On Sunday, May 14, Watertown residents will join together as “Watertown Walks for Peace” in the annual Mothers Day Walk for Peace in Dorchester. This event raises awareness and funds for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, a center of healing and teaching for families and communities affected by gun violence.
Watertown Walks for Peace will participate for the third year in a row, and has set a fundraising goal of $3,000 to support the programs and services of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute.
The Institute was created 20 years ago by the mother of Louis Brown, who was killed in 1993 on his way to an after-school Christmas Party for Teens against Gang Violence. Since its founding, the Institute has provided support to survivors of homicide victims and has modeled peace education. It is a healing center and a training and educational resource for the city of Boston and surrounding communities. The Institute has earned a reputation as an innovative leader for peace.
Watertown Walks for Peace will join thousands of other walkers who are expressing their solidarity with families who have lost loved ones to gun violence. Walkers will follow a 7-mile course from Town Field Park, 1520 Dorchester Ave., to Boston City Hall. Those wishing to go a shorter distance may join or leave the walk at Madison Park High School.
Individuals wishing to sign up for the Watertown Walks for Peace team are requested to register at www.mothersdaywalk4peace.org. (Note: be sure to register for Team “Watertown Walks for Peace”.) All are welcome, and anyone wishing to reserve a spot on the bus can do so by emailing Will Twombly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who are unable to walk are requested to make a generous donation (at the website above) to support the Watertown Walks for Peace team and the Louis D. Brown Institute.
A free bus will leave for Fields Corner from the parking lot of the First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church St., at 7:15 a.m. Opening remarks begin at Fields Corner at 8 a.m.; the walk begins at 8:30. The bus will pick up walkers at Boston City Hall, bringing them back to Watertown around noon.
Watertown Walks for Peace is sponsored by the World in Watertown, Watertown Citizens for Black Lives, First Parish of Watertown, and the Church of the Good Shepherd.