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Work 4 Peace,Hold All Life Sacred,Eliminate Violence! I am on my mobile version of the door-to-door, going town-to-town holding readings/gatherings/discussions of my book "But What Can I Do?" This is my often neglected blog mostly about my travels since 9/11 as I engage in dialogue and actions. It is steaming with my opinions, insights, analyses toward that end of holding all life sacred, dismantling the empire and eliminating violence while creating the society we want ALL to thrive in

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Embrace, reclaim original intent of Mothers Day!

Please remember and reclaim the original intent of the Mothers Day call: for womyn to leave home, gather together, and figure out how to have peace in our world. Know our herstory! Smash the hallmark, flower & chocolate industry, etc., co-opting of mothers day! BOLD womyn gather together today, 4-7pm.

Here is the call, written by Julia Ward Howe in 1870. As you read, imagine what our country (and therefore world) would be like if womyn had insisted on making this a great and earnest day of counsel:

Arise then...women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!

Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:
"We will not have great questions answered by irrelevant agencies”
“Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.”

“Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.”

“We, the women of one country, Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."

From the bosom of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with Our own.
It says: "Disarm! Disarm!

The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."

Blood does not wipe out dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.

As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.

Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace...

Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, But of God -

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.