Marshall Elijah Hatch

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Marshall Elijah Hatch

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.[1]