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On Wednesday, April 18th, 2007, Grannies for Peace, a project of Women Against war, joined with Peace Action and Albany Friends Meeting in sponsoring this special vigil and leafleting campaign that brought attention to the link between tax day and the need to cut off funds for the Iraq War. Our Albany Vigil was part of a network of actions coordinated across the country by Bay Area Grandmothers Against the War. We are pleased that Code Pink, of whichwe are a local affiliate, also organized events nationwide to link Iraq and taxes.
Women Against War co-sponsored a global warming event on Saturday, April 14, 2007 at the Lake House in Albany’s Washington Park, as part of Step It Up 2007, one of many events held in the area and around the country calling for changes in US climate policies.
The event included speakers, music, food, and discussion sessions, followed by a rally and march to the Capitol. Other sponsors included the Honest Weight Food Coop and many local environmental and peace and justice groups.
Grannies for Peace, a project of Women Against War, has created a flier linking war and global warming, that was handed out at the event. Several grannies copied the fliers for distribution in their communities or churches. There’s a lot of attention right now on global warming, so feel free to download the flier and distribute it in your office, neighborhood, faith community or at a global warming event in your area.
A dozen Women Against War members celebrated Mother’s Day 2006 by handing out fliers at the annual Tulip Festival celebration in Albany’s Washington Park.
Decked out in pink and wearing signs saying No Attack on Iranian Mothers and Children and Mothers’ Day for Peace, the leafleters were warmly received by almost all. Friendly “Happy Mother’s Day” greetings seemed to lower barriers, reaching many new people.
The event’s success led to a leafleting campaign at community festivals throughout the summer of 2006.
On Saturday, May 7.2005, the Albany Times Union carried an eloquent Op-Ed piece by Judith Fetterley, Women Against War activist and professor emeritus of English and Women’s Studies at the University at Albany: War is Not the Answer for Mothers.
Another useful resource: Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation, 1870