Thursday, 4:30 PM
A call for peace on violent Boston streets
By Brian Ballou, Globe Staff
With purple peace ribbons waving in their hands, a small group of elected officials and anti-violence activists marched through one of Boston's most crime-ridden neighborhoods today, calling for an end to bloodshed and more jobs and better education for the city's youth.
City councilors Sam Yoon, Charles Yancey, and Felix Arroyo were among the speakers at the Community Peace Day event organized by the Haitkaah Social Justice Center.
Other speakers included Joao DePina, who told the crowd that he had lost five good friends to violence, including Adilson Barros, who was fatally shot on Bowdoin Street last October.
After about eight speeches, the crowd, led by a Boston police cruiser, started marching down Bowdoin Street in the Dorchester neighborhood. Their path took them through Draper, Hamilton, and Home Streets, all of which have experienced bloodshed in the past two years.