I am burdened...burdened with a conscience. Burdened to stand up for peace and against an unjust war. It is my duty as a mother ...wife ...sister ...daughter to defend our nation from tyranny. In all our protesting, we get many honks and waves of support and solidarity. But where are these people? Why do they not rise up as well? Do they not care enough to allow an hour a week to rise up and be heard?
Remember, we ARE the people. Use your voice.
“Arise then, women of this day!”
We must lead the way
We must find the courage to face the horror
We must come together
Out of the despair
We must move
Beyond personal desperation
To make our collective power
All over the world
To demand-with a thundering cry
No More War!
Let us meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead,
Julia Ward Howe pleaded in her 1870 Mothers’ Day Proclamation.
“Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise all women who have hearts.
In the name of womanhood and of humanity
And for the sake of the good, green Earth
Rise, Women, Rise!*
- Clare Hanrahan, author of, Jailed for Justice, A Woman’s Guide to Federal Prison Camp (part of a speech given Mother’s Day, 2002, at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Clare can be reached at - firstname.lastname@example.org)