We had another
successful and busy year.
Of course we
continued our almost daily vigils in Andover, as well as weekly
ones in Newburyport and monthly ones in Reading. We also sponsored
some larger special ones
Nagasaki and Cindy Sheehan last August,
the anniversary of the war in Iraq, and the constitutional vigil.
Some folks also participated in the Good Friday vigil against the
Becci and various
helpers have set up our table and our wonderful new tarp at the
Lowell Folk Festival, Paws for Peace, Bread and Roses, and Shedd
Some Light Festivals, as well as at numerous coffee house events
and concerts such as Pat Scanlons CD release party.
Many of us have
marched in Boston, New York, and Washington this year, and a number
of MVPP folks joined the annual Walk for a New Spring in various
locations around Eastern Mass.
We made donations
to help with relief after Katrina, mudslides in Guatemala, the earthquakes
in Pakistan, and our own local floods, as well as a large number
of peace and justice organizations. This year we tried to be more
organized and thoughtful about our donations.
We also decided
as a group to focus on Counter-recruitment, especially in Lawrence,
Depleted Uranium, and of course, ending the war in Iraq
Afghanistan and preventing one in Iran.
a great deal about counter-recruitment this past year, and have
taught others, as well. Weve given out over 250 of our Think
Before You Enlist packets. Weve finally started tabling at
Lawrence Vocational Technical School, and are working on getting
into Lawrence High School. We have copies here of last Sundays
front-page articles in the Northeast section of the Globe and the
actual front page of the Lawrence Eagle Tribune, featuring Mary
and Jim Todd.
We have a DU
committee, whose members are reading books and articles, watching
videos, attending lectures, to be more informed so we can inform
others about the realities of DU.
lots of inspiring talks by folks like Camilo Mejia, Dahr Jamahl,
Doug Rokke, Noam Chomsky, and our own Masood. Weve learned
about DU, Israel/Palestine, Iran, our constitution, our economy,
and so many other topics, and some of us have attended town meetings
with Marty Meehan and Ed Markey, Democracy School, and the Eyes
Wide Open exhibit. And most of us read and forward lots and lots
A number of
different MVPP members have also spoken at religion, sociology,
and womens studies classes at Merrimack College.
started our own lending library of books, videos, DVDs and
to address immigration issues, and have continued our nice connection
with the mosque in Methuen through Masood.
Quite a few
of us worked to collect signatures for the National Guard referendum.
We write letters to the editor, and email and call our Senators
and representatives about so many issues. And of course, Becci,
Chad, and I go to lots of meetings with UJP, connecting with other
area peace activists to coordinate activities and learn from each
So, as I said
earlier, weve had another busy and successful year. We have
a great team of people who care passionately about peace and justice
issues, each doing what we can to make the world a better place.
While we have 4, now 5, officers and 15 board members who make decisions
in between our monthly meetings, our various committees are also
very important in continuing the work that we do. We now have over
125 members, and our impressive newsletter goes out to so many more
people. Thank you all for your deep commitment and concern, and
for the hard work that you all do. Im really proud to be a
part of Merrimack Valley People For Peace.
June 16, 2006
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