MOTHER’S DAY IS PEACE DAY
Did you know that Mother’s Day originated as a peace day?
In 1870, Julia Ward Howe, an American social activist and poet, wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation that was a passionate plea for peace. She published it after witnessing the devastation of the American Civil War and to protest the Franco-Prussian War. During the Civil War, Howe cared for soldiers’ grieving widows and orphaned children. Her proclamation begins, “Arise, then, women of this day!” Howe hoped to mobilize women to renounce war and work together for non-violent conflict resolution.
Mothers, all women, have an important role to play in creating a culture of peace in our homes and in our world. We work hard to teach our children to be kind, to share and not to fight. These values should apply equally to our defence policies and foreign affairs. Read more about the history of Mother’s Day and the Peace Proclamation here.
Mother’s Day and nuclear weapons abolition
by Phyllis Creighton
Card companies, florists, and drugstores with perfumes and lotions galore, are urging us to celebrate and honour our mothers with the perfect gift. It’s a commercial bonanza! Everyone feels bound by social convention to show respect through gifts, to make up for time you didn’t have to spend with mom, and attention distracted by a thousand other things in busy lives. Read the full article here.