As a Mom…A Sisterhood of Mommy Patriots (AsAMom.org) began in September 2009.
Now, in three and a half years, the organization has grown to a sisterhood of 80,000 that meets mostly online and sometimes in person, with the mission: “To empower Moms and Moms-at-Heart in preserving our Constitution, country and children’s future.”
Founder Lori Parker, of Texas, says As A Mom is one of several organizations that are part of The 9-12 Project. According to The 9-12 Project website, it is “a volunteer based, non-partisan movement focusing on building and uniting our communities back to the place we were on 9/12/2001… Our goal is to bring us back to that same feeling of togetherness again.”
The “9-12” comes from the 9 principles and 12 values identified as those “that have made America such a great nation and will encourage neighbors to help one another.”
Lori explains how her particular 9-12 project came about, saying, “My friend and I had been looking for a way to do something for years. On September 12, 2009, there was a large gathering of patriots in Washington, DC. The following week, on September 25, Glenn Beck did a special on mothers and The 9-12 Project being organized to preserve our Constitution and country. One mother discussed a ‘Sisterhood of Mommy Patriots.'”
Lori says, “I wanted to join such a sisterhood, but discovered one did not exist, so I called my best friend, and we organized As a Mom…A Sisterhood of Mommy Patriots.” The group is mostly an online group, with a chat room and ongoing forums and discussions because, “to add one more meeting for busy moms and grandmas would be insane. This way, they can pop online and learn about issues, join in a forum discussion or start one of their own,” Lori says.
Along with moms, aunts, and grandmas, the 80,000 members include a small percentage of young, single women and about 5 percent who are male “Moms-at-Heart.”
“Five thousand to 10,000 regularly post something on the site,” Lori explains and adds, “This is not about how to raise your toddlers, what kind of diapers to use, or anything like that.” Instead, as the site indicates, it is about protecting “our children’s future liberties by: working to return our Government to its constitutional roots; boldly speaking out against deficit spending; holding our elected officials accountable for their actions; and giving meaning to the Constitution by sharing our country’s true history.”
In addition to general discussions and education, the AsAMom.org site includes state groups as well. Stacy Finch, of Eagar, Arizona, has been the state leader for some time and was recently named to the As A Mom Board. For the Arizona group, which has more than 600 members, seehttp://www.asamom.org/group/arizonamoms.
There are also special interest groups and lifestyle groups for stay at home moms, business moms, moms running for office and more.
“We can always use more volunteers in a wide variety of areas” Lori says.
She invites anyone interested to visit As a Mom…A Sisterhood of Mommy Patriots atwww.AsAMom.org. As the website puts it: “Through the centuries, women a have bonded together to teach and mentor one another. In the spirit of those foremothers, let us now come together.”