Labor Day 2012:

September 2012 La Voz
September 2012

State of the Unions, or Can Labor Recover from Rightwing Assaults?

Page 7 & concluded on page 11.

by Pancho Valdez, veteran of 47 years of civil rights, labor and

peace activism. Activist in Bexar County Green Party.

BCGP Sep Meeting–Sunday, September 2, 2012 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Estela’s Restaurant, 2200 W Martin, SA TX 

Jill Stein says:  special Labor Day editorial (CLICK HERE)
Winning labor’s battles requires independent politics 

Print out the PDF version of this flyer: Click here to download PDF 

Or click below:

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March for Our Lives — Monday Aug 27th

Storm Cancels RNC’s First Day, But Hundreds Brave Tampa’s Wind and Rain to Protest GOP Agenda

http://www.democracynow.org/seo/2012/8/28/storm_cancels_rncs_first_day_but

Aug 27 March for Our Lives–in solidarity with Cheri Honkala & the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign’s action at the Natl Republican Convention Protest. 

6:30pm at 600 Navarro. Brief rally to follow at Travis Park.

Keep families in their homes!

Download Flyerhttp://bexargreens.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/March-for-Our-Lives-flyer.docx

New poster suggests Jill Stein will be with Cheri in Tampa:

Upcoming in August

Aug 24 Green Party’s 35th Dist, classic SOUTH-SIDE POLITICAL YARD PARTY. 6:30pm ’till…?  at 738 Avant Avenue, SATX 78210—do politics, drink Beer(or sodas) & eat Meat, or not… (sodas & vegetarian sushi as well) 5$ per plate and donations welcome.

Come meet Meghan Owen, Greens candidate for Texas 35th Congressional district, U.S. House of Representatives.

The Candidate with a Backbone!!

Guest appearance by David Collins of Houston,

Green candidate for US Senate!

As well as other candidates on the large Bexar County Green Party slate.

Flyerhttp://bexargreens.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Yard-Partyc-Aug24th1.pdf

 

 

Cheri Honkala of Green Party Speaking in Tampa

Part 1 of 11 Cheri Honkala of Green Party Speaking in Tampa 8 11 12

Paste into youtube Search “2 of 11 Cheri Honkala”, “3 0f 11″… etc.

 

Sat Aug 4, 2012 2:08am IST

* With convention still weeks away, group sets up camp

* Protesters leased a spot inside restricted event zone

By Saundra Amrhein

TAMPA, Fla., Aug 3 (Reuters) – A group of protesters in pink tents are creating a headache for Tampa city officials after theyrented land inside a restricted zone near the location of the Republican National Convention being held in Tampa later this month.

The small camp, dubbed “Romneyville,” population roughly 15, could soon swell to 300 activists who plan protests over social and economic issues during the convention.

The group found a prime location on a lot behind an Army-Navy Surplus Market in downtown Tampa, where those attending the convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum a little over a mile away will be sure to see the protesters’ placards.

Despite efforts by the city and others to evict them, the protesters say they will fight removal, handcuffing themselves to fences if necessary to stay.

“We are not going to leave,” said Bruce Wright, 51, one of the organizers with Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. “We are here to deal with issues of poverty, homelessness and unemployment.”

Wright and other organizers spent months searching for private property to lease inside the zone. The owner of the Army-Navy Surplus Market, Nick Potamitis, was all for it at first, Wright said. He agreed to rent the lot for four months for a total of $1,500 and a lease was signed on May 17.

A local business donated mulch to spread over the parking lot, someone brought in a portable toilet and another protester found 14 pink tents on Craigslist, sold by a Girl Scouts troop leader for $60, Wright said.

But last week the relationship with Potamitis unraveled. Potamitis – who declined to comment for this story – ordered protesters to take down the tents and get out, said the Rev. Gregory Lockett, another organizer.

Local officials had told him the tents were in violation of commercial zoning. Police were called, but an officer looked at the signed lease and told the parties that it was a civil matter, Lockett said.

Lockett thinks that by the time eviction or city zoning procedures wind through the system, the Aug. 27-30 convention will be over and the protesters will be gone. He stressed they have a legal right to stay. “We did everything according to the law,” he said.

Organizers want to send a message to both major political parties about growing poverty rates, income inequalities, the unemployed and the homeless, he said.

