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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Rhode Island labor leader wins international recognition

AFL-CIO’s George Nee to be awarded World Peace Prize
Image result for george neeFor the first time a Rhode Island Labor leader will be honored with the World Peace Prize.

The World Peace Prize Awarding Council (WPPAC) has announced that George Nee president of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, will receive the prestigious prize of “Roving Ambassador for Peace.”

The presentation ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 15, 2018, 2:30-4:30pm at the Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street. Providence, RI 02903.

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

“Our Washington office, headed by Father Sean McManus and Barbara Flaherty of the Irish National Caucus, nominated the Honorable George Nee,” said Dr Han.

“Our 14-member Board of International and Interfaith judges unanimously selected Mr Nee. Our Board is comprised of representatives of the world’s nine major religions: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Russian Orthodox, and Zoroastrianism. We congratulate Mr Nee while also knowing that his acceptance honors our noble idea and mission of world peace.”

“We were pleased to be able to propose George Nee because of the intrinsic link between justice and peace: peace is, indeed, the fruit of justice,” said Father Sean McManus,  President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus and Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council (WPPAC).

Labor Leaders who spend their entire lives working in solidarity for justice for working men and women are, indeed , working for peace—not only nationally but also globally. Hence, Labor leaders – and George Nee in particular – are eminently qualified to be candidates for the World Peace Prize of Roving Ambassador for Peace.

Furthermore, our Peace Prizes encourage members of the Labor Movement to positively think of themselves as not just fighters for justice but as peace builders as well. I believe this gives an important dimension to Labor’s self-understanding, self-image, and self-identity. And, I urge all members of the Labor Movement to embrace it —as I know George Nee does. So, too, does the national president of the AFL-CIO, the great Richard L. Trumka.”

“I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this prestigious prize,” said Nee. “The recognition by the World Peace Prize Awarding Council that there is an inextricable link between the work of the Labor movement in its historic struggle for economic justice for all workers and peace will encourage increased activities for a more peaceful and just world.”

EDITOR'S NOTE: Congratulations to George for receiving this honor. In 1973, after graduating from Rhode Island College, George Nee hired me for my first job as a professional troublemaker, as an organizer for the Rhode Island Workers Association.