The genesis of Mother's Day in the U.S.A. began when Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community.
Fifteen years later, Julia Ward Howe, a Boston poet, pacifist, suffragist, and author of the lyrics to the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," organized a day encouraging mothers to rally for peace.
As mothers bear the loss of human life more acutely than anyone else, in 1870, Julia Ward Howe wrote the first Mother's Day Proclamation, from which I excerpt:
Arise then...women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
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. 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.
Caesar today can be understood as the Government Industrial Military Security/Surveillance Complex, which would collapse in support of Peace and Nonviolence.
In the 21st century, patriarchal 'civilization' persists in the insanity of violence for violence and we in the USA are responsible for most all of the world's manufacturing, use of, and exporting of weapons of all degrees of destruction, which terrorize every innocent caught in the crossfire.
In 1999, the UN dedicated the first decade of the 21st century to Create a Culture of Nonviolence for All Children of The World.
America abstained from voting on the initiative and is on the record in the UN as stating: "We cannot support this initiative as it will make it harder for us to wage war."
The hearts and minds that require the most transformation are the ones that hold the most power; but power never gives any away without a fierce battle.
Gandhi spoke about how personal nonviolence is not much use to society until one weds society to political action. It is not enough to speak TRUTH to power because power doesn't care; but history proves that the most hopeless situations all of a sudden just changed for the best because forces for justice had persisted and had truth on their side....
Peace must begin in an individuals heart, for Peace is who you are and what you do:
Arise then, from the voice of a devastated Earth,
With a voice in solidarity that demands Disarm! Disarm!
For the sword of murder is not the balance of justice.
And blood does not wipe our dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
let all people of good will and of conscience bewail and commemorate the dead,
And may the great human family in nonviolent solidarity live in peace,
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress,
NOT of Caesar; But of God,
And Know This:
Over 1,360,000 Iraqis will never see their mothers again due to the U.S. invasion upon them.
Military personnel who were sent to Iraq and whose mothers will never see them again has been officially acknowledged at over 4,700. And over 1,740, have also been slaughtered in Afghanistan.
American Tax Payers have paid over $990 TRILLION to make War in Iraq & Afghanistan and we the people have provided The Costs to American Taxpayers to sustain the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict tops $3 Trillion.
eileen fleming, author, founder WeAreWideAwake.org and producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes with Vanunu"