- 1 Background
- 2 Education
- 3 Work history
- 4 Organizations
- 5 Berniecrat
- 6 CBTU activism
- 7 Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
- 8 Communist Party Herschel Walker award event
- 9 Government has a responsibility...
- 10 Communist Party support
- 11 Leftist state rep
- 12 Honoring Lew Moye
- 13 St. Louis Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
- 14 2015 Hershel Walker Peace and Justice Awards
- 15 St. Louis Workers’ Education Society
- 16 2017 Hershel Walker Peace and Justice Awards
- 17 References
As a lifelong resident of the St. Louis area, Clem Smith was raised to be an active member of his community. At the age of nine, he accompanied his father to a demonstration against a department store chain because of their discriminatory hiring practices. From that moment on, he knew he would have to be involved to make a difference.
Smith’s long family history of community involvement in the district began when his grandparents moved into Velda Village Hills in 1970 and his grandmother setup a neighborhood watch. Since moving to the 71st District Clem has continued family tradition. He is an active member of the Normandy Township Democratic Club and was elected as an Obama Delegate to the Missouri Democratic Convention in 2008. His other memberships include the NAACP, Young Democrats of St. Louis, Multiple Sclerosis Society, and North County Labor.
BGS, Columbia College, 2010
- The Boeing Company, 2009-Present
- Recording Secretary, United Auto Workers Local 136, 2007-2009
- Chrysler LLC., 1996-2009
- Member, International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers - L.L. 837A, 2009-Present
- M.S. Society, 2007-Present
- Member, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, 2004-Present
- Member, United Autoworkers Local 136, 1996-2009
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
In 2008 Clem Smith, member of CBTU; member of UAW Local 163, St Louis, MO signed a statement circulated by the Partisan Defense Committee calling for the release of convicted “cop-killer” Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Communist Party Herschel Walker award event
The Missouri Communist Party USA's Friends of the People’s World hosted their 18th annual ‘Hershel Walker Peace and Justice Awards Breakfast’ Saturday, May 8, 2010, at the CWA Local 6300 Union Hall, 2258 Grissom Drive (in the Westport area), St. Louis.
Newspaper Guild International President Bernie Lunzer was the main speaker for the event.
The honorees were:
- Tony Harris, President American Postal Workers Union (labor)
- Martin Rafanan, Ex. Director Gateway Homeless Services (community)
- State Senator Rita Heard Days, D-14 (public service)
- Clem Smith, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (civil rights)
The awards honor the memory of late Communist Party USA member Hershel Walker, a Missouri labor and civil rights activist, who died in 1990 at the age of 81. Walker’s life – which spanned 60 years of activism – ended tragically when hit by a car on his way to deliver petitions to save 4,000 jobs at the Chrysler Plant.
Known attendees included Communist Party USA affiliates, Tony Pecinovsky, Jim Wilkerson, Zenobia Thompson, Lew Moye, Glenn Burleigh, Julie Terbrock, John Bowman, Joe Thomas, Jeanette Mott Oxford, Democratic Socialists of America member Joan Suarez, plus Mahrya Monson, Don Giljum, Jessica Pace, Jason Kennedy, Jennifer Rafanan, Solveig Paulson, Dr. Greg Miday, Roosevelt Stewart, Michael Vossler, Maria Chappelle-Nadal, Richard Von Glahn, Shannon Duffy and State Rep. James Morris. 
Government has a responsibility...
"Government has a responsibility to assist people in these hard economic times," former United Auto Workers member Clem Smith told a crowd of about 150 protesters on the Missouri state Capitol steps here March 4 2010.
Smith, now a machinist employed at Boeing, knows "first-hand the positive role government can play in creating job opportunities for the unemployed".
In May 2009, like thousands of other Missouri Chrysler employees, Smith was laid off.
Fortunately for Smith, he was able to get into a state-funded training program run by St. Louis Community College that "allowed my auto work experience to translate into aerospace work."
After being accepted into the jobs training program, Smith attended 10 weeks of training at the St. Louis Career Center.
