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Cheri Honkala Vice Presidential Candidate Green Party

Obstacles and Fraud in US Elections

7 November 2012, 11:09  

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Green Party Presidential candidates says they did ‘”as much possible work as we could do against the two billionaire candidates” and once again emphasizes the fact that there are many obstacles In US system for third-party candidates and political parties. Ms. Honkala also stated that the independent political movement in the United States is gaining momentum and that it will definitely continue to grow and that international media coverage is vital.

Hello, this is John Robles. I’m speaking with Vice Presidential candidate for the Green Party in the U.S. Cheri Honkala.

Greeting

Robles: Can you give us an update and tell us what’s going on?

Honkala: It’s still very early. We don’t know what things look like, in terms of Obama and Romney. Things look pretty neck and neck. However, I’ve been excited all day to receive Facebook messages and e-mails and texts from around the entire country non-stop all day long with different people sending us photographs of them voting. So we’re very excited! We think that Jill and I are going to do real well tonight!

Robles: That’s wonderful. Do you think you’ll get that? What is it – 5% threshold that you, guys, need?

Honkala: Well, we’ve got our fingers crossed. We certainly did as much possible work as we could do against the two billionaire candidates. Both Obama and Romney both raised a million dollars for their campaign. And, needless to say, the Greens have been very resourceful without any resources.

We’ve had very good on-the-ground campaign and are definitely moving in the direction, if not this time getting the 5%, it’s just a matter of time until we’re able to secure that and get the 20 million dollars that we need in order to launch even a more serious campaign in this country.

Robles: What irregularities have you heard about? Can you talk about those? Any problems you’ve noticed?

Honkala: Yes. I was in Ohio about three days ago Dr. Jill Stein and I held a press-conference because of the machines in Ohio. Some of them are directly linked to Romney. As well as many of the other machines. There’s no way to really conduct an audit, because they’re electronic and there’s no paper backup.

So we held a press conference speaking out about this and then there was a leader in the Green Party, actually in Ohio that yesterday in Washington DC filed a lawsuit and demanded to know about the 80% of the votes in Ohio.

We’re also encouraging people across the entire country to work with a national organization that’s just started called No More Stolen Elections in which we’re asking everybody, all throughout the day, to monitor anything that they consider to be fraudulent. Anyway that people in tis country see any kind of voter suppression so I’ve been busy since 7 o’clock this morning visiting as many polls as possible today. The polls just closed about 5 minutes ago here and I haven’t really been able to see or hear from anyone across the country about any additional concerns other than the one I talked to you about in Ohio.

Reminder

Robles: How many states in the United States now have these? Are these the same Diebold machines that got Bush into the White House? How many states have these electronic machines?

Honkala: Well, I don’t know how many states have these kinds of machines but it’s not just the machines that are at issue in this country. I know that in Philadelphia there has been lots of issues in regards to fraud. Again it’s a very difficult process when you only have two political parties that are backed by Corporate America and when you don’t have a minority party inside the voting booths able to monitor what’s happening there. I’ve done election monitoring in Venezuela and El Salvador, and the monitoring that I did there, made what happens in the US look like a picnic.

Robles: Would you say their systems are more democratic?

Honkala: They’re definitely more democratic now. I am very concerned with the electoral process in this country and the Greens have been concerned about that for many years, and we have always had an issue with how the voting process is set up here, about the fact that one obstacle after another gets set up for third parties or any independent political party.

Because of this election, and because of what the Green's have done over the years, it's really like a snowball at the top of the hill and it's going down and the wind's against our back and there's no stopping us now.

There’s definitely going to be an independent political movement in this country that really grows. They set up obstacles and we jumped every single hurdle that we had to do and we are on the ballots, so that 85% of population could vote for us.

We qualified matching funds, we were rafted fighting to be a part of the debates. Now we’re part of the process, you know, of the lawsuit regarding the fraudulent activity in Ohio. And I just think that 99% of the people in this country are tired of living under these conditions of not having a democracy, not having free press and I really think that change and democracy is going to come to our country.

Robles: Listen… We’ve got reports from Nebraska I don’t know if you have heard about this, these are regarding the electronic machines. People were actually voting for Obama and it switched over to Romney. Reports like that are coming in from several states.

Honkala: You got word of that happening in Nebraska today?

Robles: Yeah, Omaha Nebraska. We got a report about an hour or so ago.

