Women’s marches flood the landscape these days: marches about abortion, politics, “rights,” empowerment, black lives and the president.
They’re almost always against something or someone.
One prominent march organization issued a statement opposing limits on immigration, curbs of “reproductive freedom,” circumstances that make them “not happy,” the absence of a “living minimum wage” and “gender inequality.”
Now comes something entirely new: a women’s march, or more specifically the “Mom’s March for America,” which celebrates the roles that women have in their families, community and nation.
With the slogan, “It takes a MOM to raise a village,” organizers are blunt in explaining their plan.
“Are you concerned with the increasing decline of our culture, the influences on your children and seeking a voice for your values? Then we invite you to join with mothers across our nation for the Mom’s March for America – a national gathering of mothers to shine the light on the powerful influence of mothers in our homes, communities, and nation; and raise the bar of decency, civility, and liberty in our culture.”
Echoing the nation’s founders, they proclaim in their Declaration of Mothers that “the liberty and freedom of all people begin in the home and that a nation is but a magnified home. The values and virtues taught within the family will determine the values and virtues of the nation as a whole.”
“We affirm that ‘All men and women are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights’ and to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, [receiving] their just powers from the consent of the governed,” the Declaration states.
“To secure the blessings of liberty, the Founding Fathers of the United States of America created a written constitution under the inspiration of Almighty God. Each generation is … responsible for safeguarding the Constitution and teaching their children the responsibilities associated with the preservation of this sacred document and the rights secured by it.”
The declaration says each “member of the human race is born with intrinsic dignity and the right to liberty, self-determination, and self-governance.”
“The individual’s responsibility of work, education, and industry are crucial elements of self-governance in society and the preservation of human dignity.”
It further states that the “rights of a free people are protected and preserved through honorable, virtuous, leadership which invokes the nobility inherent in all men and women.”
“Successful leaders in the home and family govern by correct principles, teach by example and stand for self-evident truths and liberty sustaining principles.”
Scheduled speakers include former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin; Candy Carson, the wife of Dr. Ben Carson; Missy Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame; and Gold Star mother Karen Vaughn.
“The Mom’s March for America is a movement, uniting mothers across the nation,” said Kimberly Fletcher, executive director of the march. “It is a cultural march, to shine a light on the powerful influence mothers have on our nation, and stand united to proclaim that truth is self-evident, family matters, and freedom is worth fighting for.”
Ellen Wheeler, communications director for the march, said it’s “a celebration of the biggest cultural movement happening in America – the march that mothers make every day in their homes, neighborhoods, and businesses as they nurture their families, influence their communities and shape our nation.”
The movement’s main event will be Saturday, Sept. 23, from 1-4 p.m. Central Time at Ralston Arena in Omaha, Nebraska.
But gatherings of mothers, daughters and families are being organized in every state.
Many will be in homes and neighborhoods, and others will be open to the public.
The march is being coordinated by HomeMakers for America, which has been working for a decade to “build a foundation of liberty in the homes of America, through the women of America, and secure the blessings of liberty one women, home and family at a time.”
Other groups supporting what is called “the march that isn’t a march” include Family Security Matters, Phillis Schlafly Eagles of Iowa, Enough is Enough, Sisters of Liberty, United Women’s Forum and Gather Families.
Quoting Alexis deToqueville, who wrote, “Righteous women in their circle of influence, beginning in the home, can turn the world around,” the sponsors say it’s not a march “where we walk down the street shouting and carrying signs.”
“That has all been done before and what has it accomplished?” they said.
“This is a different kind of march – a symbolic march uniting mothers who march every day to serve their families, strengthen their communities, and shape the future of our nation.”
They cite a U.N. report’s classification of mothers as “unpaid workers – women working at home.”
“From the United Nations to our children’s schools, a small of group of women have been pushing their radical feminist ideas and agendas on our culture for over four decades and the impact has been devastating. Excessive taxes, government overreach, disintegration of the family, gender confusion and increased crime are just some the results of this radical anti-family movement,” the organizers said.
“This is not only incredibly belittling to mothers; it completely disregards the fact that the most influential person in society is the mother because of her influence in the home. We are deciding at this very moment what the standard of humanity will be in the future, whether freedom will prosper and if families will thrive. As former president Ronald Reagan said, ‘You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.
“We need to dispel the darkness. The only way to do that is to turn on the light!”