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Essex Community College
On December 8th,
MVPP spoke at the Contemporary Affairs Club at Northern Essex Community
College describing MVPP and discussing the war in Iraq.
We donated two
copies each of The Peace Book
and the Hiroshima Appeal for Banning
DU Weapons: NO WAR NO DU, one to Professor Russell and one
to the school.
Peace and Justice
A total of 19
people recently participated in a six-week Peace and Justice Group
at Jim and Mary Todd's church, First United Methodist Church in North
Andover. Three people from MVPP attended.
were held the day before and the day after the election
November 2: - Brenda McCarthy invited MVPP members to join her at
her home to await the election results. Attendees were grateful for
the warm and friendly place, the camaraderie and the great food, all
nourishment for the work ahead.
November 3: Thirteen people and a dog came together for an evening
vigil in Andover. A truly therapeutic moment after a late night and
anxious day waiting for the election results. We held our flags, sang
together and spoke of the future. Mary Kate and Don read their poems.
Becci and Thea spoke of working at the polls. There were honks and
waves from passing cars. We were together, fully committed to the
work of peace and justice before us.
Nov. 23, We had a Stone Soup dinner, attended by about 35 people,
who contributed $400 for Oxfam. We viewed the video "Hijacking
We tabled at
the Westa Fiesta (Andover Youth Fest), at their invitation.
most of the 10,000 UFPJ Voter Education Leaflets, many finding their
way to New Hampshire and even Ohio and Florida
We tabled at
the Know Your Town Day in Andover and moved our vigil one block
north for that day.
We held an economic
forum entitled Economic Justice? War and the Economy, presented
by Mike Prokosch at the Andover Library, co-sponsored by the Ethical
Society of Boston, North Bridge Alliance for Democracy, North Shore
Coalition for Peace and Justice, Reading People for Peace, and WAND
(Womens Actions for New Directions). Over 30 people attended
the forum and we all learned a great deal from Mike.
at the Greg Brown concert at Imagine Studios in Newburyport.
Jane had a gathering
at her house to meet Stuart Leiderman, environmentalist/expert on
devastated marshes in Iraq.
Salem, NH vigils
have been well received and have been moved to Saturdays at 1:15.
two new members to our Board, Barbara Haack and Brenda McCarthy,
after accepting the resignation of Lee Bluemel and Susan Manning.
MVPP voted to
endorse the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and donate
MVPP voted to
send up to 3 representatives to Solidarity School and to support
any MVPP members with up to $200 to attend the School of the Americas
protest in Fort Benning, Georgia.
MVPP voted to
provide $1000 in seed money to Jane to help an Iraqi woman who was
shot in the face regain her vision. Jim will coordinate efforts
to fundraise and replace these funds.
Many MVPP members
volunteered to canvas, phone, and pollwatch with ACT, MoveOn, and
other similar organizations
We have legally
changed our name from North Andover People for Peace to Merrimack
Valley People For Peace
Labor Day at Lawrence's Bread and Roses Festival. Our table was
very popular, and we sold over $300 worth of buttons and bumper
stickers to a very sympathetic crowd.
-September 9, MVPP vigil commemorating 1,000 US Soldiers killed
in Iraq. pictures (in
separate window) At
Old Town Hall in Andover, thirty-five people attended; including
some new faces interested in joining us for vigils, meetings, and
events. MVPP members also joined 45 in a vigil in Newburyport's
Market Square, and 35 in Marblehead. Reading and Lawrence members
also held vigils that evening, joining over 1,000 vigils nationwide,
that were organized with only twenty- four hours notice.
We had a very
successful and fun 20th anniversary benefit concert on Sept. 18th,
with lots of very talented performers, including Dean Stevens, the
Prince Myshkins, our own Pat Scanlon, Mary Kate Small, Brian Quirk,
Ralph Galen, and the Merrimack Valley Peace Chorus singing an original
song composed by Don Abbott. We raised over $1000
at the Groton Fest, and sold more buttons and bumper stickers
We voted on
the following donations at our September meeting:
$200 to Alan
Pogue, documentary photographer in Iraq to help a bombing victim
receive medical care in Texas;
$250 to the
Association of Haitian Women, for hurricane relief;
$100 to the
Agape Community, for their work promoting non-violence,
$75 to Andover
Youth Services, to support their several youth programs, and
$50 to Lazarus
House to support their work with the homeless in Lawrence.
Isman, Massachusetts Volunteer Coordinator ror ACT (America Coming
Together) attended our monthly meeting and explained ways volunteers
could help mobilize voters.
vigil had about thirty people, some were new young people.
