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World Peace Prize for second-top Miner

                                    From the Molly Maguires, miners’ martyrs, to the United Mine Workers of America

                                                       

 

                                      
CAPITOL HILL. Friday, November 29, 2019— One hundred and forty-two years after the corrupt and unjustified federal execution of 20 Irish miners in North East Pennsylvania, the World Peace Prize of “Roving Ambassador for Peace” was presented to a rising star in the United Mine Workers of  America (UMWA).

The presentation ceremony took place on November 26—very appropriately—in the national headquarters of the AFL-CIO, whose president, Richard L. Trumpka, was himself president of the UMWA (1982-1995).

Miners from all across the U.S. rallied to the cause, creating a veritable love fest, or, solidarity fest.
The World Peace Prize laureate is the remarkable young leader Levi Allen, International Secretary-Treasurer.
Mr.  Allen comes from a long tradition of UMWA coal miners. Born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, on July 6, 1981, Levi was raised in Moundsville, West Virginia.

Levi was recognized as a rising talent in the UMWA and was hired by President Roberts onto the International Staff in 2015. He became the Executive Assistant to the International Secretary-Treasurer in January 2017 and assumed the duties of the International Secretary-Treasurer on July 1, 2017.

The Prize was presented by Fr. Sean McManus, president of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus and Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize. The presentation ceremony was chaired by Barbara Flaherty, Executive Vice President, Irish National Caucus, and a Judge on the World Peace Prize Awarding Council.

The Interfaith and international Awarding Council is comprised of representatives of the world’s nine major religions: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Orthodox, and Zoroastrianism.

In his explanation of the World Peace Prize, Fr. McManus briefly referred to the Miners’ martyrs known as the Molly Maguires (1877-1879). He said: “According to historian Harold Aurand, it was ‘one of the most astounding surrenders of sovereignty in American history. A private corporation initiated the investigation through a private detective agency; a private police force arrested the alleged offenders; the coal company attorneys prosecuted them. The state only provided the courtroom and hangman.’ And some of the jury could not speak or understand English.”

Fr. McManus explained that social justice is the heart and center of the World Peace Prize:” That working for peace means, in fact, working for social justice. Without justice, there is no love. No Faith. No equality. No fairness. No decency. Without justice, there is no love of God, and, certainly, no love of neighbor… And that according to the Hebrew Bible and New Testament, and all the major world religions you cannot be a person of faith without doing justice. Furthermore, good people of no faith agree that without justice there can be no mutual respect or human decency. And Saint Pope John Paul reminds us that peace is the fruit of solidarity.”

Levi Allen was introduced by his boss, President Cecil E. Roberts. The legendary leader gave an inspiring, soulful and fulsome introduction of his young protégé.

Mr. Allen, in turn, brilliantly rose to the occasion. He expressed humility and honor in accepting the World Peace Prize; declared President Roberts as the very best Labor leader in the United States; urged Miners to believe they could win the struggle; and beautifully paid homage to his parents, wife, and five young children who were in attendance… And he wrapped it all up with a stirring rendition of “Country Road, Take Me Home,” while strumming his guitar.

Fr. Mc Manus concluded: “This was a most inspiring and touching event. I was most impressed by the Miners solidarity and honored to be in the presence of President Roberts and International Secretary-Treasurer Levi Allen.” END.

TOP MISSOURI LABOR LEADER RECEIVES WORLD PEACE PRIZE

“Mike Louis, a dedicated and fervent Union man  eminently  deserves this Peace Prize”

 

Barbara Flaherty, Honoree Mike Louis, Fr. Sean McManus
 
CAPITOL HILL. Tuesday, October 8, 2019—The World Peace Prize came to St. Louis, Missouri  for the first time.
Top Labor leader, Mike Louis, president of the Missouri State AFL-CIO, had conferred upon him the World Peace Prize of
“Roving Ambassador for Peace”.
The ceremony took place in Maggie O’Brien’s Irish restaurant in St. Louis before an large turn out of dedicated Union
people and their friends and families.
The presentation was made by Fr. Sean McManus—Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council  and President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus— and the ceremony was chaired by Barbara Flaherty, a Judge of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council, and Executive Vice President of the Irish National Caucus.