Honkala: And it was on of the machines? One of the problematic machines?

Robles: Yeah.

Honkala: I have no doubt. When you begin to have billions of dollars involved in political campaigns, these guys will stop at nothing to ensure victory. And, like I said, I am, very confident now that what’s happening in this country is like a sleeping giant, and I think that this giant is beginning to wake up and get conscious, and people are going to begin to do something about not having fair elections in this country, about not having a democracy. We’ve got to change and I have an absolute faith in American people.

Robles: We’ve also had a report from Pennsylvania of the same thing happening with an electronic ballot: that the person voted for Obama and it changed over to Romney. So that’s apparently also happened in Pennsylvania.

Honkala: There’ve been reports of fraudulent activities in the Pennsylvania area. I’ve lived there for the last 25 years. But I just want to assure folks that are listening, in Russia: that democracy is going to come to Pennsylvania and it’s going to come to the United States and we need to continue to have important coverage like this, because when it’s the international media that pays attention to what’s happening in this country, then they can’t isolate us and black us out from the world!

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US Handcuffs Presidential Candidates to a Metal Chair for 8 Hours to Keep Them from Debate Cheri Honkala - Vice Presidential Candidate

18 October 2012, 11:17  

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US Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate Cheri Honkala spoke with the Voice of Russia regarding the arrest of the Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein and herself and the subsequent holding in a "secret" warehouse for attempting to enquire as to why they were prevented from taking part in the US Presidential Election Debates, a pressing matter, as there is a mathematical possibility they could win the election.

People around the world are in shock that you, a vice presidential candidate, and the presidential candidate both were arrested. Can you tell our listeners a little bit about what happened?

Sure. Jill Stein and myself, we went down to the Commission on Presidential Debates yesterday. And we wanted to talk with somebody in charge, the CPD, because actually 85% of the population can now vote for us, because we’re on 38 ballots and it’s mathematically possible for us to win the election. So we think that it is up to the American people to decide who should be in the debates and who shouldn’t be in the debates. And they decided instead to have the police officers block us from going forward and we were arrested and taken away with police officers and secret service. And we were taken to a secret location where our colleagues couldn’t find us and then we sat for 8 hours with both of our hands handcuffed together. And arms handcuffed to a metal chair, in a warehouse facility about ten miles away from where the debates took place. And we sat there for 8 hours.

In some sort of a warehouse?

Yeah. It was a hidden location that folks didn’t know about and could never in their right minds assume that we would be there. And so we had literally people calling from all around the country and driving around and trying to find out where we were located.

Oh my God! Other candidates are allowed Secret Service protection etc. How can they get away with doing this?

That’s the larger question that we have to ask ourselves. There really isn’t a democracy anymore in the United States, especially when it comes to elections. Right now the СPD is financed by 10 corporate sponsors and accommodation of those corporate sponsors and the one-party system which is actually Democrats and Republicans that take money from corporations. They pretty much decide who gets to be a part of the process and who doesn’t. So most of the folks that are watching on television have no idea that this is actually theatre that’s taking place, and we’re really in trouble in terms of our civil liberties when Homeland Security can take money and rent warehouses and take people that are on ballots across the country and hide them in secret locations. I think that that should send an alarm, not just to people here in this country, but around the world, because it’s definitely not being covered on the media. And I think that the world has just as much to gain from our democracy in terms of the elections that are taking place here, because we’re always so busy in other countries saying they need to bring democracy there.

Sure.

Reminder

This is unbelievable. Were you intimidated? Or were you told anything during the time you were detained? Can you tell us about that?

No, Jill and I are very good at knowing how to keep to ourselves. Physical conditions were bad enough that we didn’t want to make it any worse. So we were quiet. We weren’t allowed to call anybody and tell anybody where we were. That was very frustrating. We didn’t know when we would get out. We didn’t know if somebody would be able to find us.

That’s outrageous!

Yeah. And the when they finally let us out, they let us out into the cold. They had told our folks in the campaign that had worked very hard and found where we were, that if they sat in the vehicle in front of the location that we were at, they would be arrested. So they drove a couple of blocks down and parked at a restaurant. And we came out into the cold of the night and we didn’t have any money and we had to walk to a local gas station and try to find somebody with a cell phone to try and call for help.

Officially, were you charged with something? I mean: How can they do this! Did they charge you with anything?

