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Meet Two New Members:
Elizabeth Miller joined Peaceful Tomorrows (PT) two months ago. She writes:
“I study Middle East Studies, and Arabic, and currently work in the nonprofit field. I would like to continue and raise awareness and focus about the beautiful and positive religious and cultural practices in the Middle East, and North Africa.
I learned about Peaceful Tomorrows (PT) after researching the complexity of trials at Guantánamo Bay. I have been in communication with a former prisoner who was innocent, and never charged. ….On 9/11, I lost my father, firefighter Douglas Miller. Through the years, I had focused on his acts of bravery in responding to the attacks. I wanted to demonstrate similar acts of bravery in my own way. I decided to study the Middle East, and North Africa, Islam, and terrorism. My education helped show me that I wanted to spread messages of forgiveness, and understanding, emphasizing that the terrible attacks were the actions of few, not the many.”
Emily Grandcolas visited Guantánamo Bay Prison back in November 2019, shortly after joining PT. She shares:
“I found out about Peaceful Tomorrows through my aunt Nancy who is also a member of the group. Throughout my schooling and my professional career I’ve been taught that when things go wrong, how you choose to respond is very important. After my family lost my aunt Lauren on September 11th, what followed didn’t make sense to me as a child and shames me now as an adult. …I work on documentaries and non-fiction projects and I am currently collecting testimony of Holocaust survivors. Speaking with survivors and their families affirms for me the importance of remembrance, tough conversations and facing our country’s response in a moment of darkness. I’m glad PT is here to encourage people to have tough conversations, to speak up for peace and to speak out about what kind of country we want to be.”
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