[act-ma] [UJP] St. Patrick's Peace Parade

United for Justice with Peace info at justicewithpeace.org
Wed Feb 29 02:47:21 PST 2012

UJP: St. Patrick's Peace Parade


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

Sunday, March 18, 2012.  Assemble at 1:00 pm, step off at 2:00 pm.

Assemble on "D" Street between 1st and 3rd St, South Boston. Take the MBTA to
Broadway Station and follow Veterans for Peace flags, or park at D and Louis

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

Themes for the Day:

How is the War Economy Working for You

Bring the Troops Home and Take Care of Them When They Get Here

Cut Military Spending, Save Jobs, Teachers, Fireman & Police

Peace Is Patriotic! Not a Dirty Word

No War on Iran

Last year, Veterans For Peace were denied permission to walk in South Boston's
traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The stated reason given by the Allied
War Veterans Council was that the organizers “did not want the word peace
associated with the word veteran”.

Seventeen years ago the gay and bisexual community applied to be in the parade
and they too were denied. They sued and it resulted in a U.S. Supreme Court
ruling that any group that organizes a parade can exclude whomever they like.

Last year with only three weeks to go, Veterans For Peace applied for their own
permit and invited the gay and bisexual community to join the peace movement in
a parade.  The parade had over 500 participants, a Duck Boat, Grand Marshals,
The Leftist Marching Band, five divisions, Veterans, peace groups, Join the
Impact (GLBT), religious groups and labor. It was a grand success and warmly
welcomed by the residents of South Boston. It was also front page news in
practically all the Boston Newspapers and was reported on TV and radio.

This year, once again, Veterans For Peace were denied. This year they were not
given a reason why, just denied. So if you are a veteran of the U.S. Military
and carry a gun or drive a tank you are invited to participate, but if as a
veteran you stand for peace you are summarily denied permission to participate.

We invite all progressive groups (Peace, Environmental, Occupy Everywhere, Civil
Rights, Women’s Rights, GLBT Rights, Labor, and Faith Groups) to please join
us in the St. Patrick’s Peace Parade: the Alternative People’s Parade.
Please join us in this show of solidarity against bigotry and exclusion in the
City of Boston.

This is the largest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in the country, attracting in
excess of 700,000 people, and is an excellent opportunity to get our messages of
Peace, Equality, Inclusion, Jobs, Social and Economic Justice out.  Please Join
Us! Send endorsements to info at masspeaceaction.org [1].

Read background [2] about the St. Patrick's Peace Parade.  Read about last
year's parade here [3], here [4], here [5], and here [6].

Download and print the flyer [7].


Veterans for Peace - Pat Scanlon, info at massvfp.org [8], 978-475-1776

Massachusetts Peace Action - Cole Harrison, info at masspeaceaction.org [9],

Directions: Assemble at 1pm on D Street between 1st and 3rd St.  Step off
approximately 2pm. Free Parking is available in the lot near D and Louis
Streets.   Enter D St. from Summer St. and turn left into the lot just before
you reach Louis St. Map of assembly point and parking location [10]:
http://g.co/maps/jxswg [11]

Grand Marshals needed! [12]  If you can't walk 4 miles but still want to join
the parade, let us know [13] and we'll arrange for you to ride in a vehicle.

Endorse the Parade! [14]  Organizations and prominent individuals (present or
former elected officials, candidates, ministers, academics, etc.) are requested
to endorse to show the breadth of support.   Click here to endorse. [15]

Endorsers (list in formation):

Veterans and Military Families

Veterans for Peace - Smedley Butler Brigade

Military Famlies Speak Out


Massachusetts Peace Action

Arlington United for Justice with Peace

Boston United National Antiwar Coalition

Massachusetts Global Action

North Shore Coalition for Peace & Justice

South Boston Residents for Peace

United for Justice with Peace

Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice, and the Environment

Women's International League for Peace & Freedom - Boston Branch

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender

Join the Impact Massachusetts


Friends Meeting at Cambridge - Peace and Social Concerns Committee

North Shore Friends Meeting - Peace & Social Concerns Committee

Pax Christi Boston

Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport

Political Action

International Socialist Organization

Majority Agenda Project

MoveOn Boston Council

Peter White - candidate for Congress, Mass. 9th CD (independent)

Progressive Democrats of America


Occupy Boston - Action for Peace Working Group


United for Justice with Peace [17] is a coalition of peace and justice
organizations and community peace groups in the Greater Boston region. The UJP
Coalition, formed after September 11th, seeks global peace through social and
economic justice.


Help us continue to do this critical work!   Make a donation to UJP today. [19]


info at justicewithpeace.org [20]


            		www.justicewithpeace.org [21]

Upcoming Events: 


		Occupy AIPAC Summit [22]

		Sat Mar 3


		Washington, DC


		Walk for a Nuclear Free & Sustainable World [23]

		Mon Mar 5


		Veterans Memorial Bridge



		Remember Fukushima! [24]

		Tue Mar 6


		Cambridge Friends Meeting Center



		Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives [25]

		Tue Mar 6


		St. James Conf. Rm., Corner Bridge & Flint Sts



		Fund Our Communities, Not War [26]

		Sun Mar 11


		St. Paul's Episcopal Church

		Newton Highlands


		Challenging the Pivot: The U.S., China, & Alternatives to Asia-Pacific
Militarization [27]

		Tue Mar 13


		Episcopal Divinity School, Washburn Auditorium



		Massachusetts Jobs with Justice 20th Anniversary Dinner [28]

		Thu Mar 15


		Suffolk Downs

		East Boston


		Bridging the Divide: United States / Pakistan [29]

		Sat Mar 17


		St John's United Methodist Church



More Peace and Justice Events [30].    How to Submit Events [31] 


Click here to unsubscribe from this newsletter [32]

[1] info at masspeaceaction.org
[2] http://justicewithpeace.org/node/3438
[3] http://justicewithpeace.org/node/2519
[4] http://justicewithpeace.org/node/2499
[5] http://justicewithpeace.org/node/2498
[6] http://justicewithpeace.org/node/2433
[7] http://justicewithpeace.org/files/St.%20Pats%20Parade%20-%20Flyer.pdf
[8] info at massvfp.org
[9] info at masspeaceaction.org
[10] http://g.co/maps/jxswg
[11] http://g.co/maps/jxswg
info at masspeaceaction.org?subject=St.%20Patrick's%20Peace%20Parade%20-%20Grand%20Marshal%20interest
info at masspeaceaction.org?subject=St.%20Patrick's%20Peace%20Parade%20-%20Grand%20Marshal%20interest
info at masspeaceaction.org?subject=Endorsement%20of%20St%20Patrick's%20Peace%20Parade
info at masspeaceaction.org?subject=Endorsement%20of%20St%20Patrick's%20Peace%20Parade
[16] http://justicewithpeace.org
[17] http://justicewithpeace.org
[18] http://justicewithpeace.org/donate
[19] http://justicewithpeace.org/donate
[20] info at justicewithpeace.org
[21] http://www.justicewithpeace.org
[22] http://justicewithpeace.org/node/3426
[23] http://justicewithpeace.org/node/3499
[24] http://justicewithpeace.org/node/3454
[25] http://justicewithpeace.org/node/3500
[26] http://justicewithpeace.org/node/3498
[27] http://justicewithpeace.org/node/3433
[28] http://justicewithpeace.org/node/3299
[29] http://justicewithpeace.org/bridging-divide
[30] http://justicewithpeace.org/upcoming-events
[31] http://justicewithpeace.org/posting-events
[32] http://justicewithpeace.org/newsletter/confirm/remove/54b7b5e2b33576t74
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