Yeah. They charged us with disorderly conduct, but it was very clear that the whole goal was to make sure that Jill and I were nowhere near any media during the presidential debate so that we couldn’t talk about this mockery that is happening in this country.

For our listeners – we have a global audience – so not all of them are clear on the debate system in the United States and I am sure that it seems odd that US presidential and vice-presidential candidates are not allowed to take part. Can you elaborate on that a little bit?

Yeah. The League of Women Voters should be in charge of the debate process in this country. And now the Commission on Presidential Debates has taken over the process. And like I said earlier, they’re financed by 10 corporations and so, basically, the Democrats and the Republicans agree upon what questions not to ask each other. And so it’s like 90% of the questions that the American people would want to hear, don’t end up getting asked, like questions having to do with our prison population, like the issues of climate change, like the push toward the privatization of schools – those things don’t get talked about in our country. Instead, things like Big Bird and whether or not Obama had a press conference at inappropriate time – these are the things that get talked about, not wars for oil or the fact that we have so much money in the election process. And the reason why debates are important for us here in this country is because both Democrats and Republicans have campaigns that they spend billions of dollars on. And just to give you an example, President Obama had Nancy Pelosi. She participated in 275 fund raisers and there’re only 365 days a year. So I don’t really know how she was able to serve her constituency as an elected official. And she’s only one leader in the Democratic Party here. So we really need outside international media to be monitoring and covering what’s happening here, because we also don’t have freedom of the press. The corporate media here isn’t going to cover the corporate elections. And so we’re really trying to fight here to bring democracy, both in terms of access to the press, access to debates and we’re trying to catch up with the rest of the world that has 3, 4, 5 – like in Finland – 15 different political parties, that we can become a healthier nation, when we have a democratic process.

US Bars Green Party Candidates from Debates: It's a One Party System Cheri Honkala - Vice Presidential Candidate

19 October 2012, 14:39  

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Cheri Honkala, the vice-presidential candidate with the Green Party in the US talks to the VoR touching on Bradley Manning trial and the horrible things that the US military engages in, world climate crisis, green energy, and the reason the US bars independent election observers being voter fraud.

Opening. Introduction

If I could... a three-pronged question here... My first question: regarding the debate. The first part here: What questions would you and Ms. Stein have asked at the debate were you allowed to take part? Where you should have been allowed to take part. Why is that the US is one of the few countries in the world that bars, for example, UN election observers? And... We'll leave it at that if you could.

Okay. Well the questions that we would have... or not even the questions, some of the answers to the topics or the issues that we would have made sure that we would have talked about would be things like Bradley Manning, his trial began today in the United States and him bringing the attention to the horrible things that our military engages in. We would have lifted up the question of the climate crisis in our country, not just in our country but in the world. Where the planet is burning up and we’ve got to create green energy. We would have also talked about the need to forgive student debt and the fact that we think that young people in this country should have a right to an education from birth until college. We would have talked about breaking up the big banks and taking money out of elections and getting Wall Street out of the White House. Those are some of the things that we definitely would have made sure that we talked about and the reason why the United States bars us from participating in the debates.

Because I think that the American people are really ready for real change in this country. We are living in so-called, a first world in so called third world conditions. And most of the world doesn’t know that because of the corporate media. And so I think that they can’t really afford to have alternatives be a part of the debate because I think it would be just a matter of time until the American people would be supportive of those alternative options.

And... the reason that the United States also bars election observers is because we have such high voter fraud here, we have such large numbers of people that are intimidated and encouraged not to participate in the election process. And now in many states we are bringing back the whole poll tax and creating many different barriers to low income and working class people in this country to be able to vote. In several states like Pennsylvania we were able to stall it, this election but in the next election everybody will have to show some form of government ID in order to be able to vote. And so that means things like, you know, elderly seniors who perhaps never had any identification, only used their Social Security Cards, would not be able to vote. It would mean people just getting out of prison, it would mean low income folks or anybody that would lose their id or out of state college students tend to not change their identification because they keep their home address in their home state. So, we are really just creating a barrier to democracy here.

We really need to allow everybody the right to vote. There was a huge struggle that took place historically in this country around the right to vote, not just for women but definitely for people of colour. And people lost their lives. And so, we have to, really fight to bring back some of those voting rights in this country.

I see.

Reminder

Now... of the people that do vote classically in the United States – they only vote for two main political parties. Why doesn’t the system allow other parties equal rights and why do people keep voting for the same parties all the time? In your opinion?

