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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Surviving Poverty and Homelessness in America: Perspectives from a Single Mother and Son

by Jason Bosch on Mar.02, 2010

Cheri Honkala and Son
Mark Webber Speak
Friday, March 19
7:00 PM
Tattered Cover Bookstore
(Historic Lodo)
1628 16th St, Denver
$10-$20 suggested donation
For the first time ever America’s leading organizer for the poor and homeless Cheri Honkala will be sharing the stage with her son, writer/director/actor Mark Webber speaking of their personal experiences living in poverty while often homeless, living in cars and abandoned buildings.

Cheri Honkala has been called the most endangered activist in America and has been arrested over 200 times for demonstrating, committing civil disobedience, and organizing for the human rights of America’s poor and homeless. For over 30 years she has been setting up tent cities, planning housing takeovers of vacant government buildings, leading marches and caravans, educating poor people about their rights, and giving talks on poverty in America. As a single formerly homeless mother she speaks with authenticity from her direct experience. She offers a vital perspective on the issues of poverty that you don’t hear from politicians, administrators, or even academics.

 

 Mark Webber is Cheri’s son. He grew up in poverty in Minneapolis and the slums of North Philly. He learned to act while in school and pretending to his classmates and teachers that he wasn’t poor and homeless. As a teenager Mark began acting in movies and in 2000 he was cast in the film Snow Day starring Chevy Chase and Chris Elliot. Since then Mark has appeared in dozens of films with such notable actors as Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Peter Fonda, Bill Murray, and Woody Allen. 
 posted by Arun 

 

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