May 28, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard
According to a June 2011 piece about him published by the far-left Alternet, Hayes has no problem saying his parents are “heroic figures”:
Hayes hails from the Bronx, where his Italian-American mother grew up, the daughter of a delicatessen owner. His father found his way to New York from Chicago via the Jesuits, while studying for the priesthood. While in seminary, his Irish-American father, Roger Hayes, did his first community organizing “for people who had trained with Alinsky,” Hayes says with a chuckle. When he was finishing up his degree at Fordham University, Roger Hayes moved into the apartment building where his mother, Geri, lived with her parents, beginning a courtship that prompted the young seminarian to leave the priesthood.
Today his parents both work for the City of New York: Geri, a former schoolteacher, works for the NYC Department of Education, and Roger, after many years of community organizing, does health advocacy work in East Harlem for the NYC Department of Health. His younger brother is the Nevada state director for Organizing For America, the grassroots group built from the lists of the 2008 Obama campaign.
“My parents are totally amazing, heroic figures,” Hayes says.
So Hayes is “uncomfortable” calling fellow Americans that have died serving their country heroes, but his parents qualify for such an honor.