With all of the space in the paper devoted to 9/11 remembrance and reflections, it seems a great oversight that there was not a single mention of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. Peaceful Tomorrows was founded by family members of those killed on 9/11 who later united to turn their grief into action for peace. David Potorti, who lost a brother in the World Trade Center, lives in Cary and is among the founding members.
Peaceful Tomorrows presents an alternative that remains under-represented in most of our public forums. By developing and advocating nonviolent options and actions in the pursuit of justice, it hopes to break the cycles of violence engendered by war and terrorism. It should be apparent by now that our "seek and destroy" approach has been ineffective in making the world a safer place for all of us. The total of global terrorist incidents has been far greater in the five years since 9/11 than in the five years prior.
The time for righteous anger is long past. As the most privileged nation on the face of the Earth it behooves us to lead the way to a better, more effective way of responding to aggression. Peaceful Tomorrows offers a response to deep grief and horror that would be instructive for all of us.