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Green Party veep nominee has Twin Cities roots

A formerly homeless single mom who grew up in poverty in Minneapolis is now a vice presidential candidate on the Green Party ticket. Cheri Honkala formed the Twin Cities anti-poverty groups in the mid-1980s. Now she chats with Comedy Central about her Hollywood actor son, debating Joe Biden and why its not easy being Green.
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Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein has picked anti-poverty organizer Cheri Honkala, formerly of the Twin Cities, as the party's nominee for vice president of the United States. Stein passed on choosing comedienne Roseanne Barr this month and settled on Honkala, the Pioneer Press reports.

Honkala is not well-known, but TV and movie viewers might recognize her actor son Mark Webber.

In a lively chat with Comedy Central's INdecision, Honkala talks about her son, being a candidate with no wealth, and why it's not easy being Green.

There's more about the formerly homeless single mother on Stein's website. Stein introduces Honkala:

Here's an interview with the two candidates:

In a 1997 talk, she recalls growing up poor:

Formerly Homeless Single Mother, Anti-Poverty Organizer, and 2012 Vice Presidential Nominee Cheri Honkala Speaking in 1997 from Jason Bosch on Vimeo.

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