Monday, May 07, 2007

Mother's Day for Peace

Mother’s Day has long been celebrated as a day to honor your mother. It is important to celebrate all your mom has done for you. Originally, way back in 1870, Mother’s Day was put together by mothers (who at the time had no political clout) as a call to unite women for peace. When we discovered this, it became clear that the time was perfect to put together a piece highlighting Julia Ward Howe’s inspirational proclamation from 1870 and honoring the foresight and courage of the women who stated ‘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.’

With the help of Gloria Steinem and celebrity moms Christine Lahti, Felicity Huffman, Vanessa Williams and Alfre Woodard, Brave New Foundation has created a piece that tells the story of this important holiday. Although this proclamation was written 137 years ago, the emotions and concerns of mothers today have not changed. Mothers past and present do not want to see their children lost to war.

We are all grateful to our mothers for the long hours they have spent teaching, loving, laughing and crying with us. Please join us in honoring your mother with a message of hope for peace.

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