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AFL-CIO’s George Nee to be awarded World Peace Prize For 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 r eceive the prestigious prize of “Roving Ambassador for Peace.” The presentation ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 15, 2018, 2:304:30pm at the Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street. Providence, RI 02903. World Leader and Master Planner, Reverend Dr Han Min Su, founded the Wor ld 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 Hillbased 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 selfunderstanding, 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.”

Sen. Casey Shows How Kavanaugh Confirmation Would Harm Retirees Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), ranking member of the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging, has released a fact sheet detailing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s disastrous record on issues relating to aging, disability, retirement, and health care. The sheet highlights numerous cases that Kavanaugh argued or decided that raise alarm. Perhaps most concerning is Kavanaugh’s repeated attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

through the courts. President Trump promised to only appoint justices who would overturn the ACA, and Kavanaugh’s record shows he falls into line. Kavanaugh has disagreed at least twice with rulings upholding the law’s constitutionality. If the ACA is overturned, millions of older Americans with pre-existing conditions could lose their coverage. Kavanaugh has a particularly worrisome record concerning people with disabilities. He ruled against disabled patients’ ability to make decisions about their own lives, taking away the

right of self-determination and allowing the government to make medical decisions for them without first learning their wishes. He also sided with employers in numerous disability discrimination and retaliation cases. As an attorney Kavanaugh argued that age discrimination protections in place for older workers should not apply in some situations, and as a judge he ruled that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was unconstitutional. If the CFPB were dissolved, older Americans would lose a key source of unbiased information

regarding retirement planning, financial resources, and how to protect Joseph Peters, Jr. themselves from fraud. “Brett Kavanaugh’s record proves that he will not protect retirees’ interests,” said Alliance Secretary-Treasurer Joseph Peters, Jr. “Confirming him to serve on the United States Supreme Court would be a catastrophe for older Americans who rely on the court system to look out for their health care and economic rights.”

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