We observe the pretrials at Guantánamo: PT member, Valerie Lucznikowska, visited the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base last week and we hope to send more PT members to observe the pretrials scheduled for July, 16-30. Please contact Rule of Law Committee Chair, Colleen Kelly, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Promote Peace! The Charter for Compassion together with Community Tool Box have published a practical guide to “Promoting Peace,” written by a member of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. With moving personal stories from our members and partners, it urges each of us to listen to voices of peace and to recognize that working towards peace is not a singular effort, but a movement that we all can and must contribute towards. CLICK HERE to view the article.
July 1-4: Fellowship of Reconciliation USA is celebrating their first 100th anniversary working for peace, justice and nonviolence. To mark this event their national conference is being held in Seabeck, WA. CLICK HERE for all details.
Sonia Shah joined PT in February 2016. She writes:
“My name is Sonia Shah. I am currently a student studying social work at Baylor University in Waco, TX. When I was 7, my father was killed in the North Tower. The event was a historic tragedy in itself, but I grew up witnessing a different monster. Hate. After 9/11, many people who looked Middle Eastern or Muslim were treated with malicious ignorance. Losing my father was terrible, but seeing people actively hate a group in result made the experience much worse. Hatred towards people of the Middle Eastern descent is on the rise. I am choosing to combat this with love. My heart burns daily for the refugees. I can relate to the families and children in a way, because I know what it is like to be affected by terror. This summer, I have the incredible opportunity to serve refugees in Athens, Greece. I will be on the front lines of helping with disaster relief for 3months. My actions will not reflect fear or pain, but love…..I am thankful for your committed service to our world. You are vital to the development of hope and healing in a broken world.”
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IOSN on PBS:
We are approaching the 15th commemoration of 9/11 in September 2016. In Our Son’s Name will be shown on public TV stations throughout the U.S. this September and we urge everyone to contact their local PBS affiliate to recommend that they show the film.
EDUCATORS! Academic use of In Our Son’s Name should be arranged through the Filmmakers Library. CLICK HERE for the specifics