Louis D. Brown Peace Institute will lead Pledge Walk from Dorchester to City Hall as they “Rise Up and Tip the Scale Toward Justice”

For Immediate Release                                                                        
Contact: Shaulita Francis
O:617-825-1917/ C:617-942-0186
May 9, 2019                                                                                               
          

         Louis D. Brown Peace Institute will lead Pledge Walk from Dorchester to City Hall as they

                      “Rise Up and Tip the Scale Toward Justice”

 

WHAT:            Boston, MA - On Sunday May 12th, survivors of homicide victims and their neighbors will participate in the 23rd Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace. The Walk for Peace started in 1996 so mothers could receive support and honor the lives of their murdered children.  

The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute is celebrating 25 years of transforming society’s response to homicide. In its 25 years it has shifted the way in which the Boston community responds to homicide and the families impacted by it. Through its renowned Mother’s Day Walk for Peace, survivor outreach services, and other long-term healing programs, the Peace Institute has affected how Boston’s municipal and social leadership, law enforcement, the medical community,, and allies understand and treat survivors of homicide victims. To commemorate their anniversary, the Peace Institute will be rolling out a national campaign. 

Survivors, providers, allies, community-based organizations, the faith community, and elected officials work together so that all families of murder victims can lay their loved one to rest with dignity and compassion regardless of the circumstances. These leaders and advocates will join thousands of people walking 6.8 miles from Dorchester to a Peace Rally at City Hall. The Walk will happen rain or shine.  The lead sponsors of the Walk are the Martin Richard Foundation and Beth Israel Lahey Health.  

Funds raised at the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace will support the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute’s critical services, training, and advocacy work across the state. For more information visit: www.mothersdaywalk4peace.org

 

WHO:              MA Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley

                        Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston

                        MA State Representative Marjorie Decker, Middlesex county

                        Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell

Kevin Tabb, MD, CEO Beth Israel Lahey Health

Natasha Carrington, Survivor Speaker

Latoyia Edwards, Anchor, NBC10 Boston

Pebbles and Leroy, HOT 96.9

Chaplain Clementina Chery, President and CEO Louis D. Brown Peace Institute               

 

WHEN:            Sunday, May 12th, 2019

WHERE:          8:00 AM -Walk Program and Kick-Off from Town Field, 1520 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester

9:30 AM -Walk Launches from Madison Park High School, 75 Malcolm X. Blvd.

                  Roxbury Crossing

11:00 AM - Peace Rally at City Hall Plaza

Amidst heaviness, Families Rise Up for Justice at the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute’s 23rd Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace 

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For Immediate Release  May 12, 2019

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Amidst heaviness, Families Rise Up for Justice at the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute’s 23rd Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace 

BOSTON, MA: Thousands of people walked from Town Field in Dorchester to Boston City Hall on Mother's Day as they rise up and tip the scale toward justice. Survivors of homicide victims wore tee shirts and carried banners memorializing their family members with messages of love and justice. While recent murders in the city have caused residents pain and anguish, the Walk for Peace was an opportunity to focus on the assets in communities and take steps toward healing. 

"It's such a powerful experience to see everyone gathering and uniting. The range of emotions you experience is overwhelming in a positive way.  It's truly amazing the amount of people who come out to support us" comments Shannon Tangherlini, a member of the Peace Institute’s Survivors Network who lost her son Matthew Tangherlini to violence.  

New survivors and survivors whose loved ones were killed years or decades ago walked side by side with neighbors, allies, clergy, business owners, providers, and elected officials in an powerful expression of unity. Over 230 Walk teams registered and raised money to expand the Peace Institute's critical services, training, and advocacy work. The Peace Institute is the only organization in the Commonwealth that supports and guides families of murder victims from death notification through the funeral and burial process and offers ongoing healing programming. The organization also trains law enforcement officials and public health professionals to respond equitably and effectively when a homicide happens.

“The public health crisis and epidemic that is gun violence is everyone’s problem and everyone needs to play a role in this solution”, said Ayanna Pressley, MA Congresswoman, Walk Co-chair. “The newspaper headlines have moved on but we are still focused on helping these families and wrapping our arms around them [because] healing is power.”

This year the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute celebrates 25 years of transforming Boston’s response to homicide. Through its renowned Mother’s Day Walk for Peace, survivor outreach services, and other long-term healing programs, the Peace Institute has affected how Boston’s municipal and social leadership, law enforcement, the medical community,and allies understand and treat survivors of homicide victims.  

To commemorate their 25 years of service, the Peace Institute will be launching a national campaign. “We are taking our focus beyond ending violence and gun control to building a national movement of waging peace” said Chaplain Clementina Chery, CEO and President of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute.

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IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER!

Sat, April 13 AND April 27,  10:30am-1pm (drop in).

Walk Info Sessions
The Peace Institute, 15 Christopher St. Dorcherster, MA 02122
RSVP to events@ldbpeaceinstitute.org

Team captains and anyone new to the walk are encouraged to attend this info session.  Learn how to start a team page, pick up promotion materials and find out details about this year's walk.


