Bernie Hayes

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Bernie Hayes is based in Missouri.

1996 Hershel Walker Peace and Justice Awards

The Missouri Communist Party USA's 1996 Hershel Walker Peace and Justice Award was held in May at the Herman Park Community center.

Honorees were

Speakers were Communist Party USA official Jarvis Tyner and Bernie Hayes, a former talk show host, now a columnist with the St. Louis American.[1]

Communist Party forum

Nearly 80 people attended the Missouri/Kansas Friends of the People’s Weekly World’s third annual “Working Class Media and Democracy” forum held at the Friends Meeting House, St.Louis Missouri Oct. 20, 2006.

Forum speakers included Bernie Hayes, the author of “The Death of Black Radio”; Pepe Lozano, reporter for the PWW; and Lori Reed, former reporter for Take Five magazine. Denise Lieberman from the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition moderated the event.

Hayes spoke about his more than 50 years in the radio industry. He said, “I wrote ‘The Death of Black Radio’ because mainstream media disregards the Black community. It projects what is profitable, instead of what is positive and uplifting.” Hayes also criticized certain types of rap music that denigrate women and reinforce negative stereotypes of violence and drugs in the Black community.

The forum raised over $3,000 for the People’s Weekly World national fund drive and garnered three new subscribers.[2]

2011 Hershel Walker Peace and Justice Awards

"We are going to take back what they stole from us," Robin Acree, executive director of Mexico, Missouri, based GRO-Grassroots Organizing told union members, community activist, faith and political leaders here at the 19th annual Hershel Walker Peace and Justice Awards Breakfast.

The annual breakfast is organized in honor of Hershel Walker, a lifelong member of the Communist Party USA, trade union leader and community activist, who was tragically killed in a car-wreck in 1991. Walker was on his way to deliver petitions to help save 4,000 jobs at the local Chrysler plant when a drunk-driver struck his car.

The annual breakfast is organized in honor of Hershel Walker, a lifelong member of the Communist Party USA, trade union leader and community activist, who was tragically killed in a car-wreck in 1991. Walker was on his way to deliver petitions to help save 4,000 jobs at the local Chrysler plant when a drunk-driver struck his car.

"We have to be united," Acree continued. "Faith, labor, community, we have to get organized."

2011 Breakfast awardees included Shannon Duffy, business manager of the St. Louis Newspaper Guild; Bernie Hayes, WGNU radio talk-show host and author of The Death of Black Radio; and John Ebeling, first vice president of the Greater St. Louis Central Labor Council, vice president of the Communications Workers of America Local 6300.

The breakfast, held on Saturday, July 9, is usually held in early May, as close to May 1 as possible. However, this year, organizers wanted to hold the event closer to July 4. As Tony Pecinovsky, Missouri / Kansas People's World Bureau Chief, said, "We need to reclaim July 4 from the right wing. We are the real patriots. We want to make our country better."

The Breakfast was attended by members of the St. Louis Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the Communications Workers of America Local 6300, the CWA city council, St. Louis Jobs with Justice, the American Postal Workers' Union, Workers' United, the St. Louis Newspaper Guild, GRO-Grassroots Organizing and other organizations.

Towards the end of her remarks, Agree added, "If you got, give it! This is a fundraiser." The 19th Annual Hershel Walker Awards Breakfast raised over $7,000 for the People's World.[3]

OBS 33rd anniversary, 2013

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Organization for Black Struggle Elder Kalimu Endesha makes a special presentation to keynote speaker Akinyele Umoja at OBS’ 33rd Anniversary Celebration as co-emcees Azizi Blissett and Bernie Hayes look on.

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