Green presidential candidate picks running mate

Jill SteinGreen 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.”

Cheri HonkalaHonkala said it’s “immoral that children are hungry and homeless in the richest country in the world.”

“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.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    Pink and Green go well together.

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  • RR, Senile Columnist

    I’m miffed her running isn’t Cindy Sheehan.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Them silver-bob gals are ridin high! Lagarde, Sibelius, and now Dr Jill Stein (Dr Jill Biden is blonde). Is this a trend?