Advocating Nonviolence

MAY 2018


In the Media: PT member and writer, Alissa Torres‘, article was published in the New York Times. Alissa offers a biographical glimpse into her own struggles to ensure that her Colombian, soon-to-be husband, Eddie Torres, would not be deported and highlights the current inhumane treatment of immigrant families in our country.

“…Meanwhile, I bear witness to the daily ruptures, the breaking of loving bonds between husbands and wives, parents and children, sisters and brothers. I see their pictures and watch their final embraces (if they are even allowed to have them). All of this love denied by a system and political view that turns what should be so easy and possible into something so cruel and impossible.”

CLICK HERE to read the entire piece.

May 7: PT members, Anne Mulderry and Alissa Torres, will meet with a group of South Korean professionals from the Dept. of Psychiatry at the Seoul based KyungHee University Hospital. After the 2014 ferry accident during which 250 High School students drowned, they interested in hearing how those affected by 9/11 have dealt with their experience of trauma and loss.

Guantánamo Committee: PT member, Terry Rockefeller, is currently at Guantánamo Bay to observe the pretrials witnessing some momentous changes that further undermine the trials. Please let our Committee Chair, Colleen Kelly, know whether you are interested in being a Peaceful Tomorrows ‘observer’ at the pretrials for either of the two 9-11 hearings listed below. The dates include tentative travel days to and from Guantánamo Bay, Cuba:
1) KSM Hearing Week: 21. – 28. July 2018
2) KSM Hearing Week: 28. July – 4. August 2018

Islamophobia: PTer, Robyn Donati, has joined an interfaith chorale that is singing a set of five prayers for peace based on the Jewish Gospel of Matthew. CLICK HERE for all details. Robyn continues to work on broadening interfaith connections in Western Massachusetts to combat Islamophobia.
PT member, Talat Hamdani, met with Suffolk County Executive, Steve Bellone, last month as part of the #LoveAMuslimDay. Events are being organized to counter hateful Islamophobia.


Our Allies:

May Community Connection Call
May 24:
As a PT member, you are invited to join our next call. Alissa Torres will be on the call to share about the meeting with the group of South Koreans. Please contact our call facilitator, Antonio Aversano, for more information. Everyone is welcome!

Film Screening: In Our Son’s Name/ En Nombre de Nuestro Hijo continues to inspire audiences: PTers Mary Lenihan, Terry Greene and Ari Radcliffe-Greene recently spoke after a screening at The English High School in Boston. Ask us how we can help you arrange a screening!

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