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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 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]