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In recognition of last year’s 19th commemoration of 9/11, we were joined by some of our international allies as we acknowledged our common experience with everyone affected by violence throughout the world. Together we considered how engagement in advocacy has helped us heal. In sharing our experiences we aspired to give hope to others who are experiencing their own trauma and grief.
Our special guests were Marina Cantacuzino, founder of The Forgiveness Project and Father Michael Lapsley, founder of the Institute for Healing of Memories – North America. Additional speakers were PT members Andrea LeBlanc and Iryna Muha.
Moderators were PT Founding Member Phyllis Rodriguez and Intern Nick Perrotti.
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An international group of activists came together to share about how they are building bridges for peace after experiencing adversity. Our panelists shared how they transformed their pain and suffering into working for a more peaceful world. They gave examples of bridge building within their communities and their work with an empowered younger generation of change makers.
Our panelists were Jo Berry, founder of Building Bridges for Peace, Bassam Aramim and Rami Elhanan, Parents Circle – Families Forum and PT member and educator, Karen Shea.
The discussion was moderated by Nick Perrotti. Questions from the audience were addressed in real time.
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UNCOMMON BONDS: An Unlikely Friendship Between a 9/11 Family Member and A Detainee at Guantánamo
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Join a conversation between Peaceful Tomorrows member Elizabeth Miller and former Guantanamo detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi. The pair discussed their experiences as a family member who lost her father on 9/11, and as a detainee whose arrest led to 14 years at Guantanamo Bay prison. Both shared a path of nonviolent response to their anguish. Slahi’s experience is further documented in the newly released The Mauritanian.
Peaceful Tomorrows’ co-founder Colleen Kelly, who frequently travels to Guantanamo to monitor the pre-trial hearings, moderated the discussion.
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2021 is an important year for reflecting back on our work and our partnerships. As we approach the 20th commemoration of the attacks of 9/11/’01 we take a look at our shared work and goals to create a more peaceful world.
We were joined by Marilyn Turkovich, Director of the Global Team at the Charter for Compassion, who shared with us about her work with Compassionate Cities; Cristina Gonzalez, Founder of Compassionate Nuevo Leon & Compassionate Moneterrey who recollected her experiences making Monterrey a compassionate city and Rev. Dianne Hudder, PT Steering Committee member and retired minister, who reflected on her work as a minister within the interfaith community.
SEEKING PEACE IN AFGHANISTAN
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Afghan panelists spoke with us from Kabul and abroad, joining with international panelists to bring perspectives from the lives of Afghans living courageously through the last two decades of war and the recent escalation in violence. We heard of the impact of the war upon the lives of women, youth and civilians and of seeds for peace that are being sown in its midst. The webinar went beyond the limits of troop withdrawal to present nonviolent pathways, reparations and witnessing on the long road to peace with justice for Afghanistan. The discussion was moderated by Ellen Judd, who facilitates the work of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows related to Afghanistan and to the US/NATO war in Afghanistan.
FILM FESTIVAL 2021:
No Responders Left Behind follows 9/11 social activists Jon Stewart and John Feal as they take on the U.S. government to ensure Health and Compensation for thousands of ailing First Responders who are dying from toxins released at Ground Zero.
Find out more information about the film through the FealGood Foundation.
OUR PANEL DISCUSSION features John Feal, Rob Lindsay and PT member, Ari Radcliffe-Greene as moderator. CLICK HERE to access the recorded webinar and by using passcode M0wU2%C+
This fearless, thought-provoking documentary details the remarkable story behind the first ever global demonstration. Whilst the protests did not stop the Iraq War, the movement inspired a new generation of activists. The legacy of the demonstrations continued to influence campaigners across the world; including activists in Egypt during the Arab Spring as well as Black Lives Matter campaigners in the United States. ‘We Are Many’ features testimony from organizers, activists, celebrities and politicians who provide a unique insight into the protest itself and the global context which led to the marches.
OUR PANEL DISCUSSION features Amir Amirami, Wael Kabbani, PT member, Colleen Kelly and Jeremy Varon as moderator. CLICK HERE to access the recorded discussion.
An intimate portrait of Phyllis and Orlando Rodríguez, whose son, Greg, dies with thousands of others in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The bereaved parents choose reconciliation and nonviolence over vengeance and begin a transformative journey that both confirms and challenges their convictions.