The World Peace Prize Awarding Council consists of 14-member Board of International and Interfaith judges. The  Board is comprised of representatives of the world’s nine major religions: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Russian Orthodox, and Zoroastrianism.
The late, great Dr. Han Min Su—Master Planner and Founder— founded the World Peace Prize in 1989, in Seoul, South Korea, where the organization is headquartered.
Fr. McManus said: “Working for peace, locally or globally, means, in effect  working for social justice. Therefore, members of the Labor Movement are ideally qualified to be recipients of our World Peace Prize.Mike Louis, a dedicated and fervent Union man  eminently  deserves this Peace Prize. As Pope John Paul II has said, ‘peace is the fruit of solidarity.’ And the American Labor Movement is dedicated to solidarity, which Pope John Paul II raised to the status of a virtue in his Encyclical: Sollicitudo rei socialis (“Solicitude for social concerns”) 1988.”
President Louis, in his acceptance, remarks gave a very measured, fervent and analytical  assessment of today’s situation as seen through the eyes of an authentic Labor leader, further proving why he is a most worthy recipient of the title of Roving Ambassador for Peace.
His remarks will be published soon on WorldPeacePrizeWashington.org

NATIONAL SECRETARY-TREASURER OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES RECEIVES WORLD PEACE PRIZE

Barbara Flaherty, Dr. Everett Kelley, Fr. Sean McManus

The National Secretary-Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the latest World Peace Prize laureate. AFGE is the largest federal employee Union proudly representing 700,000 federal and D.C. government workers nationwide and overseas.

Dr. Everett Kelley, a native of Alabama and a Baptist Minister, was honored with the Prize on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in a ceremony appropriately held in the George Meany Room of the hallowed AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, DC.

The late World Leader and Master Planner, Rev. Dr. Han Min Su, founded the World Peace Prize in Seoul, South Korea, in 1989.

The World Peace Prize Awarding Council consists of 14-member Board of International and Interfaith judges. The  Board is comprised of representatives of the world’s nine major religions: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Russian Orthodox, and Zoroastrianism.

The presentation was made by Fr. Sean McManus—Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize and President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus—and the ceremony was chaired by Barbara Flaherty, a Judge of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council, and Executive Vice President of the Irish National Caucus.

Fr. Mc Manus explained: “Working for peace, locally or globally, means, in effect and of necessity, working for social justice. Therefore, members of the Labor Movement are ideally qualified to be recipients of our World Peace Prize.Dr. Kelley eminently deserves this Prize. As Pope John Paul II has said, ‘peace is the fruit of solidarity.’ And the American Labor Movement is dedicated to solidarity, which Pope John Paul II raised to the status of a virtue in his Encyclical: Sollicitudo rei socialis (“Solicitude for social concerns”) 1988.”

Dr. Kelley spoke beautifully and humbly about being honored and thrilled to receive the World Peace Prize, the meaning and purpose  of which is fully aligned with his own religious view and Labor convictions

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Fr. Mc Manus said:“Dr. Kelly is a most impressive man and is deeply respected in the AFGE. The  National President of the AFGE, J. David Cox, Sr.,  attended the Presentation Ceremony and spoke very movingly about his admiration for Dr. Kelley.”

Fr. Mc Manus concluded:”It was a beautiful event, full of a great sense of social justice and peace, and replete with dignity and solidarity. ENDS

 

World Peace Prize for Top IATSE Leader

  Michael Barnes, First Vice President

Barbara Flaherty, Honoree Michael Barnes, Fr. Sean McManus

CAPITOL HILL. Thursday, June 20, 2019— A top Philadelphia-based Labor leader has been awarded the World Peace Prize.

Michael Barnes, First International Vice President, IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) and a Vice President of the New Jersey AFL-CIO.was presented  with the World Peace Prize  of “Roving Ambassador for Peace” on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at a ceremony in IATSE’s  Philadelphia headquarters.

The late World Leader and Master Planner, Rev. Dr. Han Min Su, founded the World Peace Prize in Seoul, South Korea, in 1989.

The presentation was made by Fr. Sean McManus—Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize and President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus— and the ceremony was chaired by Barbara Flaherty, a Judge of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council, and Executive Vice President of the Irish National Caucus.

