adapted from a story on the 2013 March by Sophia W., CDT Kitah Zayin student
Loved ones, friends, schoolmates, neighbors. People in Boston have lost these kinds of people due to shootings, stabbings and other violence over the years. The Mothers Day Walk for Peace started in 1996, three years after Tina Chéry’s son Louis Brown was killed by gang crossfire at the age of 15, while walking to a Teens Against Gang Violence event a couple days before Christmas. Tina wanted to stop all of the horrible violence happening in their neighborhood and to bring forward her son’s vision to continue to create an environment where people come together in peace and in unity.
In support of Louis’ vision, members of Congregation Dorshei Tzedek join thousands of marchers through Dorchester every Mother’s Day calling for peace in Boston, and raise donations. The money supports Anti-violence organizations and families that have had losses because of street violence. A story about this year’s march was on the front page of the Boston Globe.