Moving Forward into 2023: Reclaiming Basic Human Rights and the State of Poverty in America
Cheri Honkala is a nationally and internationally recognized anti-poverty and human rights advocate. Honkala gained fame when she was a homeless mother, breaking into abandoned government-owned houses and occupying them in order to survive. She has traveled internationally to meet with peasant movements and revolutionary leaders and has appeared in numerous films that highlight her work. Honkala was most recently instrumental in launching the Poor People’s Army, which seeks to build a nonviolent force outside the nonprofit industrial complex that can challenge corporate power and reclaim the basic necessities of life for poor and working people. Front Line Defenders has named Cheri one of the twelve most endangered activists in America, and she has human rights defender status in Ireland.