The World Peace Prize Awarding Council consists of 14-member Board of International and Interfaith judges. The  Board is comprised of representatives of the world’s nine major religions: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Russian Orthodox, and Zoroastrianism.

Fr. Mc Manus explained: “Working for peace, locally or globally, means, in effect and of necessity, working for social justice. Therefore, members of the Labor Movement are ideally qualified to be recipients of our World Peace Prize. Michael Barnes eminently deserves this Prize. As Pope John Paul II has said, ‘peace is the fruit of solidarity.’ And the American Labor Movement is dedicated to solidarity, which Pope John Paul II raised to the status of a virtue in his Encyclical: Sollicitudo rei socialis (“Solicitude for social concerns”) 1988.”

Mr. Barnes expressed delight and honor as he humbly received the World Peace Prize. He outlined his long family involvement in the Labor Movement and in IATSE, stressing his proud Irish heritage and strong Irish Catholic tradition.

WORLD PEACE PRIZE GOES TO TEXAS WOMAN LABOR LEADER

 

Barbara Flaherty, Montserrat Garibay, Fr. Sean McManus

CAPITOL HILL. Austin, Texas.— A top Texan woman  Labor leader has been awarded the World Peace Prize.

Montserrat Garibay, Secretary-Treasurer, Texas AFL-CIO, was presented  with the World Peace Prize  of “Roving Ambassador for Peace.”

The presentation ceremony took place on Monday afternoon, February 18, 2019, at the Texas AFL-CIO headquarters in Austin.

World Leader and Master Planner, Rev. Dr. Han Min Su, founded the World Peace Prize in Seoul, South Korea, in 1989. Dr. Han is a Presbyterian Minister.

The presentation was made by Fr. Sean McManus—Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize and President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus— and the ceremony was chaired by Barbara Flaherty, a Judge of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council, and Executive Vice President of the Irish National Caucus.

The World Peace Prize Awarding Council consists of a 14-member Board of International and Interfaith judges. The  Board is comprised of representatives of the world’s nine major religions: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Russian Orthodox, and Zoroastrianism.

Fr. Mc Manus explained: “Working for peace, locally or globally, means, in effect and of necessity, working for social justice. Therefore, members of the Labor Movement are ideally qualified to be recipients of our World Peace Prize. Montserrat Garibay— originally from Mexico City, and once an undocumented immigrant, but now an American citizen—personifies the true Labor spirit and the true immigrant spirit. She has a driving desire to create justice and solidarity for all. She is an ideal recipient for the World Peace Prize of ‘Roving Ambassador for Peace’—for as Pope John Paul II powerfully reminds us, peace is the fruit of solidarity.”

Secretary-Treasurer Garibay in her acceptance speech expressed heartfelt appreciation for the honor of the Prize; she movingly recounted her early experience in the United States and how so many people helped her and her family to overcome difficulties. She sees her mission as Labor leader as a perfect way of “giving back”— of promoting solidarity and justice for all, with a helping hand to immigrants and all who are seeking dignity and fairness.

 [Full speech will be available next week on our website — WorldPeacePrizeWashington.org]

WORLD PEACE PRIZE GOES TO TEXAS WOMAN LABOR LEADER

 

 

Barbara Flaherty, Montserrat Garibay, Fr. Sean McManus

CAPITOL HILL. Austin, Texas. — A top Texan woman  Labor leader has been awarded the World Peace Prize.

Montserrat Garibay, Secretary-Treasurer, Texas AFL-CIO, was presented with the World Peace Prize of “Roving Ambassador for Peace.”

The presentation ceremony took place on Monday afternoon, February 18, 2019, at the Texas AFL-CIO headquarters in Austin.

World Leader and Master Planner, Rev. Dr. Han Min Su, founded the World Peace Prize in Seoul, South Korea, in 1989. Dr. Han is a Presbyterian Minister.

The presentation was made by Fr. Sean McManus—Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize and President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus— and the ceremony was chaired by Barbara Flaherty, a Judge of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council, and Executive Vice President of the Irish National Caucus.

The World Peace Prize Awarding Council consists of a 14-member Board of International and Interfaith judges. The Board is comprised of representatives of the world’s nine major religions: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Russian Orthodox, and Zoroastrianism.

