State of the Unions, or Can Labor Recover from Rightwing Assaults?
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by Pancho Valdez, veteran of 47 years of civil rights, labor and
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
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Storm Cancels RNC’s First Day, But Hundreds Brave Tampa’s Wind and Rain to Protest GOP Agenda
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!
New poster suggests Jill Stein will be with Cheri in Tampa:
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.
The newsjournal of the Esperanza Pace & Justice Center printed our Op-Ed piece in their July-August issue.
By way of appreciation, let me post the site of La Voz online:
See page 11 for our piece in the PDF version:
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.”
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.”
Cheri Honkala at Romneyville
POSTED BY JILL STEIN FOR PRESIDENT
Cheri 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.
August 10, 2012 at 1pm
3301 58th Ave N
Petersburg, FL 33714
Monday, August 27, 2012 at 03:00 PM
The 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.
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
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
Green Party is the Real Deal!
Update Thursday: Spent night in jail; released without bond this morning…