NEW YORK - August 28 - September
11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows will co-sponsor a dusk to dawn vigil at Washington
Square Park in Manhattan in commemoration of the terrorist attacks that took the
lives of their lost loved ones, as well as others who have lost their lives to
violence. Peaceful Tomorrows members Colleen Kelly, Talat Hamdani, David Potorti,
and Andrew Rice will be present at the gathering, along with family members of
those affected by violence in other countries.
Scheduled to appear are:
Michael Moore (filmmaker and author); Amy Goodman, (host of Pacifica Radio's "Democracy
Now"); Kathy Kelly (Voices in the Wilderness); Manning Marable (Director of the
Institute for Research in African-American studies at Columbia University); Michael
Ratner (Center for Constitutional Rights and an attorney for Guantanamo detainees);
Debbie Almontaser (Muslim American Society); Masuda Sultan, an Afghan-American
who lost 19 relatives in the U.S.-led bombing; Father Daniel Berrigan, S.J.; Luong
Ung, Cambodian refugee and author; satirist Reverend Billy; and musicians including
Pat Humphries, Sandy Opatow and others. A special written message from Muhammad
Ali also will be read.
"September 11th must not
continue to be used to promote more war and violence," said Colleen Kelly, Peaceful
Tomorrows' New York area coordinator, who lost her brother, William, at the World
Trade Center that day. "This first anniversary, let us initiate an exploration
of what it will take to bring healing and wholeness to our world. It is in remembering
the universality of our grief that we shape our hope for a future of peaceful
The program will take place
from 7pm-10pm on September 10. A candlelight vigil will continue through the night,
with closing observances beginning early on the morning of September 11.
September 11 Families for
Peaceful Tomorrows (www.peacefultomorrows.org)
is an advocacy organization formed by family members of September 11 victims.
Its mission is to seek effective, nonviolent responses to terrorism, and to identify
a commonality with all people similarly affected by violence throughout the world.
The group is urging the American government to create a fund to assist Afghan
families that were affected by the U.S. military campaign.
The vigil is co-sponsored
by: the American Friends Service Committee, Brooklyn Bridges, Buddhist Council
of New York, Catholic Worker, Center for Constitutional Rights, Columbia Media
Project, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Gabriella Network, Global Exchange, Jews
for Social and Economic Justice, Judson Memorial Church, Middle Collegiate Church,
Muslim American Society, Pax Christi, Nipponzan Myohoji, Peace Action, Voices
in the Wilderness, War Resisters League, Washington Square United Methodist Church,
Women in Black, and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. For a
downloadable flyer and more information, visit www.peacefultomorrows.org.
For information on other 9/11 peace events, visit www.unitedforpeace.org.