HONORING DORIS CROUSE-MAYS, FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT VIRGINIA STATE AFL-CIO, WITH THE WORLD PEACE PRIZE “ROVING AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE”
“ I’m honored to have been selected as a recipient for this prestigious award. At a time where the world is under such an immense stress, peace is what we need. Workers on the frontlines need it, and I will continue to work every day of my life to make sure that they receive it.”— President Doris Crouse-Mays.
Capitol Hill. Tuesday, March 24, 2020— The selection has been announced of the most recent recipient of the World Peace Prize of “Roving Ambassador for Peace” She is the distinguished Labor leader, Ms. Doris Crouse-Mays, President of the Virginia State AFL-CIO.
Ms. Crouse-Mays is the first woman President in the history of the Virginia AFL-CIO.
The presentation ceremony is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 2:30—4:30 PM at AFL-CIO Headquarters, Washington, DC but may now have to be postponed depending on Covid-19.
Fr. Sean McManus—President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus and Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize (headquartered in Seoul, South Korea) said: “We were pleased to propose President Doris Crouse-Mays for the World Peace Prize on the basis that if one dedicates one’s life to solidarity and justice for working men and women, one is, indeed, working for peace, because as Pope John Paul II said, ‘peace is the fruit of solidarity.’ (Please visit WorldPeacePrizeWashington.org for further information). I strongly believe that the Labor Movement should be recognized as powerfully contributing to world peace based on solidarity, equality, and justice. And I know President Richard L.Trumka, AFL-CIO, most certainly agrees, and he is very pleased we have connected Labor’s “fight for social justice with the building of peace nationally and globally.”
President Crouse-Mays said:” I’m honored to have been selected as a recipient for this prestigious award. At a time where the world is under such an immense stress, peace is what we need. Workers on the frontlines need it, and I will continue to work every day of my life to make sure that they receive it.”
Barbara Flaherty—Executive Vice President, Irish National Caucus, a Judge and Corporate Manager of the World Peace Prize—said: “President Course-Mays is inherently and eminently a perfect selection for this Award. It is also significant that she is the very first woman to be President of the Virginia State AFL-CIO. She is a trailblazer for all who come after her, especially young women in the Labor Movement.”
The World Peace Prize Awarding Council, of which Fr. McManus is the Chief Judge, is comprised of representatives of the world’s nine major religions: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Russian Orthodox, and Zoroastrianism.
The late Rev. Dr. Han Min Su —a Presbyterian Minister and native of South Korea—founded the World Peace Prize in 1989. He personally recruited Fr. Mc Manus and Barbara Flaherty for the World Peace Prize Awarding Council, bringing them to Seoul, South Korea, in October 2013 for a formal induction ceremony into the World Peace Prize organization.