BRAVO! | The No-Evictions Sheriff – Cheri Honkala, A Sheriff Who Will Stand Up for Families, Not Banks

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The No-Evictions Sheriff

Cheri Honkala promises to be a sheriff who will stand up for families, not banks.

Cheri on Horse

There’s a new sheriff in town—or there could be soon. Cheri Honkala, a single mom, sometimes homeless, who launched one of the country’s biggest multi-racial movements led by the poor and homeless, is running for sheriff of Philadelphia.

Her platform? No evictions. No throwing people out on the street because of a financial crisis that they didn’t create. Her slogan: “Keeping families in their homes and protecting the ‘hood.”

Cheri knows a few things about evictions. As a homeless mom, she faced a stark choice when the shelters filled up: a night on the frigid Minneapolis streets with her young son, or breaking and entering a vacant HUD-owned house, where the heat was left on to prevent the pipes from freezing. Cheri chose the latter.

Thus began a series of home occupations, evictions, and arrests. Eventually, Honkala joined with others to form the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, whose members work together to defend their basic right to health care, housing, education, and living wage jobs.

If elected, Cheri will bring more experience from the other side of the bars than most law enforcement officials.

I caught up with her after her keynote speech to the Democracy Convention in Madison, Wisconsin, in late August.

Sarah van Gelder: Why are you running for Sheriff?

Cheri Honkala: For 25 years I’ve been trying to change things in the halls of Congress—trying to find a politician with a backbone to say that we have to have a moratorium on foreclosures. The banks are continuing to do whatever they want with the bailout money; they’re not modifying loans or finding ways to help people stay in their houses.

As Sheriff, I will use what’s known as “selective enforcement”—I will refuse to rip down families’ doors and refuse to have my deputies throw them out. Instead, the Sheriff’s office will work with families that are in trouble: help them access resources; help them figure out how they can pay their mortgages.

You can check out the rest of the interview here…

Find out more about Cheri Honkala’s campaign for sheriff here…


13 Responses to “BRAVO! | The No-Evictions Sheriff – Cheri Honkala, A Sheriff Who Will Stand Up for Families, Not Banks”
  1. I hope she can win against the millions of dollars that will be pouring in from Wall Street, the Koch Brothers, and the banksters to destroy her

  2. Equity Free says:

    Bravo , to this lady, she has survived in a country led by bought and paid for corrupt politicians who work for the top 1 % AKA greedy muggers,buggers & thieves ….. Their .Criminals……beware the 99% ers r coming .

    Breaking & entering empty heated homes, stealing food are what beaten down people do, its petty bs , compared to the fleecing of America & the creation of a global crises !

    readdocs go wipe yourself with the forged docs you’ve read & perhaps created , get your refills at any county public records department , how sweet it is .

  3. Pamela Edwards says:

    At least she’s got the chutzpa to try which is a whole lot more than I see anybody else doing.We could do far worse than believing in a woman that at least believes in her self! Kudos!!!

  4. John WIlson says:


    So it is ok for morons to elect a law breaker to the presidency (and many in congress) but the sheriff is out of bounds?

  5. Readdocs says:

    Nice. A law breaker running for sheriff. Which laws does she plan to enforce?
    Which laws does she plan to break? What else is her plan? Is she running for
    the reason it’s okay to break and enter? Be careful what you vote for.

    • KINDA LATE FOR THOSE WORDS…” BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU VOTE FOR “….. We have a country filled with corruption….and they all got in by some strange way of voting…PUT there or voted there is the question….Voting is rigged and has been for years….I have not voted by machine. for many years….I have mail in ballot…but that is even in question…are they really counted or thrown away….nothing can be trusted anymore….and no one for sure can be trusted….money can buy change…ask Obama……..and the rest of the peons…..

    • Readdocs… Let see some women get in to what ever position there is…..So far the MEN have proven corruption goes with all titles…be it a Sheriff or local, state or government….Just as the statement said in ‘ Inside Job.’….. ‘ they are all men “……Time to change that….men must have a genetic problem or a hormone problem….But I must say there have been some women who also have the same problems…like PAM BONDI….Florida AG…she had to be PUT into that position….she rides the back of the wild boars of the bankers association..’..Ride ’em Piggirl..’….

    • Wayne says:

      You should know what your writing about before you put your fingers on the key board. Let me clue you in on something. Here in the State of Arizona, Bank of America went to the Recorders office in June and posted an assignment … not let me clarify that, posted an illegal fraudulent assignment on my property. It was clearly Robo Signed by the the title of Assistant Secretary of MERS and the name of Miguel Romero. When I called the County Recorders office to complain about this fraudulent document the lady from the County Recorders Office said “this is not my problem, if someone wants to record something and pays the $13.50 I will record it”. So it doesn’t matter if it is Fraudulent or not she will record it if you pay the $13.50. I asked her if she asks for proof to make sure what she is recording is legal and she said no. So you see Readdoes …. Maybe we all need one of these Sheriff’s to protect us. When I called bank of America on this and questioned them about the Robo Signed Assignment … They did not deny it nor did they dispute it. The arrogant Banksters. The Fight Continues.

  6. Javagold says:

    hope she wins

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