Last week at the Green Party's 2012 National Convention, Cheri Honkala, the founder of the local Pennsylvania group Kensington Welfare Rights Union and the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, was announced as presidential candidate Jill Stein's running mate in the 2012 election.
Honkala also happens to be the mother of Mark Webber, the director of Sundance 2012 dramatic feature "The End of Love." Webber had a busy year at this year's Sundance; he also acted in Michael Mohan's "Save the Date" and Jamie Travis' "For a Good Time, Call…."
Honkala raised Webber in Philadelphia as a homeless single mother. As a 2000 Salon profile of Honkala noted, Webber donated much of his early film earnings to his mother's causes.
In an interview with Comedy Central's Indecision blog, Honkala said of her famous son:
[Big Hollywood is] just gonna be jumping on the bandwagon. No longer is money going to go to Romney or Obama. My poor son, Mark Webber, will have the burden of making sure it all comes this way. Really, though, I have taken a lot of pointers from him. He's let me know I shouldn't believe anything anybody writes about me, except Comedy Central.
Last year, Honkala was the Green Party candidate for Sherriff of Philadelphia, for which she ran on a "no evictions" platform. She received 6.6% of the votes.