21st Annual Mother’s Day March for Peace
By Racial Justice Task Force, Published on April 27, 2017
Invest in Peace
Dear Beloved Community,
I come to you with a heavy heart and a tired spirit. My family and families in my community have been deeply impacted by acts of violence in recent weeks. I feel pain and anger that homicides continue to happen and families of murder victims still struggle to lay their loved ones to rest with respect and dignity.
After more than twenty years of serving survivors of homicide victims, it does not get easier to witness families overcome with grief and loss. Yet, we are called to continue serving families with dignity and compassion so that no one has to suffer alone.
Boston is a city rich with resources. We must work together as survivors, providers, law enforcement, and city officials to use those resources equitably and effectively so all families impacted by murder receive the same level of care regardless of the circumstances. In order to interrupt cycles of violence, we must surround these impacted families with the support they need to live in peace.
Just this week, Mayor Marty Walsh and the Boston Public Health Commission launched four Neighborhood Trauma Teams in Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and East Boston. I deeply appreciate this commitment to serve our communities. This is an important step.
We need to put protocols in place so that our city’s response is coordinated, consistent, and compassionate no matter where or when a homicide happens. Trauma responders need tools and training so they can meet the emotional and practical needs of families of homicide victims. The Peace Institute is here to be a partner in that process.
We are also working hard to prepare for the 21st Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace. Our theme this year is “In Unity There Is Healing” and we really need it. I invite you to walk with me and appreciate the assets of community. I invite you to walk alongside survivors and feel our strength and resiliency. I invite you to walk with me in honor our loved ones’ legacies. Rain or shine, I can count on the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace to inspire and uplift me. I know it will do the same for you and your family.
I also need you to support the Peace Institute so we can continue to be there for families who need us. The Mother’s Day Walk for Peace is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we are currently less than halfway to our goal of $400,000. Please give generously and then ask your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors to follow your lead. Thank you so much for investing in peace.
I appreciate you.
In Peace and Service,
President and CEO of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute