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One Route, Two Parades

Stephanie Ebbert, Boston Globe / Mar 20, 2011

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St Patrick's Peace Parade 2011

Some 500 Veterans for Peace, members of peace groups, and gay rights demonstrators marched in South Boston March 20 in an alternative St. Patrick's Parade.   Veterans for Peace and LGBT groups were excluded from the main St. Patrick's Day parade and staged their own march.  

The response from the South Boston onlookers was overwhelmingly positive, with many sporting "V" signs for peace or shouting "Bring the Troops Home".

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Video of 2011 St Patrick's Peace Parade

Please view these two short videos of the 2011 St Patrick's Peace Parade.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Myh-Who9n5w

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B195pQNW-7s

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"Ending the Endless Wars" Conference

 
The first panel at the UJP conference. Left, Max Elbaum. Right, Najib Saliba and Ann Wright.   Photos by Pat Westwater-Jong
UJP's 10th anniversary conference, Ending the Endless Wars and Occupations, drew 250 Boston area peace activists to an all-day movement building conversation October at held at Suffolk University, and cosponsored by the Suffolk Department of Government.  The gathering was UJP's largest since the height of the Iraq war in 2006. 
 
Assistant Prof. Brian Conley welcomed the conference, which drew dozens of Suffolk undergraduates, to Suffolk University.  Shelagh Foreman of Peace Action read remarks, "No Justice, No Peace", by ex-Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner.   He congratulated UJP on ten years of work and emphasized the importance of the justice component, citing UJP's work to stop BU's dangerous level 4 biolab as an positive example.  Turner reminded us of Martin Luther King's "three evils" of war, racism and poverty and said that all must be addressed as part of the same system.   Turner advised us to persist in our efforts and not get discouraged in case of adversity.
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A short film by Jesse Perrier on the 2013 St. Patrick's Peace Parade

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