On Mothers' Day 2006 women from around the country joined with Code Pink in a vigil for peace in Lafayette Park in front of the White House. This documentary includes interviews with Medea Benjamin, Dr. Patch Adams, Cindy Sheehan, Susan Sarandon, Ellen Painted Crow (a 25 year veteran of the U.S. Army). The women celebrate the origins of Mothers' Day, a call for peace proclaimed by Julia Ward Howe in the days following the Civil War. Julia Ward Howe (1819 - 1910) suggested a celebration of a Mother's Day in 1872 as a day dedicated to peace. During the Civil War, Howe was famous as an ardent abolitionist and was inspired to write the words to "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" by a visit to a Union army camp. After the war, she used her influence for the women's suffrage movement, becoming the first president of the American Woman Suffrage Association in 1869. She also became an outspoken advocate for peace and headed the American branch of the Woman's International Peace Association. Howe envisioned Mother's Day as "a worldwide protest of women against the cruelties of war."