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Echoes of the original Mother’s Day Proclamation at home and abroad


Echoes of the original Mother’s Day Proclamation at home and abroad

Frida Berrigan

“From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says ‘Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.’”

Julia Ward Howe wrote these words 145 years ago, just after the end of the U.S. Civil War. Her proclamation calling for mothers of all nations to come together to settle wars has morphed into the flower and greeting card fest that we will celebrate this weekend.


I think it’s also notable that State’s Attorney Mosley happens to be a woman of color–that is, she is no card-carrying member of the various Boys’ clubs that protect their own, regardless of conduct. This preference for linearity, a subliminal identification with a certain “male member” conditions men to line up and take top-down orders: basis for the rank and file hierarchies.

Since the U.S military elites decided to subsume opposition by inviting women and gays into its ranks, those females and homosexuals who can twist themselves so as to identify with this uber-masculine frame find themselves also adapting to it… at full loss to their capacities for empathy, emotion, and caring.

All over the world women are opposing the male-run models of patriarchy.

From Nomi Prims, Janine Wedel, Elizabeth Warren, Brooksley Borne, and Ellen Brown challenging the banksters’ club to Vandana Shiva challenging Monsanto’s insidious rape of nature through the ecosystems it slices and dices in order to plant its neat, uniform rows of mono-crops, mostly corn.

Just men are part of the calculus, and those brave enough not to salute militarism or patriarchy. People of color, having never been invited–en masse–to so-called Democracy’s banquet table also see through systems of power and their innate abuses, as do Indigenous tribes, Latinos being tossed into equivalent refugee camps, and those poor souls who haven’t been deceived by Christian Fundamentalism: backdoor (in) to fascism.


Let us also honor Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother’s Day.