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Handcuffed to the Starting Gate – Why Was Cheri Honkala Shackled to a Chair? (A video essay)

Cheri Honkala – Handcuffed to the Starting Gate from R.F. Shunt on Vimeo.

Just who is spoiling things for whom?

When Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, Green Party candidates for the presidency and vice-presidency, tried to enter the presidential debate at Hofstra University they were arrested and handcuffed to chairs for nine hours, with no access to their lawyers. When nationally recognized candidates for high office are treated this way, it’s a travesty – whether you plan to vote for them or not. How did we get to this place?

In the video, Cheri talks about the arrest as well as her remarkable personal journey from homeless single mother to national activist. I apologize for the length – 11 minutes – but there is much to be said here. And most importantly I wanted to give Cheri as much space as possible to tell her amazing and moving story.

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