"It is precisely these types of government-funded training programs that can help the dislocated, the under-employed and the unemployed get back to work," Smith said. "It is precisely these types of programs that can provide the jobs that can get our economy back on track, not corporate bailouts."
Communist Party support
In 2010 he served in the following capacities: secretary-treasurer, Greater St. Louis CWA City Council; secretary, St. Louis area Jobs with Justice Leadership Team; St. Louis area Pro-Vote board member; and the St. Louis Newspaper Guild.
Leftist state rep
"In other words," freshman state Rep. Clem Smith, D-71, told the Communist Party USA's People's World, Jan. 7, 2011, "Republicans want to give tax breaks to the rich. They want to let corporations have free rein. They want to weaken unions. And they want to destroy our social safety net."
"How is that a 'change' in culture," he asked?
Smith, a former union autoworker and current union machinist, won a hard-fought primary election last August in St. Louis' North County, a predominantly African American working class community.
"As a union member," Smith continued, "I know tax breaks for the rich and corporations will not create good paying union jobs with benefits, health care and a pension. Tax breaks will, however, make the rich richer."
Honoring Lew Moye
After 35 years at the helm, longtime labor leader and social justice activist Lew Moye stepped down as president of the St. Louis Chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, effective Nov. 1 2014.
CWA Local 6355’s Mark Esters, vice president of the St. Louis Chapter, will assume the leadership role.
Moye and St. Marks Family Church, which has served as a safe haven and central meeting place during the unrest in Ferguson, were honored Oct. 18 at CBTU’s 28th Annual Ernst and De Verne Calloway Awards banquet.
Moye is known in the St. Louis region and nationally for his progressive activism in the labor movement and the African American community.
“It is an honor to follow behind a legend like Lew,” Esters said. “Those are big shoes to try to fit into. It’s a big lift.”
Attendees at the event included CBTU International President Terry Melvin, CBTU founder and President Emeritus Bill Lucy, Missouri State Representatives Clem Smith, and Karla May, and CBTU Chapter Vice President Mark Esters. 
St. Louis Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
- Mark Esters-President (CWA 6355)
- Lew Moye -President Emeritus (UAW 110)
- Fay Davis -Secretary (UAW 691)
- Harriett Weaver - Asst. Secetary (UFCW 655)
- Mike Ringo -Treasurer (IAM Dist 9 Lodge 1345)
- Yvette Goods -Trustee (IBEW 1)
- Karla May -Trustee (CWA 6300) Mo State Rep. (84th Dist)
- Clem Smith -Trustee (IAM 837A) Mo State Rep. (85th Dist)
- James Ozier -Sgt at Arms (Carpenters 92)
2015 Hershel Walker Peace and Justice Awards
On Saturday, May 2, 2015, the Missouri/Kansas Friends of the People's World hosted the 23rd Annual Hershel Walker 'Peace and Justice' Awards breakfast to recognize outstanding leaders and activists, and their work towards creating a more just and equitable society.
A diverse crowd of 120 union, community, peace and faith leaders joined together at 9:30 a.m., at the Communication Workers of America, Local 6300, union hall for a morning filled with conversations and solidarity.
"This is an awards ceremony for activists," said Nicholas James, a Service Employees International Union collective bargaining rep. "This is amazing. Usually, only famous people get awards. That we take the time to recognize the everyday, ordinary people struggling to change our world is what makes this Awards Breakfast so special."
Receiving the 2015 Hershel Walker 'Peace and Justice' Awards were:
- Michael McPhearson, co-chair of the Ferguson Don't Shoot Coalition, and Executive Director of Veterans for Peace
- Mark Esters, president, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists St. Louis Chapter, and CWA 6355-Missouri State Workers Union lead organizer.
- Rep. Tommie Pierson (D-69), pastor at Greater Saint Marks Church (in Ferguson), and retired United Auto Workers Union member.
- James Raines (posthumously), CWA 6355-Missouri State Workers Union organizer, and Peoples' World staff reporter.
