About

WALPOLE PEACE and JUSTICE GROUP
 
37 YEARS OF ADVOCATING FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE
 
The Walpole Peace and Justice Group was founded in 1981 and has worked on peace related issues including the 1984 Nuclear Freeze Campaign, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, In 2004 and 2005, the Group sponsored resolutions at Walpole Town Meeting asking that body to oppose the USA PATRIOT Act because of its infringements on civil liberties.

The Group has been active in protesting wars, including the 1991 Iraq war and the 2003 Afghanistan/Iraq war holding vigils and sponsoring speakers. A 60-foot banner with a star for each of the first 2,100 U.S. solders killed in the war was created to show the deadly toll of the last Iraq war. A 40-foot bar-chart banner was created to show the enormous financial cost of the war.

In 2008, the Group sponsored a display of the “Tribute to U.S. Military Killed in Iraq" honoring the 4,000+ U.S. service men and women who had been killed in Iraq up to that time.

Recently the Group has gotten initiative questions on the ballot for single payer health care and the ‘budget for all’ to fund social services instead of military spending. The Group has continued to lobby for single payer health care and the budget for all as well as sponsor talks on a wide range of issues, like drones, torture, immigration, and mass incarceration. The Group is a founding member of US Peace Memorial Foundation.