City zoning officials are looking into the case to see if land-use laws are being violated, said Dennis Rogero, the city’s director of neighborhood empowerment. But even if a violation is found it could take weeks to legally force the camp to be removed, Rogero added.

The city attorney’s office was also reviewing the “Romneyville” lease and the lease between the Army-Navy store and the property owner, he added.

At a meeting on Aug. 16, the city council plans to discuss the camp and what the city can do about it, as well as an Occupy Tampa camp outside the event zone in West Tampa on the property of strip club owner Joe Redner, Rogero said.

Lockett said protesters were willing to help the property owner pay fines and are policing their own camp with rules, which are posted on cardboard at the camp entrance.

If they are physically forced to leave before the convention, they will not go quietly, he added.

“We will handcuff ourselves to the fences.”

http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/08/03/usa-campaign-protest-idINL2E8J35RI20120803

Green Party vice presidential candidate visits Tampa

Green Party vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala answers questions from local media outside the “Romneyville” tent camp Friday. Honkala is in Tampa Bay to talk about her candidacy and bring awareness to issues such as homelessness.
Green Party vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala answers questions from local<br />
 media outside the “Romneyville” tent camp Friday. Honkala is in Tampa Bay to talk about her candidacy and bring awareness to issues such as homelessness.
As delegate buses roll through Tampa on the first day of the Republican National Convention, Green Party vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala and supporters will be marching the streets to raise awareness for their campaign and the antipoverty movement.

“We are the new and unsettling force that Dr. Martin Luther King spoke of,” Honkala said. “The people in this country of all colors — urban and rural — are a sleeping giant, and they’re beginning to wake up.”

Honkala, founder and coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, met with the media Friday outside of Romneyville to discuss the Green Party’s plans for the week of the RNC.

The Rev. Gregory Lockett, a Romneyville organizer, said he expects its population to rise as high as 500 people during the convention. The temporary encampment now has about 20 tents at the Army-Navy Surplus Store on Tampa Street.

Honkala, a once-homeless mother who said she’s been arrested more than 200 times for civil disobedience, never expected to be chosen as a vice presidential candidate. But she said she is eager to take on important issues ignored by candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. They, she said, are too out of touch with the American people.

“People need to stand up and take our country back,” she said. “We need to talk about all of the folks they’re trying to make invisible in this campaign.”

Honkala, who will be staying in Romneyville during part of her time in Tampa, said she feels a responsibility for the millions of people ignored by the other presidential campaigns. And, even though the group doesn’t have a permit for their march, she hopes the city of Tampa will recognize their rights to free speech and assembly, she said.

“The party is growing because people are tired,” Honkala said. “And we will crush the people, the system that has been killing us. And we will do this with love.”

The party will have events throughout the week, including a gathering of families who have lost homes to foreclosure. Most of all, Honkala said, she hopes to bring attention to the power of the movement and ideals long ignored by other parties.

“Historically, when a social movement links with independent politics and a political movement, that’s when you can really change things,” she said. “We’re going to occupy the ballot.”

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/green-party-vice-presidential-candidate-visits-tampa/1245317

Cheri Honkala at Romneyville

Green Party presidential ticket to make separate appearances in Miami & St. Pete this Friday

Posted by MITCH PERRY on Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 9:19 AM

(UPDATE: See below).While the campaigns of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney get criticized daily by the mainstream media for their rather pedestrian efforts slogging through this endless summer, there are in fact a number of other choices that will be on the ballot for president this November.

One of those choices is Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential nominee, who will be making an appearance Friday morning in Miami, while her vice presidential running mate will be speaking in Tampa later that afternoon.

That would be Cheri Honkala, the national coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, one of the country’s largest multi-racial, inter-generational movements led by the poor and homeless. She will be speaking at a press conference in Tampa for what the Reverend Bruce Wright is calling the official opening of “Romneyville,” the encampment that has been happening behind the Army-Navy store in Tampa off Tampa Street since late May, though most people learned about it only a couple of weeks ago. That takes place at 5:00 p.m. in Tampa.

Below is a video clip from July 11, when Jill Stein named Honkala to be her running mate in Washington D.C.