Well I think that what we are going to see this year is something new and very exciting. Jill and I are showing up in the polls and I think that the snowball is going down the hill and there is no way to stop it at this point. There really isn’t any turning back. Because 85% of the population in this country can vote for Jill and I because we are on the ballot in 38 states, people have the chance to vote for us. Now, the question really becomes:t we haven’t had the billions of dollars to be on television across the country so we’ve had to utilize things like social media and other outlets, alternative media. So, that’s a huge barrier. It is a question of really informing the American people using different alternative forms of communication and that’s what we’ve tried to do our best to do.

What do you think about the Russian system, just as far as the television goes? I mean, in Russia there are seven parties and during the elections each party was allowed an equal amount of air time. Why doesn’t the United States do something like that?

Well. You know. Again we have a lot of things to hide in our country. And I actually just came off of a Russian television before having this interview. It is just something that we really got to bring to this country. We are so busy having our military go and suppress democracies and people around the world and we really need to figure out how to bring democracy home and bring our troops home, and really focus on how do we rebuild America. And we really do need those international election observers at our polls, we need international media covering the real story about what’s really happening here and we need the citizens and the residents of other countries to really understand that they need to stop equating us with our Government. Our Government is really at a point where it's representing corporations and not the American people. And so, the ideas and the crazy decisions that are being made are not really coming from the majority of the American people.

I see...

Reminder

What are the main points on the agenda of your party? and we can probably close up with that.

Okay, I would just say in closing, that Jill and I... Our platform is the Green New Deal. We want to encourage listeners to bring up Jill Stein for President. And for our international listener to understand that our program really is about stopping this climate change and ending the oil wars and restoring our freedoms and constitutional rights in the United States, and bringing education to the people here, and ending the Wall Street bailouts. And I think that one of the things that is definitely a priority of ours is changing the Cabinet of Defense to a Cabinet of Peace and really beginning to learn how to develop a cooperative model, one of taking care of each other in the United States and being friends with other countries around the world because we are really entering a period in history right now where we have one planet, we don’t get a second choice, a second chance and so we really need to develop a cooperative way of getting along across borders and with each other in our own country.

Where can people find out more about your party? Is there somewhere people can complain internationally about the treatment you’ve received? Can you give our listeners your website and anywhere they could go to support you?

If people bring up www.jillstein.org – it has lots of information on it about the Green Party and Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala. And it will tell you how to contact the Commission on Presidential Debates and other ways that people from around the world can get involved in confronting this empire here and helping the people that actually live in the belly of the beast.

Okay Cheri, thank you very much for you taking the time to speak with me.

Thank you so much.

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You were listening to an interview with Cheri Honkala, the vice-presidential candidate with the Green Party in the United States and the founder of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.

"There really isn’t democracy anymore in the US" Cheri Honkala Presidential Candidate 

25 October 2012, 12:20

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US Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate Cheri Honkala spoke with the Voice of Russia regarding the arrest of the Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein and herself and the subsequent holding in a "secret" warehouse for attempting to enquire as to why they were prevented from taking part in the US Presidential Election Debates, a pressing matter, as there is a mathematical possibility they could win the election.

People around the world are in shock that you, a vice presidential candidate, and the presidential candidate both were arrested. Can you tell our listeners a little bit about what happened?

Sure. Jill Stein and myself, we went down to the Commission on Presidential Debates yesterday. And we wanted to talk with somebody in charge, the CPD, because actually 85% of the population can now vote for us, because we’re on 38 ballots and it’s mathematically possible for us to win the election. So we think that it is up to the American people to decide who should be in the debates and who shouldn’t be in the debates. And they decided instead to have the police officers block us from going forward and we were arrested and taken away with police officers and secret service. And we were taken to a secret location where our colleagues couldn’t find us and then we sat for 8 hours with both of our hands handcuffed together. And arms handcuffed to a metal chair, in a warehouse facility about ten miles away from where the debates took place. And we sat there for 8 hours.

In some sort of a warehouse?

Yeah. It was a hidden location that folks didn’t know about and could never in their right minds assume that we would be there. And so we had literally people calling from all around the country and driving around and trying to find out where we were located.

Oh my God! Other candidates are allowed Secret Service protection etc. How can they get away with doing this?