OUR LIVE PANEL features the filmmaker Gayla Jamison as well as PT members, Julia & Phyllis Rodriguez. CLICK HERE to access the recorded discussion.
CLICK HERE to download the film’s Discussion and Study Guide.
Finding Our Voices is about standing up for what you believe. Not just another Iraq war film, this is a movie about patriotic Americans living their conscience. This film celebrates our first amendment rights and our responsibility to participate in our Democracy. This movie explores the passion and determination of eight men and women who sacrifice their jobs, give up their retirement and risk imprisonment in their patriotic dissent of the war in Iraq. It is a film about courageous Americans who show with their actions, the power we all have, and must use if democracy is to survive. The film chronicles people like Adele Welty, who lost her son, a firefighter on 9/11/01. Welty, a member of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, says, “I knew the best legacy I could build for Timmy would be one of peace, to try to stop any more innocent civilians from being killed.”
Read September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows: Turning Tragedy into Hope for a Better World for more information.
OUR LIVE PANEL features Holly Stadtler, Rev. Graylan Hagler, Vicky Hughes, Laurel Jensen as well as PT member, Nancy Meyer. CLICK HERE to access the recorded session and use passcode y?7t+h+8
Michael Shulan was a struggling novelist and co-owner of a storefront space in New York’s trendy Soho neighborhood. The attacks on the World Trade Center changed his life forever. He and three friends turned his Spring Street space into a now-famous crowdsourced photo exhibit called “Here Is New York.” For five years, he was known as the world’s leading expert on 9/11 photography. Then, the lifelong outsider was invited to be part of something big. Shulan was named the Creative Director of the National 9/11 Museum at Ground Zero. This is the story of his dream job and how it turned against him. His vision of an open, inclusive, participatory place for America to engage in the painful, personal story of 9/11 goes wrong. His role as creative leader turns into a daily battle to keep his vision alive.
The film’s website has additional information, including about how the film was made, those featured, photographs, and press.
OUR LIVE PANEL features co-directors Pamela Yoder & Steve Rosenbaum as well as PT members, Valerie Lucznikowska and Emily Grandcolas. CLICK HERE to access the recorded discussion and by using passcode .0MgzrjW
The Mauritanian, Directed by Kevin Macdonald, starring Tahar Rahim, Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch
Based on the NY Times best-selling memoir “Guantánamo Diary” by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, this is the true story of Salahi’s fight for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years. Alone and afraid, Slahi finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander and her associate Teri Duncan who battle the U.S. government in a fight for justice that tests their commitment to the law and their client at every turn. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by a formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch, uncovers shocking truths and ultimately proves that the human spirit cannot be locked up.
CLICK HERE to view an earlier webinar we arranged with Mohamedou O. Slahi and Elizabeth Miller as well as to the Study Guide we put together to facilitate classroom discussions about the film.
OUR PANEL DISCUSSION features Mohamedou Ould Slahi (the original Mauritanian) and PT member, Elizabeth Miller. It was moderated by Nicholas Perrotti. CLICK HERE to access the recording and by using passcode 6nnH#N8Z
Our 2006 International Network for Peace Conference brought together peace partners from all over the globe. This 32 min video summary of the event relays which issues were discussed and the arc of actions September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows’ members and international partners organizations envisioned going forward.
PANEL DISCUSSION: It features PT co-founding member Kelly Campbell as well as Jo Berry (Building Bridges for Peace) , Robi Damelin (Parents Circle Families Forum), David Hartsough and Father Michael Lapsley (Institute for Healing of Memories). CLICK HERE to access the recorded discussion and by using passcode .6e6h+tL
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED FILMS:
The Report, Directed by Scott Z. Burns, starring Adam Driver and Annette Bening
An idealistic Senate staffer leads an investigation into the CIA’s post-9/11 Detention and Interrogation program, uncovering the lengths to which the agency went to hide a brutal secret from the American public.
My Name is Khan, Directed by Karan Johar, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, and Sheetal Menon
An Indian Muslim man with Asperger’s syndrome takes a challenge to speak to the President of the United States seriously and embarks on a cross-country journey.
CLICK HERE to view the trailer. You can watch the film on Kanopy, Amazon Prime or through your local library.
