Valerie Plame Wilson Leads Mother's Day Peace Campaign

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Former CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson calls on sons and daughters to honor their mothers with a gift of peace this Mother's Day. As the spokesperson for Ploughshares Fund's Mother's Day for Peace campaign, Plame Wilson invites everyone to visit mothersdaypeace.org and support efforts to build a nuclear weapon-free world.

In honor of mothers and families everywhere, former CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson calls on sons and daughters to reclaim Mother’s Day’s original purpose, a holiday to celebrate peace. Reflecting on recent progress toward nuclear security – the signing of the New START Treaty with Russia and the success of April’s Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC – she says that “Mother’s Day 2010 provides us with an unprecedented opportunity to envision a world without nuclear weapons.”

Plame Wilson appears in a new documentary, Countdown to Zero (http://www.takepart.com/countdowntozero), which producer Lawrence Bender calls “an edge-of-the-seat wakeup call about the global nuclear threat.” Bender also produced An Inconvenient Truth, which opened the world’s eyes to the realities and dangers of climate change.

As the spokesperson for Mother’s Day for Peace, a campaign by organized by the Ploughshares Fund (http://www.ploughshares.org), Plame Wilson invites everyone to honor their mothers – “or anyone else who inspires you,” she says – with a gift to support efforts to reduce the nuclear threat. Visitors to mothersdaypeace.org can send flowers, jewelry or a card that expresses their desire for a more peaceful world. They are also invited to pledge to see Countdown to Zero when it comes to their local theaters this summer.

Mother’s Day in America was first proposed in 1870 by abolitionist and women’s rights advocate Julia Ward Howe as a day to work for peace, after she witnessed the devastation of the Civil War and its effect on families. Her Mother’s Day Proclamation (http://www.mothersdaypeace.com/mothers-day-for-peace-proclamation-1870/) led to the establishment of the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Ploughshares Fund (http://www.ploughshares.org) is a public grantmaking foundation that supports efforts to build a safe, secure, nuclear weapon-free world. Supported by individuals, families and foundations, Ploughshares Fund invests in the most effective people and organizations working to transform nuclear weapons policies worldwide. Mother’s Day gifts to Ploughshares Fund will go directly to these initiatives, and will be matched, dollar for dollar by a group of committed philanthropists, all mothers themselves, who share Valerie Plame Wilson’s vision of a nuclear weapon-free world.

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