That’s the larger question that we have to ask ourselves. There really isn’t a democracy anymore in the United States, especially when it comes to elections. Right now the СPD is financed by 10 corporate sponsors and accommodation of those corporate sponsors and the one-party system which is actually Democrats and Republicans that take money from corporations. They pretty much decide who gets to be a part of the process and who doesn’t. So most of the folks that are watching on television have no idea that this is actually theatre that’s taking place, and we’re really in trouble in terms of our civil liberties when Homeland Security can take money and rent warehouses and take people that are on ballots across the country and hide them in secret locations. I think that that should send an alarm, not just to people here in this country, but around the world, because it’s definitely not being covered on the media. And I think that the world has just as much to gain from our democracy in terms of the elections that are taking place here, because we’re always so busy in other countries saying they need to bring democracy there.

Sure.

Reminder

This is unbelievable. Were you intimidated? Or were you told anything during the time you were detained? Can you tell us about that?

No, Jill and I are very good at knowing how to keep to ourselves. Physical conditions were bad enough that we didn’t want to make it any worse. So we were quiet. We weren’t allowed to call anybody and tell anybody where we were. That was very frustrating. We didn’t know when we would get out. We didn’t know if somebody would be able to find us.

That’s outrageous!

Yeah. And the when they finally let us out, they let us out into the cold. They had told our folks in the campaign that had worked very hard and found where we were, that if they sat in the vehicle in front of the location that we were at, they would be arrested. So they drove a couple of blocks down and parked at a restaurant. And we came out into the cold of the night and we didn’t have any money and we had to walk to a local gas station and try to find somebody with a cell phone to try and call for help.

Officially, were you charged with something? I mean: How can they do this! Did they charge you with anything?

Yeah. They charged us with disorderly conduct, but it was very clear that the whole goal was to make sure that Jill and I were nowhere near any media during the presidential debate so that we couldn’t talk about this mockery that is happening in this country.

For our listeners – we have a global audience – so not all of them are clear on the debate system in the United States and I am sure that it seems odd that US presidential and vice-presidential candidates are not allowed to take part. Can you elaborate on that a little bit?

Yeah. The League of Women Voters should be in charge of the debate process in this country. And now the Commission on Presidential Debates has taken over the process. And like I said earlier, they’re financed by 10 corporations and so, basically, the Democrats and the Republicans agree upon what questions not to ask each other. And so it’s like 90% of the questions that the American people would want to hear, don’t end up getting asked, like questions having to do with our prison population, like the issues of climate change, like the push toward the privatization of schools – those things don’t get talked about in our country. Instead, things like Big Bird and whether or not Obama had a press conference at inappropriate time – these are the things that get talked about, not wars for oil or the fact that we have so much money in the election process. And the reason why debates are important for us here in this country is because both Democrats and Republicans have campaigns that they spend billions of dollars on. And just to give you an example, President Obama had Nancy Pelosi. She participated in 275 fund raisers and there’re only 365 days a year. So I don’t really know how she was able to serve her constituency as an elected official. And she’s only one leader in the Democratic Party here. So we really need outside international media to be monitoring and covering what’s happening here, because we also don’t have freedom of the press. The corporate media here isn’t going to cover the corporate elections. And so we’re really trying to fight here to bring democracy, both in terms of access to the press, access to debates and we’re trying to catch up with the rest of the world that has 3, 4, 5 – like in Finland – 15 different political parties, that we can become a healthier nation, when we have a democratic process.

"We don’t have a democracy"

6 September 2012, 20:21 

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Cheri Honkala, Vice-Presidential Candidate with the Green Party in the United States, speaks about election, US parties and American democracy.

Hello! This is John Robles. I’m speaking with Cheri Honkala  – she is the Vice-Presidential Candidate with the Green Party in the United States and the founder of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.

Hello, Cheri! How are you?

I’m doing fine. We’ve got a nice night here, in Charlotte. At least it is not raining and so that’s a really good thing. It's always nice to be at an Occupy encampment when it's not pouring.

So, the weather has been cooperating. You were also at the RNC, you're now at the DNC. Can you tell us a little bit about why you're protesting both parties and any differences that you see between the parties?

We really have a one party system in this country and that’s why I’m running on the Green Party ticket for vice-president. It is incredibly important because we need to catch up with the rest of the world where they have several different political parties. In this country we really only have one and that’s the Republicrats which is basically Democrats and Republicans who just basically represents corporate America and, you know, the majority of people in this country are suffering as a result of policies that are coming out of both Democrats and Republicans.

