Sunday, May 11, 2014

Budget for All! Lobby Day: Thursday, May 22

Massachusetts State House
Meet in the 4th floor cafeteria at 10am
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With over 50 legislators to visit, we need YOU on May 22 to make sure all of them know about the Budget for All!
No lobbying experience needed!  We will start with updates and background information on the Budget for All! , then divide up into groups.   Each group will visit their own legislators and additional offices during the day.
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Questions? Call 617-354-2169 or email
In a front-page article on April 27, the Boston Globe revealed how military industry lobbyists and insiders have been given control, with almost no accountability and transparency, of a $177 million fund set up to refurbish the 6 military bases in the state. The $177 million military bond bill sailed through the state Senate and House last year, with only two legislators voting no.  The article quotes state Sen. Jamie Eldridge and me in opposition to this giveaway of taxpayer dollars.
Use this tool to send an email to the members of the Ways and Means Committees asking them to report the Budget for All! favorably.
The Military Bond Bill moves the state backwards to a militarized economy, but the Budget for All! points the way to a green peace economy. Yet the very same legislators who sped the Military Bond Bill to passage have not acted on the Budget for All! resolutions, S.1750 and H.3211.  They are now pending before the Ways and Means Committees of the State House and Senate.
Supported by 75% of voters in 91 cities and towns across the state, the Budget for All! reso­lutions call on Congress to stop the cutbacks to programs people depend on, invest in jobs, restore fair taxes on the rich and corporations, cut the military budget and bring the troops home from Afghanistan.
Use this tool to send an email to the members of the Ways and Means Committees asking them to report the bills favorably.
Cole Harrison For a peace economy,
Cole Harrison
Executive Director

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Dear Walkers and Supporters,

Peace is possible!!! We have raised $106,000 towards our $200,000 goal! We are counting on you. Please remember top 3 fundraising teams, top 3 individual fundraisers, and top 3 student fundraisers will receive Kleen Kanteen water bottles and the top 3 teams will also lead the walk! But your donations have to be in by Saturday. 

We would like to share some important last minute information about the Mother's Day Walk for Peace on Sunday, May 11, 2014, at Town Field Park, 1520 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02124 (start and end address).

The walk is RAIN OR SHINE!
7:00 am registration starts
8:00 am opening ceremony and remarks
8:30 am walk begins (3.6 miles, seeroute here)
10:30 -11:00 am Closing    
    Performance by Jah-N-I Roots Band 
     Eucharist Offered by The Rt. Rev. M. Tom Shaw, SSJE (all welcome)

Water and bathroom stops:
We encourage everyone to register online and to make theirdonations online  before the walk to reduce registration lines.

If you are part of a team, we also encourage folks to check in with their team captains, collect all donations, and then have one team member submit pledges at registration on Sunday.

Parking is available at 500-520 Geneva Ave Lot in Dorchester also limited street parking is available in Fields Corner.

Please wear purple as our unified visual color for PEACE. Bring purple umbrellas if need be. 

Worship Services after the walk:
Revered Art Lavoie, of First Parish in Dorchester welcomes members of the Unitarians Universalist Congregations who will be in Dorchester for the Mother's Walk to join them for at 11 am. First Parish is located 1/2 mile up Adams Street from the park where the walk begins and ends. Reverend Lavoie would love to have colleagues participate in the service itself. To offer prayer, or give 5 minute reflections on peace it would be a great worship experience for all participants to hear this diversity of voices. or 617-413-8791
The Episcopal  Diocese of Massachusetts and Bishop Tom Shaw will be holding a Eucharistic Service right after the walk at Town Field. All are welcome. For more information please contact:    

There is still time to invest in Peace :
Registration is still open and FREE. Register yourself, friends, and family online.  All participants are encouraged to raise as many pledges as possible to help fund the programs of the Peace Institute, but there is no fundraising minimum to participate. We have over 1000 people registered!
2. Make your donation today! Reduce Registration Lines!   
Donate today and help us meet our $200,000 Walk goal!
We have raised $103,000 so far. Thank you to you all for your hard work!  

