day is "election day." Through our individual choices, our individual
actions, and our individual sense of commitment, we collectively drive our nation
into the future.
Recognizing that we are ultimately responsible for the actions of
our country, the members of Peaceful Tomorrows will continue to promote
U.S. foreign policy that places a priority on internationally-recognized
principles of human rights, democracy, and self-rule.
Acknowledging the dangerous shortcomings of America’s narrow, militaristic responses to terrorism, we will continue to encourage a multilateral, collaborative effort to bring those responsible for the September
11, 2001 attacks to justice in accordance with the principles of international
We will call attention to all threats to civil liberties, human
rights, and other freedoms in the U.S. as a consequence of war and our government’s
responses to terrorism, recognizing that it is our duty to defend
those principles in our own lives and in our own communities.
We will continue to promote dialogue with the public on issues of
war and peace, including alternatives to war and the underlying
causes of terrorism, recognizing the necessity for honest debate and the power of one-on-
We will redouble our support for people around the world who are
seeking non-violent responses to all forms of terrorism, recognizing
that our mutual success will benefit us and future generations everywhere.
And most of all, we will continue to acknowledge our fellowship
with all people affected by violence and war, recognizing them as brothers
and sisters in a human struggle that transcends politics, nationality
or religious affiliation and is central to our continued co-existence.
In a free society, we are all responsible for the actions our leaders
take. Today, and every day, we acknowledge our individual responsibility
to lead our leaders toward creating the society in which we want to live:
a society that lives up to the promises of our Constitution, honors the members
of our families who were murdered on September 11th, and remembers
all people who continue to experience terror, fear, violence and
death as a result of September 11th.
–September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
I Have Learned
Since September 11th, 2001
This reflection was offered on September 10th 2004 at Fordham
University, Rose Hill Campus, at the service commemorating Fordham
alumni victims of the September 11th, 2001 bombings.
One year ago, three months ago, I would not have been able to stand
before you to talk about my son Greg