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Join us in Celebrating Mother's Day 

as an Uprising for Global Peace and Sustainable Living! 

We had hoped to do our first simultaneous broadcast this year to celebrate Mothers’ Day with the many “light bearers’ the world over planning to hold gatherings in over 40 countries!  These plans, of course, had to be set aside to safeguard people in this time of pandemic. We will hold to our dream of these worldwide gatherings in 2021.


 In the meantime, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to the many organizers, performers and speakers who had intended to participate. For now, in this time of COVID-19, please accept this video as a humble love letter, spoken from my heart to yours, to support you in navigating this new life, this new journey around the sun, allowing our allegiance to the children to inform each decision we make.
May Children Everywhere Be Seen, Safe and Supported
For Generations to Come!




 A Mother’s Day Message 2020 

Celebrating Mother’s Day As an Uprising for Global Peace and Sustainability.

Risa Kaparo, PhD

Photograph by Douglas Faulkner

Mother's Day Global Peace Uprising

An International non-profit organization dedicated to awakening freedom and compassion through dialogue. It celebrates the voices of people in whose resilience and wisdom have been tempered through the crucible of adversity to participate creatively toward a thriving, healthy, sustainable, and peaceful coexistence.


Standing on the shoulders of our foremothers and reclaiming their courage, particularly that of the visionary poet, abolitionist and spiritual activist Julia Ward Howe, we are going to realize her dream of a Mother’s Day Global Peace Uprising.

By writing "The Battle Hymm of the Republic," Julia Ward Howe inspired the nation to go the distance in abolishing slavery.  When the war was over, she spearheaded a new movement: what  we now celebrate as Mother’s Day.  Unlike the hallmark greeting card version currently celebrated, Julia called for an uprising of women all over the world  to take a stand in determining the fate of our children.



Mother’s Day Proclamation

It’s 1870, the wake of the civil war, Julia Ward Howe, an American visionary poet and activist, wrote a proclamation, the origin of our mother’s day.  “In the name of Womanhood and Humanity,” she called upon women of every nationality, to wage a general strike to end all war.

Arise, …. women of this day!
Arise all women who have hearts,
Whether your baptism be that of water or of tears

"We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,

Our husbands shall not come to us reeking of carnage,
For caresses and applause.

Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.

We women of one country
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.
(We will not shed their blood)

From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own…
(Disarm, Disarm!) 


Today we invite humanity as a whole to pledge allegiance to the children. Imagine a world where every decision was informed by this allegiance. With today’s technological advances, the possibility of realizing a grassroots effort on this scale is a reality.

As Einstein said, we cannot solve problems at the same level of thought as they were created; therefore a context is set in which shared thought becomes more than itself as deeply lived coherence. We are engaging somatic awareness to develop a self-sensing, self-organizing, self-correcting, and self-renewing intelligence. We will create semnasiums (exercise environments in which we can develop a general capacity to learn) utilizing the opportunities that the challenges represent.

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