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December 2016

We held a vigil for Standing Rock at the same time as a similar vigil at North Parish and others nationwide, on the Sunday before the Army was to evacuate the protectors. That night the Army Corps of Engineers denied the permit to build. This was partial, but a victory to protect Native sovereignty and every one's water.

November 2016

The Veterans for Peace Armistice Day march had many white VFP flags and two MVPP flags. It was cold but we listened to many good speeches at Quincy Market.

October 2016

Some of us donated to Hattie Nestle's truck of hay sent to the Standing Rock occupation. Jane wrote a letter to the editor.

September 2016

At Andover Days we spread the word.

August 2016   We held a quiet vigil commemorating Hiroshima and Nagasaki
July 2016

We attended a weekday vigil, led by Mass Peace Action, at Textron. There were about 30 people spread out two or three hundred feet and we got many supportive honks.

Celine Ibrahim, at the Rolloing Ridge Peace Conference, gave a scholarly look at places where the Quran works to build peace.

We enjoyed the music and supplied many at our table at the Lowell Folk Festival.

June 2016

At our Annual meeting, Scott Shaeffer-Duffy entertained and inspired, reflecting on his book, "Nothing is Imposible."

We joined the chorus on Pat Scanlon's recording, Extremests for Peace or see this one

We attended vigils for victims of shooting in Orlando in Andover and Lawrence.

We said goodbye to Larry Peacock as he and Anne Broyles move back to the west coast to be near family.

May 2016

Veterans For Peace Memorial Day: The rain stopped and speakers reminded us that the holiday is to remember the suffering war produces for soldiers and populations.

April 2016

March 2016

Walk for a New Spring. Friday, MVPP and Saturday, the Vietnamese Budhist temple in Lawrence hosted potlucks with interesting conversations. Walkers and monks stayed two nights at MVPP homes. Their main theme was peace through sharing, and some spoke against the proposed pipeline for shipping 'fracked gas' through New England.

Good Friday vigils: In Reading against the Death Penalty and
Quakers at Boston Common for Peace and "Black Lives Matter."

February 2016

Some of us were inspired by the play, "Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day" (founder of Catholic Workers) at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, Andover.

Many of us attended with Veterans for Peace at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center near Roxbury Crossing. see the video.

January 2016 Amira Elamri

Niki Rosen went to hear a Syrian refugee speak, at the Unitarian church in Newburyport and was pictured in the Boston Globe Metro section Jan. 4.


At our annual potluck Jan 15, Debbie Grinnell explained how the group C-10 keeps statistics and communicates with nuclear regulators about the Seabrook station. Decaying concrete is a major concern.

Nevins Library in Methuen was crowded at an informative presentation by Lowell Imam, Bashir Bilal.


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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
            North Andover, MA 01845

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