APWU Secretary-Treasurer Awarded Peace Prize

February 17, 2017

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Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Powell with
former AFL-CIO President John Sweeney with
the delegation from the World Peace Prize Awarding Council.

On February 14, Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Powell was awarded the 2016 World Peace Prize, “Roving Ambassador for Peace,” presented by the World Peace Prize Awarding Council (WPPAC), headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. Secretary-Treasurer Powell was honored alongside former AFL-CIO President John Sweeney at the award ceremony at the AFL-CIO Headquarter building in Washington, D.C.

Secretary-Treasurer Powell received the award because she “personifies the Dream of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said Fr. Sean Mc Manus, president of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus and chief judge of the WPPAC. “She blazes the trail for justice, equality and peace, thereby building up the ‘Beloved Community’ – the term Dr. King made famous.”

“I once read that social justice is the belief that every individual and group is entitled to fair and equal rights and participation in social, education and economic advantages,” said Secretary-Treasurer Powell in her acceptance speech. “I am a huge believer in giving back and helping out in the community and the world because I believe that the measure of a person’s life is the affect they have on others.” 

APWU officers and members at the award presentation.

“As Dr. King would say, the time is always right to do what is right,” she continued. “Therefore I would ask that each of you reach out and take somebody’s hand, keeping in mind that it is not necessary to put out anyone else’s light in order for yours to shine. The more light we have, the brighter and clearer the path for us all.”

Reverend Dr. Han Min Su, a Presbyterian Minister, started The World Peace Prize in 1989. Su has given his life to promoting world peace through uniting the East and West.

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