Fr. Mc Manus explained: “Working for peace, locally or globally, means, in effect and of necessity, working for social justice. Therefore, members of the Labor Movement are ideally qualified to be recipients of our World Peace Prize. Montserrat Garibay— originally from Mexico City, and once an undocumented immigrant, but now an American citizen—personifies the true Labor spirit and the true immigrant spirit. She has a driving desire to create justice and solidarity for all. She is an ideal recipient for the World Peace Prize of ‘Roving Ambassador for Peace’—for as Pope John Paul II powerfully reminds us, peace is the fruit of solidarity.”

Secretary-Treasurer Garibay in her acceptance speech expressed heartfelt appreciation for the honor of the Prize; she movingly recounted her early experience in the United States and how so many people helped her and her family to overcome difficulties. She sees her mission as Labor leader as a perfect way of “giving back”— of promoting solidarity and justice for all, with a helping hand to immigrants and all who are seeking dignity and fairness. [Her full speech will be available next week on our website — WorldPeacePrizeWashington.org]

 

HONORING TWO GREAT WOMEN LABOR LEADERS

 

Fr. Sean McManus, Elizabeth Powell, Esther Lopez, and Barbara Flaherty

Liz Shuler, Elizabeth Powell, Esther Lopez, Barbara Flaherty, and Fr. Sean McManus

 

CAPITOL HILL. Tuesday, February 5, 2019— Two top women labor leaders were honored today with the World Peace Prize for Labor Leadership.

The ceremony took place, appropriately, at the AFL-CIO Headquarters, Washington, DC, thanks to the graciousness of President Richard L. Trumka.
The two Honorees were Elizabeth Powell, Secretary-Treasurer, American Postal Worker Union (APWU) and Esther Lopez, Secretary-Treasurer, United Food Commercial Workers (UFCW).
World Leader and Master Planner, Rev. Dr. Han Min Su, founded the World Peace Prize in Seoul, South Korea, in 1989. Dr. Han is a Presbyterian Minister.

The presentation was made by Fr. Sean McManus—Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize and President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus— and the ceremony was chaired by Barbara Flaherty, a Judge of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council, and Executive Vice President of the Irish National Caucus.
 
Fr. McManus stated: “When Barbara Flaherty and I joined the World Peace Prize Awarding Council in 2013, we set out to achieve two objectives and to have the International-InterFaith Awarding Council endorse these objectives. The First Objective was this: to assert the fundamental truth and basic principle, that peace is the fruit of justice—that working for peace means, in fact, working for social justice. Without justice, there is no love. No Faith. No equality. No fairness. No decency. Without justice, there is no love of God, and, certainly, no love of neighbor. And our Second Objective was this: to firmly place the American Labor Movement in the category of those who work for peace because the Labor Movement works for justice for working men and women—all the time, every day, year after year.
Fr. Mc Manus also explained: “People of faith believe we are on this earth to worship God, to do His will and to build up God’s Kingdom on earth in justice, solidarity and respect for every son and daughter of God. Not only that, but people of no faith and no religion can agree with the centrality of social justice. All people of good-will, all fair-minded people, recognize that without justice, civilized society cannot stand; fair treatment cannot stand; fair employment cannot stand, and a just and living wage cannot stand.

 So  people of faith can be certain that working for justice is doing God’s work on earth. And people of no faith can be certain that working for justice is doing the decent and loving thing. And all of us can be certain that anything that does injustice —anything that discriminates, marginalizes, demeans, devalues and disrespects human beings— cannot be God’s work, or cannot be the decent and loving thing to do.”

The Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, Liz Shuler, was one of the speakers. She gave a stirring account of the labor record and achievements of the two Honorees.

The World Peace Prize Awarding Council consists of 14-member Board of International and Interfaith judges. The  Board is comprised of representatives of the world’s nine major religions: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Russian Orthodox, and Zoroastrianism.

 

 

Tolman lauded with peace prize

OLDEST IRISH AMERICAN NEWSPAPER IN USA, ESTABLISHED IN 1928
 

 January 17, 2019

Steven Tolman, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO (pictured center) has been presented with the World Peace Prize of “Roving Ambassador for Peace.”

