[act-ma] 3/05 Peace Parade Planning Meeting and Press Release
cwelch at tecschange.org
Mon Mar 3 06:02:12 PST 2014
Passing this along...
Below is the press release sent out last night.
Please circulate this to all your contacts and members.
Please send this to your local newspaper, let them know you are
participating and see if you can get a story.
If you know of a group or organization that you think would like to
participate - PLEASE INVITE THEM.
We have 13 days to go. - We need help and volunteers - if you would like
to volunteer for a job on March 16 please let me know.
Our next parade organizing meeting is this Wednesday
Arlington Street Church, 351 Boyleston Street (corner of Arlington &
Boyleston Streets, Boston, across from the public gardens)
Time: 7:00 pm - Please come and help - bring a friend or two
*Veterans For Peace*
*For Immediate Release*
*Contact: *Pat Scanlon, Office: 978-475-1776, Cell: 978-590-4248,
email:*Vets4PeaceChapter9 at gmail.com* <mailto:Vets4PeaceChapter9 at gmail.com>**
*Attached: Press Release, Parade Flyer, Open Letter to Residents of Boston*
*CARLOS ARREDONDO – GRAND MARSHAL OF *
*SAINT PATRICK’S PEACE PARADE*
Boston, Mass. – March 3, 2014 – Carlos Arredondo and his wife Melida
will be the Grand Marshalls for the Saint Patrick Peace Parade, the
alternative parade, in South Boston on Sunday, March 16. Carlos is well
known as one of the heroes of the Boston Marathon bombing. He was
captured in a now famous AP photo wearing his white cowboy hat as he
rushed bombing victim Jeff Bauman to a waiting ambulance.Carlos and
Melida have been long time members of Veterans For Peace, having joined
the organization shortly after Carlos’ son Alex was killed in Najaf Iraq
by a sniper in 2004. Their only other son Brian, who never recovered
from the loss of his beloved big brother, committed suicide in 2011 at
age 24. Carlos and Melida have committed themselves to helping veterans
families and working for peace as members of the Boston chapter of
Veterans For Peace.
Carlos is honored to be the Grand Marshall of the Saint Patrick’s Peace
Parade with his wife Melida. “Boston Strong means all of us uniting
together whether at a tragedy or against bigotry and exclusion, or the
need for peace”, stated Carlos. “There is a lot of controversy
surrounding these parades,” Carlos said. “We should all come together,
combine the two parades into one big parade and allow everyone,
straight, gay, peace, old and young to all participate together
celebrating Saint Patrick.”
Melida Arrendondo, Carlo’s wife, also a Grand Marshall of the parade
added,“After this year where a bombing took place in Boston, inclusion
of the LGBT community and Veterans For Peace is an important part of
keeping Boston Strong.” “We are a diverse community,” added Melida, “and
we should be proud to march together as one. Our diversity is what makes
us different and is our strength as a city and a nation.”
Veterans For Peace will once again march one mile behind the traditional
parade. There are eight separate divisions in the Peace Parade, each
division is essentially their own parade with very distinct messages.
The eight division are: Veterans For Peace, Peace, Religious, LGBT,
Environmental Stewardship, Political, Labor, Social and Economic
Justice. Last year the parade had six bands, floats, vehicles, Bread and
Puppet Theatre and 2,500 participants.
“Some have called the Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade a protest parade,”
said Pat Scanlon, Coordinator of Veterans For Peace and the lead
organizer for the Peace Parade. “It is not! It is an /alternative
parade/ brought about because of the discriminatory and exclusionary
practices of the organizers of the first parade.” Some people refer to
the second parade as the gay parade. Scanlon emphasizes, “It is a Peace
Parade, in fact the only Peace Parade in the entire country. Our parade
is welcoming and inclusive. The LGBT community is free to celebrate who
they are as people and as gay members of our community. There is an LGBT
Division where all are welcome to carry rainbow flags, signs, and
banners and wear T-shirts with such messages as “I’m Irish, Gay and Proud”.
The parade organizers invite individuals and groups to join their
parade. “People and groups are welcome to come and join one of the eight
divisions,” added Scanlon. The Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade will
assemble at 1:00 pm on D Street, just off West Broadway in South Boston.
Look for the black and white Veterans For Peace Flags. Erin Go Bragh.
Web: smedleyvfp.orgTwitter: @smedleyVFP Facebook: facebook.com/smedleyvfp
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