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ElsewheresDaughter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-12-06 04:54 PM
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Just so we know - Mothers Day started as a war protest
Edited on Fri May-12-06 05:43 PM by newyawker99
..."Why do not the mothers of mankind interfere in these matters, to prevent the waste of that human life of which they alone bear and know the cost?"...


Original Mother's Day a war protest</b>
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Jesse Putnam
Guest Columnist
Friday, May 12, 2006

Three years ago several people gathered on the side of a Pittsburgh road to express support for the war in Iraq. Draped in U.S. flags, the pro-war assembly sang "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" as a way to demonstrate unity and patriotism. They likely did not realize they were singing words written by one of the country's most influential anti-war activists, Julia Ward Howe, the founder of Mother's Day for Peace.

Just as those pro-war protesters did not realize they were singing a pacifist's song, most Americans do not realize that Mother's Day began as an activist's response to war. Though the holiday has become a warm family tradition it began not as a feel-good national event but as an urgent call for women and mothers worldwide to unite against war.

"Why do not the mothers of mankind interfere in these matters, to prevent the waste of human life of which they alone know and bear the cost?" Julia Ward Howe wrote in 1870 during the Franco-Prussian war and just a few years after the Civil War ended.

Shortly after, she published her Mother's Day Proclamation, which was a call for peace and disarmament, and staked out a day to organize around. Howe's vision of a peace movement led by mothers gained support and the first Mothers' Peace Day festival was held in Boston on June 2, 1873.

Mother's Day for Peace was celebrated in at least 18 U.S. cities that first year and the tradition continued in Boston for the next 10 years. Though Howe's movement was not wide and the Peace Day tradition eventually faltered, her efforts nevertheless marked the beginning of two U.S. traditions: a peace movement and Mother's Day. In the beginning, these two pillars of Americana were one.

Four decades later, the idea of a day for mothers was revived by Anna Jarvis, whose own mother had previously tried to establish Mother's Friendship Days as a way to heal the divisions caused by the Civil War. Though it did not wholly share Howe's original intention and peace ideal, Jarvis' renewed effort took hold and in 1914 Mother's Day was proclaimed a national holiday by President Wilson.

More at link:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/269901_motherday1...


I FOUND THIS ELSEWHERE:

<b>Mother's Day Proclamation</b> - 1870
by Julia Ward Howe

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise all women who have hearts, whether your 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 devasted 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 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 the means whereby the great human family can live in peace,

And each bearing after her own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The following from Julia Ward Howe, REMINISCENCES, 1819-1899, (Boston, Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1899); pp 327-329.; is offered as some of the background for the Proclaimation:
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<b>CHAPTER XV

A WOMAN'S PEACE CRUSADE
</b>
I had felt a great opposition to Louis Napoleon from the period of the infamous act of treachery and violence which made him emperor. The Franco-Prussian war was little understood by the world at large. To us in America its objects were entirely unknown. On general principles of good-will and sympathy we were as much grieved as surprised at the continual defeats sustained by the French. For so brave and soldierly a nation to go through such a war without a single victory seemed a strange travesty of history. When to the immense war indemnity the conquerors added the spoliation of two important provinces, indignation added itself to regret. The suspicion at once suggested itself that Germany had very willingly given a pretext for the war, having known enough of the demoralized condition of France to be sure of an easy victory, and intending to make the opportunity serve for the forcible annexation of provinces long coveted.

As I was revolving these matters in my mind, while the war was still in progress, I was visited by a sudden feeling of the cruel and unnecessary character of the contest. It seemed to me a return to barbarism, the issue having been one which might easily have been settled without bloodshed. The question forced itself upon me, "Why do not the mothers of mankind interfere in these matters, to prevent the waste of that human life of which they alone bear and know the cost?" I had never thought of this before. The august dignity of motherhood and its terrible responsibilities now appeared to me in a new aspect, and I could think of no better way of expressing my sense of these than that of sending forth an appeal to womanhood throughout the world, which I then and there composed. I did not dare to make this public without the advice of some wise counselor, and sought such an one in the person of Rev. Charles T. Brooks of Newport, a beloved friend and esteemed pastor.

The little document which I drew up in the heat of my enthusiasms implored woman, all the world over, to awake to the knowledge of the sacred right vested in them as mothers to protect the human life which costs them so many pangs. I did not doubt but that my appeal would find a ready response in the hearts of great numbers of women throughout the limits of civilization. I invited these imagined helpers to assist me in calling and holding a congress of women in London, and at once began a wide task of correspondence for the realization of this plan. My first act was to have my appeal translated into various languages, to wit: French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Swedish, and to distribute copies of it as widely as possible. I devoted the next two years almost entirely to correspondence with leading women in various countries. I also had two important meetings in New York, at which the cause of peace and the ability of women to promote it were earnestly presented. At the first of these, which took place in the late autumn of 1870, Mr. Bryant gave me his venerable presence and valuable words. At the second, in the spring following, David Dudley Field, an eminent member of the New York bar, and a lifelong advocate of international arbitration, made a very eloquent and convincing address.

