Saturday, May 13, 2006

Mother's Day 2006

MOTHER’S DAY 2006

In honor of the true intention of Mother’s Day, Green Dove has assembled a variety of information and resources from many different places,some are available within the Bloomington community and others are available as web resources. Many are women's groups working to advocate peacemaking. We hope that you honor your Mother and all Mothers today and everyday, and that you find something useful her for yourself or someone you care about. Visit the Green Dove website and explore the Peace Links pages, Local Food Network and other resources http://www.greendove.net

Happy Mother’s Day from Green Dove Network

Today many woman have joined with CODE PINK - Mother's Day 2006: A Call for Peace! a Mothers Day 24 hour vigil at the White House May 13-14

A Coalition of women’s groups including local CODE PINKs, WILPF, and Grandmothers Against the War - Women will be taking action at Congress and around the capitol heeding Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day call for peace and advocating for an end to the Iraq war. Ongoing creative protest will be coordinated throughout the month. Bring your hot pink broom and sweep the Congress clean of warmongers! For more information, check out www.womensayenough.org or email Sam Joi at mzsam@bayareacodepink.org.

http://www.codepinkalert.org/article.php?id=894

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From May 11-14th, American Friends Service Committee have organized Eyes Wide Open -
Take part in a daily reading of names of U.S. service personnel and Iraqis killed in the war; a silent memorial procession around the Mall; testimonies from those who have lost loved ones and from those whose loved ones remain in harm’s way; visits to Congressional

representatives to discuss the human cost of the war; a candlelight vigil; and other events. For more information go to: http://www.afsc.org/eyes

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Elaine Heffner:Women do not have to sacrifice personhood if they are mothers. They do not have to sacrifice motherhood in order to be persons. Liberation was meant to expand women's opportunities, not to limit them. The self-esteem that has been found in new pursuits can also be found in mothering.

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ON MOTHER’S DAY

by Denise Breeden-Ost

In 1870, Julia Ward Howe invented Mother's Day. Or did she? Howe might not recognize her "Mothers' Day for Peace" in 2002. Here is Howe's "Mother's Day Proclamation":

Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or of fears! Say firmly, "We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies.... We women of one country will be too tender toward those of another to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs." The sword of murder is not the balance of justice! ....[L]et women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel. Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as the means whereby the great human family can live in peace.... Read the Complet article here -

http://www.greendove.net/zine1-5articledbreedenost.htm

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Grieving mother seeking peace for self, others


by Andy Davis, Akansas Democrat Gazette
March 12th, 2006

FAYETTEVILLE — Wearing a bright yellow “Bring home the troops” T-shirt and capri-style jeans, sunglasses pushed up on her head, the small woman with shoulder-length black hair stood at a podium before an appreciative crowd of more than 500 in the city square.

Military Families Speak Out

Listen to Neil Young's Living with War

http://www.hyfntrak.com/neilyoung2/AFF23597/

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Alice Walker: And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see -- or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read.

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May 17-20th, Network of Spiritual Progressives
Building on the July, 2005 conference in Berkeley, this will be the national conference to launch a prophetic spiritual politics agenda to the media and the politicians in D.C. and to train organizers who will take the agenda into their communities. The conference will also celebrate the release of Rabbi Michael Lerner's new book The Left Hand of God, with its proposed Spiritual Covenant for America and the release of the paperback version of Jim Wallis' God's Politics. For more info go to: www.spiritualprogressives.org

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United for Peace and Justice Grassroots Training and Congressional Advocacy Days, Sunday, May 21, and Monday, May 22, 2006, Washington, DC
Don't miss this opportunity to make your voice heard on Capitol Hill, and to meet activists from your area who will do anything -- even talk to members of Congress -- to STOP THIS WAR! Click here to register now.
http://www.unitedforpeace.org/modinput4.php?modin=121

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San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace is a non-profit organization concerned with the local dangers involving the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, and with the dangers of nuclear power, weapons and waste on national and global levels. Additionally, Mothers for Peace concerns itself with issues of peace, social justice and a safe environment. http://www.mothersforpeace.org/

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Gold Star Families for Peace - Families of soldiers who have died as a result of war are organizing to be a positive force in our world to bring our country’s sons and daughters home from Iraq, to minimize the “human cost” of this war, and to prevent other families from the pain we are feeling as the result of our losses.

http://www.gsfp.org/

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Elizabeth Kenny: My mother used to say, "He who angers you, conquers you!" But my mother was a saint.

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Another Mother for PeaceAnother Mother for Peace is a non-profit, non-partisan association dedicated to eliminating the use of war as a means of solving disputes among nations, people and ideologies. http://www.anothermother.org/

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*Resources and Upcoming Bloomington Events in support of Women*

May 19th, 7:00 PM Slamming for Human Rights, Amnesty International’s Midwest Region Tour at Boxcar Books and Community Center,310A South Washington St., Bloomington, hosted by Kevin and Indiana human rights activists as Indiana poets compete for Bloomington 'Poet of Conscience'. There will also be opportunities for you to take action to end violence against women. Become an AIUSA member and receive a free 'Slamming for Human Rights' t-shirt or 'Music for Human Rights' CD.

