I had no idea until I read this piece that the original purpose of Mother’s Day was to protest war. Here is the founding Mother’s Day Declaration by Julia Ward Howe in 1870:
Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!
As part of our sales of political sweatshop-free t-shirts (proceeds from which go to the upkeep of Irregular Times) we’ve committed to donate a buck to overseas development, and another buck to liberal political causes at home, whenever one of our shirts sells. It’s one way we’re trying to walk our talk.
In light of [...]
While we were watching the train wreck of Patriot Act passage last week, the House of Representatives quietly passed a bill that grants the President of the United States the right to engage in perpetual war. Together, these bills concentrate power in the hands of the man who is already the single-most powerful person on [...]
Citizens for Legitimate Government is not calling for Americans to come to the National Mall, walk around a bit, listen to speeches and go home. They are not organizing a protest with permits arranged by the National Park Service. On September 10 2011, CLG plans to Seize DC:
We protest “peacefully,” although not passively. We [...]
In one breath, congressman Allen West declares his support for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, costing trillions of dollars and tens of thousands of lives, in the name of fighting a religion he does not like.
In the next breath, Allen West declares:
“I will curb out of control Government spending…. I will carry the [...]
I tried to think of something funny to blunt the edge of letting you know that Barack Obama has extended waivers letting Chad, Sudan, Yemen and the Democratic Republic of the Congo off the hook for using child soldiers. But I just couldn’t do it.
The Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 prohibits the U.S. [...]
Do you remember the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001?
Events were canceled out of respect for the dead. People cried in public. The newspapers ran entire sections on the attacks for months. Nations around the world played the Star Spangled Banner and raised the American flag at official ceremonies in respect for [...]
Ross the Keystone State activist writes in today to let us know about two upcoming protests:
1. On Thursday, October 14 from 4:30-6:00 pm at the intersection of 9th and Hamilton in Allentown, PA there will be an Anti-Fracking protest to protect Pennsylvania’s already-threatened groundwater:
Join Food & Water Watch, Clean Water Action and Gas [...]
The International Action Center wouldn’t have to abandon its ideals to become a more successful activist organization. It would simply have to show more discipline. [...]
Tea Party Express Chairman Mark Williams has taken to posing for speeches in front of a big enlarged document that starts with the words “We The People.” He might want to try turning around and reading the rest of the words on that document before he opens his mouth again.
Reaction has been strong to [...]
The consequences of pretending that we are not at war? A bumbling idiot manages to burn himself up after he forgets how to ignite a home-made bomb. [...]