In the spring of the year 1872 I visited England, hoping by my personal presence to affect the holding of a Woman's Peace Congress in the great metropolis of the civilized world.

The ladies who spoke in public in those days mostly confined their labors to the advocacy of woman suffrage, and were not much interested in my scheme of a world-wide portest of women against the cruelties of war.

http://www.prism.net/user/fcarpenter/howe.html

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Dufaeth Donating Member (764 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-12-06 04:57 PM
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1. I am related to Julia Ward Howe.
Edited on Fri May-12-06 04:59 PM by Dufaeth
Howe is my middle name. Proud of it too!

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Mr_Spock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-12-06 07:06 PM
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7. Cool!
I have a famous family name, but not so cool as that.
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Dufaeth Donating Member (764 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-13-06 10:00 AM
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20. She's my great great great great great grandmother.
Plus or minus a couple "greats." Her husband was also cool, he helped found what became the Perkins institute for the blind which Helen Keller was a student at also. But then we also have the "Swamp Fox" further back in our lineage who was possibly more dubious a character.
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Dufaeth Donating Member (764 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-13-06 09:59 AM
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19. deleted by poster
Edited on Sat May-13-06 09:59 AM by Dufaeth
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TlalocW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-12-06 05:03 PM
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2. I have a recording
Taken off the radio from the Dr. Demento song of the first anti-war song ever recorded from 1915 called, "I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier."

That song would be very apropos this Mother's Day as well.

I didnt raise my boy to be a soldier,
I brought him up to be my pride and joy,
Who dares to put a musket on his shoulder,
To shoot some other mothers darling boy?
Let nations arbitrate their future troubles,
Its time to lay the sword and gun away,
Thered be no war today,
If mothers all would say,
I didnt raise my boy to be a soldier.

TlalocW
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central scrutinizer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-12-06 05:07 PM
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3. My favorite anti-war song: I don't want to get drafted
Hello! Anybody home?
Special Delivery.
(Oh no . . . )
Registered Mail. You're gonna have to sign for this buddy.
(Oh no . . . )
Come on, I know you're in there.
(Oh no . . . )

I don't wanna get drafted. I don't want to go
I don't wanna get drafted.

I don't wanna get drafted. I don't want to go
I don't wanna get drafted
No-no-no.

Roller skates and disco is a lot of fun
I'm too young and stupid to operate a gun.

I don't wanna get drafted
I don't wanna get drafted
I don't wanna get drafted
I don't wanna get drafted.

My-ay-ay sister don't wanna get drafted
She don't wanna go
My sister don't wanna get drafted.

My-ay-ay sister don't wanna get drafted
She don't wanna go
My sister don't wanna get drafted
Woh-oh-woh-oh-woh.

Wars are really ugly, they're dirty and they're cold.
I don't want nobody to shoot her in the foxhole . . . foxhole.

I don't wanna get drafted
I don't wanna get drafted
I don't wanna get drafted
I don't wanna get drafted.

Wars are really ugly, they're dirty and they're cold
I don't want nobody to shoot me in the foxhole . . . foxhole.

Aiieeeeeeeee . . . Shot in the foxhole.
Shot in the foxhole . . . shot in the foxhole . . .
Shot in the foxhole . . . shot in the foxhole . . .

Aiieeeeeeeee . . . Shot in the foxhole.
Shot in the foxhole . . . shot in the foxhole . . .
Shot in the foxhole . . . shot in the foxhole . . .

Aiieeeeeeeee . . . Shot in the foxhole.
Shot in the foxhole . . . shot in the foxhole . . .
Shot in the foxhole . . . shot in the foxhole . . .

Aiieeeeeeeee . . . Shot in the foxhole.
Shot in the foxhole . . . shot in the foxhole . . .
Shot in the foxhole . . . shot in the foxhole . . .

Aiieeeeeeeee . . . Shot in the foxhole . . .

Frank Zappa
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-12-06 05:18 PM
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4. Lovely, Thanks. Belongs on the Front page for sure.
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-12-06 05:18 PM
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5. I'm stunned this isn't more well-known
*sigh*

Not surprised, really... not anymore.