Weds. April 24,   5:30-8pm (drop in)

Mothers Day Walk for Peace Community Kick Off
The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
650 Dudley St, Boston, MA 02125

Join us for food, fun, fellowship, and fundraising!

RSVP to alethea@ldbpeaceinstitute.org


Thurs. May 9,  6:00 - 9:00 PM

Walk Volunteer Briefing Meeting and Party
The Peace Institute, 15 Christopher St. Dorchester, MA

We need volunteers to help with this year's walk. For all those interested in volunteering,  please attend this event. RSVP to scott@ldbpeaceinstitute.org


Why I Walk

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"I walk for my brothers, because it is always somebody's loved one on the other side of that gun. 
I walk for my brothers, because our healing is important, too. 
I walk for my brothers, because Randy lived with enormous spirit, and I survive his legacy every day. "

- Lawrence Stevenson

*** In honor of our 23rd Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace, we are doing a digital series called "Why I Walk". Leading up to the walk we will be sharing stories of walk participants and their reasons for walking in the Mother's Day Walk For Peace. We invite you to share with us why you walk.

#RiseUp #TowardJustice

*participants were asked to pose with pieces that represents their reason for walking*

For more info: https://www.mothersdaywalk4peace.org/

Amidst heaviness, Families Find Hope at the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute’s 22nd Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace

For Immediate Release                                                                                      
Contact: Mallory Hanora (860-268-1369)

mallory@ldbpeaceinstitute.org
Sunday May 13, 2018                                                                                                  

Amidst heaviness, Families Find Hope at the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute’s 22nd Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace 

BOSTON, MA: Thousands of people walked from Town Field in Dorchester to Boston City Hall on Mother’s Day demanding dignity and compassion for all families impacted by murder. Survivors of homicide victims wore tee shirts and carried banners memorializing their family members with messages of love.  While recent murders in the city have caused residents pain and anguish, the Walk for Peace was an opportunity to focus on the assets in communities and take steps toward healing.

“I’m walking with the hope that one day no mother, father, or family will have to suffer the loss of a child,” Elisha Ross said shared at the Opening Ceremony on Sunday. Her son Michael Ross was killed on March 30. “Today, I choose to allow love and forgiveness to rule the moment. It’s where I find my most inner peace and strength in the midst of my pain. I choose to take control rather than be controlled. The love I have for Michael, along with my memories of him, will live forever.”

New survivors and survivors whose loved ones were killed years or decades ago walked side by side with neighbors, allies, clergy, business owners, providers, and elected officials in an powerful expression of unity. Over 225 Walk teams registered and raised money to expand Peace Institute’s services, training, and advocacy work. The Peace Institute is the only organization in the Commonwealth that supports and guides families of murder victims from death notification through the funeral and burial process and offers ongoing healing programming.  The organization also trains law enforcement officials and public health professionals to respond equitably and effectively when a homicide happens.

“As caregivers, we know firsthand how violence impacts the patients and families we serve," said Kevin Tabb, MD, CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Co-Chair of the Mother's Day Walk for Peace.  "The Mother’s Day Walk for Peace is a marker of healing and a celebration of the potential to create safe communities, and we are proud to walk in lockstep with the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute -not just today but every day.”

Peace Institute staff, survivors, and supporters celebrated a major legislative victory at this year’s Walk. Governor Charlie Baker recently signed the Criminal Justice reform bill which included language to amend the state’s Victim Compensation statute to ensure that family members of murder victims who apply cannot be denied reimbursement for funeral and burial costs.  Interventions like these mitigate trauma and interrupt cycles of retaliatory violence. 

“The success of the Victim Compensation legislation is a testament to the hard work of the many survivors who were relentless in their advocacy. Packing hearing rooms, sharing testimony, and recruiting supporters, they assured that the legislation would become law in one session,” said lead sponsor of the legislation Representative Evandro Carvalho. “This is a tremendous feat which will assure that future survivors will have access to much needed resources. No longer will they be denied burial funding as they work through the overbearing trauma that accompanies the loss of a loved one to homicide.”

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More information:

The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute is a center of healing, teaching, and learning for families and communities impacted by murder, grief, trauma, and loss. The vision of the Peace Institute is to create and sustain communities where all people are valued and all families can live in peace.

Chaplain Clementina Chery co-founded the Peace Institute in 1994 in honor of her oldest son Louis D. Brown. Louis was caring, compassionate, and an avid reader.  He was committed to making his community a more peaceful and just place and believed all young people have the potential to be peacemakers. Louis had the long-term goal of becoming the first Black president of the United States. Louis was killed in the cross-fire of a shootout in 1993 when he was fifteen years old.

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. The Mother’s Day Walk is also the Peace Institute’s most important fundraising event.  In 2018, our goal is to raise $400,000 to expand our services, training, and advocacy work.

The Mother's Day Walk for Peace started in 1996 so mothers of murdered children could receive support and love from their neighbors. Twenty-one 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 partners in peacemaking.