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by Jodie Evans, Posted at Women's Media Center
But amid the bustle, a group of women dressed in black gathered without saying a word. By 12:30, 18 women stood in a line on the sidewalk to one side of the entrance. The women in black remained silent. They wore photographs strung around their necks, some of soldiers, others of adults bending over injured children. Read More.
by Jessica Lee, The Indypendent
While my son was deployed to Afghanistan in 2003 I awoke from nightmares almost every single night: the knock on the door, uniformed military personnel on the doorstep, ‘We’re sorry to inform you…,’ images of my son disabled like the soldier in Johnny Got His gun, bombs raining on a family’s home while a mother screamed out her children’s names,” writes mother and activist Susan Galleymore. Read More.
by Kristi Turnquist, The Oregonian, Oregonlive.com
Women know that war is SO over. We know it in our hearts, in our guts, in our wombs. We know that the madness in Iraq and Afghanistan has to end, that we cannot keep sending our children to kill the children of mothers across the globe. Last month at an appearance in Turkey, President Obama himself said “…sometimes I think that if you just put the mothers in charge for a while, that things would get resolved.” Read More.
at See Jane Do
This Mother's Day, hundreds of women traveled from around the world to celebrate mothers and honor the original Mother's Day Proclamation made by Julia Ward Howe in 1870 calling for an end to war at CODEPINK’s 3rd annual 24-hour vigil in Lafayette Park across from the White House. PHOTOS. See More.
by Elizabeth Barger, American Forum
As we celebrate Mother's Day to honor the most important person in our lives, let us not forget the history behind its origin in our country. In the years after the Civil War, a young Appalachian mother named Anna Jarvis worked to heal both the physical and emotional wounds of families on both sides, calling for a Mother's Work Day to improve living conditions for all and build reconciliation between neighbors. Read More.
by S. Glaser, Posted at Breasts Not Bombs
With the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States we were optimistic that there would be a obvious departure from the policies of the Bush Administration. While our new leader is a glorious orator and truly dedicated to presenting a new face for the United States we find our deepest, most sacred covenants sadly neglected.Read More.
by Amy Goodman, Posted at DemocracyNow.org
Ahead of Mother’s Day, we play an excerpt of Robert Greenwald’s short film Mother’s Day for Peace. It features a dramatic reading of Julia Ward Howe’s “Mother’s Day Proclamation” by Felicity Huffman, Christine Lahti, Fatma Saleh, Ashraf Salimian, Vanessa Williams and Alfre Woodard. Read More.
by smcgavin, Posted at the Feministing
With Mother's Day just a few days away, we are being bombarded with messages from greeting-card companies, florists and every other company under the sun, telling us how we can buy stuff to celebrate dear old Mom and how well she raised us. But while honouring parenting labour is always a good idea, it wasn't the original idea behind the holiday - and neither was the commercialism. Read More.
by Shirlee Smith, Posted at SGV Tribune
This column isn't going to be anywhere near what's generally written about Mother's Day celebrations. While mom often expects to receive presents and special treatment, this year, with an economy producing new horror stories by the day, a slightly different approach for us all just might be in order. Will moms appreciate what I have to say? Will those who feel compelled to shower us with gifts take me to task? I suspect the answer to both questions to be a resounding yes. Read More.
by Annette Rondano, Posted at the PINKtank
I call on the women of the world to unite and create One Decade of International Women’s Rule. Ten years is all we will need to make the world livable again. Our priorities would look like a mother’s laundry list: Read More.
Posted at Feminist Peace Network
Musical performance of Julia Ward Howe's original Mother's Day Proclamation. Read More.
by Sister Rosemarie, Posted at the PINKtank
Peace, Mothers throughout the world, How blessed we are to communicate today and join our spirits in the true spirit of the day - “Disarm!” Though I am unable to come to D.C., it is such a comfort to gather with you here at the Ocean Mother’s edge in Cambria, California. I will spend the day in prayer with you. I will wear my pink socks as walking with Codepink footprints of peace, and Buddha, and Jesus and all the wise and holy ones who teach us the way of peace. Read More.
by David Swanson, Posted at AfterDowningStreet
Imagine that tomorrow you begin to feel ill and rush to the hospital where you are eventually diagnosed with a horribly debilitating and probably incurable disease. Within a week your body and mind have deteriorated drastically. You cannot dress yourself. You have difficulty getting out of a chair or walking at all. You have no control over your bowels. You literally lack the sense to come in out of the rain or not wander into traffic. You are a danger to yourself and require a fulltime caregiver, one or more people of infinite patience and devotion who can turn their own lives into the handling of your life 24-7. And what if there is nobody who can do that for you? What if you are on your own? Read More.
by Courtney Martin, Posted at Feministing
I'm headed to DC this weekend for Code Pink's Mother's Day slumber party on the White House lawn for peace. I'm following one of their organizers for my book. The protest is inspired by abolitionist Julia Ward Howe's bad ass Mother's Day Proclamation, which I thought I'd post here in case folks hadn't seen it: Read More.
by Lisa Savage, Published in Maine's Morning Sentinel
Mother's Day was not invented as a way to market cards, flowers and chocolates. It actually was established by mothers determined to wage peace and make a safer world for their children. Read More.
by Dana Balicki, Posted at Girlie Girl Army
Mother’s Day was not invented by Hallmark, or See’s Candies, or 1-800-flowers. In fact, it had nothing to do with material forms of appreciation for your mommy dearest at all. The original call for Mother’s Day was penned by Julia Ward Howe, known for writing the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’ and her stance against slavery, who used her poetic gift to pen a proclamation against war, a call for women to gather together to “promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.” Believe it–the mama of Mother’s Day was a peacenik. Read More.