5–8-08 World Cafe Live, Philadel­phia, PA poster by Chris Shaw

5/8/08 Moonalice poster by Chris ShawMay 8, 2008 World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Moon­al­ice poster by Chris Shaw

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, the Philadel­phia branch of the tribe orga­nized itself as a matri­archy cen­turies ago. The tribe didn’t know much about biol­ogy and noth­ing about estro­gen. They just knew that putting woman in charge meant less war and more hemp pro­duc­tion. And so it was until the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War, when a bunch of very bright young men took over. From that point on, wom­en­folk — as well as the entire Moon­al­ice tribe — were on the defen­sive. A few brave souls in Philadel­phia, begin­ning with Betsy Ross, stood up for the matri­arch, but few peo­ple lis­tened until the very begin­ning of the 20th cen­tury. That’s when Philly res­i­dent Anna Marie Jarvis lob­bied suc­cess­fully for a hol­i­day to honor the matri­archy on the sec­ond Sun­day in May. She called it Mother’s Day and ded­i­cated it to peace and fem­i­nism. The first Mother’s Day was 100 years ago tomor­row. Unfor­tu­nately, some­where along the way Anna Marie’s val­ues were replaced by those of Hall­mark. Peace and fem­i­nism gave way to cards, choco­lates, and roses. We honor Anna Marie as she hon­ored her mom, a Moon­al­ice chief of great repute.




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