Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein today announced anti-poverty advocate Cheri Honkala of Philadelphia as her running mate, rather than either of the two Californians who’d vied with her for the party’s nomination.
Honkala is national coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, a multi-racial, inter-generational movement led by the poor and homeless. After her own experience as a homeless, single mom, Honkala has spent nearly three decades working with the poor to build a movement to end poverty, and has organized tens of thousands of people to take action via marches, demonstrations and tent cities. She ran for sheriff in Philadelphia last year on a “no-evictions” platform, vowing to help families in foreclosure stay in their homes.
“Ever since deciding to run for President, I’ve been thinking about who would have the strength and courage to take up this fight with me,” Stein said in a news release. “Cheri Honkala has shown tremendous perseverance and leadership, despite remarkable odds. Her selflessness and demonstrated capacity to inspire make her the perfect Vice Presidential candidate to help me reclaim democracy.”
“It’s time for the 99 percent to stand united to serve our collective human needs instead of selfish, corporate greed,” she said. “The Green Party is the only one standing up to Wall Street, and Jill Stein’s Green New Deal is the best plan for saving this sinking ship. I’m honored to fight beside her.”
Stein’s release said Green Party supporters had submitted more than 200 recommendations for running mates and several dozen were considered, including the other Green Party presidential candidates, Roseanne Barr of El Segundo and Kent Mesplay of San Diego.
The Green Party of the United States opens its national convention tomorrow in Baltimore.