In Miami, Dr. Stein is scheduled to discuss her Green New Deal which, as she says, “will make wars for oil obsolete, put an end to unemployment and jump-start the green economy.” She will also discuss: “the real solutions we deserve to solve the crises we face — like bringing the troops home, halting the drone wars, closing over 1,000 bases in over 140 countries around the world, cutting the military budget in half, and promoting the international treaty to regulate the weapons trade — which the Obama White house just blocked.”

http://cltampa.com/dailyloaf/archives/2012/08/07/green-party-presidential-ticket-to-make-separate-appearances-in-miami-and-st-pete-this-friday#.UCP4A01mSex

Cheri Honkala at Romneyville

Cheri_Honkala.gifCheri Honkala is coming to Romneyville, similar to Hoovervilles of the 1930s Depression Era, in Tampa.  The encampment is being coordinated by Rev. Bruce Wright of the Refuge and The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, along with Occupy the RNC.  The demands of the encampment include housing, food, healthcare, and a living wage job for all.  They call for an end to foreclosures and homelessness and an end to the criminalization of poverty.  The Stein/Honkala campaign is proud to support these efforts and demands.

WHEN

August 10, 2012 at 1pm
WHERE
The Refuge
3301 58th Ave N
Lot 102
Petersburg, FL 33714
United States

March for Our Lives

Monday, August 27, 2012 at 03:00 PM

Caravana-del-Eje-Zero-del-Hurac_C3_A1n-Katrina-al-Foro-Social-de-los-Estados-Unidos.pngThe National Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, of which Vice Presidential Candidate Cheri Honkala is the founder and National Coordinator, will be hosting the March for Our Lives at the Republic National Convention Protests.

The March for Our Lives: March of the Poor, Homeless, and Unemployed will take place from 3-5:30pm EST on the opening day of the Republican National Convention.  The marchers, including Cheri Honkala, will be calling for an end to all foreclosures, an end to criminilazation of the poor and homeless, and housing and food as human rights.

This march has a long history of taking place at both the Republican and Democrat National Conventions and is inspired by the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign.

PPERC is one of the largest poor people’s movements and represents dozens of grassroots groups led by the poor.  It is a multi-racial, multi-generational organization of both women and men.

Jill & Cheri arrested in Philly bank sit-in

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein, is transported in restraints to be arrested after a sit-in at a downtown Philadelphia bank over housing foreclosures. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia.  About 50 Green Party supporters hope to protest at Fannie Mae. Photo: Brynn Anderson / AP

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein, is transported in restraints to be arrested after a sit-in at a downtown Philadelphia bank over housing foreclosures. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia. About 50 Green Party supporters hope to protest at Fannie Mae. Photo: Brynn Anderson / AP
Green Party vice presidential nominee Cheri Honkala kisses her son, Guillermo Santos, 10, before she was arrested during a sit-in at a downtown Philadelphia bank over housing foreclosures, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia. About 50 Green Party supporters hope to protest at Fannie Mae. Photo: Brynn Anderson / AP

Green Party vice presidential nominee Cheri Honkala kisses her son, Guillermo Santos, 10, before she was arrested during a sit-in at a downtown Philadelphia bank over housing foreclosures, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in Philadelphia. About 50 Green Party supporters hope to protest at Fannie Mae. Photo: Brynn Anderson / AP

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and her running mate have been arrested at a sit-in at a Philadelphia bank over housing foreclosures.

The arrests came after about 50 party supporters staged a protest Wednesday against Fannie Mae, the government-sponsored mortgage lender.

Some tried to reach Fannie Mae’s downtown office through the adjacent bank. They staged a sit-in when they were denied access to the office building.

Stein and her running mate, Philadelphia activist Cheri Honkala (HAHN’-kah-lah), are among five people arrested. Police say they will face charges of defiant trespassing.

The demonstrators included several city residents struggling to keep their homes. Two met with Fannie Mae officials.

Stein is a Harvard-educated physician. Her “Green New Deal” platform aims to create sustainable local economies and reduce corporate power in politics.

Hear/see Jill speak during the Sit-In 

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10101514459467967

Green Party is the Real Deal! 

Update Thursday: Spent night in jail; released without bond this morning…
court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 4

Detailed article: http://www.jillstein.org/stein_and_honkala_arrested?utm_campaign=fannie_mae_1&recruiter_id=144643&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jillstein