Anti-poverty activist to speak Wednesday at Whitman

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WALLA WALLA — Anti-poverty activist and Green Party 2012 vice presidential nominee Cheri Honkala on Wednesday offers an insider’s look at leading a poor people’s social movement and discusses practical, impactful ways to create social change and battle poverty.

Honkala was born into poverty in Minneapolis. As a teenage mother, Honkala and her son were homeless while she finished high school. After graduating, she began working to help other poverty-stricken families and ultimately became a pioneer in the modern housing takeover movement.

She co-founded the Kensington Welfare Rights Union in the neighborhood of Kensington, Philadelphia; and the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. She has organized tens of thousands of anti-poverty activists in marches and demonstrations.

Her talk will be at 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium, near the intersection of Otis Street and Boyer Avenue.

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