A Call to All Mothers


The following text (in green) is the Mother’s Day Proclamation that was written by Julia Ward Howe in 1870.

From what I understand, Ms. Howe was addressing all mothers in reference to the great loss of life that occurred during the Civil War for both the North as well as the South.

Sadly, much of what is written in this proclamation is just as relevant today as it was in the late 1800’s —but for any number of different reasons.

My dear friends, I urge you to read this and reflect.

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!

Say firmly:
“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.


Just sayin’ y’all!


***Thanks to this site for displaying this version of The Mother’s Day Proclamation

6 thoughts on “A Call to All Mothers

  1. Reblogged this on Seek The Best Blog and commented:

    In loving memory of Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin and ALL. OF THE YOUNG BLACK MEN who have been murdered in cold blood!

    Among other things…..this is the type of shit that mothers like me have to worry about every freaking day!


    Mothers, what kind of child did you raise?
    Are you culpable?
    It starts at home!
    What are your sons and daughters
    listening to?

    Oh, and if you are “so called” pro-life and you are NOT moved to secure justice for Ahmaud Arbery then you are, in fact,
    DEAD and may God have mercy on your soul!

    Maybe the call below will prompt you to get into integrity and act consistently in your beliefs and behaviors.

    Think about that as you livestream the Mother’s Day program from your church.

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Beautiful and thoughtful Cuz! This part immediately struck a chord with me because–as you often say “I can’t”…:

      “Oh, and if you are “so called” pro-life and you are NOT moved to secure justice for Ahmaud Arbery then you are, in fact, DEAD!

      The hugest, most oxymoronic, paradoxical shit I ever hear so-called Conservatives say is that they are “PRO-LIFE”!

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