In a beautiful moment of remembrance, Mark Esters, recounted the amazing life and work of James Raines. A tireless advocate for the working class and a gifted people's reporter, James touched the lives of thousands through his impressive career fighting for a better world. Esters presented his family with the 'Peace and Justice' award as well as a Missouri House Resolution submitted by State Rep. Clem Smith honouring Raines' life, work, and dedication to public service. James is survived by his wife, Wendy, daughter, Emmaline; and parents, Jim and Sue..
St. Louis Workers’ Education Society
The St. Louis Workers’ Education Society (StLWES) opened its doors at 2929 S. Jefferson March 27. 2015, and welcomed organizers, rabble-rousers, activists and community organizations to its first annual open house fundraiser.
The next day, StLWES members and supporters gathered for a day of workshops and training, beginning with a rousing two-hour political discussion on how best to combat systemic racism and sexism, and the related topic of building union diversity – one of StLWES’s goals – by reaching out to African Americans, Latinos and women.
Missouri State Rep. Clem Smith (D-Velda Village Hills), a member of Machinists District 9, outlined the challenges working families face in Jefferson City, where the legislature is currently dominated by far right-wing pro-business, anti-worker politicians. Since 2010, Smith and a handful of working family legislators on both sides of the aisle have had to fight to stave off passage of so-called “right-to-work” and other anti-union legislation.
Year after year Right Wing Republican lawmakers do everything possible to try and strip the working people of their rights,” Smith said. “They want to make it harder to vote, to gain access to affordable healthcare, to join a union and earn a living wage. All they care about is profits. They serve corporate masters, not the people.”
In 2017, Clem Smith, State rep. 85th Ward was an "Institutional Supporter" of the St. Louis Workers’ Education Society.
2017 Hershel Walker Peace and Justice Awards
A diverse crowd of 170 gathered at the Painter’s Union District Council 58 hall to honor five labor and community leaders receiving the Hershel Walker ‘Peace and Justice’ Awards Breakfast May 13, 2017.
The annual awards breakfast was commissioned to commemorate the extraordinary life of St. Louis trade unionist and civil rights leader Hershel Walker, who dedicated over 60 years to the labor, peace, and justice movements.
Members of the Service Employees International Union, Healthcare MO/KS; Coalition of Black Trade Unionists-St. Louis Chapter; IUOE local 148; Laborers’ Local 110; Labor Tribune; SMART Local 36; Painters’ District Council 58; Jobs with Justice; Missourians against the Death Penalty; and Show me $15 attended the breakfast along with: State Representative’s : Peter Merideth (D-80th District), Clem Smith (D-85th District), Cora Faith Walker (D-74th District); 9th Ward Alderman Dan Guenther; 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green; 20th Ward Committeewoman Wendy Campbell; 8th Ward Committeewoman Annie Rice; 14th Ward Committeewoman Madeline Buthod; and many others. .
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- Project Vote smart bio, accessed Jan 10, 2011
- Project Vote smart bio, accessed Jan 10, 2011
- Berniecrats, accessed August 24
- Signers of Campaign to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Now
- [ http://www.stlouisguild.org/headlines/?p=880St. Louis Newspaper Guild, Guild I.P. Bernie Lunzer to speak Saturday morning at CWA Local 6300, May 5th, 2010]
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- Show-Me Solutions” are no solution, Missouri lawmaker says, Tony Pecinovsky, People's World, Jan. 7, 2011
- Louis Labour Tribune, Indomitable labor and social justice leader Lew Moye retiring as president of CBTU St. Louis Chapter OCTOBER 28, 2014
- CBTU St Louis Chapter
- PW. People's World hosts “ceremony for activists” in Missouri. by: Riley Winters May 4 2015
- Tribune, Workers’ Education Society hosts open house for organizers, activists April 20, 2015 by admin in Labor News From Our Region by Riley Winters
- Missouri-Kansas People’s World hosts 25th Annual Hershel Walker ‘Peace and Justice’ Awards May 17, 2017 12:19 PM CDT BY AL NEAL