On September 15, 2010, The L Magazine named PT and former SC member a New York City hero.
Donna Marsh O’Connor
O’Connor is the spokeswoman for September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, a group of—well, the name is pretty self-explanatory. Speaking from a position of not insignificant moral authority, O’Connor—whose pregnant daughter died on 9/11—has been tireless in championing American ideals of tolerance, open-mindedness and freedom, seeking to ensure that 9/11 not be used as justification for violence, revenge or bigotry. Though she’s not always succeeded (two long wars!), O’Connor’s recent defense of Park51 has been a true testament to her faith in the Constitution, and in American values. As she said herself: “We recognize that we are all in pain. And we go forward. We do what is right.” Amen.