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MS. SHELLYE DAVIS’ STATEMENT

Executive Vice President Davis said: “I am profoundly honored, humbled, and blessed to accept this World Peace Prize award of ‘Roving Ambassador for Peace. ‘It is great to receive an award of this magnitude on behalf of all those who have stood with me on this journey.  Words cannot begin to translate what this means to me personally. But I try to be a beacon of light and hope for those who fight for equality and justice day after day. We all deserve to be treated fairly and have a seat at the table. I have made every attempt possible to be a voice for others who have been silenced. 
 
I believe social justice is a key component to achieve peace. I have seen firsthand that solidarity is ‘a must’ to stimulate justice.  No matter what part we play, just as every knit in a sweater is equally important, we can only make an impact together. As I child, I was fortunate to have loving parents, Vernal Davis and Alice Davis, who were advocates for education and being of service to others.  They instilled in me the mantra: ‘We do what we can when we can.’  When others have done all they can, we pick up the mantle and carry it because as it stated in 1 Corinthians 13:13, NKJV:’- And now abide faith, hope and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.’ 
 
I have faith that we can do it. I work with the hope that together we can change any injustice.  When I see an opportunity to be of service, I do it in love because I know it will make a difference.  Our future depends on being active and present now. I am deeply grateful to Fr. Sean McManus and Barbara Flaherty— also a Judge on the Awarding Council and Chairperson of the World Peace Prize Presentation Ceremony— for this World Peace Prize award.”

SHELLYE DAVIS STATEMENT WHEN SHE WAS FIRST ANNOUNCED TO BE A WORLD PEACE PRIZE LAUREATE AND ACCEPTANCE ADDRESS

SHELLYE DAVIS STATEMENT WHEN SHE WAS FIRST ANNOUNCED TO BE A WORLD PEACE PRIZE LAUREATE– Friday, April 8, 2022

Executive Vice President Davis said: “I am profoundly honored, humbled, and blessed to accept this World Peace Prize award of ‘Roving Ambassador for Peace. ‘It is great to receive an award of this magnitude on behalf of all those who have stood with me on this journey.  Words cannot begin to translate what this means to me personally. But I try to be a beacon of light and hope for those who fight for equality and justice day after day. We all deserve to be treated fairly and have a seat at the table. I have made every attempt possible to be a voice for others who have been silenced. 
 
I believe social justice is a key component to achieve peace. I have seen firsthand that solidarity is ‘a must’ to stimulate justice.  No matter what part we play, just as every knit in a sweater is equally important, we can only make an impact together. As I child, I was fortunate to have loving parents, Vernal Davis and Alice Davis, who were advocates for education and being of service to others.  They instilled in me the mantra: ‘We do what we can when we can.’  When others have done all they can, we pick up the mantle and carry it because as it stated in 1 Corinthians 13:13, NKJV:’- And now abide faith, hope and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.’ 
 
I have faith that we can do it. I work with the hope that together we can change any injustice.  When I see an opportunity to be of service, I do it in love because I know it will make a difference.  Our future depends on being active and present now. I am deeply grateful to Fr. Sean McManus and Barbara Flaherty— also a Judge on the Awarding Council and Chairperson of the World Peace Prize Presentation Ceremony— for this World Peace Prize award.”

 

ACCEPTANCE ADDRESS

June 29, 2022.

First, I give thanks to God who guides my footsteps.

Thank you, Father McManus and Barbara Flaherty.

Thank you for this distinguished honor.

I thank the Irish National Caucus/Irish Peace Foundation for understanding Labor fights for Peace, Justice, and Economic opportunities for working people.

I want to thank the late and great President Richard Trumka’s vision and passion to help formally launch the World Peace Prize within the Labor Movement on February 3, 2016. He was pleased the World Peace Prize has connected the Labor fight for social justice with the building of peace nationally & globally.  I am humbled & blessed to carry that baton forward.

I am so grateful my mother and father who taught me to always look both ways —to use my voice and to do the right thing even if no one was watching.

I am inspired and encouraged to continue this journey.  Some days are more challenging than others, but something happens when you stand in the trenches and experience the ultimate reward of letting others see that someone cares.  That growth and progress continue with hope.  I know that it is important to let people know that their work matters.

I am grateful that someone believed in me.  That someone knew I was capable to be more.  That I was capable to do more.  For every struggle and setback strength comes from knowing our history.  Knowing that someone fought for us, and it is important to fight for others.  And I will always be an advocate and defender for what is right.

I will continue to fight for justice.

I will continue to fight for equality, diversity and inclusion.

I will continue to fight for fair treatment.

I will continue to find the U and I in U-N-I-T-Y.

Without peace there is no justice.

Thank you for sharing this moment with me.  It means so much when you know your efforts are appreciated.  But I never did this for an award.  I do this because I can.  I do it because GOD allows me to.  I just pray that I can continue to be an impact.  It just goes to show that the blessing is truly in being of service to others.

