Housing activist Honkala aims for sheriff’s office

    One of Philadelphia’s longtime housing activists is running for sheriff, saying she will halt all evictions based in foreclosures.


    Cheri Honkala, who is known for her dramatic use of civil disobedience to fight for affordable housing, said she would run as a Green Party candidate.

    The city’s sheriff’s department oversees sales of foreclosed homes and transports prisoners to and from court.

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    If elected, Honkala said she will crack down on land speculators, and pursue class actions against banks involved in foreclosures.

    “We are upholding this higher law which says that we, as low-income families across the city of Philadelphia, deserve the same kind of protection as the banks do,” she said.

    She said she also wants to “green” the vehicles used to transport prisoners.

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