Disarm: Mothers On a Mission (M.O.M.) Against Violence

Disarm: Mothers On a Mission (M.O.M.) Against Violence

We need to address violence, especially the violence that has reached disturbing levels within our urban communities.

Historically, the concept of mother’s day was first introduced in 1870. Julia Ward Howe created the Mother’s Day Proclamation – The “Appeal to womanhood throughout the world” was an appeal for women to unite for peace in the world. Written in 1870, Howe’s “Appeal to womanhood” was a pacifist reaction to the carnage of the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War. The appeal was tied to Howe’s feminist conviction that women had a responsibility to shape their societies at the political level.

In 1872 Howe asked for the celebration of a “Mother’s Day for Peace” in the 2nd June of every year, but she was unsuccessful. The modern Mother’s Day is an unrelated celebration and it was established by Anna Jarvis years later.

This year, NAN and BET seek to combine both the celebration and the proclamation in urban cities across the nation.

The five action items for the month of May are:

1. Find a local anti-violence program in your area and donate time and/or money

2. Work with other mothers to petition your local community center and/or church to stay open extended hours to provide conflict resolution and anti-violence programming for youth, especially during the summer months

3. Contact elected officials and make your voice heard about guns

4. Join a NAN chapter for “Occupy the Corners” or work with local organizations to start your own “Occupy the Corners” Campaign

5. Lend your time to mentoring youth in your area.

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