April 20, 2005
Dear CODEPINK Activist,
This Mother's Day, let us reclaim the original sentiment of the holiday by rising up to demand: "Stop the killing now!"
Yet again we are brought to our knees with grief. Marla was family to us. On this Mother's Day, thoughts of Marla and her mother Nancy flow together with the stories of American Mother's whose children have been killed while serving in this war, and all the grieving mothers in Iraq. All have suffered terribly from this war. Filled with despair and determination, a voice inside us shouts: STOP THE KILLING.
This call to Stop the Killing is, indeed, the message of abolitionist Julia Ward Howe, who in 1870 issued the original Mother's Day proclamation calling on women to rise up against war. "We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs," Julia said. (click here to read the complete proclamation)
This Mother's Day, let us transform Julia's words into action. Here are several ideas:
2. Sign the Mother's Day Pledge that you will honor the world's mothers by devoting time during the year to actions against war. We have 10 ideas to get you started.
Whatever you do, please take some action on Mother's Day to commemorate the true meaning of this day, to continue Marla's work on behalf of innocent victims, and to end the insanity of sacrificing our children to war.
With tender hearts....,