The US calls itself a democracy... for example in Russia there are seven parties. In the US there are supposedly two parties and their policies are... for the majority only bad or worse. Why is it that there are no other parties able to enter the political arena in the US?

Because all the guidelines, rules and laws are setup by the Democrats and Republicans themselves. They control the debate process here, they control who gets on the ballots, they control everything. And so, of course because the main thing that they want to do is to stay in control and represent corporate America, they don’t want anybody else to be a part of this process. And so we have a very serious democracy problem in this country and we really need the help of international media to call attention to the fact that we don’t really have a democracy. People in this country really don’t know that there is another choice. We are not a fringe, small grouping of people, we're now own 45 different ballots in the United States. We had to fight very hard to get on those 45 ballots, to give you an example: in Pennsylvania Democrats required 2,000 signatures, Republicans required 2,000 signatures and we had to get 40,000 signatures to get on the ballot.

40,000 as opposed to 2!

Yes, 40 000. So, that’s just one example. There really isn’t a democracy any more in this country. There are not fair elections, there is not access to the ballot and we are not going to hear about these things on CNN or on any of our major media outlets. We're really going to have to rely on social media and international media to talk about this very serious problem that we have here because it is not just a question of democracy. People are unable to provide the basic necessities of life. We have 8 million people that have lost their homes to foreclosure. One in every two people are in poverty in this country. And we have people that are becoming a part of the ranks to the permanently unemployed.

Reminder

Would you agree that (some people say in the US) if you have enough money you can become president, you can just buy elections? Is that really the case?

Yes, if you have enough money in this country you can do anything. And it is a really sad state of affairs but it can only last so long because what we do have, is we have the numbers. We have the numbers of people that can’t feed themselves, that can’t feed their children, they lack healthcare. And you can’t have that alongside mansions and gated communities, and you can’t live in a country where there is an abundance, where other people have nothing.

I remeber... I used to live in Los Angeles, and I remember in Hollywood seeing a man, he was literally dying at a bus stop and I drove half a kilometer and there is a house for $40 million. I myself thought that was a serious problem. That is seriously a widespread problem in the US, isn’t it?

Yes, it really is. The question of hunger is very real. I live in a neighbourhood called Kensington in which there's barbed wire that’s around the food bank and where children have to watch, you know, food that’s being thrown away. And this is definitely a country where it is not a question of scarcity or it is not a question of development, but it is clearly a question of greed. But at the same time I’m very hopeful that people are going to begin to get organized, are going to become mobilized and not give in to their fear and demand that this country begins to provide for its people. And that begins with fighting for real power in this country and breaking with the one party system.

I see... Now; has your party made progress in the last 10 to 15 years?

It has been a slow process but it has been an effective party. And it is not so much even because of the party but it is because of the fact that the situation is getting worse in this country. And so in California there are many elect Greens that hold office. In several other parts of the country there are mayors, you know, there's many different folks that hold office and that number is continuing to grow. And we see nothing but a positive future for the Green Party because it is a very necessary party right now in this country.

Can you tell us a little bit about the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign that you’ve founded and what your goals are, and how that's going?

Sure! The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign is the largest multi-racial, inter-generational movement led by the poor. And I founded it because I’m a formally homeless mother and almost froze to death myself with my son, and we know that change really happens when people that are most impacted by the issues are in the forefronts of those struggles and when they're actively involved in doing something to change the situation.

And so, I’m going to have to sign off in a few minutes. We’ve got a big march here tomorrow at the DNC, it is called the March for Our Lives. And we hope to come back to your program and let the people of Russia know the reality of what we are facing here, in this country.

Can you tell us a little bit about the DNC right now? You said there is a big march planned for tomorrow?

There is a march that’s being planned for tomorrow. It is called the March for Our Lives. Last night we were very saddened to learn that 14 freedom riders that are undocumented immigrants, that are undocumented and unafraid, they were detained by ICE and they might even be deported. And at the same time that that happened President Obama began the convention yesterday with two Latino brothers that spoke and welcomed folks to the convention. Sorry I am going to have to leave now.

Okay. Alright. Thank you very much!

Thank you so much. I look forward to talking to you again.

Okay thank you. Appreciate it.

Bye bye.

Bye bye.

You were listening to an interview with Cheri Honkala, the Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Green Party in the US and the founder of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. Thanks for listening.

 

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