Thank you all for coming.  I am truly honored, humbled, and blessed.  I accept this award in honor of all the people that came before me so that I would have the opportunity to do the same.

As Fr. Mc Manus says…

“In solidarity—for ‘peace is the fruit of solidarity.’ “

Thank you.

Shellye Davis

Executive Vice President

CT-AFL-CIO

 

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT DAVIS’ WORLD PEACE PRIZE ACCEPTANCE ADDRESS

 

June 29, 2022.

First, I give thanks to God who guides my footsteps.

Thank you, Father McManus and Barbara Flaherty.

Thank you for this distinguished honor.

I thank the Irish National Caucus/Irish Peace Foundation for understanding Labor fights for Peace, Justice, and Economic opportunities for working people.

I want to thank the late and great President Richard Trumka’s vision and passion to help formally launch the World Peace Prize within the Labor Movement on February 3, 2016. He was pleased the World Peace Prize has connected the Labor fight for social justice with the building of peace nationally & globally.  I am humbled & blessed to carry that baton forward.

I am so grateful my mother and father who taught me to always look both ways —to use my voice and to do the right thing even if no one was watching.

I am inspired and encouraged to continue this journey.  Some days are more challenging than others, but something happens when you stand in the trenches and experience the ultimate reward of letting others see that someone cares.  That growth and progress continues with hope.  I know that it is important to let people know that their work matters.

I am grateful that someone believed in me.  That someone knew I was capable to be more.  That I was capable to do more.  For every struggle and setback strength comes from knowing our history.  Knowing that someone fought for us and it is important to fight for others.  And I will always be an advocate and defender for what is right.

I will continue to fight for justice.

I will continue to fight for equality, diversity and inclusion.

I will continue to fight for fair treatment.

I will continue to find the U and I in U-N-I-T-Y.

Without peace there is no justice.

Thank you for sharing this moment with me.  It means so much when you know your efforts are appreciated.  But I never did this for an award.  I do this because I can.  I do it because GOD allows me to.  I just pray that I can continue to be an impact.  It just goes to show that the blessing is truly in being of service to others.

Thank you all for coming.  I am truly honored, humbled, and blessed.  I accept this award in honor of all the people that came before me so that I would have the opportunity to do the same.

As Fr. Mc Manus says…

“In solidarity—for ‘peace is the fruit of solidarity.’ “

Thank you.

Shellye Davis

Executive Vice President

CT-AFL-CIO

NYC CARPENTERS LEADER ANTHONY MADAIO SELECTED LAUREATE OF WORLD PEACE PRIZE

Capitol Hill. June 9, 2022.   Italian American Anthony Madaio, 41-year-old President of Carpenters Local 157 (the largest Carpenters Local in the United States) will receive the Prize at the Presentation Ceremony on a weekday from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM in Local 157’s Headquarters, 395 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014 — date to be announced later. His office will issue the invitations to this free event—not a fundraiser.

The announcement was made by Fr. Sean McManus, President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus, and Irish Peace Foundation— and Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize, which is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. The World Peace Prize was founded in 1989 by the late Presbyterian Minister, Rev. Dr. Han Min Su, and consists of a panel of International and Inter-Faith judges (representing all nine major world religious groups).”

Fr. Mc Manus said: “When we became involved with the World Peace Prize in 2013, we wanted to strongly make the point that working for peace in fact means working for justice all the time, day in day out, year after year. And what group in America better exemplifies this since the 1880s than the American Labor Movement? And the iconic Carpenters Union has been leading the way since 1881. And now the young, impressive President Madaio is leading the largest Carpenters Local in the United States—in solidarity, dedication, and with great ability.

The American Labor Movement/Organized Labor works for justice, equality, and solidarity for working women and men. Therefore, the Labor Movement and its leaders ought to be seen as very suitable potential candidates for the World Peace Prize. And Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Saint Pope John Paul II remind us that peace is the fruit of justice and solidarity. (Please visit WorldPeacePrizeWashington.org for further information).”

Fr. McManus further explained: “We took our vision to the late, great, and beloved Richard L. Trumka, President, AFL-CIO. He loved the idea, and enthusiastically wanted to help us to launch it throughout the Labor Movement—symbolically doing so at his own Washington AFL-CIO Headquarters, by being the first Labor recipient of the World Peace Prize on February 3, 2016.”

President Madaio said: “I am honored and humbled by being a laureate of the World Peace Prize, which I accept on behalf of the entire United Brotherhood of Carpenters. Like the late President Trumka, AFL-CIO, and Teamsters General President Sean O’Brien, I, too, greatly appreciate the World Peace Prize connecting American Organized Labor with peace—locally, nationally, and globally. It is also all the more meaningful to me since Fr. McManus was a good friend of our late General President Pat Campbell (1982-1988). I know Pat is smiling down on a Carpenter receiving the World Peace Prize. Solidarity forever.”

