It's Been 15 Years
September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows deeply appreciate your support throughout the years. We remember those days after September 11, 2001 when our country was shrouded in fear and sorrow. Just as acutely, we remember those small acts of kindness and outreach that began to pierce that shroud. Those small acts of compassion, those voices of sincerity and concern; they became our guiding stars in a time of great darkness.
We know others suffered then as well. Nineteen men dared to claim to represent an entire religion, and their murderous actions must never be seen as characterizing Islam. We know the Muslim community suffers toady as well, in a renewed climate of fear and bigotry.
We ask that you, the peace honoring people, take our hand in an extension of friendship. Let us walk together, bound to one another in ways that are so much more alike than different. Let us walk down the path of tolerance; hand in hand, and search together for nonviolent solutions in a world of cyclical violence. Let us protect our civilian brothers and sisters, and work together for the day when all armed conflict will be obsolete and illegal. Let us look forward to the tomorrows that will bring peace to everyone, in our own hearts, in our families, our communities, our country and our world.
Come friend. We have much work to do. Not just today but each and every day, remembering all the while the words of Dr. King, "The arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice."
MATCHING GRANT OPPORTUNITY!
Peaceful Tomorrows has received a matching grant from the Institute for Socioeconomic Studies in honor of the 15th year commemoration. All donations received by October 31, 2016 will be matched (up to $20,000). Please encourage your family, friends, and networks to contribute so that we may make the most of this opportunity to advance our vital work.
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ANNOUNCING THE ACCLAIMED FILM: IN OUR SON’S NAME
Campaigns and Projects
September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows Rule of Law campaign mobilizes and amplifies the voices of 9/11 family members who support closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, restoring the rule of law, and ending indefinite detention and other violations of human rights that have become an enduring legacy of the U.S. “War on Terror.” Our goal for this initiative has been to strengthen the reasonable voices of 9/11 family members who support the rule of law in all aspects of dealing with the perpetrators and accused perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks. This includes the decision to conduct federal versus military trials, to close Guantanamo, to end indefinite detention, to end the military commissions, and related issues.
When the U.S. Kills an American Citizen
(This letter was published in the New York Times)
To the Editor:
Re “A U.S. Citizen, in America’s Cross Hairs” (front page, March 10), about the targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen:
I am a United States citizen; I was born here and have lived here all of my 81 years. If I were a threat to this country’s safety, I would expect to be caught and brought to justice.
The idea that any president can kill an American citizen without a trial is abhorrent and frankly scares me more than any act of any “terrorist.”
Senator Rand Paul’s politics are not mine by any stretch of the imagination, but I applaud him for trying to make the American public aware of what those we elected are doing.
It is a disgrace.
New York, March 10, 2013
The writer, whose brother died in the World Trade Center, is a co-founder of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows.
Starting in 2002, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows helped lead opposition to the war in Iraq. After the U.S. invaded Iraq, we looked for ways to remain supportive of the Iraqi people. As part of our solidarity efforts, we have helped to publicize the campaigns of the Iraqi nonviolence network, La’Onf, to let people know that Iraqi citizens have a vision for their country that includes peaceful relations among different religious and ethnic groups, equal rights for women, and human rights and freedom for all. We are also a member of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative, a collaboration between Iraqi and international NGOs to effect change that supports justice and democracy in Iraq.
In January 2002 four people who would soon become founding members of Peaceful Tomorrows traveled to Afghanistan to witness the consequences of U.S. military intervention, to express concern about the devastation of civilian casualties and to draw attention to the prospect that this war would increase terrorist recruitment. Peaceful Tomorrows members have continued to travel to Afghanistan, to speak out against war and violence in Afghanistan, and to build friendship and collaboration with civil society organizations in Afghanistan and elsewhere in support of peace for the women, men and children of Afghanistan. Peaceful Tomorrows works for an end to foreign military action and foreign military funding in Afghanistan, for a ceasefire and negotiated path forward, and for nonviolent and inclusive rebuilding and healing for Afghan society.
On Monday June 24, twenty-five members and religious leaders of the Metrowest interfaith community met with Wilnelia Rivera, the External Affairs Director for the Patrick administration to discuss the slight that the Islamic community felt from the governor’s office after the Boston Marathon Bombing. Other leaders present included Susan Thel of the Framingham Quakers, Michael Furstberg of the Workmen’s Circle, Dr. Asif Razvi of the ICB in Wayland, Mr. Anwar Kasmi, a board member of the I.S.B.C.C., and Shaheen Akhtar, leader of the Wayland interfaith book group. The issue was that the Muslim religious community felt slighted when a secular Muslim leader was selected to participate in the interfaith memorial service attended by President and Mrs. Obama, shortly after the Boston Marathon bombing. Their understanding was that an invitation had originally been extended to Imam Suhaib Webb, and was then rescinded the evening before. Read more
9/11 Stories: Our Voices, Our Choices