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Mother's Day 2006: A Call for Peace!

Code Pink this action which will take place in Washington, DC, beginning on Mother's Day (Sunday, May 14) and will last for a month. Actually, it will technically begin on the eve of Mother's Day, around 5pm on the 13th.

It is an action to call for the end of the Iraq war.

It is planned for Mother's Day because, as you may know, the original Mother's Day was a call to lay down arms and end war, and was expressed in a Mother's Day Proclamation by Julia Warde Howe (I'll paste it at the end of this message).

Code Pink will be passing out flyers bearing the proclamation in conjunction with this action. The overall action will be made up of a variety of actions over the course of the month (May 14-June 14). We envision surrounding Congress and calling on them to end the war. We plan to start with a march to the Capitol on on May 14 and follow with the various actions.

We are calling for women to come to Washington to participate for the month or whatever portion of the month they are able. We are calling upon a coalition of as many women's groups as possible to join together for this call to end war, as well as individual women.

Code Pink, and would like to invite you to endorse, participate, and spread the word.



Julia Ward, the daughter of a wealthy banker, was born on 27th May, 1819. She developed radical political opinions and was active in the American Anti-Slavery Society.

In 1843 Julia married Samuel Gridley Howe, a fellow campaigner against slavery. The couple were both members of the Free-Soil Party and between 1851 and 1853 Julia and her husband edited the anti-slavery journal Commonwealth. She also published several volumes of poetry including Passion Flowers (1854) and Words for the Hour (1857).

In 1862 the Atlantic Monthly published her Battle Hymn of the Republic. In 1868 Howe founded the New England Women's Suffrage Association. The following year Howe and Lucy Stone formed the American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA). Between 1870 and 1890 Howe and Stone edited the organization's magazine, the Woman's Journal.

Julia Ward Howe, who in 1898 became the first woman to be elected to the American Academy of Arts, died in 1910.


Mother's Day Proclamation 1870

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 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 voice 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 our 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.

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