September 11th Families For Peaceful Tomorrows will join hundreds of other peace and justice groups, including The Fellowship of Reconciliation, Peace Action, Global Exchange and The American Friends Service Committee, demanding an end to war during the April 20th, 2002, march on Washington.
Amber Amundson, widow of Craig Amundson, killed at the Pentagon on September 11th, and Derrill Bodley, father of Deora Bodley, killed in the crash of flight 93 in Pennsylvania, will address the morning rally, which begins at 11am. Bodley, a California music teacher, will also perform a song he wrote in his daughter’s honor.
“Many thousands of people are gathering in Washington to signify, by their presence, the strength and determination of the movement to end the use of war as a supposed tool for peace,”Bodley says. “I am coming to Washington to lend one more body in support of that movement, and I am very grateful that I have the opportunity to present a message, in words and music, which I hope will provide further strength and determination for all of us, both on that day and into the future.”
“The message is simple: If we love, peace will follow.”Amundson adds “If we chose to operate on the notion that we are somehow disconnected from each other by ways of religion, race, gender, nationality, economics and societal politics, then we fail to see the sacredness of our differences.”
Other Peaceful Tomorrows members participating in the march and rally include Craig Amundson’s brothers, Ryan Amundson (Peaceful Tomorrows’Midwest Coordinator); Barry Amundson (Website Administrator), Kelly Campbell, (Co-Director and Western U.S. Coordinator); Colleen Kelly, (New York Area Coordinator); David Potorti, (Co-Director and Eastern U.S. Coordinator); and Peaceful Tomorrows members Beverly Eckart, Rita Lasar, Kristina Olsen, and Eva Rupp.
September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows was launched on February 14th, 2002. Its mission is to seek effective nonviolent responses to terrorism, and identify a commonality with all people similarly affected by violence throughout the world. By conscientiously exploring peaceful options in its search for justice, the group’s members choose to spare additional innocent families the suffering that they have already experienced