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

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======== ST. PATRICK'S PEACE PARADE ==========================================

 *When:* Sunday, March 17, 2013, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
*Where: *D Street & West Broadway • Look for white "Vets for Peace" Flags  
• South Boston

         STEWARDSHIP, SOCIAL & ECONOMIC JUSTICE ------------------------------

-------- /UNITE, PARTICIPATE, CELEBRATE/ -------------------------------------

Please join us for our Third Annual Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade, the  
Alternative People’s Parade for Peace, Equality, Jobs, Environmental  
Stewardship, Social and Economic Justice. Assemble: 2pm. Parade start: 3pm

Contact: Veterans for Peace, Pat Scanlon, info at massvfp.org [1], 978-475-1776;  
Massachusetts Peace Action, Cole Harrison, info at masspeaceaction.org [2],  

Web: smedleyfvp.org Twitter: @SmedleyVFP   Facebook:  

*Why are there two parades on Saint Patrick’s Day?*

For the past three years Veterans For Peace have been denied to walk in the  
historic Saint Patrick’s Parade in South Boston. This is the largest parade  
of its kind in the country with over 700,000 people viewing the parade. The  
parade has a dual purpose; the celebration of Saint Patrick and the Irish  
traditions and heritage and a celebration of Evacuation Day, the day the  
British were run out of Boston. Both days fall on March 17th, so the City of  
Boston thought it a good idea to have the Allied War Veterans Council (AWVC)  
organize the parade. The problem is that one side of the equation, St.  
Patrick, a man of peace, is second fiddle to a military parade. AWVC has the  
exclusive say in who gets to walk in this historical parade. The City of  
Boston, South Boston Community Groups, the Boston Police have absolutely no  
say in who walks the streets of South Boston in the Saint Patrick’s Day  

In 2011 Veterans For Peace’s application was denied, when asked why and  
were told, “They did not want to have the word Peace associated with the  
word Veteran”. Well they did not know the Smedleys very well. We pulled our  
own permit and with only three weeks to go before the parade pulled together  
500 people and the Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade, the Alternative People’s  
Parade for Peace, Equality, Jobs, Environmental Stewardship, Economic and  
Social Justice was born. 

Twenty years ago the LGBT community wanted to walk in the parade and were  
denied which resulted in a lawsuit that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme  
Court resulting in the Hurley Decision. The Smedleys immediately reached out  
to the LGBT community, inviting them to “walk in our parade”

In 2012 we had close to 2,000 people, seven divisions (Veterans, Peace, LGBT,  
Labor, Political, Religious, Occupy Everywhere) two bands, bag pipers,  
drummers, a Duck Boat, two trollies etc. It was a grand success. We have an  
Environmental Stewardship Division this year. Our goal is to end this last  
vestige of institutionalized exclusion, prejudice, bigotry, and homophobia  
and make this parade inclusive and welcoming to all and bring the message of  
peace to South Boston on Saint Patrick’s Day.

Please join us in South Boston on March 17. Be sure to bring your Chapter’s  
or Organization’s banners, signs and costumes and join us in our fabulous  
Third Annual Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade. 

On behalf of the Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade Organizing Committee.

Thank you,

Pat Scanlon (VN '69)

Coordinator, VFP Chapter 9, Smedley Butler Brigade

Vets4PeaceChapter9 at gmail.com [3]     Phone: 978-475-1776

Flyer: http://justicewithpeace.org/files/2013St_Pats_FlyerJan23.pdf [4]

Info: http://justicewithpeace.org/files/St%20Pat%E2%80%99s%20Peace%20Parade-Descrip-2013.doc  

United for Justice with Peace [6] 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.

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617-383-4857 www.justicewithpeace.org [9] Upcoming Events:  We're Not Broke  
[10] Tue Feb 5 7:00pm St. James Conference Room Salem Supporting the  
Peacemakers: Massachusetts Peace Action Annual Meeting [11] Sat Feb 9 1:00pm  
First Baptist Church Newton Center Valentine’s Day Rally: Tell Washington  
to “Have a Heart” [12] Thu Feb 14 12:30pm JFK Federal Building Boston  
Walk for Peace For the People – For the Earth - Potluck [13] Wed Feb 20  
6:30pm Cambridge Friends Meeting House Cambridge Panel Discussion on  
Immigration Reform [14] Thu Feb 21 11:00am tbd Boston area Saint Patrick’s  
Peace Parade [15] Sun Mar 17 2:00pm South Boston
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[4] http://justicewithpeace.org/files/2013St_Pats_FlyerJan23.pdf
[5] http://justicewithpeace.org/files/St%20Pat%E2%80%99s%20Peace%20Parade-Descrip-2013.doc
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