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Mothers Day Vigil - Code Pink & Surge Proteciton Brigade

Code Pink and the Surge Protection Brigade will host a silent vigil on Mothers Day, May 13th at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens, S.E. 28th and Woodstock. We will gather at 12:30 for about an hour. This will coincide with the international Standing Women vigil (see http://www.standingwomen.org/ ) Please join us!

Crystal Springs is very heavily attended on Mothers Day. Our plan is to stand on the sidewalk in front of the parking lot, which will be turned into a plant sale area for the day.

We are asking participants to:
  • wear pink and black
  • NOT carry signs - this is NOT a protest
  • hold an enlarged photo (at least 8x10) - e.g. photo of a deceased soldier (no Oregon soldiers, please) or Iraqi woman, child, man.. (Suggestion: enlarge and laminate, attach a string so you can hang it around your neck)
  • stand silently, don't engage in conversation with passersby
  • if it's raining, please bring a black umbrella
There is parking at Reed, across the street. Please consider carpooling, bicycling or using Trimet (Bus #19, Woodstock).

Questions - contact info@codepinkportland.org

homepage: homepage: http://codepinkportland.org

great to hear it 07.May.2007 22:42


You might want to do outreach to mothers and explain to them that the history of mother's day is a peace event, not the commercialized holiday it has become in the US:

Mother's Day Proclamation

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have breasts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!

Say firmly:
"We will not have great questions decided 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 the 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 at 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.

-- Julia Ward Howe, 1870

Got it covered 07.May.2007 22:47

Granny T

The proclamation will be the only sign at the vigil. Thanks!

The Power Of Grandmothers Love 08.May.2007 16:21

Joe Anybody



More about these Grannies Peacemakers past projects here:


~A Peaceful Mothers Day Wish To All Grandmothers & Mothers ~