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Memorial Day for Peace

When: Monday, May 30, 2016, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Christopher Columbus Park • Atlantic Ave & Richmond St • Aquarium T • Boston

Annual event hosted by Veterans For Peace, Chapter 9 – Smedley Butler Brigade

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Rally for Chelsea Manning

When: Saturday, December 19, 2015, 1:00 pm
Where: Park Street MBTA • Tremont & Park Streets • Boston

On Saturday, December 19, at 1pm, activists will gather at Park Street Station on the Boston Common to honor Chelsea Manning close to her 28th birthday. 

Chelsea Manning will be celebrating her 6th birthday in prison on Dec 17.  She was given a 35 year sentence for disclosing information through WikiLeaks that the US government considered “classified.”  They haven’t contested one piece of information in the trove of documents and videos released by Manning, but they simply didn’t want the public to know what was happening in the “War on Terror.”

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Annual Fundraiser - Smedley Butler Brigade - Chapter 9 - Veterans For Peace

When: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Johnny D's • 17 Holland Street • Davis Square, on red line • Somerville

Annual Smedley Butler Brigade Fundraiser for Veterans For Peace (flyer attached)

Dinner 6:30 - 7 PM, Entertainment with the RPS Band and The Undercovers 7-10 or later!

Gigantic Raffle - win great prizes.

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The Bells Call For PEACE

When: Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Boston Common • Beacon and Charles Streets • Charles or Park Street T • Boston
Gassed in  the Argonne 1911
Barrel Bombed in Syria 2015
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Brian Arredondo, R.I.P.

"He Suffered So Much"

May 10, 1987 to December 19, 2011
by Cindy Sheehan

Honoring Brian Arredondo

Brian's wake and funeral will be held December 27 and 28.

Please attend and lend your support. See detailed times and places and how you can help.

Brian Arredondo was 17 when his 20 year-old brother, Alex, a U.S. Marine, was killed in Iraq on 25 August, 2004.  He was 24 this past Monday, 19 December, when he took his own life.

To remember Brian ArredondoCarlos Arredondo, the father of Alex and Brian, his only children, was so distraught when the Marines came to tell him that his oldest son was killed, he caught their van and himself on fire, burning over 26% of his body. His recovery from his physical wounds was long and difficult, but his emotional wounds from having his son killed by the U.S. government in its illegal and immoral war in Iraq will never completely heal. However, I know since my son, Casey, was killed in Iraq only four months before Alex, that Carlos was beginning to be able to get through his days without overwhelming pain before his other son committed suicide. 

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Memorial Day for Peace

When: Monday, May 27, 2013, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Christopher Columbus Park • 105 Atlantic Ave • Aquarium T • Boston
Please join Veterans For Peace, Smedley Butler Brigade, Chapter 9 and Samantha Smith, Chapter 45, Military Families Speak Out, Mass Peace Action and United for Justice with Peace as we commemorate Memorial Day.
 
There will be no parade, no marching band, no military equipment, no guns and drums, no Air Force fly-overs.
 
There will be veterans and supporters who have lost friends and loved ones.
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St Patrick's Peace Parade!

Yesterday, the big day finally came -- Saint Patrick's Peace Parade: People's Parade for Peace, Equality, Jobs, Social and Economic Justice. 
Pat Scanlon and Tony Flaherty, two of the main parade organizers.
 
As in years past, the Veterans For Peace request to join the "official" (or "traditional") St. Patrick's Day Parade was denied by the Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston.  So was the request of Join the Impact and MassEquality (both LGBT organizations).  (Read article about the MassEquality experience at this link, along with a copy of the letter they received from the Allied War Veterans.) 

Not being allowed to march in the "official" parade, for the second year Veterans For Peace and other groups (notably Massachusetts Peace Action with the leadership of Cole Harrison) organized the St. Patrick's Peace Parade (the People's Alternative Parade...).  This year's parade was bigger than the first one, perhaps two or three times bigger (I don't have a good count yet).
 

There were several divisions in the Peace Parade, including: Veterans For Peace, GLBT groups, religious/faith-based groups, labor, peace groups, political groups, and Occupy. 
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St. Patrick's Peace Parade

When: Sunday, March 18, 2012, 10:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: assemble on D Street between 1st and 3rd Street • Broadway MBTA stop • South Boston

People's Parade for Peace, Equality, Jobs, Social & Economic Justice

St Patrick's Peace Parade, March 2011

Please join Veterans For Peace and other Peace and social / economic Justice organizations for this historic 2nd Annual “People’s Peace Parade" in South Boston.

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Thanks to all Peace Parade marchers!

Pat ScanlonHi Smedleys, Samanthas, everyone who helped in anyway to make our parade a success and everyone who marched with us.
Please share this with your lists, we would like everyone who was with us in any capacity to receive this expression of gratitude.

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Memorial Day for Peace

When: Monday, May 30, 2011, 10:00 am
Where: Christopher Columbus Park • Atlantic Ave. at Long Wharf • Aquarium T • Boston

Veterans for PeacePlease join Veterans For Peace, Military Families Speak Out, United for Justice with Peace, Gold Star Families for Peace and the American Friends Service Committee for a ceremony for Peace on Memorial Day.

Speakers to include:

John Schuchardt – House of Peace, Ipswich, MA

Ross Caputi – Marine veteran of the Iraq War (2003 – 2006)
President of Boston University Anti-War Coalition

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Saint Patrick's Peace Parade

When: Sunday, March 20, 2011, 11:00 am
Where: One block west of Broadway MBTA Station - Look for VFP Flags • Foundry & Greenbaum Streets • do not attempt to drive - come by T • South Boston
Veterans for Peace parade, Boston, Veterans Day, 2010
Veterans for Peace march on Veterans Day, November 10, 2010. Open Media Boston photo by Jason Pramas

Themes for the Day:

· How is the War Economy Working for You

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Clone of Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade

When: Sunday, March 17, 2013, 11:00 am
Where: D Street & West Broadway • Look for white "Vets for Peace" Flags • South Boston

People's Parade for Peace, Equality, Jobs, Environmental Stewardship, Social & Economic Justice

Unite, Participate, Celebrate

Assemble: 2pm.  Parade start: 3pm   Sign Up to Attend - We Need to Know You will Be There!  

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Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade

When: Sunday, March 17, 2013, 11:00 am
Where: D Street & West Broadway • Look for white "Vets for Peace" Flags • South Boston

People's Parade for Peace, Equality, Jobs, Environmental Stewardship, Social & Economic Justice

Unite, Participate, Celebrate

Assemble: 2pm.  Parade start: 3pm   Sign Up to Attend - We Need to Know You will Be There!  

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Report from White House Civil Resistance Action

by Ross Caputi

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Banned Groups Plan Second Southie Parade

WCVB-TV Boston 5 - The Boston Channel

Click Here for Video seen on WCVB-TV Wednesday night, March 16, at 11pm

On Sunday, the annual St. Patrick's Day parade will march through South Boston. It's festive, but controversial.

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