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Historic Mother's Day peace vigil

When: Sunday, May 9, 2010, 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Where: Market Square • Portsmouth
All are invited to this anti-war vigil led by mothers. The vigil starts with a reading of Julia Ward Howe's "Mother's Day Proclamation," which introduced this holiday in 1870 as a day for women to oppose war.
 
Howe, known best for writing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," worked with the widows and orphans of soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, and saw how the effects of the war go beyond the killing of soldiers in battle. Horrified by her experience of the realities of war, she determined that peace was one of the most important causes of the world. As she watched war arise again in the Franco-Prussian War, she called in 1870 for women to rise up and oppose war in all its forms.
 
Her goal was for women to come together across national lines, to recognize our similarities as people are stronger than what divides us, and commit to finding peaceful resolutions to conflicts. With this hope she issued her "Mother's Day Proclamation."
 
This event is sponsored by Seacoast Peace Response, The Seacoast Alliance for Democracy, Durham Students for a Democratic Society, UNH Peace & Justice League, NH Peace Action, Amnesty International Group 550 and First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter Social Justice Committee.
 
For more information contact amyla44@juno.com or 603-436-7861 or see www.seacoastpeaceresponse.org.
 
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