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Bernice Bild

Hyde Park-Kenwood Voices

In January 1969, the Chicago radical newspaper, Hyde Park-Kenwood Voices, listed those who had helped produce its first 16 monthly issues as "writers, researchers, photographers, artists and clerical workers".

The list included Bernice Bild.[1]

Salute to Harold Washington

On April 6, 1983, the Hyde Park Herald published an endorsement from the Hyde Park/Kenwood Citizens Committee of Democratic Party Chicago mayoral candidate Harold Washington. Signatories to the endorsement included Bernice Bild and Dr Sydney Bild.[2]

Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights

In 1992 Bernice Bild and Dr. Sydney Bild were members of the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights, a long time front for the Communist Party USA, then dominated by members of the newly formed Committees of Correspondence.[3]

Jack Siegel tribute

Chicago Committees of Correspondence held a tribute banquet to 88 year old member Jack Spiegel, on October 3, 19993, with 250 in attendance.

special guest included State Senator Jesus Garcia, Alderman Helen Shiller, Harold Rogers from the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Carole Travis from the UAW, Larry Reagan from the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Bernice Bild from the Coalition for New Priorities, Camille Odeh, from the Coalition of Palestinian Women and Meca Sorrentini from the Puerto Rican Socialist Party

Keynote speakers CoC co-chair Manning Marable. Illinois CoC co-chairs Sandy Patrinos and Mildred Williamson presented the awards. Maggie Brown sang songs, some written by her father Oscar Brown.[4]

Illinois Public Action

In 1995 Bernice Bild was a member of the board of directors[5]of Illinois Public Action.

Citizen Action of Illinois

In 1997 Bernice Bild served on the board of directors of Citizen Action of Illinois.[6]

DSA/CoC meeting

Illinois State Senator Jesus Garcia and Bernice Bild from the Committee for New Priorities addressed[7]a joint Chicago DSA / Illinois Committee of Correspondence forum on the 1998 elections. Senator Garcia gave a technical, electoral perspective on the outcome. Bernice Bild provided a look at the outcome from more of a policy perspective.

2001 People's Weekly World Banquet

Excitement filled the House of Fortune restaurant in Chinatown here as Donna DeWitt, president of the South Carolina AFL-CIO, addressed the annual People’s Weekly World banquet Nov. 18. The banquet raised $8,000 for the People’s Weekly World fund drive.

The banquet presented its annual “Chris Hani/Rudy Lozano Awards” to three distinguished Chicagoans. Alderman Ricardo Munoz, a Mexican-American member of the Chicago City Council, was honored for his work in the fight for a living wage ordinance and for a new high school for his largely Mexican-American ward.

In his remarks, Munoz denounced the anti-worker trend of the city, state and federal governments. “In the country we have a president who wants to bail out corporations and leave workers hungry and without a job.”

The second award recipient, Bernice Bild, has a long, distinguished resume as a fighter for social justice and peace, and has been the chief source of energy and inspiration behind Chicago Jobs with Justice’s Committee for New Priorities.

Rev. Dr. Marshall Elijah Hatch, pastor of the New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church and coordinator of ministry for the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, has been a major figure in the movements against police brutality and for housing, among other struggles.[8]

Chicago Area Friends of SNCC

In 2005 Chicago Area Friends of SNCC organized the "Tell the Story: The Chicago SNCC History Project, 1960-1965" Chicago Area Friends of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Chicago Civil Rights Movement, c. 1960-1965. The event was held October 21-22, 2005 Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois.

Members of the advisory committee included Bernice Bild.[9]


  1. Hyde Park-Kenwood Voices, January 16 1969, page 4
  2. Hyde Park Herald April 6, 1983, page 8
  3. CCDBR 1992 membership list
  4. CoC newletter, Oct./Dec. 1993, page 5
  5. IPA 20th Anniversary Dinner leaflet
  6. Citizen Action of Illinois B.O.D. list
  8. PW, Chicago banquet celebrates labor's victories, raises $ 8,000, by: Evelina Alarcon November 29 2001