MEDIA ADVISORY FOR MOTHER’S DAY - May 13, 2007
MOBILIZED MAMAS RECLAIM ORIGINAL PURPOSE OF MOTHER’S DAY
WILL UNITE FOR WELLBEING OF ALL CHILDREN
WHEN: Mother’s Day: Sunday May 13, 2007
WHERE: Events will take place in public parks and squares across the country in cities including: Flagstaff (AZ); Los Angeles (CA), Temecula (CA); Boulder (CO), Carbondale (CO); Portland (ME); Harbor Springs (MI); Minneapolis-St. Paul (MN); Manhattan (NY), The Bronx (NY); Oklahoma City (OK); Portland (OR); Philadelphia (PA); Charleston (SC); Nashville (TN); Austin (TX); Strafford (VT); Hartland (WI), and Milwaukee (WI) with more cities being added every day.
WHO: Mothers Acting Up (MAU): a national movement of mothers (and others) moving from concern to action on behalf of the world’s children. www.mothersactingup.org
WHAT: MAU’s 2007 Mother’s Day Reclamation Parades and other events (picnics, rallies, cake walks) celebrate Mother Leadership and the gigantic political power of mamas!
All events will include mothers (and others) — both costumed and on stilts — festive families of all kinds and other organizations. All will gather to honor the promise of our children’s lives, as we collectively kick off of a national postcard action aimed at Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to use her Mother Leadership in being an advocate for the Mother of all Agendas: to Protect our Global Family by championing the Millennium Development Goals; to Preserve our Planet by addressing global warming; and the True Cost of War by freezing U.S. military spending.
WHY: In 1870, Julia Ward Howe started Mother’s Day to unite mothers for peace and the wellbeing of ALL children. Her cry to action is still relevant in 2007 - mothers realize that we live in a world that does not prioritize or protect our children's wellbeing. This will not change without mothers (and others) finding the courage and commitment to speak out on behalf of not only their own children, but all the world’s children. MAU will reclaim the original meaning of Mother’s Day in communities nationwide — wresting the holiday from the hold of Hallmark — to passionately and publicly advocate for the world’s children. Everyone from shy visionaries to exuberant shakers & movers are welcome!
Mothers Acting Up is a non-partisan mother-led, mother-fed movement of mothers and others publicly and passionately advocating for the world’s children. www.mothersactingup.org