Cheri Honkala Helps Found ‘Green Shadow Cabinet’
Coinciding with Earth Day, the Green Party—led by former presidential ticket Jill Stein and Philadelphia activist Cheri Honkala—have formed what they’re calling the “Green Shadow Cabinet” of the United States: a collection of about 100 people who plan to release statements and respond to goings-on in the U.S. government to demonstrate, “that another government is possible,” according to their official statement.
“This came about because after the campaign we began to get on conference calls with 50-70 people and people wanted to continue to use whatever this process is to educate people with reality,” says Honkala, whose third party run found her being arrested several times before earning about half-a-million votes nationwide. “Everything that’s happening right now, that’s so dangerous out there is like, painting this illusion… no matter how much it hurts to see reality or talk about what’s happening or who’s really responsible — we need to do that in a much larger way and one of the ways to do that is to get some of the best thinkers and writers to agree on some very basic things.”
Having began updating on Sunday, the Shadow Cabinet has released three statements—one on monetary policy, one on defense and one on the powerlessness of comedy when faced with the realities of the United States in 2013.
Among those prominent names in the shadow cabinet are Dr. Patch Adams (that Patch Adams) and Move to Amend advocate David Cobb, whose organization seeks to amend the constitution to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling. Honkala notes the group is still a work in process, the end goal of that process being getting more people involved in the alternative and independent parties.
Honkala, who also ran for Sheriff in Philadelphia in 2011, has been active in recruiting members of her Kensington community into the Green Party of the United States. But notes an online presence isn’t necessarily enough to get America’s working poor involved in the political process.
“We have a responsibility not only to talk about how bad [the current government] is but to ask, what’s our vision? What’s the next step to take this whole process to the next level, and how are we going to do that without the resources and when places like Philadelphia, where 41 percent of the people aren’t even online,” she notes. “Dissemination of information that is independent is so absolutely crucial right now.”
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