Peace activists here and elsewhere rejoiced when they saw the leaders of North and South Korea embrace recently. We can’t stop there. Many mothers in Western North Carolina are telling our families that all we want for Mother’s Day is peace in our community and world.
Following up on the power of the “Me Too” movement, moms are demanding our leaders make peace, that our police officers become peace officers, and that Reps. Patrick McHenry and Mark Meadows vote to invest our tax money on our schools, health care and roads, and not on constant war. If voting against war means putting local jobs at risk, have those employees make school desks instead of bombs, for example.
On Saturday, May 12, at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial on the College Street side of Pack Square, a wide assortment of mothers and fathers will gather to hear the 1870 Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day peace proclamation, in which she urges mothers around the world to demand peace from their leaders. No mother wants to offer up her children to the war gods, and we must unite to stop violence that permeates our lives.
At our gathering, we’ll celebrate this original Mother’s Day from nearly 150 years ago. We will hear from one mother who lost a son to suicide following his military service, from a veteran mother who has struggled since her service and from a veteran father who hopes other fathers will join in efforts to say no to war for his children’s sake.
Sure, moms will accept gifts from the commercialized Mother’s Day. But it’s more important for us to keep our children alive in a community and world of peace. We congratulate leaders in North and South Korea. May we see more hugs from leaders elsewhere in the world, beginning here in Western North Carolina.
— Rachael Bliss