This photo of Code Pink activists is an appropriate message and reminder for today.
Mother’s Day was originally created after the U.S. Civil War as a call for peace. Too many women had lost sons in the Civil War and Julia Ward Howe penned “A Mother’s Day Proclamation.” which is a call for women to protest war and to end the use of their sons to kill the sons of other women. Her words (below) still resonate today.
A MOTHER’S DAY PROCLAMATION
by Julia Ward Howe
Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!
Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall 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 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 the 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 our dishonor nor violence indicate possession. As men have often forsaken the plow 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 then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God.
In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at 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.
“It’s not in the best interest of this country to start another with Iran.” — Rita Jacobs of Holt, Michigan USA
Citizen commentary from Rita Jacobs of Holt, Michigan, who talks about the prospect of U.S. war with Iran. The comments and protest were part of the “No War on Iran: The National Day of Protest” on February, 4, 2012. Jacobs’ comments were part of a protest in front of U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (Republican - MI 8th Congressional District) office in Lansing, Michigan.
“Tell Them to start concentrating on our own country and start moving toward a peaceful society, instead of getting into everyone else’s business.” — Tam Heaton, Lansing, Michigan USA
Lansing, Michigan resident Tam Heaton talks about the prospects of U.S. war on Iran, an interview recorded by the Peace Education Center at the February 4, 2012, rally for the “No War on Iran: The National Day of Action.”
“We need to put our energies toward peacemaking.” — Dick Preston, Lansing, Michigan USA
A new video interview from the Peace Education Center at last Saturday’s action in Lansing, Michigan, for the “No War on Iran: The National Day of Action.” Here Lansing resident Dick Preston talks about the prospects of U.S. war on Iran.
Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Beyond Vietnam” Speech. The message from this speech from Martin Luther King should resonate to Americans witnessing U.S. involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan, and many other places around the globe.