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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 HOWE
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!
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