9/11 Families

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PT member Andrew Rice speaking to a college audience

September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows

Ideal Use: Peace, justice and non-violence programs, including issues of terrorism, national security, media bias and U.S. foreign policy.

September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows is an organization founded by family members of those killed on September 11th who have united to turn our grief into action for peace. By developing and advocating nonviolent options and actions in the pursuit of justice, we hope to break the cycles of violence engendered by war and terrorism. Acknowledging our common experience with all people affected by violence throughout the world, we work to create a safer and more peaceful world for everyone.

The “Voices of Peaceful Tomorrows” are speakers who are 9-11 family members and survivors who live throughout the country. Consequently travel expenses are often lower. The Peaceful Tomorrows Speakers Bureau includes over twenty individuals who are available to visit communities all around the United States and the world. These speakers poignantly share their thoughts about losing a family member on September 11 and why working for peace is an appropriate response.

Many groups large and small have invited speakers from Peaceful Tomorrows to participate in teach-ins, church services, forums, rallies, conferences, classroom lectures, and other events. From Rotary Club meetings to peace demonstrations, we seek to bring a peace making perspective into a broad public discussion. Peaceful Tomorrows speakers are especially eager to participate in events that bring in a wide audience that ranges across the political spectrum.

Our Goals:

1. 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.

2. To support and offer fellowship to others seeking non-violent responses to all forms of terrorism, both individual and institutional.

3. To call attention to threats to civil liberties, human rights, and other freedoms in the U.S. as a consequence of war.

4. To acknowledge our fellowship with all people affected by violence and war, recognizing that the resulting deaths are overwhelmingly civilian.

5. To encourage a multilateral, collaborative effort to bring those responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks to justice in accordance with the principles of international law.

6. To promote U.S. foreign policy that places a priority on internationally-recognized principles of human rights, democracy and self-rule.

7. To demand ongoing investigations into the events leading up to the September 11, 2001 attacks that took the lives of our loved ones, including exhaustive examinations of U.S. foreign policies and national security failures.