Sunday, May 10, 2009

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

To celebrate, but also reflect on certain important issues on such a day, watch the following video included in the site mothersdayforpeace.com. These are the words accompanying the 2007 video on You Tube:
This year, Brave New Foundation is remembering and honoring the origins of Mother's Day in this short online video. Through the power of compassion and womanhood, we hope to work towards peace.



The History of Mother's Day

(taken from codepinkalert.org/article.php?id=4864)

In 1870, social activist, slavery abolitionist, and poet Julia Ward Howe, best known for writing the Battle Hymn of the Republic, was distraught by the carnage of the American Civil War and the break out of the Franco-Prussian War. In response, she wrote a Mother’s Day Proclamation calling upon the women of the world to unite for peace. And in 1872 she began promoting the idea of a Mother’s Day for Peace.

In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared the first national Mother’s Day, as a day for Americans to show the flag in honor of those mothers who had lost their sons in war.


Julia Ward Howe's 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 bosom 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 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 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.

Proclamation found on: codepinkalert.org/article.php?id=217

Having watched the video and read the Proclamation, explain what the origin of Mother's Day is and how that makes you feel about war and its repercussions.

7 comments:

  1. the origin of the Mother's Day is: STOP WAR..THERE ARE INNOCENT CHILDREN...PEACE..!!!

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  2. Mothers Day is the day of piece.Mothers express their fears about their sons when they are in the war.All Of us want a peaceful world without wars deaths of youngsters and babies.

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  3. Every mother has the right to know that her child is alive and healthy.
    In Mother's Day every single mother is happy to be sure about her child.So wars should be avoided.

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  4. the message of the Mother's Day is: STOP WAR..THERE ARE INNOCENT CHILDREN...PEACE..!!!When I hear about war.. i become angry with the stupid politicians who want to improve their country's economy by killing pour people...!

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  5. xara+christina 4everMay 13, 2009 at 10:05 PM

    WHEN WE WERE WATCHING THE VIDEO WE COULD NOT THINK ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THIS DAY.WE WERE JUST LOOKING THE SCREEN SPEECHLESS.IT WAS ACTUALLY CREATED TO GIVE A MESSAGE TO THE WORLD;TO STOP THE WARS.WAR IS THE WORST THING THAT COULD EVER HAPPEN TO ANYONE AND MAKES MANY PEOPLE SUFFER.THERE SHOULD BE PEACE ALL OVER THE WORLD.

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  6. alexandra, irineMay 13, 2009 at 10:05 PM

    today mother's day is based on the thoughts of a female poet of 18th century called Julia Ward Hawe...she wanted to devote the day to world peace through the mothers of soldier in America...looking at these children i feel a severe pain in the depth of my heart i can't stand with all those ongoing wars.This must stop IMMEDIATELLY...

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  7. War can cause a lot of damage to people :( especially on families because it can make them feel horrible by having a member of the family killed and the kids end up orphans :O I hope that wars will stop and peace will be all over the world :)...

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