3. Its not too late to start a virtual or walking  fundraising team! 
Name your team after your mom! 
After you register, start a team. Set a fundraising goal and increase the impact you make by asking your friends and family to support the Peace Institute with you.  You can personalize your fundraising team page with your own story and message to show others why the Peace Institute is important to you. Learn more here. See a list of teamshere.  
4. Encourage your teammates to make donations online!
We have over 160 teams registered. But many have not reached their fundraising goals yet. Send out a message to your contacts and ask them to support your cause in honor of moms in their life. You can see the list  of teams here.  Make sure when donating, folks select the team to credit their gift to from the drop down menu on the donation form. 
5. See the Zakim Bridge Light Up in Purple May 10-12.
In honor of the 18th Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace, the Lenny Zakim Bridge will light up purple Mother's Day weekend. 
6. Spread the word!

The Mother's Day Walk for Peace began in 1996 for families who had lost their children to violence. On a day that we celebrate mothers and children, the Walk became a place for families and friends to feel support and love with thousands of others who pledge their commitment to peace. Through the years, it has become a way for thousands of people to financially support the work of the
Sunday, May 11, 2014 
7:00am registration opens.
8:00am opening ceremony.
8:30am Walk begins. 
Town Field Park, Fields Corner 
Dorchester, MA
Street parking available and additional parking available at 500-520 Geneva Ave. lot.  
The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute assists and empowers families impacted by violence by providing support to survivors of homicide. Applying their peace curriculum in area schools, the Peace Institute works to instill the value of peace in young people. Through education, collaboration, and policy advocacy, the Peace Institute works to raise awareness of the cause and consequences of violence on the individual, the family, and the community. To learn more visit

Louis D. Brown Peace Institute | 1452 Dorchester Avenue | 3rd floor | Dorchester | MA | 02122

***Holden Caulfield Is Me And You- J.D. Salinger’s Catcher In The


Book Review

From The Pen Of Frank Jackman

Catcher In The Rye, J. D. Salinger, Little Brown and Company, New York, 1945, 1991   

Yeah, I know, you and I were the only ones who ever suffered the horrors of growing up absurd in America-name your generation. The only ones who suffered the pangs of teen angst and alienation like it didn’t come with the territory of being a teenager ever since they invented the category back a hundred plus years ago. Like every kid didn’t balk at the prospects in front of him or her in facing a society that they did not create, and had no say in creating. Personally for a long time I believed that my generation, the generation of ’68, the ones who made a lot of noise for a time about turning the world upside down and who today they make nostalgia films about, was the only generation that faced the grinding. And then we in our turn read the book under review, J. D. Salinger’s Catcher In The Rye and knew we were not alone, that yes, this angst and alienation thing had been around for a while.       

Some of us from my time for a time made Holden Caulfield our literary hero, the kid who “spoke” to us in our coming of age time (until we, having come of age in the early 1960s, “discovered” Sal and Dean in Jack Kerouac’s On The Road). While there were many elements of Holden’s personality that might not ring true for any individual collectively his plight resonated. Problems of sexual identity, of intellectual identity, of class, of falseness and perversity, of the clash of household generations, of fighting against a system stacked up against the young, of personal depression, they are all there. As well as some less savory traits, a certain elitism, a certain distain of the masses, and of women, well girls really, and lots of mannerisms like having a negative on almost everything that one would hope he will grow out of.             

The story line here is fairly simple- a couple of tough winter days in the life of a well-off New York teenager whose problem at the moment was to hide the fact, postpone really, that once again he had been kicked out of a school for, ah, “not applying himself (sound familiar). The momentary solution to that situation which sounded reasonable to anybody who actually had been a troubled teenager was to say the hell with it and do a junior version of wine, women and song. Except, at least on the surface our man Holden takes no pleasure in that-carping against everything not nailed down, fellow classmates, teachers, past and present, cab drivers, elevator operators, whores, dicey girlfriends. Everything. By the end it is an open book whether he will be a CEO of a major corporation or windup on skid row. While some of the stream-of-consciousness devise used by Salinger to make his point about the modern teen condition this is a great American literary work of art from one of the best of the “non-beat” New York writers hanging around in the post- World War II period. Read the book, read the book more than once like I did.