March 8 is International Women's Day, and the need for the balancing force of women power has never been greater.
The women leading the current "historic week of action" for peace include the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq, a poet, a former US Army colonel and US diplomat, an Iraqi women's delegation, and a former candidate for US Senate. These women represent different communities, but their deep respect for life and their fierce resistance to wrong-doing holds them together.
Two of them, Cindy Sheehan and Medea Benjamin, were arrested yesterday while attempting to deliver a petition for peace to the U.S. delegation to the U.N. Their action starts this week of action that will reach its climax on March 8 with women's protests around the world. Click here to find an event or create one, and here to sign the call for peace.
My friend Kathryn Keve sent these quotes:
Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day I can hear her breathing. --Arundhati Roy
It's the women's turn. --Kurt Vonnegut
We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together. --Eleanor Roosevelt
The politics of love and the politics of fear are now pitted against each other in a naked struggle that will define not only the 21st Century but centuries to come. We are the Sons and Daughters of Liberty in that struggle, indeed we are. Let us not shirk from the mission that fate has bestowed upon us, for it has done so as a blessing. Never have I been less proud of my government or more proud of its people. This is a great time. --Doris "Granny D" Haddock
For ten years, YES! has been telling the stories of the peacemakers from around the world who are showing us what is possible. We take our hats off to the women who, especially this week, are leading the way.