Friday, May 08, 2009

Special Mothers Day Edition of Air America Live today

You can hear today's special Mothers Day edition of Air America Live in it's entirety, right here!

Our first guest was journalist Dahr Jamail, talking about how war effects Mothers. Check out his blog here.

Robert Lamarche, Southeast Regional Director of Alliance For Children, joined me to discuss adoption.

Lisa Derrick gave us her thoughts on Moms... check out her blog at

Amy Simon, the ultimate mom in my book, and producer/writer/performer told some great mom stories from her one-woman show Cheerios in my Underwear.

And Jodie Evans of Code Pink joined us to talk about a piece she has on Alternet today, "Do You Know Why Mother's Day Was Started?"

Read her piece, and check out Julia Ward Howe's original Mother's Day Proclamation, written in 1870.

Arise then...women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:"We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."
From the bosom of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: "Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe out dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace...
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God -
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

Indeed. Happy Mothers Day!