There’s an organization in St. Louis that’s doing incredible work and making a difference by helping break the cycle of hate in our world. They’re called HateBrakers and they’ve begun their search to find nominees for their 5th Annual Hero Awards in 2017! Do you know someone that you feel should be nominated for this award? Learn more about […]

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Loved talking with John Pertzborn at Fox2Now about the HateBraker Hero Awards, my non-profit Nobody Has The Power To Ruin Your Day, and singing Butterfly! WATCH Fox2Now’s video clip of my interview and performance.   Love0 Share Tweet Share Pin

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The Fourth Annual HateBraker Hero Awards was an incredible evening for everyone who attended and the award recipients are outstanding individuals and role models for us all. Congratulations to the 2016 hatebrakers! And a huge thank you to Susan Balk, Arlen Chaleff and the entire HateBrakers organization for their work and acknowledging and honoring individuals who are […]

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Country Newcomer Lizzie Sider Named “HateBraker Hero” (CMA Close Up)


CMA / May 14, 2014



Emerging Country artist Lizzie Sider will be honored as a HateBraker Hero at the second annual HateBraker Heroes Awards on Monday, May 19, at the Hilton Frontenac in St. Louis, Missouri. As the evening’s featured entertainer, Sider will perform “Butterfly,” which she co-wrote about her own experiences of being teased, ridiculed and excluded by other children and how she overcame the pain.

The 15-year-old performer is being honored for her work in helping others to transcend the horrors of being bullied, and for her own moral courage to have become a leader and a role model, in the quest to raise awareness of, and to help stop bullying. In her efforts to promote bullying prevention, Sider has toured schools in California and Florida to present assemblies in which she shares her own personal stories of teasing with students. It is during these assemblies that Lizzie imparts her message that above all else, “Nobody has the power to ruin your day!” Starting April 9, the tour continued into Texas schools. By the end of the 2013-2014 school year, she will have met with nearly 100,000 students.

“Lizzie mustered the courage to rise above bullying and tell her story to the world,” said Susan Balk, Founding Director, HateBrakers. “Whenever a roomful of children hear her sing ‘Butterfly,’ about how she stopped hiding and learned to fly, they understand that they can do it too. She’s a powerhouse of healing, and she’s not even old enough to drive!”

HateBrakers, a division of the non-profit New Conscience, Inc., promotes the leadership and heroism of individuals who aid in “Hitting the Brakes on Hate” to help others recover from violence, bullying, racism, revenge, scapegoating and other aggressive acts. In 2013, Peter Yarrow of the legendary music trio Peter, Paul and Mary was honored as a HateBraker Hero. To learn more about HateBrakers, visit http://www.hatebrakers.org/.

Sider, who splits her time between Boca Raton, Florida and Nashville, Tennessee, will perform at CMA Music Festival on Friday, June 7, at 1 PM on the Chevy Roadhouse Stage.



Lizzie to Receive the Peter Yarrow Award at the Second Annual HateBrakers Heroes Awards

I am honored to tell you that I will receive the Peter Yarrow Award at the

Second Annual HateBrakers Heroes Awards

 — Monday, May 19, 2014, Hilton St. Louis Frontenac, St. Louis, MO —

The First Annual St Louis HateBraker Hero Awards was an electrifying experience, and we promise even more on Monday, May 19, 2014, when we’ll spotlight and honor more heroic role models of moral courage, post-traumatic growth, and leadership.

We can’t reveal everything yet, but we can announce that this year’s master of ceremonies will be SUZANNE YATIM ASLAM, last year’s HateBraker Hero and international child advocate.
Among this year’s Heroes:

When LENORE PEPPER, St Louis icon of wisdom, generosity and business success, was six years old a family in the neighborhood brutally beat her, and called her anti-semitic names. How did she manage to survive such hate? “I decided to kill it with kindness,” she explains. “Anything I can do to help make things better, I want to do. Anything.”

The Peter Yarrow Award will be presented to fifteen-year-old LIZZIE SIDER who was named “Who to Watch” in 2013 by the Country Music Association. Lizzie always loved to sing, but mean girls used to ask her to sing for them and then laugh and run away.

One day Lizzie stopped crying and found her power in words and music. She often performs at three schools a day, traveling all over the country, comforting kids of all ages who have been teased and bullied. Her signature song, “Butterfly,” about her transformation from victim to leader made the Top 40 on Nashville’s Music Row Chart.

When MORGAN KEENAN was fifteen, he was kicked out of his house by his parents the same day they learned he was gay. Homeless all through high school, he managed to keep his grades up and played on the high school football team. His strength and leadership continued to flourish in college and graduate school. Today Morgan works with GSA, helping LGBTQA teenagers combat bullying and oppression in their schools and communities.

WILLIE DYSON was left at a hospital when he was six weeks old. When found, he was not expected to live. A white couple foster-parented him and later adopted him, loving him and healing him completely. His professional music video, “No Color,” captures the raw and real story of his own struggle and his effort to build social support for inter-racial adoption.


Would you like to attend this event?

MORE INFO ABOUT HATEBRAKERS, OR TO PURCHASE TICKETS TO THIS EVENT: http://www.hatebrakers.org/meet/2014awardeventinfo