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I’m never sure how to spend Mother’s Day. I enjoy the breakfasts and cards but want to carve out some that reflects who I am beyond the roles that I play.
I learned recently that the original Mother's Day was inspired by a woman named Julia Ward Howe who was horrified by the carnage of the Civil War. In 1870, she made an impassioned "appeal to womanhood" to rise against war. It was due to her efforts that in 1873, women in 18 cities in America held a Mother's Day for Peace gathering.
Recent events like what happened at Sandy Hook and on Marathon Monday have left me feeling both saddened and outraged. This year, for the first time, I plan on participating in the annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace in Dorchester.
Created in 1996 by parents grieving the death of their son, the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace began as an opportunity for families, whose children had been killed, to gather and support one another.
Today, this annual walk draws people from all over Greater Boston who are fed up with this violence and want to show their support for families and send the strong message that violence in any neighborhood is unacceptable. The Walk benefits the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute which was established in 1994 by Tina Chery, whose 15-year-old son was killed on his way to a “teens against violence” meeting. The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute has been a healing center and a training and education resource in Boston for almost 20 years. Often the first place to which families in crisis are directed, the Peace Instituteworks with families through grief, loss and trauma. In addition, the Peace Institute works with police, hospitals, the courts, and government systems to improve services for families in crisis and with children in the Boston Public Schools.
This year, I’ve asked my family to participate with me in the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace, which I expect will be powerful. The food and cards I’ll enjoy afterwards will seem all the more
The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute was founded in 1993 by Tina Chery after her 15-year-old son, Louis, was shot and killed on his way to a “Teens Against Youth Violence” meeting in Dorchester. The Peace Institute develops curriculum to educate young people about the importance of peace and provides crisis management and counseling to families who have been impacted by violence.
Every year, thousands of people from across the state join Tina and gather to participate in the annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace. Among those walking are elected officials, law enforcement professionals, neighbors, clergy, advocates and parents and friends of people who
have been killed in this violence.
Whether your concerns are domestic violence, the recent school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut or the tragic consequences of the recent Marathon Day bombing, the problem of violence in our world is a sad reality. I know I have struggled with what I can do to make a difference and how to raise children who are aware, but not frightened, of these tough issues. For our family, it is the overarching message of the value and importance of peace that we want our children to understand.
This year, our family is going to take part in the 2017 Mother's Day Walk for Peace, which will be held on Sunday, May 14. Should you wish to join us, the walk takes place between 7:00 - 12:00 am, still allowing time for you to still go out to brunch yourself or to make plans with your family.
While one of the goals of the walk is to raise money for the Louis D Brown Peace Institute– the larger goal is to raise awareness of the problem of violence in these neighborhoods just miles from our own.
I hope some of you will join us on May 14 or make a pledge to support our family's team. I’m looking forward to it being both a powerful and rewarding part of my Mother’s Day. Checks can be made payable to the Louis D Brown Peace Institute or you can donate at www.mothersdaywalk4peace.org