“Coming Home” Dinner Launches MAPA 2021 Fund Drive

Katie Murphy, RN addresses Coming Home dinner. Photo: Gabriela Richard/ MAPA
Katie Murphy, RN addresses Coming Home dinner. Photo: Gabriela Richard/ MAPA

Coming Home Massachusetts Peace Action kicked off its 2021 Fund Drive with a “Coming Home” Movement Building Dinner on September 18.

Katie Murphy, RN, president of the Mass. Nurses Association, received the 2021 Peace Leadership Award and gave an inspiring talk about nursing, COVID, the St. Vincent’s strike, and solidarity, and took questions.

Families for Justice with Healing representatives Joneisha James, Andrea James, and Louellyn Lambros with our board member Yoav Elinevsky. Photo: Gabriela Richard/ MAPA
Families for Justice with Healing representatives Joneisha James, Andrea James, and Louellyn Lambros with our board member Yoav Elinevsky. Photo: Gabriela Richard/ MAPA

We presented Peacebuilder Awards to organizations that have made a difference for peace and justice this year: to Families for Justice as Healing, represented by founder Andrea James and activists Joneisha James and Louellyn Lambros; to BDS Boston, represented by Marilyn Frankenstein; to MassCare, the Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Health Care, represented by its incoming executive director Stephanie Nakajima; to NuclearBan.us, represented by the director, Asha Asokan; to 350 Mass, represented by interim executive director Alan Palm and volunteer Diane Fine, and to the Boston Teachers Union, represented by vice president Erik Berg.

Diane Fine and Alan Palm of 350 MA with Rosalie Anders of MAPA's Peace & Climate group
Diane Fine and Alan Palm of 350 MA with Rosalie Anders of MAPA’s Peace & Climate group.  Photo: Gabriela Richard/ MAPA

Vernon K. Walker, senior program manager, Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) and a MAPA board member, was the master of ceremonies.   Jenny Bonham-Carter and Walter Cooper played music of social justice.   MAPA’s crew of interns and volunteers helped us enjoy a terrific evening.

The excellent Dominican dinner was catered by Merengue Restaurant of Dorchester.

It was a time to unite the struggles and lay out the social justice and peace agenda!  As Andrea James commented after hearing the award recipients talk about their work:  “We have to bring all these struggles together!”  How true that is!

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Video of the event is up at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGiWSlKC3eY.  Please watch and share!

About 80 people attended in person, which was all our venue could seat while making a reasonable effort at social distancing.  Another 25 or so watched the event from home.

The event kicked off our 2021 Fund Drive, with a goal of $215,000; we raised $8,000 towards our goal at the dinner.  Please dig deep and give again, if you can!  We’re just getting started!