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A Special Mother's Day Tribute To Dorothy Cotton

On this morning I write to you as I think of my mother and grandmother. But did you know that long before Mother's Day was celebrated with Hallmark cards and breakfast in bed, it was an invitation for mothers and grandmothers across the country to join in the work of peace and reconciliation? In fact, Mother's Day was begun as an anti-war movement, encouraging mothers across the county not to send their sons (and daughters) to war.

I mention this because, in addition to my own mother and grandmother, I'm thinking especially of one of the mothers of our modern day movement for justice this morning; Dorothy Cotton. As a founding member of SCLC one of Dorothy's main roles was to support the engagement and training of young people in the movement of nonviolent direct action.

We look to Dorothy's leadership and wisdom as we work hard at FOR to build a movement which will be carried forward by future generations. As I write this email I am on my way to gather in Washington D.C. alongside the Rev. William Barber and the Rev. Liz Theoharis to launch The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival.

The actions in D.C., and across the country this week, are just the beginning of a campaign which will engage and train tens of thousands of, especially young people, over the next several months in nonviolent direct action as we oppose the evils of racism, poverty, war, and ecological devastation.

So, in tribute Dorothy Cotton, our dear mother in this movement, and for all of our mothers and grandmothers, I would ask that you please join me in making a special gift to support this important work with a contribution of $35, $50, $100; or a gift which is significant for you.

Please know that, whatever your level of commitment, we are thinking of you this day, and that gifts at every level are celebrated and welcomed.


Matt Meyer
National Council Co-Chair

P.S. To learn more about our priorities this year, including racial reparations, please view our Case For Support .
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