October 2012

UPCOMING EVENTS:

The Islamic Center of Boston: The Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland is sponsoring a fundraiser on Saturday, November 3, 2012 to partly benefit Peaceful Tomorrows (PT) and our Anti-Islamophobia work. Gloria and Ken Williams as well as Robyn Bernstein will represent PT and speak at this event. Other speakers will be Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, National Director for Interfaith & Community Alliances at the Islamic Society of North America and Mr. Cyrus McGoldrick, Advocacy Director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). PT members are encouraged to attend at no cost. Please contact Robyn Bernstein with any further questions you might have or send her your RSVP by October 15.

PT NEWS:

The Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) has chosen PT member, Talat Hamdani, to be the recipient of their monthly Patriot Award for Talat’s courageous work defending civil rights.

Rule of Law Campaign: PT members will be meeting with members of the defense team representing Mustafa al Hawsawi this Wednesday, October 3rd. Hawsawi is one of the five men currently on trial at Guantanamo. The meeting will be primarily informational, and a chance for members to express concerns and ask questions about the military commission process. If you are interested in attending, please contact Colleen Kelly at colleen@peacefultomorrows.org.

La’Onf: The Iraqi Nonviolence Group, “La’Onf,” together with NOVACT, the Iraqi Civil Society Initiative (ICSSI), and other Iraqi and international partners will convene the Second Iraqi Nonviolence Forum this year in Basrah, Iraq on October 20-22. The second day of the Forum will include the Fourth Conference of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI).
More than 20 Iraqis, including peace and nonviolence activists, representatives of Iraqi NGOs, trade union members, members of the media, university professors, authors, and intellectuals are expected to attend the Forum and participate in its working sessions. The Iraqis will be joined by activists from the Middle East, Europe and North America who will share experiences from their societies with the Iraqis while learning about current nonviolent and civil society activities in Iraq. PT member, Terry Rockefeller, will attend the conference.

International Network for Peace (INP): INP Chair, Jo Berry, will participate in a Brown Bag Talk at the UN on Monday, November 5 and will be speaking at the University of Connecticut in Fairfield on Friday, November 2. Please be in touch with Andrea LeBlanc for further details and if you are interested in arranging a meeting between PT members and Jo Berry.

PEACE ACTIVISM:

Charter of Compassion: With the words, “We greatly respect the work of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows and look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship”, PT has been welcomed as a Charter of Compassion Partner and has been featured as a partner during the month of September.

Peace Education: PT member, Nancy Meyer, has successfully engaged the academic community in the Peace Essay Contest. A professor at Creighton University in Omaha has encouraged his students to participate in the contest. This is peace education at its best!

Letter to President Obama: PT’s name was added to a letter to President Obama requesting a Presidential Summit on Religious Bigotry. We signed along with 95 other signatories. A Legal Fellow at Muslim Advocates contacted PT to sign on to the letter, which requests a presidential summit to address the increasing number of attacks on minority religious communities. A presidential summit will encourage high-level dialogue among stakeholders from all over the country to identify concrete solutions to prevent hate crimes and end religious bigotry.

Speaking up against Islamophobia: On September 25 at 9am, a coalition of New York community and faith based organizations gathered on the steps of City Hall to denounce anti-Muslim hate advertisements. PT members, together with the The Interfaith Center of New York, recognize how these ads are harmfully provocative and inherently divisive. Please click here to see our statement. PT was represented at the event by Gloria and Ken Williams.

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