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Moms Rising: Second Mother’s Day Posting

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Yesterday I posted a women’s organization started in Argentina in the mid-1970s as a result of the repressive dictatorship. Here is the internal link to that posting: http://www.menupause.info/archives/20610. Today is the second organization:

Moms Rising

Here is an explanation (direct quote) of the organization from the website: www.momsrising.org.

A summary of us!

In short, MomsRising.org is an on-the-ground and online grassroots organization of more than a million people who are working to achieve economic security for all moms, women, and families in the United States. MomsRising is working for paid family leave, earned sick days, affordable childcare, and for an end to the wage and hiring discrimination which penalizes so many mothers.

MomsRising also advocates for better childhood nutrition, health care for all, toxic-free environments, breastfeeding rights so that all children can have a healthy start, and a national budget that reflects the contributions of women and moms. Established in 2006, MomsRising and its members are organizing and speaking out to improve public policy and to change the national dialogue on issues that are critically important to America’s women and families.

In addition to being a grassroots force, MomsRising also has a strong readership reach: With over 1,000 blogger, in 2013, Forbes.com named MomsRising‘s web site as one of the Top 100 Websites For Women for the fourth year in a row and Working Mother magazine included MomsRising on its “Best of the Net” list.

I have been receiving emails from Moms Rising and believe they are doing a good job of advocating for women and children in the areas of health care, the environment, public policy, etc.

Check out the website for more information and how to get involved.

 Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Mothers of the Disappeared in Argentina (First Mother’s Day Posting)

Friday, May 12th, 2017

 

Photo of marching women of the disappeared from cinemaopolis.org

For this year’s Mother’s Day I am posting information about two women’s groups. One started in Argentina back in the mid to late 1970s and was called Plaza de Mayo. I remember reading about the marches of these mothers whose sons had disappeared during the repressive reign of the military dictatorship also named The Dirty War. I also owned a poetry book* that had wonderfully poignant poems about this period of time. Here is a quote from global security.org website:

The Dirty War, from 1976-1983, was a seven-year campaign by the Argentine government against suspected dissidents and subversives. Many people, both opponents of the government as well as innocent people, were “disappeared” in the middle of the night. They were taken to secret government detention centers where they were tortured and eventually killed. These people are known as “los desaparecidos” or “the disappeared.”

Thus the other name for these women who still march for their missing sons is also called Mothers of the Disappeared. Recently BBC TV had an update of mothers, some of whom are in their 70s and 80s, still seeking justice. If you go to the global security website and search for The Dirty War, you will find a great deal of information about that time and these courageous mothers.

 

Below is a photo from another website: womeninworldhistory.com. There is a great deal of information on the organization that is worth investigating, if only to show their continued persistence to reap justice from this terrible time in Argentinian history.This website also has statements from the mothers themselves. Here is just one of the powerful statements:

“One of the things that I simply will not do now is shut up. The women of my generation in Latin America have been taught that the man is always in charge and the woman is silent even in the face of injustice…Now I know that we have to speak out about the injustices publicly. If not, we are accomplices. I am going to denounce them publicly without fear. This is what I learned.”
María del Rosario de Cerruti

To learn more search Mothers of the Disappeared and Plaza de Mayo. Make Mothers Day more meaningful by educating yourself about other mothers’ issues.

*My poetry book was lost in one of my moves, so I searched the Internet and found a site that you might want to investigate that includes tributes to the Disappeared.:

http://desaparecidos.org/notas/2008/01/argentinas-disappeared-honored.html

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