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Cello Music for Peace

This past Wednesday, July 15th, more than forty members of Mass Peace Action and fellow peace activists came together at the home of Susan Leeman for a night of cello music to benefit the Massachusetts Education Fund. Before the perfomances commenced, the crowd was introduced to theMass Peace Action’s two summer interns, Emily Pistell and Lauren Shapiro, two local college students who have been contributing their time and skills to Mass Peace Action with support from the Randy Forsberg Memorial Fund and the Ruth Schocken Internship Scholarship Fund. Mass Peace Action’s newest part-time employee, Julia Herziog, a dynamic young activist, was also introduced. After these brief introductions, the concert began with classical selections performed by Susuanna Porte and Rebecca Thornblade of the Cello Chix.

Complementing their performances was a brief presentation by heard from Kevin Martin, the Executive Director of Peace Action’s Nnational office in Washington D.C. He made several thoughtful remarks on recent peace movement progress and victories worth celebrating on this cool summer night, while also pointing out all the timely goals left for peace activists around the world to work toward amidst current economic and international crises. He touched particularly upon the unprecedented opportunity our country now has to rid the world of the nuclear threat and reminded us that we must continue to put pressure upon our representatives in congress to ensure that this vision becomes a reality. (For more information on this topic visit:

He also spoke of Peace Action’s current work to end the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and re-direct federal spending from weapons and war to meeting pressing human and environmental needs. As he invoked Martin Luther King, Jr.’s call to build the “beloved community”, the night of festive community building amongst Massachusetts peace activists concluded with upbeat popular music pieces beautifully performed by Porte and Thornblade. 

The evening was a great opportunity for those involved in the peace movement to celebrate our continued work together for peace and to look forward to accomplishing those goals that we have yet to reach. Several guests remarked they were inspired by the evening’s event to renew their efforts for a more just and peaceful world. Before leaving, they were invited to take and distribute educational materials on current campaigns and upcoming events, to sign petitions for a “25% Solution” and a “New Plan for Afghanistan”, and to join in a new effort to get a “Nuclear Free Future” resolution on local ballots this fall.

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