RIP MFSO’s Charley Richardson of JP

Charley Richardson Of Jamaica Plain, passed away on May 4  Beloved and eternal soul-mate of Nancy Lessin; loving parent of Nick and Joe Richardson, Nikki… (Boston Globe

Charlie Richardson in 2003
When Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) began in November, 2002, co-founders Charley Richardson and Nancy Lessin’s son was being deployed to Iraq. They shared with other military families a deep fear and worry about those who would be in harm’s way for no good reason.

Memorial  on the Labor Notes website


Recordings: Charlie Richardson speaking in Roslindale (2003)

  • Nancy Lessin
  • Terry Rockefeller for September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
  • Lee Cranberg of Roslindale Neighbors for Peace, which hosted  the event

R.I.P. Brian Arredondo (1987-2011)

“Cowboy Hat” hero of 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing

My dear friends and world class peace activists, the Arredondos of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, have suffered a second tragedy since the loss of their son Alex in combat. After years of unresolved grief over Alex, my new friend Brian took his own life a few months after the local post office was named in Alex’s honor. Brian was 22.

I was responsible for sound and stage at the event. As a tribute to my favorite peace activists, I’ve released what I expect to be the last high quality video of Brian, cut from footage shot from the tech van at stage-side by my good friends at Chronos.

Carlos and Brian at the post office dedication ceremony

Brian Louis Arredondo was the son of Victoria Foley and Carlos Arredondo, Stepson of Mélida Arredondo, Brother of Nathaniel Foley and Brother of US Marine Lance Corporal Alexander Scott Arredondo. Brian was 17 when Alex was killed in Iraq.