What Our Foremothers Intended:

Looking to situate annual Mother’s Day celebrations in their original antiwar context, several Santa Barbaran women and mothers formed the MotherHearts organization about six months ago. The group—which is committed to stopping war in any form—will have its first public demonstration this Sunday at Arlington West, featuring live music, poetry, and speakers. At the heart of the gathering will be homage to Julia Ward Howe—probably best known as the author of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”—who conceived the Mother’s Day holiday more than a century ago in the wake of the Civil War. Verbalizing the spirit of the day, Howe penned the Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870, which calls on all women and moms of the world to “leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel” against the atrocities and death of war.

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