:cry:
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Sinti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-12-06 06:26 PM
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6. Thanks for this, and K&R. There couldn't be a better sentiment
this Mother's Day. :)
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Mr_Spock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-12-06 07:07 PM
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8. Thanks for this post!
I learn something new every day :D
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-12-06 07:08 PM
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9. "State of the World's Mothers"
Children don't fare well when mothers don't. Mothers should use this Mothers Day as a spring board to a whole new campaign because the State of the World is in serious jeopardy.

http://www.lightupthedarkness.org/blog/?p=35#more-35
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hamerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-12-06 07:12 PM
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10. Thank you so much
Edited on Fri May-12-06 07:13 PM by dumpbush
ElsewheresDaughter! This is something that everyone needs to remember (sheepishly blushing because I had forgotten).
Now more than ever, mothers need to say "I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier"! :grouphug:
dumpbush
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hamerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-12-06 07:15 PM
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11. And another thing:
Great post by ElsewheresDaughter! K&R!!
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Tom Yossarian Joad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-12-06 07:16 PM
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12. K&R Thanks! n/t
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-12-06 07:20 PM
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13. Thanks, will post in other forums.
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-12-06 07:24 PM
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14. Though the English Mothering Sunday dates back to the 17th century
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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-13-06 02:19 AM
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15. Mother's Day 2006: All Day Vigil At the White House! 3PM to 3 PM...


* Honor the Mothers of the Fallen.

This Mother's Day (May 14th), many mothers will mark this occasion with a heavy heart...

Thousands of mothers including Cindy Sheehan who have lost their children to the war in Iraq,
will be descending on Washington, D.C. for a 24-hour vigil at the White House
to honor the war dead and protest the war.

What can you do?

Send a Mother's Day rose to Washington, D.C.,

and let the mothers of fallen soliders know you stand with them and against the war.

Organic roses will be presented to the mothers and then tied
to the fence outside the White House as a memorial to the dead...
.... and a call for peace.

To donate, please enter your billing address and your name as it appears on your credit card.

This is a symbolic action and we are asking that you buy just one flower.
Any amount you give over $3 will be donated to CODEPINK.

For military addresses, enter APO or FPO in the city field
and select AA, AE, or AP in the state field.

Click here to send your rose now!
http://www.workingforchange.com/Order/index.cfm?OrderFo...



http://www.codepinkalert.org/article.php?id=897
#
For a schedule of events and more info to help you plan your trip to DC click here.
To see the schedule of teach-ins and workshops planned for Saturday evening and late-night,
please click here.
http://www.codepinkalert.org/article.php?id=968

# Don't forget to check out the Rideshare and Housing resources
for coming to Washington D.C.

Volunteer at the Vigil! Click here to sign up to volunteer.

CODEPINK Mother's Day Actions around the country.
Find a Mother's Day action in your area that you can be a part of.

http://www.codepinkalert.org/article.php?id=939
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-13-06 01:47 PM
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23. Can you post this in it's own thread so more can see it?
I think this is an awesome event and only wish I was closer to D.C or there was an event like it in my area. I will be there in spirit though! :grouphug:
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-13-06 03:39 AM
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16. K & R with thanks. Hope it goes on the DU Home Page. n/t
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northamericancitizen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-13-06 04:02 AM
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17. Thanks for honoring mother's battles with a historical perspective.
Like many other duers I did not know the origin of Mother's day. In fact except from one year (1995) I never really cared about it even thou I am a daughter and the mother of 2.

Now, thanks to you, it makes sense and I will never forget it.

lise


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northamericancitizen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-13-06 04:43 AM
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18. We gotta bring this thread on the front page.
Mothers are known for their unconditional love when it comes to children (of any race).

And I will never comprehend power games that lead to the destruction of human beings and their environment.

I do believe that mothers, reaching out to each other across the world, will be The Entity leading to Peace.



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kittenpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-13-06 01:06 PM
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21. Thanks, I'm going to forward this to my own mom
& my pro-Bush mother-in-law.
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-13-06 01:44 PM
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22. Very Cool-Thanks for posting!
Though I can't help but feel sad that the original intention of Mothers Day-promoting Peace-has been lost. I think it should still be as originally intended.

I was glad to see posted upthread that Code Pink is having a Peace event in D.C. as well as some others around the country. There is nothing happening in my area, but I will be there in spirit! :grouphug:
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Gabi Hayes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-13-06 02:16 PM
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24. threads like this
hit HARD

just like the daily realization that we have an ignorant, narcissistic blowhard puppet as our CINC hits HARD

how much longer?

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ElsewheresDaughter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-14-06 11:44 AM
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25. Happy Mother's Day to All........... kick
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