Thursday, May 15, 2008

Portland, OR MAUs and Hip Mamas on Mother's Day.

Healthy Child, Healthy World.

No one organization will make the changes we need to be and see in order to have the world's children best cared for. That's why it's so very important to know the truth of We're all in this together! It will take all hands on deck from domestic to international efforts, sometimes one baby step at a time, to co-create the kind of world and social environment that we want for our children. ALL our children.

Here's but just one such domestic organization's message of hope.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The moms came marching one by one....

Publish Date: 5/12/2008

Jennifer Parsons of Longmont helps her daughter Sedona, 1, wipe her eye Sunday before the start of the seventh annual Mothers Acting Up parade in downtown Boulder. Janna Vance of Longmont, right, and Parsons are members of Longmont Moms Go Green. Lewis Geyer/Times-Call

Mom Movement
125 gather in Boulder to march for a better future

BOULDER — The moms came marching one by one — and then some.

About 125 people paraded through Boulder on Sunday, from moms on stilts to kids in strollers. It was Mother’s Day and that meant it was time for Mothers Acting Up to go on the march.

“We’re just having a lot of fun out here, while doing something worthwhile for everyone,” said Isabel Cousins of Boulder, wearing a bike helmet that had been turned into a crown of flowers, with bright purple and orange blooms.

Mothers Acting Up got its start seven years ago...(more)

Nashville MAU participates in 1Sky Mother's Day Action.

Click here for more information about how Nashville MAUs (and other local MAU groups from Portland, ME to Chicago, IL) are part of over 455 groups in this country and beyond to participate in massive collective actions about global warming and climate change through the combined efforts of leaders in action Green Peace, True Majority, and 1Sky!!

Nashville MAU's Mother's Day events in Nashville Parent.

Nashville's 3rd Annual Mother's Day Peace Parade.

video courtesy of Chris Lugo. Thank you, Chris!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Celebration and Reclamation in Boulder.

Mothers acting up on Mother's Day


Thumping grooves of world/reggae band The Ancestral Voices with Danae Shanti resonated down the Pearl Street Mall in front of the Boulder County Courthouse yesterday afternoon. The sound alerted passersby of the seventh annual Mothers Acting Up Mother’s Day Rally.

Music, dancing, and brightly colored costumes captivated the audience, while a series of tables featuring representatives from local activist organizations engaged those interested in learning more about their cause.

“I hoped that lots of people would come out, that there would be lots of new people and that it would be a very celebratory day – and all of those things happened,” said Joellen Raderstorf, Co-Founder of Mothers Acting Up, a local grassroots organization dedicated to providing a variety of opportunities for mothers seeking a voice in their community and world....(more)

MAUs of Greater Vermont reclaim the day.

Mothers' Day in Vermont Goes Back to its Roots

Strafford, Vermont -- May 11, 2008

Sunday was Mothers' Day, and women in one Vermont town have gone back to the roots of the day.

This was the second year that a group called Mothers Acting Up have held a parade and rally on the town commons to commemorate Mothers' Day, which originated just after the Civil War. Almost 140 years later, organizers planted red flags representing more than four-thousand American troops lost in the Iraq War...(more)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Memphis Mamas Act Up.

Marchers remind mothers to act up

Mothers are well- known for instructing their young charges to hush up. Or sit up. Or please try not to throw up.

But act up? The mothers themselves? Yes ma'am, that's exactly what a nascent group of moms are trying to get Memphis mamas to do -- to act up on behalf of children.

And at 3 p.m. today, a day usually reserved for crayoned cards and handmade ceramic soap dishes in the shape of a child's hand, dozens of mothers will parade on the sidewalks of Cooper in honor of mothers everywhere and, in particular, eight local mothers to be honored at a gathering to follow in Peabody Park.

"Homemade cards are great, but it shouldn't just be a Hallmark holiday," says Allison Glass, one of the organizers, the education coordinator of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center and the mother of a beautiful 5-year-old son. "This is going to be a really celebratory, joy-filled event.

"There is a lot to be angry about,"(....more)