Hundreds walk for peace on Mother’s Day

mother's day walk for peace boston
There were a lot of umbrellas along with a lot of hope in Dorchester as people readied for Sunday’s Mother’s Day Walk for Peace.
Credit: Michael Naughton/METRO

They walked for Troy Woods and Ronald Dias. They walked for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and the even younger victims of the Newtown school shooting. 

Hundreds of people set off in the rain from a soggy park in Dorchester Sunday morning in honor of the countless victims of violence and to walk to spread a message of peace.

The annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace, put on by the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, drew hundreds including Norine Woods-Jackson, of Dorchester, who was walking for the 14th year in honor of her murdered son.

“I’m going to walk until my feet bleed because we have to stop this violence. It’s nonsense,” she said. “The bombing itself should have been a wake-up call … but I’m still hopeful peace is possible.”

Before those in the crowd left the park to walk through the city’s streets they heard from Scarlett Lewis, whose son Jesse was one of the 26 students and educators gunned down at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“Let’s all remember and spread the word that love is a choice and that we make it every day several times a day. We’re all choosing love today and let’s keep doing it,” she told the crowd.

Tina Chery, the founder of the Brown Peace Institute, told the crowd that they raised $98,000 for the organization’s peace efforts.

“This is what Boston has. We are truly one strong and one Boston. We are truly strong,” Chery told the crowd.

Many of those who took part in the walk wore purple in a show of peace while others wore shirts and pins with the pictures of their murdered relatives and friends.

Woods-Jackson said the growing number of people who lend their support and join the walk each year helps her to keep participating.

“It’s not one community, it’s all people from all walks of life. It’s not a color-coded problem, it’s a people problem,” she said.

Follow Michael Naughton on Twitter @metrobosmike.

 



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MTA announces service changes for Sunday

The MTA has announced service changes ahead of Sunday's People's Climate March, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Riders using…

Local

NYPD launches Twitter account for L train

The NYPD recently launched a Twitter handle dedicated to the L train and its riders. According to @NYPDLtrain, officers went underground Thursday morning to hand…

Local

Bushwick community space offers activists a place to…

A new Bushwick community space offers community activists to meet, create, learn and throw back a few cold ones. MayDay, located 214 Starr Street in Bushwick,…

Local

Activists gearing up for Sunday's "historic" People's Climate…

If all goes according to plan, more than 100,000 people will gather near Central Park West on Sunday morning and march through midtown to raise…

Movies

Kevin Smith makes peace with the Internet

I was thinking about Ain't It Cool News and Harry Knowles last night, wondering if anyone from Ain't It Cool had reviewed my new movie…

Movies

Art imitates life in 'Swim Little Fish Swim'

There's a certain comfort to be taken in finding that young artists are still moving to New York and trying to make it — and…

Movies

Review: Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem' is better…

Terry Gilliam's latest, "The Zero Theorem," concerns a reclusive malcontent (Christoph Waltz) struggling with the search for the meaning of life.

Music

Esperanza Spalding and a being called Emily get…

Esperanza Spalding is about to spiral off in a brand new direction that may or may include an alter ego named Emily.

NFL

Oday Aboushi ready for increased role, and to…

Oday Aboushi might feel comfortable enough to engage in some trash talk the next time he is on the field.

NFL

Giants vs. Texans: 3 things to watch

The Giants host the surprising Texans (2-0) in what may already be a must-win game for Big Blue.

NFL

Eric Decker misses practice again, could miss Monday

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker missed practice Thursday as he continues to rehab a hamstring injury suffered last Sunday.

MLB

Derek Jeter still focused on baseball as final…

Derek Jeter has effectively hid his emotions for 20 years in the Bronx.

Parenting

A sneaky way to serve kids fruits and…

"My First Juices and Smoothies" gives smoothie recipes for kids.

Style

3 things we love from Day 1 of…

The highlights from Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week.

Sex

Why don't more couples use condoms?

  Call it the “condom moment.” That’s the name the authors of a new study have given to the pivotal conversation every couple should be…

Sex

Need an idea for a first date? Here's…

Picture your idea of a nice first date. Is it dinner and a movie? A visit to an interesting museum exhibit? Instead, an expert on…