Beyond fundraising, the purpose of the Walk is send the message that creating peaceful communities is a shared responsibility - that all of us have a part to play in peacemaking.
That includes our politicians. The Peace Institute is so grateful to have the support of those elected officials at the city, county, and state level who are genuinely seeking a pathway toward more equitable and effective responses to homicide in the City of Boston.
We'd like to lift up three elected officials who have walked with us for years, and will be with us on our 20th anniversary on May 8.
Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz
Her best memory of the Walk: "When you arrive at the walk before it begins, you see a tableau of incredibly diverse faces - mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, grandparents and grandchildren. It's not a common site in Boston to see a wide array of black, brown, and white faces unified around one common cause. This is the most vivid, powerful memory I have of the Mother's Day Walk for Peace."
Why she walks: "I'm excited every year for the walk, but this year I'm eager to watch this gem of a community event really take the city by storm.I support the Mother's Day Walk for Peace because I believe upholding our societal commitment to motherhood is vital to our work in forging peaceful communities everywhere, for everyone."
Councilor Ayanna Pressley
Her best memory of the walk: "My Mother participated in the Walk for the first time in 2010, shortly after her cancer had gone into remission. With the assistance of a cane, she walked the entire route with her sister friend, Joyce Ferriabough-Bolling. My mother walked slow and steady, but with determination. When she finished, she felt alive, purposeful, and proud to be supporting so many grieving families."
Why she walks: "I financially contribute to, and walk every year as a demonstration of support to, and solidarity with those who've suffered unimaginable loss. I walk to encourage them, and I walk to show to the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute team support for their unwavering commitment and empathy to impacted families. They've helped thousands recover from their trauma, and get on a pathway to healing and forgiveness."
District Attorney Dan Conley
His best memory of the walk: "In 2002, my first year as District Attorney, I walked in the Mother's Day Walk for Peace to support and connect with people and communities directly affected by violence. I've taken part in the walk every year since, and I'm inspired each time by the mothers and loved ones of those killed who have turned their grief into action on behalf of the community."
Why he walks: "The walk has been a centerpiece of anti-violence efforts throughout the city for the past two decades, and it has touched so many lives in that time. I support the Mother's Day Walk for Peace because too many mothers' hearts have been broken by acts of violence in our communities. No matter who you are or where you live, every mother, child, and family deserves a safe place to call home, and that's the goal that we are all working toward together."
Together, we can transform society's response to homicide. I am looking forward to walking with all of you on May 8. In the meantime, please continue all you awesome fundraising efforts. You can donate to a team page like "LDB Walks with Me" or give by clicking here .
And look out for the Lenny Zakim bridge lit up purple for peace in celebration of the courage of our community on April 27, 28, 29!