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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
· Bring the Troops Home, Take Care of Them When They Get Here
· Cut Military Spending, Save Jobs: Teachers, Fireman, Police
· Peace is Patriotic! “Not a Dirty Word”

Please join Veterans For Peace and other peace and social justice organizations for this historic alternative “people’s parade” following the official Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.

Background: Veterans for Peace were denied permission to walk in the “Official Saint Patrick’s Day Parade”. The stated reason was because the Allied War Veterans Council (War Council) did not want the word “peace” associated with the word “veteran”. They also stated that Veterans For Peace were too political for the parade. As if all the politicians, military formations and bands in the parade are not political?

The City of Boston has issued a permit to Veterans For Peace to have The Saint Patrick’s Day Peace Parade, immediately following the “official parade”. Our parade is a “people’s parade for peace and justice”.    The controversy over the parade and the St. Patrick's Peace Parade have been covered by the Boston Globe, Boston Metro, and WCVB-TV in the past week.

We invite all progressive groups (peace, environmental, women’s rights, civil rights, labor, GLBT etc.) in the greater Boston area to please join us as we follow behind the official parade.   The South Boston parade is the largest St. Patrick's Day parade in the country and is estimated to draw one million spectators.  This is a huge opportunity for us to get our message out!

Veterans for Peace

For more information please go to: Smedleyvfp.org or email ujpcoalition@gmail.com

The assembly point is at Foundry and Greenbaum Streets, one block west of Broadway MBTA Station (see map).  We will follow the same route as the main St. Patrick's Day Parade.   Our parade will be accompanied by two brass bands and by a landing craft provided by Boston Duck Tours.

For information on how your group can participate, contact:

Pat Scanlon, Veterans For Peace: 978-475-1776
United for Justice with Peace: 617-383-4857
American Friends Service Committee: 617-497-5273

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