Posted By: February 06, 2016

My Dear Friends,

Firstly, let me begin by profoundly apologizing for not being able to be with you due to health reasons.

Secondly, I want to thank Barbara Flaherty and Fr. Sean Mc Manus for nominating President Trumka for this Award, and for their important work in bringing about this special event.

Thirdly, I want to give my personal and corporate congratulations to President Trumka for being a most worthy recipient of the World Peace Prize.


I and the entire family of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council believe that the stated mission of the AFL-CIO accords perfectly with our own peace-criterion: “The AFL-CIO resolves  to fulfill the yearning of the human spirit for liberty, justice and community: to advance individual and associational freedom; to vanquish oppression, privation and cruelty in all their forms; and to join with all persons, of whatever nationality or faith, who cherish the cause of democracy and the call of solidarity to grace the planet with these achievements.

We dedicate ourselves to improving the lives of working families, bringing fairness and dignity to the workplace and securing social equity in the Nation.”


As head of the AFL-CIO, President Trumka richly deserves this award which is granted on behalf of our inter faith and international Board of judges— representing the nine major religions: Judaism, lslam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Russian Orthodox, and Zoroastrianism.


It is my fervent hope and prayer that this Award will advance the cause of justice and peace all over the world. I wish every blessing on President Trumka and the AFL-CIO.


I would like to conclude by quoting some famed words of President Kennedy’s inaugural address : “Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”


Thank you and may God bless you all.

Rev. DR. Han Min Su