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WE STAND FOR PEACE
AS MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS OF MOTHERS
WITH ALL THE MOTHERS, AND ALL THE OTHERS, WHO STAND TO PROTEST FAMILIES LOST TO WAR AND OFFICIAL OPPRESSION
Asociaciän Madres de la Plaza de Mayo
(The Mothers and Grandmothers of the Disappeared of Argentina)
The mothers and grandmothers of the tens of thousands who disappeared in Argentina throughout the ∆70s began to meet every Thursday at 3:30 in the Plaza de Mayo in 1976.
The Mothers of the Disappeared of Turkey
Mothers of the disappeared of Turkey ’ the Saturday Mothers ’ have demonstrated every Saturday for the last 10 years in front of the Hasan Tahsin Memorial in Istanbul for years, where they have been harassed many times by the police.
World Algerian Action Coalition (WACC) The Mothers of the Disappeared of Algeria
Mother of the disappeared of Algeria made their first public demonstration in September 1997 for visiting foreigners to protest 3,000 people who have disappeared in police or military custody. Disbanded by the police, they got the attention of the UN Human Rights Commission, as well as opposition Parliament members who called for investigation.
ņMovement of Mothers from the Enclaves of Srebrenica and ZepaĒ
∆was established in 1998. In this government-independent Bosnian organization, headquartered in Sarajevo, more than 10,000 women are united together. They survived, severely traumatized, the collapse of the former UN Protection Zone Srebrenica in East Bosnia on July 11, 1995. Most of them lost their male relatives: 10,701 Bosnians disappeared according to the informations of the movement since the entry of Serbian troops, among them also 570 women, as well as more than 1,000 infants and children. The majority of the disappeared were, in all probability, killed in mass-executions immediately after Srebrenica≥s capture from Serbian General Ratko Miladic≥s task forces and are buried in mass graves. So far, the remains of about 5,300 men have been exhumed. A forensic team could identify just 53 of the dead.≥
The Mothers of the Disappeared of Sri Lanka
An estimated 30,000-60,000 people disappeared in Sri Lanka between 1988 and 1991.
Agrupaciän de Familiares de los Detenidos Desaparecidos, Association of Relatives of the Detained Disappeared of Chile
The Mothers of the Disappeared in Honduras
Mothers in Honduras have held weekly demonstrations in the center of Tegucigalpa against the US-run School of the Americas, also known as the School of Assassins, holding pictures of assassinated family members.
Co-Madre (Mothers of the Disappeared of El Salvador)
The Guatemalan Widows' Council (CONAVIGUA)
∆represents over 40,000 widows in this strife-torn Central American country of more than 30 years of civil war. Now peace is nearing and the Council's campaign for the end of the Civil Defence Patrols has seen success with a resident Presidential announcement formally abolishing the patrols. The Council has also had success in campaigning against forced military recruitment and for the exhumation of the many clandestine cemeteries which are the result of the war.≥
∆Since 1983, MADRE has worked in partnership with community-based women≥s organizations in conflict areas worldwide to address issues of health, education, economic development and other human rights. MADRE provides resources and training for our sister organizations and works to empower people in the US to demand changes to unjust policies. Based on the priorities of the women with whom we work, MADRE develops programs to meet immediate needs in communities hurt by US policy and supports women≥s long-term struggles for social justice and human rights.≥
MADRE has projects in Cuba, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Palestineśś.and more
Grandmothers For Peace
∆Grandmothers for Peace, a non-profit organization, was formed in May of 1982 at the height of the Cold War. In 1981, I became aware of 150 nuclear weapons at Mather Air Force Base ļ just 15 minutes from my home in Sacramento, California. Those weapons, aimed at the Soviet Union, and similar weapons in the USSR aimed at the US, made me realize that if things did not change, my precious grandchildren could be part of the last generation on earth. That thought catapulted me ņout of my kitchenĒ to join others at the gates of Mather in protest of the nuclear arms race. My granddaughter made me a sign that read ņGrandmother for PeaceĒ which I held at weekly protests. That sign attracted a great deal of attention from the public and the media.≥ Barbara Weidner,
Among current projects: The National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund. ∆The National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund advocates for legislation enabling conscientious objectors to war to have their federal income taxes directed to a special fund which could be used for non-military purposes only.≥
The Families of those lost to police brutality in New York and the United States.
With sincere apologies to all of the above for the limited space to give due credit to their work, and to all those we have regrettably omitted to mention.
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November 11, 2002