Co-sponsored by Indiana Holistic Health Network, Green Dove Network, Hart Rock, MATRIX, Boxcar Books, Bloomington Peace Action Coalition, Social Justice Steering Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church, Bloomington, Center for Sustainable Living, WFHB, Holistic Affordable Housing, WME3tv videozine and Reiki Peace and Wellness Arts - 812-339-8710

http://www.amnestyusa.org/events/midwestern/poetryslamtour05192006.html

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Middleway House strives - - To end violence in the lives of women and children by implementing or sponsoring activities and programs aimed at achieving individual and social change. http://www.bloomington.in.us/~mwhouse/aboutus.htm 24 Hour Crisis Line: (812) 336-0846 – Consider MiddleWay Food Works Cookie of the Month Club and do something sweet for a Mother! Contact Susan at 812-219-9525 or email catering@middlewayfoodworks.org

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Indiana Domestic Violence and Legal Resources – Indiana links and resources http://www.womenslaw.org/IN/IN_links.htm

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BABS - Bloomington Area Birth Services - Bloomington Area Birth Services, Inc., is a group of women trained and experienced in childbirth and postpartum issues. We offer a variety of childbirth classes, prenatal and postpartum yoga, breastfeeding support, postpartum support groups, drop-in parent-baby playtime, and information about midwives, birth and postpartum doulas, and local birth resources. http://www.bloomingtonbirth.com/

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Hannah House - Crisis Pregnancy Center of Bloomington, Inc. & Hannah House Maternity Home, 808 N. College Avenue Bloomington, IN 47404, (812) 334-0104 http://www.cpcbloomington.org/

Reiki Peace and Wellness Arts – Reiki is a gentle, powerful energy that accelerates the bodies natural healing abilities and is complementary to conventional and holistic wellness services. Patricia C. Coleman Reiki Master, will give any mother a 10% discount on a first time Reiki session through the month of May. http://www.hartrock.net/reiki.htm

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Women Writing for a Change - is a creative writing class which supports the lives of women for whom writing is, or is becoming, an important creative and spiritual practice. This class is designed to provide a safe and supportive space for women who want to explore their writing voice. Women are encouraged to tell their stories in whatever written form they wish to pursue, whether it is fiction, poetry, journal, essay, or drama. http://www.bethlodge-rigal.com/womenwriting.html

Bloomington Women's Writing Center - a non-projit service organization providing a forum for female writers of all ages. http://www.bwwc.org

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Indiana Holistic Health Network has a resources in its directory to women’s services http://www.indianaholistichealth.net/ and wellness related information.

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Indiana Birthing Choices - It is the vision of CHOICES to improve the quality of and sensitivity toward pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting ways. We hope to help families have positive experiences .... For babies to be gently welcomed into the world, breastfeeding past their first birthday. We want to bring awareness to attachment parenting, listening and trusting yourself and your baby. We wish for parents' to be informed, to decide what is best for themselves.

http://www.indianabirthchoices.com/STATE-DIRECTORY.html

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Community Health Access Program provides a variety of services to women and the community at large. http://cgi.hoosier.net/cgi-bin/cgiwrap/uwmonroe/viewentry?id=61

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Local Food Bloomington – a Green Dove Network project providing links to Community Food resources in the Bloomington area. http://www.greendove.net/communityfood.htm

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BACC – Bloomington Adult Community Center – for 50 years and over, including sports and fitness activities, adult and senior classes, travel and special events. http://www.bloomington.in.gov/parks/bacc.php

The Endwright Center – 7500 West Reeves Rd. 876-7500

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Planned Parenthood of Indiana - www.ppin.org/

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NARAL - www.prochoiceamerica.org/

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National Association of Women

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The National Association of Women and the Law -

BACC – Bloomington Adult Community Center – for 50 years and over, including sports and fitness activities, adult and senior classes, travel and special events. http://www.bloomington.in.gov/parks/bacc.php

The Endwright Center – 7500 West Reeves Rd. 876-7500

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Planned Parenthood of Indiana - www.ppin.org/

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NARAL - www.prochoiceamerica.org/

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National Association of Women

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The National Association of Women and the Law


BACC – Bloomington Adult Community Center – for 50 years and over, including sports and fitness activities, adult and senior classes, travel and special events. http://www.bloomington.in.gov/parks/bacc.php

The Endwright Center – 7500 West Reeves Rd. 876-7500

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Planned Parenthood of Indiana - www.ppin.org/

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NARAL - www.prochoiceamerica.org/

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National Association of Women

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The National Association of Women and the Law http://www.nawl.ca/










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