“Arise then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be of water or of tears!”*
…these are the opening words from the original Mother’s Day proclamation of 1870, written by Julia Ward Howe (who also authored “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”). A new video – Mother's Day for Peace – calls on women and mothers to once again take up the original cause for Mother’s Day – Peace.
“Mother’s Day really was in its origin an anti-war day, an anti-war statement. Julia Ward Howe was sickened by what had happened during the Civil War–the loss of life, the carnage. And she created Mother’s Day as a call for women all over the world, to come together, and create ways of protesting war, of making a kind of alternate government that could finally do away with war as an acceptable way of solving conflict.” *
Among the Mother’s Day celebration activities are efforts to support congressional legislation to create a Department of Peace and Nonviolence, with similar efforts to create ministries of peace throughout the world, including England, Italy, Israel, Japan, and Canada.
“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 peaceâ€¦ to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.”*
*source: The Real Motherâ€™s Day Tradition