Boston Mothers, Survivors, Supporters March For Mother’s Day Walk For Peace

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Thousands gathered in Dorchester on Sunday for the 27th annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace.

Mothers, children, families, and supporters walked down the streets of Dorchester with a common goal to support survivors and communities impacted by violence. The theme of the 2023 Mother's Day Walk for Peace was "Cultivating Cycles of Peace" to empower those affected by murder, trauma, and grief to cultivate cycles of peace and healing.

For the past 27 years, Boston mothers who have lost their children to gun violence march and chant along the way. This year, Mayor Wu and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley were in attendance.

"I'm so tired of us romanticizing resilience because that resilience comes from deep pain," Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley said to survivors. "But in the midst of that pain you are powerful."

She said that while prayers are important, they are not enough.

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"When you pray move your feet," she shouted while attendees yelled along.

Mayor Wu spoke to the crowd saying violence is connected to other issues the city is working on.

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"Housing, jobs, education, racial economic justice, none of these issues can be addressed unless all of them are addressed together," Mayor Wu said.

The goal for the event was to raise 600 thousand dollars.

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