For Immediate Release
Contact: Shaulita Francis
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.
11:00 AM - Peace Rally at City Hall Plaza