World Peace Prize announces Connecticut Labor leader is a Laureate of “Roving Ambassador for Peace.”
CAPITOL HILL. Friday, April 8, 2022—The World Peace Prize is honoring distinguished Connecticut Labor Leader, Ms. Shellye Davis — Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO— with the World Peace Prize of “Roving Ambassador for Peace.” The Presentation Ceremony will take place on a weekday from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM— date and location to be announced later. Her office will issue the invitations to this free event—not a fundraiser.
Fr. Sean Mc Manus—President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus/Irish Peace Foundation and Chief Judge of World Peace Prize (headquarted in Seoul, South Korea) said:
“I was pleased to propose Executive Vice President Davis for the World Peace Prize of “Roving Ambassador for Peace” because for over 25 years she has shown outstanding dedication to justice and solidarity for working men and women—on both a local, national and global level. 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).
I was delighted that our panel of International and Inter-Faith judges (representing all
nine major world religious groups) agreed. I strongly believe that the Labor Movement should be recognized as powerfully contributing to world peace based on solidarity, equality, and justice. The late, great President Richard L. Trumka—who formally helped us launch the World Peace Prize within the Labor Movement in his own AFL-CIO Headquarters on February 3, 2016—most certainly agreed, and he was very pleased we have connected Labor’s “fight for social justice with the building of peace nationally and globally—https://drive.google.com/file/d/13ZF5S61DVCS7Cuey4YAl3Dn6kA0ztr3C/view
Executive Vice President Davis said: “I am profoundly honored, humbled, and blessed to accept this World Pace 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 first hand 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.”
Fr. Mc Manus concluded: “It is truly wonderful and inspiring to witness how much the World Peace Prize
means to the devoted women and men of American Organized Labor and to see how deeply they believe
that, in fact, ‘peace is the fruit of solidarity.’ And, equally, they see, as we do, that the late beloved President Trumka’s vision and initiative in helping us to launch the World Peace Prize within the Labor Movement will be an important part of his enduring legacy. God rest him, and may his memory be a blessing.”