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Honor Mom: Don't Drive for a Week

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You know you’re an organizer when holidays become public outreach events.  Communication tactics abound with upcoming fairs, civic and Pride celebrations.  Here’s one I leapt on because it landed in my mailbox. I printed 100 copies of this “Letter to the Editor” of a local volunteer newsletter, and distributed it in my neighborhood. 

Do you have your flyers ready?  Is there enough “white space”?  Is there a graphic on every panel?  Is it easy to read?  Is your headline an attention grabber?  We have to be more creative than the propaganda machine grinding away at everyone, day in and day out.  I keep trying to find the humor.  Be the media. 

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May 13, 2007 

Neighbors in Action

Letters to the Editor

Mother’s Day Started in 1870 to Promote Peace 

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Dear Editor:
Your May 2007 issue of Neighbors in Action contains an article on Mother’s Day which is historically erroneous.  The original Mother’s Day predates the 1905 version you described in that article.

I refer you to Robert Greenwald’s recent article, “Story of Mother’s Day” posted at http://www.alternet.org/asoldierspeaks/51545/ where he notes:

“Julia Ward Howe, the author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, wrote the original Mother's Day Proclamation in 1870 calling upon the women of the world to unite for peace. She had just witnessed the carnage of the American Civil War and the start of the Franco-Prussian War.”

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May we celebrate Mothers Day by bringing home those who fight this illegal oil war on behalf of multinational corporations.  Let’s back up our sentiments with action: don’t drive for an entire week this month. Let’s end these oil wars, and have fewer to mourn on Memorial Day.

Maybe then we can truly share a happy Mother’s Day.

Your neighbor-in-peace

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In 2004, Rady Ananda joined the growing community of citizen journalists. Initially focused on elections, she investigated the 2004 Ohio election, organizing, training and leading several forays into counties to photograph the 2004 ballots. She officially served at three recounts, including the 2004 recount. She also organized and led the team that audited Franklin County Ohio's 2006 election, proving the number of voter signatures did not match official results. Her work appears in three books.

Her blogs also address religious, gender, sexual and racial equality, as well as environmental issues; and are sprinkled with book and film reviews on various topics. She spent most of her working life as a researcher or investigator for private lawyers, and five years as an editor.

She graduated from The Ohio State University's School of Agriculture in December 2003 with a B.S. in Natural Resources.

All material offered here is the property of Rady Ananda, copyright 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009. Permission is granted to repost, with proper attribution including the original link.

"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." Tell the truth anyway.

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