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December 2008



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October 2008

Some of us went to Belmont to help be an audience for a movie project called "Protest Nation." Here is a YouTube video they made before coming to Belmont, This is How the War Came Home. Pat Scanlon sang at our local event.

MVPP set up the table at the October 11 rally at the Boston Common. We had about fifteen people, of the total crowd of over a thousand on this beauiful day.

Jim and Mary Todd held an open house to demonstrate how their new solar electrical and hot water system work. This was part of the American Solar Energy Society's National Solar Tour.

Peace Pilgrims visited the North Andover United Methodist church for a supper presentation and sleep over.

At Merrimack College (not an MVPP event, but some of our friends were there), more than 100 people from local churches prayed for the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, and Israel. People came from St. James Episcopal in Groveland, Christ Episcopal and St. Augustines RC of Andover, All Saints Episcopal of West Newbury, St. James of Haverhill RC, Groveland Congregational, and Second Congregational of West Boxford.


September 2008

September 1, MVPP was well represented at the table at Lawrence's the Bread and Roses Festival.

Barbara and Arthur went door to door and made calls for Million Doors for Peace on Sept. 20 (and earlier).


August 2008

To commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima, nine of us stood at the curb in the damp air, with signs and flags.


July 2008

We had our table at the Lowell Folk Festival again and had a great time talking to the choir and other interested people. We gave away buttons, stickers and literature, and our donations can had $200 at the end of the day.


June 2008

Carlos and Melida Arredondo and The Smedley Butler Brigade of Veterans for Peace were guests at our Annual Meeting. Jane Cadarette briefly described her trip to Jordan to visit Ahlam, the blinded Iraqi lady the Peace Vision Project has been helping.


May 2008

Fundraiser Concert. On May 17, Bobbie's father, Ernest Goldman, on piano and his friend Ming-Chi Tsai on violin provided an excellent interpretation of works by of Handel, Mozart, and Franck.

Memorial Day by Veterans Against War: At Columbus Park next to Boston Harbor, Veterans were honored. Speakers called for better treatment for returning vets and an end to at least the Iraq war.

Carlos and Melida Arredondo remembering their son lost in Iraq, Alexander, USMC.
Carlos and Melida Arredondo remembering their son lost in Iraq, Alexander, USMC.

See .Boston Globe Article: Rally's veterans, activists seek to avoid glorifying war

May 31 was an exercise in staying dry but we had a table at Andover Day.


April 2008

Palestinian witness: Yousef Bashir, a young Palestinian peacemaker, spoke at Beacon Hill Friends House April 4th. Despite being shot by an Israeli soldier he found room for forgiveness. Brian Quirk attended.

March 2008

Winter soldier hearings were broadcast live in North Andover, nationally over the web, and other venues. See more about MVPP's role in Winter Soldier in our newsletter.

Newburyport march 3/16/08
Newburyport march 3/16/08

March 19, in the morning, Arthur Brien, and Mary and Jim Todd spoke on WCCM, 1450 AM.

Then Arthur, Ralph Galen, Richard Hudak, Jim and Mary visited with Christopher Keohan, of Rep. Niki Tsongas’s Lowell office. They presented him with a packet of materials compiled by Mass Peace Action and UJP and spoke for at least half an hour on our concerns about the war and the veterans. See the cover letter online at They thanked Mrs. Tsongas for introducing H.R. 5499, and urged her to support H.R. 5507 which would require the safe, complete and fully-funded redeployment of U.S. Armed Forces and contractor security forces from Iraq and would prohibit the establishment of any enduring or permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq.

March 19, MVPP helped organize vigils in Andover and Newburyport.

February 2008

Winter soldier fundraisers.


January 2008
Annual potluck. Veterans for peace joined us, and previewed the Winter Soldier activities.

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Merrimack Valley People for Peace meets monthly, on the fourth Tuesday,
at 7:30 pm,
at North Parish Church, North Andover.

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            P.O. Box 573
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