Thursday, March 10, 2011

Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade

Join us!

When: Sunday March 20, 2011

Where: South Boston, same route as the “official parade”

Meeting details: Meet at 2:00 p.m. near the Broadway  
MBTA T Station (Red Line) --
click here for directions to assembly point  

Specifically:  The assembly spot for the Saint Patrick's Peace Parade is at the corner of Greenbaum St. and Foundry St., which is just two blocks west of the Broadway T station.
From the T stop, walk west on West Broadway across Dorchester Ave. 
Greenbaum Street is straight ahead, go one block to Foundry St.

There will be guides with flags to direct you to the location.

Themes for the Day:

  • How is the War Economy Working for You?
  • Bring the Troops Home, Take Care of Them When They Get Here
  • Cut Military Spending, Save Jobs: Teachers, Fireman, Police
  • Peace is Patriotic! “Not a Dirty Word”

Please join Veterans For Peace and other peace and social justice organizations for this historic alternative “people’s parade” following the official Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.

Background: Again this year Veterans for Peace was denied permission to walk in the “Official Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.” The stated reason was because the Allied War Veterans Council (War Council) did not want the word “peace” associated with the word “veteran.” They also stated that Veterans For Peace were too political for the parade, as if all the politicians, military formations and bands in the parade are not political?

The City of Boston has issued a permit to Veterans For Peace to have its own Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade, immediately following the “official parade.” Our parade is a “people’s parade for peace and justice.” We invite all progressive groups (peace, environmental, women’s rights, civil rights, labor, GLBT etc.) in the greater Boston area to please join us as we follow behind the official parade.

We will enjoy the same police protection and courtesies offered the official parade.

For information on how your group can participate, contact one of the following:

Pat Scanlon, Veterans For Peace: 978-475-1776
Cole Harrison, United for Justice with Peace: 617-466-9274
American Friends Service Committee: 617-497-5273