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.
Lieberman opened the forum with a brief introduction on the connection between media and democracy. “Media is supposed to check the power of the government,” she said. “But what does it mean when the government and the media are controlled by multinational corporations? It means that our democracy is weakened, that ordinary, working-class people aren’t getting the whole story.”
Calloway Awards Banquet 2015
St. Louis City License Collector Mavis Thompson and Claude Cummings, International Vice President of Communication Workers of America District 6 (CWA) were honored at the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) annual Ernest and DeVerne Calloway awards dinner Oct. 24 2015 at the Marriott Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis.
Thompson was recognized for her work on voter protection and human and civil rights advocacy as an attorney with the Mound City Bar Association, and for continuing to support her constituents’ right to vote and supporting of working families.
Cummings work as CWA Vice President of District 6 included supporting Missouri workers efforts to defeat Missouri HB116 (right-to-work). Cummings also supports raising the minimum wage and protecting workers right to bargain with their employer. Cummings is a member of CBTU International Executive Council and currently resides in Houston, TX.
Keynote speaker U.S. Congressman William Lacy Clay, Jr. urged voters and union members not to allow a dysfunctional Republican led congress to turn the nation backwards with bad deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Other speakers included: former Mayor Freeman Bosley, Jr.; Senior Attorney for the Advancement Project Denise Lieberman; Pastor, State Representative and candidate for Missouri lt. governor Tommie Pierson; CBTU International Executive Council Treasurer Gwend Johnson; Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis; CWA Local 6355 President Bradley Harmon; and Coordinator of Champions for Missouri Job with Justice Martin Rafanan.
“We are about building coalitions within labor and community groups to continue to fight for livable wages and protecting workers right to bargain collectively with their employer,” said CBTU STL President Mark Esters. “We will be a voice for the voiceless.”
Alison Dreith March 13, 2015:
With John Chasnoff, Jasmin Maurer, Kirstin Palovick, Sandra Tolbert-Abron, Lauren May, Mike Kinman, Michael McPhearson, Deborah Jacobs, Mustafa Abdullah, Denise Lieberman and Jennifer Knopf Bernstein at Missouri State Capitol.
- PWW, St. Louis forum criticizes corporate grip on media Tony Pecinovsky, December 9 2006
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