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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.
visited the North Andover United Methodist church for a supper presentation
and sleep over.
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
MVPP was well represented at the table at Lawrence's the Bread and
Arthur went door to door and made calls for Million Doors for
Peace on Sept. 20 (and earlier).
the bombing of Hiroshima, nine of us stood at the curb in
the damp air, with signs and flags.
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.
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.
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.
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,
.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.
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.
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.
March 19, in
the morning, Arthur Brien, and Mary and Jim Todd spoke on WCCM,
Ralph Galen, Richard Hudak, Jim and Mary visited with Christopher
Keohan, of Rep. Niki Tsongass 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 www.merrimackvalleypeopleforpeace.org/Tsongas031908.doc.
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.
potluck. Veterans for peace joined us, and previewed the Winter Soldier
Click for highlights in 2002 - 2003, 2004,
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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