-Becci set up her table, and some of us sang at girl scout Christen
Mills' Peace Festival, at All Saints Church, Chelmsford. The
festival included speakers, entertainment, food, and information
-The Republican National Convention in NYC: We were over 12 of the
writeup NYT flash video: go through the link on that page
titled "Interactive Graphic..." For the first time, 28
people boarded a UJP bus Andover.
rehearsals, we serenaded the Veterans for Peace harbor cruise. Thanks
to Mary Kate and Ralph and Jim Scott.
-Many went to the vets' rally the following evening at Fanuel Hall.
-Many of us attended the Boston Social Forum, July 23-25, held at
UMass Boston, gaining strength and ideas. As we debriefed our individual
experiences at different seminars, workshops, and plenary sessions,
we universally affirmed that this was a “teach-in” with an extraordinary
degree of expertise and usefulness, plus the kind of hope that was
consistently grounded in practical alternatives. Many members expressed
interest in attending other forums in this global series. There
will be one in Seattle in October 2004 and another in Porto Allegre
in Winter 2005.
-The Raging Grannies sang for our annual meeting.
More in the newsletter.
-We started to vigil in Salem NH.
-Many of us enjoyed a concert by Irish singer, Tommy Sands.
-Many of us attended the Michael Moore movie, Farenheit 9/11, and
other pertinent movies, Control Room, The Corporation, Outfoxed
(others coming soon).
-We attended a demonstration in Boston's Copley square to "bring
the troops home".
-The bylaws committee started meeting, to update our legal status.
-Becci, Don, Peter, and Brian visited Rep. Meehan's office.
We hosted Dave Lippman as George Shrub, the only known Singing CIA
(Committee to Intervene Anywhere) agent for a fun concert on May 1st.
- MVPP has agreed to order rainbow PEACE flags directly from Italy,
with discounts given to local people and peace groups who pre-pay
us for their orders.
- MVPP voted to endorse the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.
- MVPP voted to register for a table at the Boston Social Forum.
- MVPP voted to donate buttons in English and Spanish for a campaign
in Lawrence sponsored by Latinos United for Justice to both educate
parents/students/school board members about registration requirements
under current draft board regulations and de-emphasize military service.
Barbara and Becci had a table at the Michelle Shocked concert on April
- MVVP has a beautiful new banner to use at tables and demonstrations
- We received permission from Andover to continue to table at Saturday
morning vigils through November.
- Swarthmore College Peace Coalition was impressed with our newsletter
and joined MVPP to receive it for their peace archives.
the Wheels of Justice Tour April 29-May 2nd, with Mike Miles,
Dave Lippman, and Slava Davidzon. We caused quite a controversy
at North Andover High School and in some local newspapers.
- We started our
petition drive for the Fund The Dream Campaign, and UFPJs emergency
petition about Iraq.
April 30th we had a PowerPoint presentation on the occupation
of Palestine after a great potluck dinner.
- MVPP made donations to LIFE (Life for Relief and Development), for
food and medicine in Iraq; The War Resisters League of New England,
and United for Justice with Peace.
Reaction Affinity Group trial in Nashua March 4.
Pleaded Nolo Contendre with statements.
- Hosted participants for a Walk for a New Spring on March 8th with
a potluck dinner after a vigil together(See article
in Andover Townsman)
- On March 14th, over seventy people attended our candlelight vigil
for "No more victims", commemorating one year after the
invasion of Iraq. Don's Intro
- A number of members attended other peace events we didn't sponsor:
Some walked on the last day of the Walk for a New Spring; Henry and
Becci were at the Peace Abbey and Hanscomb Air Force Base. Brian greeted
the president at Boston's Park Plaza.
- MVPP signed on to endorse the petition for the resolution to Congress
for the United States government to undertake a full, fair, and expeditious
investigation into the death of Rachel Corrie. See link: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=320
- At our last meeting we voted to co-sponsor the Toxics Action Conference
on Sat. April 3rd with a donation of $50.
- March 20, NYC: Twelve from MVPP joined the crowd of 30,000 to 100,000
in New York; and hundreds of thousands around the world, to call for
bringing the troops home from Iraq.
Many pictures: click
our February meeting, we decided to join the campaign to ban DU; and
approved donations to Global Peacemakers, the House of Peace, Mass
Peace Action, March to Abolish Poverty, and AfSC.
Pictures of February meeting.
The Spirit of
Resistance Concert by Pete Seeger and The People's Music Network.
January 23-25 was uplifting. See our February newsletter for rave
reviews! We gained some contacts and sold lots of buttons.
for highlights in 2002 - 2003, 2005,
2007, 2008, 2009,
2010, 2011, 2012,
People for Peace meets monthly, on the fourth Tuesday,
at 7:30 pm, at
North Parish Church, North Andover.
Merrimack Valley People for Peace (978) 685-1389
P.O. Box 573
North Andover, MA 01845
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