KWRU's Cheri Honkala Addresses UN/Kensington Welfare Rights Union

Tom Boland (
Wed, 4 Nov 1998 03:47:23 -0400

FWD  Tue, 03 Nov 1998 09:15:15 -0500
From: Kensington Welfare Rights Union <>

Important Information!!

Cheri Honkala,
of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union
and National Economic Human Rights Campaign
Speaks Before the United Nations

Cheri Honkala, Director of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, and
Spokesperson for the National Economic Human Rights Campaign, will speak
before a special meeting of the United Nations today, Tuesday, November 3,
1998 at 3:00 p.m. in UN Conference Room 1. The meeting, called by Mary
Robinson, the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, will be a dialogue between
Non-Governmental Organizations and the member nations of the United Nations on
the five year review and follow-up process to the 1993 Vienna World Conference
on Human Rights.

The Kensington Welfare Rights Union was one of 4 organizations in the world to
be cited by Mary Robinson in her official report to the UN General Assembly on
Monday, November 2, 1998.  KWRU, on behalf of the National Economic Human
Rights Campaign, had submitted a letter to Robinson in August of this year.
The letter asked Robinson to bring to the attention of the United Nations and
international community the egregious failure of the United States Government,
as a result of Welfare Reform, to meet its obligations regarding the economic
human rights (the rights to a job at a living wage, housing, health care,
food, and education) of its residents.

Last Thursday, October 29, Cheri Honkala had the honor of addressing a
standing room only crowd of over 300 people from around the world who gathered
at the United Nations in Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium for the official book
launching of  "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights:  Fifty Years and
Beyond."  Mary Robinson also addressed the gathering.  The event was
co-sponsored by the governments of Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, the Czech
Republic, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Samoa, South Africa and
Sweden, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights,
as well as several non-governmental organizations (of which the Kensington
Welfare Rights Union was one).  The  book has been published for and on behalf
of the United Nations on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights by Baywood Publishing Company.  Honkala is one of
over 50 contributers to the publication.  Her essay is entitled "Is this
America?  The New Freedom Bus Travels the Country."  A delegation of 15 KWRU
members were also in attendance at the book launching.

A copy of Honkala's remarks at the United Nations on both Thursday, Oct. 29
and Tuesday, Nov. 3, as well as photo's from these United Nation's events will
be available on the KWRU web page.  Please stay tuned to our web page at to keep updated on the fight to end poverty.


Kensington Welfare Rights Union
PO Box 50678
Philadelphia, PA 19132-9720
215/203-1950 FAX

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