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Archive for Monday, May 9, 2011

Women’s group takes a stand to raise awareness for children’s rights

Members of the local organization One Hundred Good Women, as well as other community members, gathered Sunday at South Park for the international event "Standing Women." After reciting a statement in support of children's rights, the group stood for five minutes of silence in an action taking place at the same time across the United States and in 75 other countries.

May 9, 2011

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Members of the community form a semi-circle at South Park on Mother’s Day to stand in silence for five minutes to promote peace and a better world for future generations.

Members of the community form a semi-circle at South Park on Mother’s Day to stand in silence for five minutes to promote peace and a better world for future generations.

After standing in silence for five minutes with about a dozen other people in South Park Sunday, Lawrence resident Karl Schorno was in a reflective, man-of-few-words mood.

When asked why he participated in the action designed to raise awareness for children’s rights, Schorno had a simple answer.

“My wife,” he said.

His wife, Karen, a member of One Hundred Good Women, a local philanthropic organization that organized the Mother’s Day event, was all smiles.

“He did it for Mother’s Day for me,” she said.

At exactly 1 p.m. Sunday, the Schornos and others stood in a circle and recited a statement promoting protection for all children, which included issues such as access to clean water, education and housing. Across the United States and in 75 countries around the world, other groups were reciting the same statement in a collective action of solidarity.

One Hundred Good Women has organized the event locally, known internationally as “Standing Women,” since 2007. Kris Barlow, a board member of One Hundred Good Women, said the annual event helps her “honor the children.”

“It’s a special thing,” she said.

Comments

Jeff Barclay 3 years, 7 months ago

Wonderful idea. I would be interested in learning this group's views of abortion.

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