On May 8, 2011 the Granny Peace Brigade and CodePink went for the 5th annual Mothers Day Peace stroll through Central Park. (Click on the photos for larger images.)
We started off at Columbus Circle with songs by the Raging Grannies.
See and hear them in action.
Who is always one of the first to arrive at a Peace action? It’s Bud Korotzer with Fran. There were a lot of press people around eventually as we gathered at Columbus Circle, but we doubt that anybody got better photos than Bud. He’s been getting the picture as long as we’ve been around.
Joan P and Jenny read Julia Ward Howe’s Mothers Day Proclamation to remind ourselves and our neighbors about the true meaning of this special day. The Proclamation is as pertinent now as it was when it was written 141 years ago.*
And we stepped off accompanied by the Rude Mechanical Orchestra.
Corinne invited Emily, her granddaughter from Connecticut. Emily’s going to college in the fall, to study environmental science.
One of the things we loved about this mothers’ Day action was meeting the new people who joined us.
In peace always
The Granny Peace Brigade
Photos 1,3,4,5 – Phyllis Cunningham
Photos 2,6,7,8 – Caroline Chinlund
*Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!
“We will not have great questions decided 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 the 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 at 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.