Louis D. Brown Peace Institute will Lead March from Dorchester to City Hall to Demand “Dignity and Compassion for All!”

For Immediate Release                                                                        
Contact: Mallory Hanora
617-825-1917 / 860-268-1369
May 3, 2018                                                                                                  

Louis D. Brown Peace Institute will Lead March from Dorchester to City Hall to Demand            “Dignity and Compassion for All!”

Boston, MA - On Sunday May 13, survivors of homicide victims and their neighbors will participate in the 22nd 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. This year, the Walk takes place just a few weeks after the #MarchForOurLives and will be an opportunity for residents concerned about gun violence to take action locally and support families impacted by murder.

The Mother’s Day Walk for Peace also comes shortly after Governor Charlie Baker signed landmark criminal justice reform legislation. The Peace Institute is celebrating successful efforts to amend the Victim Compensation statute by including language to ensure that family members of murder victims who apply cannot be denied reimbursement for funeral and burial costs. Now there will be more equitable access to the resources families need to heal. Lead sponsor Representative Evandro Carvalho will speak at the Walk along with former State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, Attorney General Maura Healey, and District Attorney Dan Conley who actively supported the Peace Institute’s legislation. 

Survivors, providers, allies, community-based organizations, the faith community, and elected officials worked together so that all families of murder victims can lay their loved one 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 Flag raising ceremony at City Hall. The Walk will happen rain or shine.  The lead sponsors of the Walk are the Martin Richard Foundation and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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

Attorney General Maura Healey, Massachusetts
Honorable Linda Dorcena Forry, former State Senator from Dorchester                        Representative Evandro Carvalho, Dorchester                       
District Attorney Dan Conley, Suffolk County
Kevin Tabb, MD, CEO Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Pete Healy, President Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Latoyia Edwards, Anchor, NBC10 Boston
Chaplain Clementina Chery, President and CEO Louis D. Brown Peace Institute             

WHEN:            Sunday, May 13, 2018
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 and Flag Raising at City Hall Plaza