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In honor of Mother's Day:


UPDATE Lambert adds:

Mother's Day was originally started after the Civil War, as a protest to the carnage of that war, by women who had lost their sons. Here is the original Mother's Day Proclamation from 1870, followed by a bit of history (or should I say "herstory"):

The proclamation is from Julia Ward Howe:

Say firmly: "We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause [#57]. Our sons shall not betaken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.

Fascinating history, untaught and "dislearnt," as we might say.


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Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the
means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each
bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
but of God.

In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a
general congress of women without limit of nationality may be
appointed and held at some place 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

YES, YES, YES. A feminine paradigm shift to partnership and cooperation from the power and control obsessed patriarchal one.

Ann Jones, journalist, long time pushing for Afghanistan to have half members at final treaty table be female. USA has the power and bucks to enforce this, too, but why would they? Patriarchal authorities of the US are military-hypermasculinized and don't know the path to peace, only tool they are used to being the HAMMER. The higher percentage of women would add to the chances of having a lasting intelligent peace architecture not the jackyl fight which will result in future warring. Yeah, I know Palin, et al. just cuz female not necessarily for peace ... but having half at table female ... why not try it. How many will end up at the table who are female? I'm thinking maybe none without anyone pushing for this.

To God's and humanity's ears.