Mother's Day Vigil for Peace
Members of The Surge Protection Brigade and Code Pink will hold a silent vigil for Peace from 1-2 PM in front of the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, SE 28th and Woodstock, They will carry photos of victims injured or killed in the occupation of Iraq. They will wear pink for compassion and black for mourning the violence spanning the globe this Mother's Day. All who wish to express their hopes for peace are invited to stand silently in front of the Rhododendron Garden.
The first Mother's Day was proclaimed in 1870 by Julia Ward Howe who said: 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...
Inspired by the book, The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering, by Sharon Mehdi, the event is one of many ""Stand In the Park for Peace" events planned for Mother's Day around the world, and one of several in Portland.
CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education and other life-affirming activities. The name CODEPINK plays on the Bush Administration's color-coded homeland security advisory system that signals terrorist threats. While Bush's color coded alerts are based on fear, the CODEPINK alert is based on compassion and is a feisty call for women and men to "wage peace."
The Surge Protection Brigade is a Portland based group committed to escalating nonviolent civil resistance if our elected officials are not responsive to the majority of American voters who want the Iraq occupation to end.
"Stand in the Park for Peace" is a grassroots-level effort of loosely affiliated women's groups and individuals. For more information, visit the event Web site at www.standintheparkforpeace.org.