Rise Up and Tip the Scale Toward Justice


The Mother’s Day Walk for Peace is a celebration of our potential to create more peaceful communities. Every year families from across the state and region walk together toward peace. Join us on Mother’s Day to rise up and tip the scale towards justice for all families impacted by murder.  

The Mother’s Day Walk is also the Peace Institute’s most important fundraising event. Help us raise our goal of $400,000 so we can expand the services, training, and advocacy we do. Invest in peace this Mother’s Day - Sunday, May 12, 2019! 

Co-Chaired by Kevin Tabb, MD, Chief Executive Officer, BIDMC and BID System and CEO and President, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute.


The Mother's Day Walk for Peace started in 1996 so mothers of murdered children could receive support and love from their neighbors. Twenty-two years later, the Mother’s Day Walk continues to be a powerful way to honor our loved ones who have been murdered and embrace our shared responsibility to create more peaceful communities.

The Walk is organized by the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, a center of healing, teaching, and learning for families and communities impacted by murder, grief, trauma, and loss


Event Logistics

Sunday, May 12, 2019
START: Town Field Park, Fields Corner
1520 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02122

Onsite Registration – 6am
Program – 8am
Walk launches – 8:30am

Free Parking is available on Sunday, May 12 at 500-520 Geneva Ave lot in Dorchester. ***Note cars need to be moved by 12:30pm.
There is also free ample on street parking in the area.


Total route: 6.8 miles 2.5-3hrs walk time
From Madison Park HS to City Hall: 3 miles 1-1.5hrs walk time

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Walk Route

Start Town Field, Dorchester (1520 Dorchester Ave)

Turn right onto Park St 0.1 mi
Turn right onto Geneva Ave 0.6 mi
Turn Right onto Bowdoin St 0.7 mi
Slight left onto Hancock St 0.4 mi
Turn right onto Columbia Rd 0.1 mi
Turn left onto Dudley St 0.5 mi

Continue onto Malcolm X Blvd
Slight right onto Tremont St 1.9 mi
Continue onto Oak St W 371 ft
Turn left onto Washington St 0.8 mi
End Boston City Hall Square

Total route: 6.8 miles 2.5-3hrs walk time

From Madison Park HS to City Hall: 3 miles 1-1.5hrs walk time

3 miles  1-1.5hrs to City Hall
For those wanting to walk a shorter distance.
Madison Park High School
75 Malcolm X Blvd, ROXBURY CROSSING, MA 02120

Day of Registration at Madison:  7:00 am
Program at Madison: 9:00 am
Estimated lauch from Madison with walkers coming from Town Field: 9:45am

Parking available at lot 1 and 2 of Roxbury Community College at the corner of Columbus Ave. and New Heath St.

Closing Ceremony at City Hall: 11:00 am


The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
650 Dudley St, Boston, MA 02125

St. Patrick’s Church
Corner of Dudley St and 10 Magazine St, Roxbury, MA 02119

Madison Park High School
75 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120

Boston Fire Department
700 Tremont St.  (in between W. Concord + Rutland)
Boston, MA 02118

Wang YMCA of Chinatown**
YMCA of Greater Boston
8 Oak Street West
Boston, MA 02116
**Walkers must show I.D. to enter and it will be held until Walker departs**
**All Children under 18 must be accompanied by an Adult with and I.D.**

Read our Frequently Asked Questions here.

Interfaith Statement of Support


Interfaith Statement of Support for the Mothers’ Day Walk for Peace and The Peace Institute’s Ongoing Mission

We the undersigned religious leaders, organizations, and clergy, representing different religious traditions affirm:

  •  the sacred worth and dignity of each person

  • that one life lost to homicide is one life too many

  • that a unified religious voice is urgently necessary

  • that the Golden Rule embedded in all world religions compels us to act toward others as we would  wish they would act toward us – with love and compassion

  • that peace is foundational within each of our respective religious traditions:


1.       In Buddhism – we are inspired by the Bodhisattva Path of Compassion;

2.       In Christianity – we commit to the dream of justice, reconciliation, and God’s Beloved Community;

3.       In Hinduism – we acknowledge the moral law of karma and we desire Shanti, Shanti, Shanti;

4.       In Islam – we submit our wills to Allah and work for Salam;

5.       In Judaism – we commit to the vision of the fullness of Shalom;

6.       In Unitarian Universalism – we commit to understanding and protecting the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part;

7.       In Humanism – we commit to our responsibility to lead ethical lives and work towards the greater good of humanity.


We call on all members to join us as we express the faith of our respective communities through our feet and walk to make a difference on Mother’s Day.