Making Peace Vigil

Standing up for peace

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY/VIGIL’S 3RD BIRTHDAY

Posted by strattof on May 19, 2010

THE ORIGIN OF MOTHER’S DAY

In North America, Mother’s Day comes from an anti-war Mother’s Day Proclamation written in 1870 by U.S. suffragette, abolitionist, and peace activist Julia Ward Howe.

Horrified by the carnage of the American Civil War, Howe became a crusader for peace and for the equality of all people, regardless of race, religion, or gender.

Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation calls on women everywhere to rise up against war. As a passage from it shows, Howe’s original words are as relevant in 2010 as they were in 1870:

Arise, then, women of this day!

Arise, all women who have hearts,

Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!

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 the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own.

It says: “Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”

It is not too late to answer Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day call for world peace and justice.   

THE VIGIL CELEBRATES ITS THIRD BIRTHDAY

Today, May 6, marks the third anniversary of the Making Peace Vigil. For the past 156 Thursdays, we have assembled on the Scarth Street Mall, from 12 noon to 12:30, to further the cause of peace and justice. 

  •  Thanks so much for taking our fliers.
  • A special thanks to those who have stopped and discussed issues with us.
  • Let us know what other issues you would like us to examine.
  • Should you ever be free on a Thursday at noon, please join us.  

MAKING PEACE VIGIL May6 2010

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