As you may know, Mother's Day started out in 1870 as a call for women to rise up and demand an end to war. Many groups, including CODEPINK, are working to reclaim this original purpose. You can check out our latest alert (which includes links to send a letter to Nancy Pelosi and to sign our Mother's Day Appeal to Congress) here.
I am co-organizing a Mother's Day Peace Festival this Saturday, May 12th from 11am-5pm, in front of the Riverside Public Library, 3581 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
Family-friendly activities will include crafts, performances, storytelling, and labyrinth walking for peace. To promote the idea that peace begins in the home, families will be able to sign a Family Pledge of Nonviolence. Children of all ages can create peace flags and peace-related cards to give to their mothers for Mother's Day. The film Women Say NO to War: Iraqi & American Women Speak Out will be shown concurrently throughout the day in the library auditorium.
The event is co-sponsored by CODEPINK: Women for Peace, the Women Creating Peace Collective, the Inland Communities Chapter of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Inland Yoga, and Citizen's Actions for Peace.
Hope to see you there!