                The presentation ceremony took place on Tuesday afternoon, January 15, in Florian Hall, Dorchester, Boston.

                World Leader and Master Planner, Rev. Dr. Han Min Su, founded the World Peace Prize in Seoul, South Korea, in 1989. Dr. Han is a Presbyterian Minister.

                The presentation to Tolman was made by Fr. Sean McManus, chief judge of the World Peace Prize and president of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus. The ceremony was chaired by Barbara Flaherty, a judge on the World Peace Prize Awarding Council, and executive vice president of the Irish National Caucus.

Top Massachusetts Labor Leader Receives World Peace Prize

“Steven Tolman, president, AFL-CIO— a charismatic, energetic, and passionate Labor leader— eminently deserves this Prize.”


Fr. Sean McManus, President Steven Tolman, and Barbara Flaherty

CAPITOL HILL. Wednesday, January 16, 2019— A top Massachusetts Labor leader has been awarded the World Peace Prize.

Steven Tolman, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, was presented with the World Peace Prize of “Roving Ambassador for Peace.”

The presentation ceremony took place on Tuesday afternoon, January 15, 2019, in Florian Hall, Dorchester, Boston.
World Leader and Master Planner, Rev. Dr. Han Min Su, founded the World Peace Prize in Seoul, South Korea, in 1989. Dr. Han is a Presbyterian Minister.

The presentation was made by Fr. Sean McManus—Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize and President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus— and the ceremony was chaired by Barbara Flaherty, a Judge of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council, and Executive Vice President of the Irish National Caucus.

The World Peace Prize Awarding Council consists of 14-member Board of International and Interfaith judges. The Board is comprised of representatives of the world’s nine major religions: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Russian Orthodox, and Zoroastrianism.

Fr. Mc Manus explained: “Working for peace, locally or globally, means, in effect and of necessity, working for social justice. Therefore, members of the Labor Movement are ideally qualified to be recipients of our World Peace Prize. Steven Tolman, President, AFL-CIO— a charismatic, energetic, and passionate Labor leader— eminently deserves this Prize. As Pope John Paul 1I has said, ‘peace is the fruit of solidarity.’ And the American Labor Movement knows a thing or two about solidarity.”

President Tolman in his acceptance speech said: “I am humbled by this award because I truly believe that every union leader and activist is worthy of the same recognition. We’re all working day in and day out for justice…
On behalf of our members,
On behalf of fairness in the workplace,
On behalf of all working people who deserve a voice and their fair share.
As Martin Luther King said: ‘As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using only the weapon of love.’Thank you for the honor of receiving this award.” [Full speech will be available next week on our website — WorldPeacePrizeWashington.org]

 WORLD PEACE PRIZE FOR OHIO LABOR LEADER

 WORLD PEACE PRIZE FOR OHIO LABOR LEADE

Fr. Sean McManus, Secretary-Treasurer Petee Talley, Barbara Flaherty

 

CAPITOL HILL. Tuesday, January 8, 2019— The first woman to serve in a top Ohio  AFL-CIO  position has been honored by the World Peace Prize organization.
Pierrette “Petee” Talley of Columbus is the first woman to hold one of the top two offices in the 56-year history of the Ohio AFL-CIO—Secretary-Treasurer. 
 
Ms. Talley, a member of AFSCME Local 3616, was first elected in 2002.
On Monday, January 7, 2019, in the United Food Commercial Workers union hall, Columbus, the World Peace Prize of “ Roving Ambassador for Peace” was conferred upon Ms. Talley.

The Prize was presented by Fr. Sean McManus, president of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus and Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize. The presentation ceremony was chaired by Barbara Flaherty, Executive Vice President, Irish National Caucus, and a Judge on the World Peace Prize Awarding Council. Fr. Mc Manus described Secretary-Treasurer Talley as “ a Rosa Parks of the Ohio labor movement.”

Ms. Talley said: “This is truly a tremendous honor and I am deeply humbled to accept it on behalf of workers in Ohio and across the nation. World peace is a mission that we all must aspire to in our quest for justice for those who labor in the building of our nation’s goods and services, and we do so unselfishly and with pride, in the spirit of peace.”