It started in a small Oregon community with a handful of grandmothers and it has grown to envelop many cities in the U.S. and around the world. I have been signing up and standing no matter where I find myself because it means something to me -- now that I am an elder and a grandmother -- to say this prayer for all children.
I have stood in unity with groups of women and stood alone in the forest reciting this prayer. Each time I feel even more grounded in taking my place as part of the elder generation. I bring my own grandmothers into the circle with me as I now stand as an Elder Grandmother; being reminded of their love for me and the value of their teachings.
So join me, will you?
Find a group of grandmothers and grandfathers or just stand as you are able wherever you are and read this prayer.
DECLARATION OF STANDING
We are standing for the world’s children and grandchildren, and for the seven generations to come.
We dream of a world where all of our children have safe drinking water, clean air to breathe, and enough food to eat.
A world where they have access to a basic education to develop their minds and healthcare to nurture their growing bodies.
A world where they have a warm, safe and loving place to call home.
A world where they don’t live in fear of violence--in their homes, in their neighborhoods, in their schools, or in their world.
This is the world of which we dream.
This is the cause for which we stand.
Diane Tilstra, is a on the Leadership Council of the Conscious Elders Network, and is a Planetary Protectionist serving her community in many ways. She is a member of the Washington Trafficking Prevention Board, UWT - Center for Community and Society Volunteer, Meaningful Movies Tacoma Lead, Rotary Youth Exchange - Tacoma Rotary 8, and Legal Rights for the Salish Sea; all in addition to being an attentive and loving grandmother.