to make money, and to be generally corrupt. On the other hand, you’re saying that it’s “anarchy” to selectively enforce laws (which is done anyway) and we should only use the tools the corporatocracy gives us and approves in order to fight them.

Good luck with that.

Posted by: Ross at April 30, 2011 8:44 PM
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Ross, seems selectively ignoring some laws would almost always be a losing position. I would think that only the ‘top dog’ could choose to do that and even the top dog may have to pay a political price at some point. Numerous states are living with the conditions resulting from the ‘top dog’ ignoring immigration law. Some are trying to fight this in the courts but usually the top dog will win. But, the Sheriff, Ross? He is the guy who is supposed to uphold the law.

I believe we should look to the root of a problem in seeking a solution. The mortgage thing goes back to Wall Street and the Federal gov’t, which directly equates to the Corpocracy. In fact, most of our major problems can be traced to the rule of Corpocracy.

Corporations have been around as far back as the 1500’s. The resulting Corpocracy has had 400 plus years to game the system to the point where we are at an impasse to govern ourselves as a nation having a Constitution and all that. In 1886, with corporations being given human rights as persons, things really kicked into high gear.

While ‘persons’ die off Corporations can exist in perpetuity, outliving gov’ts in many cases. Giving the corporations too much power has proved to be our undoing. We elect representatives, often provided by the corpocracy, who go to Washington and represent the corpocracy rather than their constituents.

The Corpocracy will likely give the Wall Street mortgage debacle a little lip service and then sweep it under the rug as Corpocracy governs to better their bottom line, not ours. I would suggest we fight the good fight, in accordance with established law, and work to vote in rep’s who are amenable to stronger regulation of the financials.
But …

At the same time we should work to limit the power of the corpocracy, remove the money influence from politics/gov’t. This can only be done by abolishing corporate personhood law and implementing REAL campaign finance reform where all donations are ‘sterilized’ and deposited into one account from which all political candidates can draw.

The Corpocracy sure won’t roll over for that. So, we will have to fight fire with fire and put up a new 3rd party, Republic Sentry Party : rules to prevent co-option, etc, with a different political attitude, a party designed to abolish corporate personhood. At the same time we can support organizations with the same, or similar objectives which will serve to weaken the corpocracy in the fight.

Voting incumbents for office in large numbers will help – Vote Out Incumbents Democracy and Tenure Corrupts
Supporting the effort to force gov’t to recognize a long denied constitutional right of Article V Convention and convention USA
And, certainly support the two organizations at the forefront of an effort to get Corporate Personhood before the Supreme Court – Move To Ammend and Reclaim Democracy.

Yes, a long and protracted battle is ahead, something akin to a second revolution. I think we should try to make the Founder’s proud.

Otherwise, we have the corpocracy we deserve.

Posted by: Roy Ellis at May 1, 2011 1:32 PM
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