ALERT: Anti-Poverty Organizer Arrested - Cheri Honkala of KWRU

Tom Boland (
Thu, 28 Oct 1999 11:46:37 -0700 (PDT)

[Please circulate to those who might help with a call or more.]

FWD From: Kennsington Welfare Rights Union <>
Subject:  [PPEHRC]:EMERGENCY: Marcher Arrested

The March of the Americas was stopped by police this
morning, [Thursday, October 28, 1999] at approximately 8:00
am in Irvington, New Jersey.  Cheri Honkala, National
Spokesperson for the March of the Americas and the Director
of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union is now being held in
an Irvington jail.

Please help us.  Call the Irvington police and inquire about
Cheri Honkala: 973/399-6600

Thank you!

You can find out more about the march on our website:

Some backround on the march: Poor and homeless families from
all of the Americas, including families from Canada, the
United States and Latin America are marching from
Washington, DC to the United Nations in New York City in a
March of the Americas: Continuing the March for Our Lives.
We are marching 10 miles a day for 30 days, setting up Tent
Cities every night, and holding press conferences and
protests in local communities. We are speaking to the
effects of poverty and welfare reform, and sponsoring
tribunals and cultural events along the entire route. This
month-long march brings together poor people from around the
United States who are organizing for their survival. The
March is also an effort to link up the struggles
internationally against the inequities arising from

The March of the Americas is organized by the Poor People's
Economic Human Rights Campaign, a network of over 40 poor
people's organizations from across the U.S. The network
expands from public housing residents facing the demolition
of their housing in Chicago, to welfare recipients about to
be cut off assistance in Philadelphia; from farm workers
working for poverty wages in Florida to work fare workers
organizing in San Francisco. In the United States, the
richest country in the world, increasing numbers of people-
especially children- are struggling harder and harder to
survive. Despite record corporate profits most people in
this country are experiencing falling wages, corporate
downsizing and underemployment. Recent welfare reform has
led to increasing hunger, homelessness and death.

In addition to the poor and homeless families who are
organizing the march, members of the religious community,
labor unions, students, social workers, lawyers, doctors,
nurses and other allies provide essential support for this
historic event.

For more information on the march, see:


Kensington Welfare Rights Union
PO Box 50678
Philadelphia, PA 19132-9720
Phone: 215/203-1945
Fax:   215/203-1950

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