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Mother's Day 2009

Mother's Day Vigil, Washington, D.C. May 8-10, 2009

"Mother's Day for Peace" by Brave New Films

"Arise then...women of this day!  Arise, all women who have hearts!  From the bosom of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with Our own. It says: Disarm! Disarm!"— Julia Ward Howe, Mother's Day Proclamation, 1870

"And so sometimes I think that if you just put the mothers in charge for a while, that things would get resolved" -
Barack Obama

This Mother's Day, we held our second 24-hour vigil in front of the White House, where we honored all mothers and women who live where war is happening— where women are paying the price with their bodies, loved ones, homes, future. We wanted to recognize the price they pay and honor their courage and power, by standing with them in solidarity to not only tell their important stories but to model what women-centered community looks and acts like. We wanted to encourage other organizations and community groups around the country and the world to bring their stories to celebrate Julia Ward Howe's original call for Mother's Day.

We continued our call for our troops to come home from Afghanistan and Iraq so that no more mothers will suffer the unbearable grief of losing a child to these wars. And with your help, we have also sent a message of sorrow, friendship and peace directly to the women suffering in occupation and their families.

A little pink Mother's Day history:

  • In 2006 CODEPINK called for hundreds of women from around the country to gather in front of the White House for a 24-hour vigil for peace. More… You can buy our inspiring Mother's Day DVD documenting the event and featuring military moms and Iraqi women. Click here to buy your copy!
  • In 2007 we reclaimed Mother's Day with powerful actions in Congress, a Women's Congress at our DC Activist House, a Children's Peace Festival across from the White House in DC and beautiful actions around the country- from coast to coast! More...
  • In 2008 we honored Mother's Day by honoring mothers and children in Iraq and those who have been forced to leave their homes. We raised over $25k for Micro-Projects for Iraqi families through the Collateral Repair Project. More…

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