9-11 Unity Walk: Join in the 9-11 Unity Walk on September 9 in Washington, DC, New York City, and other US communities to build bridges of respect and understanding. Recent tragic events in Wisconsin, Missouri, and Colorado perpetuate a narrative of violence and division and remind us of the urgency of our action to remind ourselves and educate future generations about our shared values as people. For more information and to register, please click here.
Online Conversation on September 11: Several Peaceful Tomorrows members will participate in a teleconference with the National Peace Academy and The Metta Center for Nonviolence to engage in a conversation with individuals from around the world about “the paradigm shift from aloneness to all-oneness through the power of nonviolence.” All PT members are invited and encouraged to join on 9-11. Advanced registration is required.
Al Filipov Peace & Justice Forum: On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, the second annual Al Filipov Peace & Justice Award will be presented to journalist and author John Hockenberry. The presentation will be followed by Hockenberry’s remarks: “The Main Event: Inclusion from Politics to the Paralympics.” Please check the new website for more details.
Honoring Father Michael Lapsley: Come celebrate the launch of Father Lapsley’s book Redeeming the Past: My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer on September 21 at 12:30pm – 2:45pm at the UN Church Center (777 First Avenue at 44th Street, NYC). Due to increased security during the opening of the General Assembly, all attendees must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to be admitted.
Islamic Center of Boston: The Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland is sponsoring a fundraising dinner on October 20, 2012 to benefit Peaceful Tomorrows (PT). Please RSVP to Robyn Bernstein by September 30 if you’d like to attend.
Rule of Law Campaign: A statement regarding pre-trial motions at Guantanamo for the 9-11 co-conspirators was sent to reporters covering Guantanamo on August 21.
PT Website: We have hired Harry Bartlett as a website and social media consultant. Harry and his team will help us improve member and public communications, respond to bugs and other functional issues as well as install a ‘website uptime’ utility to monitor if the site goes down, and work on other website issues.
International Network for Peace (INP): INP Chair, Jo Berry, will be in the US the first week of November and will be speaking at the University of Connecticut on November 1 and 2. There is a possibility of other venues and perhaps a meeting with PT members. Please be in touch with Andrea LeBlanc if you are interested.
Charter of Compassion: With the words, “We greatly respect the work of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows and look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship”, PT has been welcomed as a Charter of Compassion Partner. Please, invite your networks to amplify the compassionate voice in the world by signing the Charter on the above mentioned website.
2 Million Friends for Peace: On September 2, the Afghan Peace Volunteers (AFP) launched an international campaign to find 2 Million Friends for peace in Afghanistan, friends who will ask for an end to the war, beginning with a call to the UN to broker a ceasefire. Peaceful Tomorrows is a partner friend in this campaign and will be working with AFP and other partners to help find 2 million friends and toward activities culminating in Kabul and New York City before and after Human Rights Day on December 10. Visit the campaign’s website by clicking here and the petition to the UN by clicking here, and please send both links to your networks.
Here is a short version of the AFP open letter:
Dear friends, Is it possible to find 2 Million Friends? Because we don’t know one another yet, we haven’t been able to share with you how, here in Afghanistan, the loneliness of mutual killing is dividing Afghans over and above the loneliness of life. This December 10th, 2012, on the International Day of Human Rights, we’ll remember the 2 Million Afghan victims of war. War is constantly closing in on us and our open mountains. But, there is a global awakening…so, we wish for 2 Million friends, to help us ask for a ceasefire. No more killing! Surely, our every hand of friendship will be an act of freedom!
In longing for a better world,
The Afghan Peace Volunteers
All PT members interested in working for this campaign are invited to contact the Afghanistan Committee.
Afghan Peace Volunteers: Peaceful Tomorrows and many individual members also supported the recent call for visas for Abdulhai and Ali to visit the US on the Caravan for Peace. They were granted a second interview date in mid-September, after the Caravan for Peace events would have concluded. Hakim has decided not to make the trip without them. We join them all in looking forward to a future occasion – soon – on which they will be able to travel to visit their American friends. In their message of thanks to those who supported their visa applications, they wrote: “Love has no borders, so we’ll see all of you someday!”
War Show Cancellation: Along with 9 Nobel Laureates, Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), Veterans for Peace (VfP), and Just Foreign Policy, Peaceful Tomorrows endorsed the call for the cancellation of NBC’s “Stars Earn Stripes”, which turned war into a game show. We have since heard the good news that the last episode aired on September 3.
Budget Update: We are fortunate that we have some support this year for member travel – especially within the United States from the National Security and Human Rights Campaign, which supports our work addressing Islamophobia or the Rule of Law in the US. Please let the Steering Committee or Katharina know if you’d like travel support. We may well have funding for a wider range of travel, too.