“Turning Our Grief Into Actions For Peace” tells the story of how we came together to form the group, and how we have struggled to keep our losses from being used as a justification for further violence and terror. Written by David Potorti, along with original essays from members of the group including Ryan Amundson, Kelly Campbell, Colleen Kelly, Kristina Olsen, Andrew Rice, and Terry Rockefeller as well as the late Myrna Bethke, Derrill Bodley and Rita Lasar.
Order the e-book at either Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
THE COMMUNITY TOOL BOX’s chapter on Spirituality and Community Building (Chapter 28) was written with the support and contributions of experts connected with the Charter for Compassion International and is an online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. Under continuous development since 1994, the Community Tool Box is widely used in teaching, training, and technical support. Currently available in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Farsi, and with millions of user sessions annually, it has reached those working in over 230 countries around the world. It is a project of the University of Kansas with partners that include the World Health Organization and Institute of Medicine. This specific section on Promoting Peace is our contribution.
THE CHANGE AGENT: Years after terrorists attacked the United States on 9/11/01, how are Americans making sense of the events of that day and the aftermath? For those wishing to teach and explore, our issue of The Change Agent is a valuable, free resource. The magazine contains lesson plans and discussion questions to give teachers classroom-ready material that will engage students and provide an important forum for critical thinking, sharing, and achieving understanding across diverse experiences. A national magazine published by World Education, the issue includes articles, poems, and first-person narratives that teach the history of 9/11, wrestle with important legal and ethical questions related to security and liberty, examine the ‘rule of law’ in the context of terrorism, and provide a forum for the voices of people seeking justice and reconciliation. It offers many extremely moving stories about 9/11 and its repercussions. The Change Agent features not only the voices of family members of victims, but witnesses to the attacks, relatives of veterans of the war on terror, detainees, and ordinary Americans who have had a decade to reflect on what happened on 9/11 and the events that followed.
FILMS FEATURING PT MEMBERS:
“BEYOND RETRIBUTION”: Taped in Oklahoma City on the tenth anniversary of the Murrah Federal Building bombing, “Beyond Retribution” captures a round table discussion with those who lost family members as a result of 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the war in Iraq. It is moderated by Father Michael Lapsley, an Anglican priest who lost his hands to a letter bomb sent in response to his work against apartheid in South Africa.
Together, they explore the individual responses of those most closely affected by terrorism, violence and war, and offer ways to move beyond retribution and towards sources of real peace. “Beyond Retribution” is 37 minutes in length, comes with a list of discussion questions, and is suitable for any age (no harsh images or language).
IN OUR SON’S NAME (IOSN) is an intimate portrait of Phyllis and Orlando Rodríguez, co- founders of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows whose son Greg died with thousands of others in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The award-winning film also features Talat Hamdani, whose heroic son, Mohammad Salman, perished rescuing others yet he was wrongly deemed a suspect due to his Muslim faith. The bereaved parents choose reconciliation and nonviolence over vengeance and begin a transformative journey that both confirms and challenges their convictions. They speak out against war in Iraq and Afghanistan, publicly oppose the death penalty of avowed 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and befriend his mother. As their search for meaning evolves they speak out against anti-Muslim actions and find peace in working with prison inmates. The award-winning film mixes in-depth interviews with on-location footage and striking archival photographs and video to create a deeply personal story that invites us to re-consider conventional concepts of justice and healing.
FREE access to IOSN @ https://vimeo.com/319078905. Use password: IOSN-CC
- Download “A Healing Conversation: To End a Culture of Violence and Intolerance” pdf.
- SLIDESHOW: Download a slideshow that presents a history of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows and turning our grief into action for peace: Peaceful Tomorrows Slideshow.
The Cost of 9/11 and its Impact on the Rule of Law video by Peaceful Tomorrows provides a clear and thought provoking historical look that can be used to launch discussions with students on the principles of law and human rights that were diminished in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. CLICK HERE to view the video
Visit The Charter of Compassion and its educational arm, The Voices Compassionate Education Project to find more resources on teaching about 9/11. Find how your school can join with the growing number around the globe who have signed the Charter to actively promote peace: CLICK HERE.
- Facing History and Ourselves: CLICK HERE to get to 6 resources on how to teach about 9/11 in 2021.
- PAGES FOR PEACE: Learn about how students in one middle school set about breaking the Guinness World Book of Record while learning about and promoting peace. See Pages for Peace.