World Peace Prize Council to honor Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis


The World Peace Prize Council will honor Mike Louis, president of the Missouri AFL-CIO, with the World Peace Prize of “Roving Ambassador for Peace.”

Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s Peace Corps, the Council was founded in 1989 in Seoul, South Korea, to present the World Peace Prize and related awards.

Previous recipients of the award include former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, peace activist and religious leader Mahatma Gandhi, former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan.

Fr. Sean Mc Manus, president of the Irish National Caucus and Irish Peace Foundation, and chief judge of the World Peace Prize Award Council, nominated Louis for the prize.

“If one dedicates one’s life to solidarity and justice for working men and women, one is, indeed, working for peace because as Pope John Paul II said, ‘peace is the fruit of solidarity,’” Fr. McManus said.

“I strongly believe that the Labor Movement should be recognized as powerfully contributing to world peace based on solidarity, equality, and justice,” McManus added. “Mike Louis is a great Labor leader and true union man and a most worthy candidate for the World Peace Prize.”

The award will be presented in a ceremony from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Maggie O’Brien’s Restaurant, 2000 Market St. in St. Louis.

To RSVP for the ceremony, email

You can also congratulate President Louis in the event program book. A Gold page is $3,000; a Silver page is $2,000; and a White page is $1,000. The deadline for ad submissions is Friday, Sept. 27. Ads should be camera-ready — in high resolution, PDF format, not cropped, no bleed, with fonts and images embedded. Pages are published in full color. The actual page size is 8.5 x 11.

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