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Friday, May 11, 2007

Arise, then, women of this day!

Good morning, my earnest and caring ladies~

The following is the original Mother's Day Proclamation, written shortly after the Civil War, another horrid period in American history. It speaks to me today as I am sure it will to you:

Mother's Day Proclamation by Julia Ward Howe

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have breasts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!

Say firmly:

"We will not have great questions decided 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 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 out 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 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.


This was written a hundred years ago, and yet women are still reluctant to enter into this world of politics and the pursuit of peace. Yet we are anything but weak and we have all the power we could ever need to accomplish a peaceful world.

Below is some information about the Julia Ward Howe from the site www.mothersdayforpeace.com.

If you have a chance, please go to that site and look at the video-card. There is also a pitch for donations to a fund started to raise money for medical expenses for the children who are victims of the Iraqi war. If your mother is no longer with us, wouldn't she find this a beautiful tribute to her memory?

Anyway, here is some historical information on Julia Ward Howe. Peace was the real purpose of the original Mother's Day. Peace.

In the United States, Mother's Day was originally suggested by poet and social activist Julia Ward Howe. In 1870, after witnessing the carnage of the American Civil War and the start of the Franco-Prussian War, she wrote the original Mother's Day Proclamation calling upon the women of the world to unite for peace. This "Mother's Day Proclamation" would plant the seed for what would eventually become a national holiday.

After writing the proclamation, Howe had it translated into many languages and spent the next two years of her life distributing it and speaking to women leaders all over the world. In her book Reminiscences, Howe wrote, "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?" She devoted much of the next two years to this cause, and began holding annual "Mother's Day" gatherings in Boston, Massachusetts and elsewhere.

In 1907, thirty-seven years after the proclamation was written, women's rights activist Anna Jarvis began campaigning for the establishment of a nationally observed MotherĀ¹s Day holiday. And in 1914, four years after Howe's death, President Woodrow Wilson declared Mother's Day as a national holiday.

Julia Ward Howe was a poet, writer and activist who fought vigilantly for peace, the abolition of slavery, and women's rights.

In the years leading up to the Civil War, she co-published The Commonwealth, an abolitionist newspaper, with her husband Samuel Gridley Howe. In 1860, she penned the Battle Hymn of The Republic to inspire Union soldiers fighting in the war. The song became a rallying cry for the Union throughout the war, and remains her most famous work.

The horrors of the war moved her to campaign tirelessly for peace. She served as president of the American branch of the Women's International Peace Association, and in 1870 she wrote her Mother's Day Proclamation. Julia Ward Howe was also instrumental in the women's suffrage movement.

She was a co-founder of the American Woman Suffrage Association and served as
editor of Woman's Journal. Her influence on the movement ranks her alongside Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cody Stanton as one of the most important voices of the period.

In recognition of her tremendous effect on American culture and history, Julia Ward Howe was the first woman elected to the American Association of Arts and Letters in 1908. A true American pioneer, Julia Ward Howe remains one of the most influential figures in the history of both the civil and women's rights movements.


There is some irony, of course, that the woman who wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic later turned to social activism for greater and final world peace, but female complexity and the wisdom of life experience are surely two of God's greatest gifts to humanity.

A woman like Julia Ward Howe is not an aberration. Oh we may not be powerful writers, or public speakers or even very intelligent, but we are the soul and heart of humanity. There are millions of us across the world and our power to birth children, raise and love them is greater than any other on this earth. We have all the riches in our hearts and we have the wisdom to know what is right. That is not in question.

But do we have the ovaries to stand up and be counted? Can we leave all that is to be done left 'undone' at home so that we can stop this evil assault on all the children or the world? Currently and notably those of Iraq and America? Can we allow our young and grown children to see us sigh in defeat when we haven't really given it the good fight?

I, for one, cannot. I feel shamed that my children are the ones to carry this burden. I feel shamed that we didn't stop this idiocy in the 1960's. Or the 1940's. Or the early 1900's. Aggressive, offensive war is wrong and every American knows it.

Women have been suppressed because we are so powerful but we are also complicit in that suppression. We are the ones who refuse to speak out, afraid of what our men will say or think. We are the ones who are timid on the political playing field because we don't want to fight 'dirty'. Well, my darlings, it is a dirty world and it is getting filthier all the time. Let's clean up our own act and then let's go after Bush and anybody else who stands in the way of a right and just peace as opposed to an wrong, evil war.

After all, what grown man can defy the power and truth in his mother's voice when she tells him, "You must stop doing evil and do what is right." What son of woman could look his mother in the eye and say 'no'?

We easily ignore the laws of God and general decency, but can a man defy his mother? The very being who brought him into this world, nursed him into childhood, and kissed his bloodied knee over and over again until he became a man? I hope not or this world is forever lost.

Woman of this country must stop fearing the anger, derision and retaliation of the men who are doing evil. I no longer have minor children, so they can shoot me now. I no longer have the tolerance to see what our sick leader is doing to our citizens and our soldiers.

We all deserve more than a maniacal leader who sends them and others to their deaths as if he were casting off peanut shells. (One can't help but think those peanuts he choked on were a sign from God.) All our citizens deserve more than a fiend who thinks nothing of leaving innocent children's limbs and body parts scattered in their mother's yard. Not for right, or truth or justice or our defense or even for the good of the greater world, but for the benefit of his friends the Saudis and KBR/Halliburton and Titan and C.A.C.I. and the many others who are still under our radar.

There is a war going on, my dear readers, but not just the one in Iraq. It is the one between good and evil, and it is our country's actions and our leaders' commands that are the latter.

Maybe it is not enough to impeach Cheney or Bush or Gonzo-Brillcream. Maybe it is time to recall the House members and Senators who refuse to implement the will of the American people. Maybe if their seats got a little hotter - if they, too, worried about losing their jobs as quickly as an outsourced IT engineer - maybe then they'd start to hear us. Instead of putting on the latest horse and pony show.

So just in case anybody missed it?

STOP THE WAR! BRING OUR MEN AND WOMEN HOME! NOW!

Clark County Diva


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