Faith Madzar at Natick prayer vigil April 17. Metrowest Daily News photo
Massachusetts Peace Action shares in the sadness, appreciation, restraint and solidarity shown by President Obama, Governor Patrick, faith and civic leaders, and neighbors in the face of the violence at Monday’s Boston Marathon and during the days following.
There is sadness for those killed and injured, for the families whose lives have been scarred, and for the culture of violence, here and abroad, that leads to such senseless acts.
There is appreciation for first responders, including Boston peace activist Carlos Arredondo, whose courageous actions saved lives and modeled how all of us should respond in times of crisis.
There must be restraint, as the facts of the violence emerge — especially toward individuals and communities who are too often blamed or scapegoated in acts of political violence. We call on our leaders and the media to be especially careful in the days to come.
Finally, there is solidarity; Boston has seen the face of the violence that is a daily reality for civilians in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and other places wracked by the impact of militarism.
In the days and months ahead, we commit to helping our community heal, connect and create a culture of peace.
$30 | $25 | $20
To purchase tickets go to
Also available at Brookline Booksmith and, starting April 13, through the Jordan Hall Box Office, in person or by phone at 617-585-1260.
The Metropolitan Chorale
The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
Saturday, May 4, at 8PM
at NEC’s Jordan Hall
Music Director Lisa Graham leads the 100-voice chorus, soloists, and orchestra in Metropolitan Chorale’s final concert of the season featuring The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by the Welsh composer Karl Jenkins.
This powerful, anti-war composition based on the Catholic Mass evokes the descent into war, moments of reflection, the horrors that war brings, and the hope for peace. Jenkins connects to audiences with powerful texts and music, from jazz and a 15th-century French folk tune to an Islamic call to prayer, African-inspired rhythms, and poetry by a survivor of the 1945 atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima.
The concert soloists are the Chorale’s Artists in Residence, Dana Schnitzer, soprano; Oriana Dunlop, mezzo-soprano; Jonas Budris, tenor; Matthew Wight, bass. The Chorale’s tenor, Moe Khan, is the reciter of the Call to Prayer.
Also on the program are Antonin Dvorák’s Te Deum for chorus, soloists and orchestra and Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings. The Armed Man premiered at The Royal Albert Hall, London, in April 2000 and has been performed only once before in the Boston Area. Get your tickets today for this unique and memorable concert, presented in partnership with Massachusetts Peace Action.
Peacemaker Internships – Summer 2013!
Massachusetts Peace Action is seeking students, recent graduates, or young activists who can commit 12-15 hours per week in Summer 2013 (May to August), or 10 hours a week in Fall 2013 (September to December). The internship is unpaid but a $300 stipend is awarded on completion. Start and end dates are flexible but the student should be able to work at least 10 weeks. Our office is located near Harvard Square, Cambridge.
Massachusetts Peace Action is a statewide membership organization working to develop the sustained political power to foster a more just and peaceful U.S. foreign policy. Through grassroots organizing, policy advocacy, and community education, our priority issues for 2013 are: cut the military budget to fund jobs, the environment and human needs; prevent war with Iran and end the war in Afghanistan; and abolish nuclear weapons.
Read the rest of this entry »