September 2011

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PT EVENTS on and around September 11: (This is a partial listing of what is happening. Please click on the links to see PT in action. Please continue to check our website for updated listings.)

Thursday, September 8 – 4:00-9:00pm, NYC
Subway Music in the Light of 9/11

Thursday, September 8 – 6:00-9:00pm, NYC
Peace and Reconciliation: Spiritual Reflections a Decade After 9-11

Friday, September 9 – 11:00am-6:00pm, NYC
9/11 After Ten Years: Cultural, Personal, and Historical Perspectives

Friday, September 9 – 11:00-6:00pm, NYC
In Good Faith: Stories of Hope and Resilience

Saturday, September 10- 6:00pm, Fresno, CA
Islamic Cultural Center

Sunday, September 11 – 12:00-5:00pm, Boston, MA
Massachusetts Remembers 9/11

September 11-18, Concord, MA
A Week of Commemoration at the Al Filipov Peace and Justice Forum

Sunday, September 11 – 6:00-9:00pm, NYC
10th Annual Floating Lanterns Ceremony

Wednesday, September 14 – 10:00am-12:00pm, NYC
Change Agent Launch/ Reading/ Celebration

Wednesday, September 14 – 7:30-10:00pm, Rutgers,NJ
UNITY in the Midst of Adversity

Saturday, September 17- 3:00-6:00pm, Brewer,ME
Building Bridges for Peace

Thursday, September 22 – 6:00pm, NYC
Bridge Builder Award Ceremony


Charles B. Strozier is the author of a new book with the title: “Until the Fires Stopped Burning: 9/11 and New York City in the Words and Experiences of Survivors and Witnesses” and teaches at John Jay College in Manhattan. He writes in the introduction:

“…I survey in my concluding chapter the many 9/11 survivor and family groups. I found that at best most such groups are politically centrist and cautious; others have been avowedly pro-war abroad and assertively in support of domestic policies that compromise our freedoms in the false name of fighting terrorism. Only ‘September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows’ has consistently and courageously maintained its commitment to nonviolence, tolerance, and peace. I personally find it very impressive the way PT seeks to promote dialogue on alternatives to war while ‘educating and raising the consciousness of the public on issues of war, peace, and the underlying causes of terrorism’ and supporting and offering fellowship to anyone seeking ‘nonviolent responses to all forms of terrorism, both individual and institutional.’ At the same time, PT calls attention to threats to civil liberties in the United States, acknowledging the fellowship of all peoples affected by violence and war, and encouraging a ‘multilateral, collaborative effort to bring those responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks to justice in accordance with the principles of international law.’ Such wisdom should be embraced by all Americans.”


PT member, Elaine Leinung, is an Assistant Professor at New York City College of Technology and involved in a research study which focuses on 9/11 family members. Please contact Elaine at if you’d like to work with her.  She has, so far, collected fourteen stories of 9/11 families and says:

“They are stories of how these families have coped since 9/11 – what has helped and what has not helped. The research is on long term grieving and coping and the hope is to develop programs or models of grief for those left behind after terrorist attacks or any violent and sudden loss. I have made some terrific progress – everyone has had such wonderful hopeful stories. That is not to say there has not been pain and sorrow.”
Meet one of our new members: Richard Carp. He can be reached at Richard just joined PT and introduced himself with the following words:

“I am indeed a student and about to start my 5th year in school for radio/television and political science. I have worked in a bookstore for six years, play guitar and really enjoy music. I have always attempted to pay attention to world events and current affairs and was in the 7th grade on 9/11/2001. As the oldest among the children in my family, I am in the unique position amongst them to remember a time when you didn’t hear the word ‘terrorist’ every single day…..I know you guys understand what is going on, I have always been saddened by things ranging from Gitmo, to extraordinary rendition, wars, Downing Street Memo, etc…..I understand that things like climate change will continue to push more and more people into desperate situations and we will only have more extremism to deal with, and that America isn’t doing anything to really address this type of problem. My uncle, Chris, worked for Cantor Fitzgerald; the plane crashed under where he was located.”
This is the last newsletter we are sending before September 11. We hope that all of you get through this year’s commemoration with some sense of comfort. We thank you for continuing to support PT’s mission to turn grief into action for peace.

The Steering Committee

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