Cheri Honkala: Economic Human Rights

Cheri Honkala of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign spoke in Orono, Maine on the University of Maine campus on Thursday April 2. This is the podcast of her 61-minute program and extensive question and answer session.

Cheri Honkala just left Maine after an extensive tour. Information about the tour is posted at the Maine Association of Independent Neighborhoods, HERE. Below is additional (pre-tour) information from local organizer, Larry Dansinger.

Economic Human Rights: A Solution to Poverty in Maine
If you don’t know what economic human rights are or how they can be a way to end poverty, provide good jobs, get universal and equitable health care, affordable housing, and more, here’s your chance to find out and use the ideas to change Maine. And, if you do know what they are, here’s your chance to change Maine too.

Cheri Honkala, national coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, will speak in various towns and cities in Maine as part of a week-long tour, from April 2-8, to bring the potential and power of economic human rights to Maine people.

Her schedule (see below for a complete list of public events) includes talks in Orland and Orono on April 2, Brewer on April 3, April 5-6 in Portland, April 7 in Lewiston, and April 8 in Augusta and Waterville. On April 4, there will be a statewide gathering/workshop in Augusta to create an action plan to promote and establish an economic human rights campaign in Maine.

Honkala is a former homeless single mother and now an anti-poverty organizer and housing rights activist. She has been a leader of demonstrations against policies that maintain poverty, including dozens of arrests for nonviolent civil disobedience, and has been profiled in several films on poor people’s movements against poverty.

What are economic human rights? They include: quality health care, a job paying a living wage or equivalent income, ability to join a labor union, affordable housing, adequate and nutritional food, free education, and a decent standard of living.