"Housekeys, Not Handcuffs!" with Cheri Honkala

Date(s) - Friday 04/17/2015 - 04/18/2015
11:00 pm - 1:00 am

A fundraiser for the U.S. Social Forum (Philadelphia) and the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign

  • “House keys, not handcuffs!” with Cheri Honkala, 7PM 

with Community Potluck 5:00 – 6:30PM + Open Mic 5:30 – 6:30PM

Check out Cheri Honkala, “Homeless Hero”: Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign!


As we enter the fifth year of “recovery” from the Great Recession, it is clear that the benefits of the economic upturn have not been equitably shared. In the Capital Region, we continue to battle a lack of jobs, low wages, limited and stigmatized social services, racial exclusion and discrimination, and a housing crisis spurred by disinvestment in our communities and gentrification pressures. This has resulted in an explosion of evictions and foreclosures in our region, with the number of homeless children in New York State doubling since 2010.

On Friday April 17, extraordinary activist, organizer, vice presidential candidate and “homeless hero,” Cheri Honkala, will lead a passionate discussion at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY about the human right to housing, the national movement to abolish poverty, and the upcoming 2015 US Social Forum in Philadelphia.

“The goal is to raise funds to support the U.S. Social Forum, sure. But we also want to create a space for local organizations and social movements to come together around issues of economic justice,” says Virginia Eubanks, one of a group of Capital Region residents organizing the event, “We hope that Honkala will stoke the fire of justice already burning in our communities.”

Cheri Honkala is an internationally recognized anti-poverty and human rights activist. For the past 25 years she has dedicated her life to creating a grassroots economic justice movement led by the poor, not their advocates. As part of that work, Honkala has built tent cities, resisted evictions, led national marches, organized the first World Court of Women in the United States, was arrested for civil disobedience over 200 times, and garnered the Green Party’s nomination for Vice President of the United States.

Honkala is the co-founder of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC). From June 25 to 28, PPEHRC will host one of three regional U.S. Social Forums (USSF) in Philadelphia. It will be the first time that an organization of poor and working-class people – those most impacted by our unjust economy – takes the lead in convening the USSF. Join us to support, celebrate, and discuss this historic occasion. Help bring the energy of the Social Forum and the national economic justice movement home to the Capital Region! 


Partners in this event include: Holding Our Own; Joseph’s House of Troy; Our Knowledge, Our Power (OKOP); Peace and Justice Committee of United University Professionals (UUP); Social Justice Center; The Sanctuary for Independent Media; Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region; Troy Bike Rescue; Troy Neighborhoods Action Council (TNAC); Unity House of Troy; University at Albany’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Special thanks for food donations from: Honest Weight Food Coop, Hannaford, Price Chopper, and Dinosaur Bar-b-que.