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Green Party VP Cheri Honkala: "We Need Young People to Go Forward"


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Kit
- 720 days ago - truth-out.org
"When you're poor," she said, "about the only thing that you have is your morale. And once you lose that, you're done." She also spoke on developing an international class identity, resisting the non-profit industrial complex, and building-->Video!



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Kit B. (276)
Thursday November 1, 2012, 3:29 pm
(Photo - Green Party poster)

Green Party VP candidate Cheri Honkala visited Detroit this past Sunday, giving a multi-platform speech that called for movement building, whatever the outcome on Nov. 6. She raised, amongst other issues, the missing links in the Democrat and Republican presidential campaigns: the war on youth, the war on the poor, the wealth inequality, the environmental crisis, and the exclusion of alternative voices in the official debates. "We don't have to participate in that box anymore," she said. "There's enough to go around for everybody—they just don't mean us." She also described being arrested and shackled for 8 hours with party nominee Jill Stein while attempting to enter the 2nd presidential debate at Hofstra University.

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The event began as a potluck, hosted at the International Institute of Metro Detroit by the Green Party of Michigan, and coalesced into a night of stump speeches from several local Green Party candidates before Honkala took the stage.

Before driving back to Philadelphia, Honkala spent a few minutes talking to Truthout on her Detroit background as a welfare mother. "When you're poor," she said, "about the only thing that you have is your morale. And once you lose that, you're done." She also spoke on developing an international class identity, resisting the non-profit industrial complex, and building the inter-generational youth struggle for a dignified future, concluding: "It's young people's future that's at stake, and so at the end of the day only the people inside the boxing ring should determine how to throw the punches."
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By Tolu Olorunda, Truthout | Video Interview
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday November 1, 2012, 3:31 pm

This may be the best hope we have for building a real future, move toward the Green Party and other alternative parties, look to candidates that will support an end to climate-change, and end to war and re-building a more honest democratic system. If they begin now, they have 4 years to build a solid grass-roots organization.
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Friday November 2, 2012, 6:20 pm
Noted and agree! Many areas have emerging Green and other alternative parties on their ballots. With politics so divided, they're making some inroads--but I believe if we can eliminate Citizens United and get public-funded campaigns, that will be the biggest boost.
 

JL A. (275)
Friday November 2, 2012, 10:28 pm
Perhaps that is why the GOP in CA pushed for the change regarding primaries so top two vote getters in primaries advance to main election without regard to party so some are getting two GOP and others two DEM as their only choices to vote (no write-in spaces for these in general election, only on primary ballots)? To strive to keep Green and Libertarian Parties from gaining momentum and traction?
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Friday November 2, 2012, 10:31 pm
Noted. Thanks.
 

Cam V. (417)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 9:56 pm
We have the Green Party here in Canada and actually saw a rep get sent to our house last federal election Kit. Was really something! They have been around for years and finally broke through.
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 12:01 pm

If we had to label every thing in our homes, cars, trucks, work place with every thing that the Nader Green party forced through Congress for the health and safety of each of us our children, grandchildren and the workers of yesterday, today and tomorrow...it would all look like a NASCAR suit with one word - NADER. It's time for the Green Party to take itself very seriously and get organized. Nader could move through Congress like a bulldozer through sand - but he was never really a politician....not the kind that brings people to follow them.
 
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