10 May 2004

Standing Up For Children Instead Of Standing In Line For Brunch

We did things a little differntly this Mother's Day....

Instead of standing in line for brunch - we stood up for our children! Mother's Acting Up held a parade, in the tradition of Julia Ward Howe, who created Mother's Day in 1872
to demand a better world for our children, and for ALL children. As Ms. Howe said so long ago, and still ringing true today, "Why do not the mothers of mankind interfere in these matters, to prevent the waste of that human life that they alone bear and know the cost?"

I dressed in my finest punjabi as my chosen expression of motherhood - "Lakshmi Mama", and Tina paid honor to those mothers who rise up against those who oppress us as "Che Mama". Here we are as we gathered for the parade.

Here are just a few of the marvelous mama's (and kids) we marched with today...

At the end of the parade, we were treated to an amazing street poetry performance, by an artist whose name I didin't catch. I video taped it, and as soon as I get it sized down for uploading, I will share it with you. (If you know the name of the artist who performed the piece, please let me know so I can give her full credit!)

It was the best Mother's Day I ever had. I told Anja as we were driving to the parade, "We are going to march to tell others we love our children." She asked, "For me, mama?"

Yep, for you baby. For all my babies, and for all the world's babies.

UPDATE: I uploaded the movie. It is pretty big, but I think it will not be too bad if you have a fast connection. If anyone knows the performer's name and/or what the name is of the piece she is doing, please let me know so I can give credit! Thanks!
Poet Movie

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