Cheri Honkala was born into poverty and became a homeless teenage single mother living out of cars and abandoned buildings when she began to organize other poor and homeless people to fight for their basic human rights. Cheri is the co-founder of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, a pioneer in the housing takeover movement, and the founder and National Director of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign. She has set up tent cities, organized marches and demonstrations which included tens of thousands of people to address the issue of economic disparity in America. In 2011 she became the first woman to run for Sheriff of Philadelphia and the first and only Sheriff candidate nationwide with a platform of stopping all home evictions. In 2012 She became the Green Party candidate for Vice President of the United States sharing the ticket with Jill Stein for President. This is a talk Cheri gave in Denver, Colorado on November 8, 1997.

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