I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones
-Albert Einstein (contemplating nuclear devastation)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Moms Against Bombs: Arise then!!!

Dear Friends,

It's just about lunchtime here at Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action.  It's a beautiful, sunny day at GZ Center as we move through the day of our annual Mother's Day weekend event.  After the morning that included nonviolence training a group headed to the Kitsap Mall for a brief vigil.  After lunch we will continue preparing for this afternoon's vigil and nonviolent direct action at the Bangor Trident nuclear submarine base. 

A group of women will read Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation during this afternoon's vigil and action.  I've printed it here; a powerful reminder of the original intention of Mother's Day (For Peace)!  More to come...



An exercise in nonviolence on this bright, sunny morning at GZ Center!


Mother's Day Proclamation, By Julia Ward Howe

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.

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