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The Coalition Presents

The 2023 Peace MVP Awards

The Peace MVP Awards celebrate community leaders who have been instrumental in promoting peace and preventing gun violence throughout Massachusetts. A one-night event with more than 400 attendees, this ceremony shines a light on activists, public health experts, and policy makers who dedicate their careers to building a safer, healthier Massachusetts for all. Previous honorees include activist and filmmaker Coach Dennis G. Wilson, Peace Boston founder Cindy Diggs, Chaplain Clementina Chéry, former MA House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and then-Attorney General Maura Healey. 













This year’s honoree is Dr. Thea James, the Vice President of Mission, Associate Chief Medical Officer, and Co-Executive Director of the Health Equity Accelerator at Boston Medical Center. She is also an associate professor of emergency medicine and director of the Violence Intervention Advocacy Program. A tireless champion for survivors of violence, she has dedicated her career to ensuring that trauma victims have access to equitable and trauma-informed systems of care at the local, national and international level. Please join us in celebrating her incredible contributions to the Boston community and beyond.

When: Wednesday, October 25th, 2023 at 7PM

Where: The Cathedral Church of St Paul

             138 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

             (A virtual option will also be available.)


Tickets: Suggested donation is $50, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.


Sponsorship opportunities are also available!  The Peace MVP Awards are the Coalition’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and this year, your financial support would make more of an impact than ever.

Why your organization should consider sponsoring:

During the upcoming legislative session, the Massachusetts legislature has the opportunity to pass a major gun violence prevention bill that would make all of our communities safer. It’s been nearly ten years since Massachusetts enacted a comprehensive gun reform bill, and the Legislature is finally ready to act on further comprehensive reforms. With active connections in the state house, constant involvement in the state legislative process and unwavering dedication to survivor-led advocacy, the Coalition is committed to advocating for our state’s most impacted communities every step of the way.

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