L-R: Patrick J. Campbell, General President, United Brotherhood of Carpenters. Teddy Gleason, President, International Longshoremen Association,1963-1987. (Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York in 1984. The Irish National Caucus honored him in New York City after the Parade). Tom Donahue, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO (1979-1995) and President in 1995.

Fr. Sean McManus, President of the Irish National Caucus.

WORLD PEACE PRIZE LAUREATES

RICHARD L. TRUMKA-ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

JOHN SWEENEY-ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

ELIZABETH POWELL-ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

TEFERE GEBRE-ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

RICHARD TRUMKA-WORLD PEACE PRIZE FOR LABOR LEADERSHIP-SECOND TIER

MICHAEL T. CARRIGAN-ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

GEORGE H. NEE-ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

PATRICK J. EIDING-ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

PIERRETTE “PETEE” TALLEY-ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

STEVEN TOLMAN-ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

ELIZABETH POWELL-WORLD PEACE PRIZE FOR LABOR LEADERSHIP-SECOND TIER

ESTHER LOPEZ-WORLD PEACE PRIZE FOR LABOR LEADERSHIP-SECOND TIER

MONSERRAT GARIBAY -ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

REVERAND TERRANCE L. MELVIN-ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

MICHAEL J. BARNES-ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

DR. EVERETT KELLEY-ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

MICHAEL LOUIS-ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

RON BIEBER LEVI ALLEN-ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

MARK FEDERICCI-ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

DAN DUNCAN-ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

DORIS CROUSE-MAYS-ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

JAMES CALLAHAN-ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

DONNA EDWARDS-ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

SHELLYE DAVIS-ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

FRANK J. CHRISTENSEN-ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

GREG FLOYD-ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE

RICHARD L. TRUMKA- TO BE POSTHUMOUSLY PRESENTED TO TRUMKA FAMILY, WORLD PEACE PRIZE FOR SOLIDARITY-THIRD TIER

 

GREGORY FLOYD NAMED A LAUREATE OF WORLD PEACE PRIZE

For release on Monday, April 4, 2022                                    Contact: Fr. Sean Mc Manus- 202-544-0568

 

 

 

 GREGORY FLOYD NAMED A LAUREATE OF WORLD PEACE PRIZE
First Teamster to Receive Prize of “Roving Ambassador for Peace”
General President O’Brien “applauds” selection

Capitol Hill—Monday, April 4, 2022—A Teamster trailblazer for over 35 years has been selected a Laureate of the World Peace Prize of “Roving Ambassador for Peace.”

New Yorker Gregory Floyd, President of Teamsters Local 237 and Teamsters International Vice President-At Large, as well as a Trustee of New York City’s Employees’ Retirement System, will receive the prize at a date and location to be later announced. Mr. Floyd is a well-respected Black labor leader, long acknowledged as a significant force in the City’s labor movement, especially among public sector workers. Teamsters Local 237

is the largest public sector Local within the IBT.

The announcement was made by Fr. Sean McManus, President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus/ Irish Peace Foundation, and Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize, which is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. The World Peace Prize was founded in 1989 by the late Presbyterian Minister, Rev. Dr. Han Min Su, and consists of a panel of International and Inter-Faith judges (representing all nine major world religious groups).

Fr. Mc Manus said: “When we became involved with the World Peace Prize, we wanted to strongly make the point that working for peace, in fact, means working for justice all the time, day in day out, year after year. And what group in America better exemplifies this since the late 1880s?” The American Labor Movement/Organized Labor works for justice for working women and men. Therefore, the Labor Movement and its leaders ought to be seen as very suitable potential candidates for the World Peace Prize.

Fr. McManus further explained: “We took our vision to the late, great, and beloved Richard L. Trumka, President, AFL-CIO. He loved the idea, and enthusiastically wanted to help us launch it throughout the Labor Movement—symbolically doing so on February 3, 2016, at his own Washington AFL-CIO Headquarters by being the first Labor recipient of the World Peace Prize.”

President Floyd said: “It is a tremendous honor to receive the World Peace Prize. When I review the names of past recipients, I am humbled to be considered a member of such a prestigious group. It is with great pride that on behalf of Teamsters Local 237 and the entire International Brotherhood of Teamsters, I accept this award.”

Teamsters General President Sean O’Brien said: “On behalf of the 1.3 million members of International Brotherhood of Teamsters—as well as our General Executive Board—I want to congratulate Greg for receiving this award. We applaud this organization’s mission of connecting labor’s fight for justice with the fight for justice on many other fronts. Greg has been fighting on behalf of working families his entire life and is deserving of this honor.”

Fr. McManus warmly welcomed General President O’Brien’s praise for the selection of President Floyd as a World Peace Prize laureate. And he concluded: “I greatly appreciate General President O’Brien’s applauding the mission of the World Peace Prize and his seeing the importance of the connection we have made between Labor’s historic fight for justice and the building of World Peace—just as did the late, great, and beloved President Trumka. So, now, two of the most powerful Labor leaders in American history have applauded our mission. We have been deeply touched by how much the World Peace Prize means to the individual laureates and to their respective Unions and Locals.” END.