APB: Code Pink’s Mother’s Day Actions

“Remember the dead: Resist the War,” from MatthewBradley’s Flickr photostream.

I imagine the enlightened readership of this here blog is well aware of the genuine, pacifist origins of Mother’s Day. I’ll reprint Julia Ward Howe’s 1870 Mother’s Day Proclamation on the day proper, and just note here that Code Pink is organizing Mother’s Day actions (as they have in past years), in DC and across the country.

Here’s how you can find a Mother’s Day event near you.

And finally, here’s a Mother’s Day Call for Bay Areans (Bay Area-ites? you know, folks in the SF Bay Area) from the kind of lesbian mom that Sarah Schulman might have been comforted to know about last year, when she misunderestimated (!) some of our activist capacities.

[Further reading & food for thought: A September 2005 essay by Judith Stadtman Tucker, “Motherhood made me do it! or, How I became an activist”]

National Day of Silence


Dana over at Mombian reminded me, in one of her posts yesterday, that April 18 is the National Day of Silence. Now jointly supported by The Gay Lesbian Straight Education’ Network (GLSN) and the United States Student Association, the event began in 1996 at the University of Virginia.

The Day of Silence is an annual event held to bring attention to anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and discrimination in schools. Students and teachers nationwide will observe the day in silence to echo the silence that LGBT and ally students face everyday. In it’s 11th year, the Day of Silence is one of the largest student-led actions in the country.

Like to have a serving of statistics to go with your issues? GLSEN released a report in 2005, From Teasing to Torment: School Climate in America, which found that

LGBT students are three times as likely as non-LGBT students to say that they do not feel safe at school (22% vs. 7%) and 90% of LGBT students (vs. 62% of non-LGBT teens) have been harassed or assaulted during the past year.

The Day of Silence was founded to raise awareness and fight the causes that lead to the feeling of unease, if not unsafety, that has been with so many LGBT students for their whole education. The remarkable coincidence this year, needless to say, is that whether or not people at their school were organizing around the Day of Silence, students across the country — especially in Virginia — have much to be solemn about.

A.P.B.: Stand up to hate in New Jersey schools

Dana at Mombian alerts us to an urgent battle in New Jersey, where the Evesham School District is buckling to pressure from bigoted parent groups, and eliminating the beautiful family diversity documentary “That’s a Family” from their curriculum.

If you’re local, school yourself on the issue, and show your support at the school board meeting Tuesday, Feb 13, at 8pm (see Dana’s post for the details & the map).

If you’re not local, Dana says you can still send an e-mail to school board officials.