Yesterday was a great day to be outdoors (not a cloud to be seen), and people gathered at the Main entrance gate to the Bangor Trident submarine base to demonstrate our resistance to the most horrific weapon (system) of mass destruction ever devised – TRIDENT! Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action held its annual Mothers Day Weekend action – this year’s theme was Moms Against Bombs.
There were participants from around the Sound (and way beyond), and the Tacoma Catholic Worker was well represented. Pax Christi Tahoma’s message was a lesson in getting one’s message across clearly and succinctly: Pray – Study – Act!!!
This day was about action, and four resisters entered the roadway, unfurling a banner with their message.
Of course, no Ground Zero Center action honoring nurturing women would be complete with a reading of Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation.
When all was said AND done some of us gathered back at the GZ Center house and took a group photo greeting for Steve Kelly, who is winding down the last days of his sentence for the 2009 Disarm Now Plowshares action. By the way – the Bureau of Punishment’s Inmate Locator now shows Steve’s release date as June 21, 2012.
All in all, a great way (I think) to prepare for Mother’s Day. Best wishes to all nurturing women on this Mother’s Day. May we all (women and men) rise up together to shout out (and live out) Julia Ward Howe’s adomition to:
In Thanks and in Peace,
Mother’s Day Proclamation, By Julia Ward Howe
Arise then…women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
“We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”
From the bosom of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: “Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”
Blood does not wipe out dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
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…
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God –
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And 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 peace.