September 11, 2008
Dear Members, Friends and Supporters of Peaceful Tomorrows,
The experience of yet another anniversary of 9/11 provides an
occasion to reflect upon the hopes and beliefs that brought the
members of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows together.
In response to the terrorist attacks that killed our family members,
we never wanted wars of retaliation that would cause the deaths of
innocent civilians in other nations. We never wanted hunger for
revenge to lead America to violate international law, abandon
Constitutional rights, or engage in torture.
We united to turn our grief into action for peace, believing that it
is possible to break the cycles of violence caused by terrorism and
war. And over the past months, from Capitol Hill to Iraqi Kurdistan
and beyond we have raised our voices in support of nonviolence, human
rights and the rule of law.
Guantanamo Bay Detention Center
In July, Peaceful Tomorrows members traveled to DC to lobby Congress
about the need to end the abuses at the Guantanamo Bay Detention
Center and rededicate the U.S. to principles of international
justice. We are currently working with human rights allies at Witness
Against Torture and Center for Constitutional Rights to craft a multi-
faceted campaign to shut down Guantánamo within the first 100 days of
the new administration. We believe it can be done!
Perhaps the most hopeful work we are doing is our campaign to support
the courageous and inspiring Iraqi peace and nonviolence activists of
LaOnf. LaOnf (which roughly translates as "nonviolence" in Arabic)
is a network of over 100 Iraqi civil society organizations working to
promote "nonviolence as the most effective way to struggle for an
independent, democratic, and peaceful Iraq."
In August Peaceful Tomorrows members Terry Rockefeller and Adele
Welty met with LaOnf members in Erbil, Kurdistan as they planned
activities for their 2008 Week of Nonviolence. In support of LaOnf’s
efforts, Peaceful Tomorrows has launched a public education campaign
to inform American citizens and policymakers about these Iraqi women
and men who have endured repression, invasion and occupation yet
remain committed to nonviolence. In October, Peaceful Tomorrows will
help communities across the U.S. to show solidarity with the LaOnf
activists. You can find out more at http://www.peacefultomorrows.org, where
you can sign up to organize or attend a screening of a documentary
about LaOnf in your area.
Peaceful Tomorrows members have been featured in news stories about
the controversy surrounding the U.S. government’s prosecution of 9/11
suspects in military tribunals. As a partner in the American Civil
Liberties Union’s John Adams Project, Peaceful Tomorrows supports
fair trials for all people, regardless of the charges they face. We
will continue to speak out against the military commissions, making
clear how they embody a legal process that has been compromised by
political interference and stripped of the minimum of defendants’
rights and protections that define fair trials.
As support for war in Iraq decreases, there are disturbing calls to
increase U.S. troops to Afghanistan. Peaceful Tomorrows is
categorically opposed to the idea that we can win a "War on Terror."
War IS terror. We need instead to invest in programs that address the
root causes of violence and terrorism. Peaceful Tomorrows has been
actively working to bring Afghanistan to the forefront of the U.S.
peace movement. With our allies at United for Peace and Justice, we
are developing web-based materials that will prepare U.S. peace
activists to effectively challenge the calls for increased military
engagement in Afghanistan.
As we prepare ourselves for the work ahead, we are grateful for your
loyal support. Please help us to continue our work by making a
generous donation to Peaceful Tomorrows today. You can donate online
at this link.
And please, go to our website at http://www.peacefultomorrows.org
where you will find more information about the projects of Peaceful
Tomorrows and our members, including a link to the newly launched
website of the International Network for Peace, a global network of
victims of terrorism, genocide, atomic weapons, occupation and war
who have chosen to work for nonviolent solutions to conflict.
We look forward to hearing from you.
In peace and hope,
September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows