Today is Mother’s Day. I have read that originally Mother’s Day was created as a day for mothers to unite against war. The idea of giving heart and soul to the raising of one’s son and then sending him off to war seemed intolerable for Julia Ward Howe, the first advocate of Mother’s Day in 1870.

This Mother’s Day let’s remember to stand up and speak out about our society’s choices that are harmful to our children. Whether that means unnecessary wars like the invasion of Iraq, the spraying of pesticides on our food, giving children medications for focus difficulties, fast foods that create childhood obesity, college tuitions that keep our children in debt while being taught by adjunct faculty that are not paid a living wage and on and on and on.

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