The “No More Victims” tour,
co-sponsored by September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows and the American
Friends Service Committee, will place the human dimension and experience of the
9-11 attacks and of war at the center of the national debate over the "war against
terrorism." In doing so, the participants hope to educate and to raise public
consciousness about the meanings and consequences of war by providing a thought-provoking
“By putting a human face
on the casualties of terrorism and war, we hope to demonstrate the price of responding
to violence with violence,” says David Potorti, Co-Director, Eastern U.S. Coordinator
of Peaceful Tomorrows. “The true cost of the U.S. war on terror, in human terms,
is reflected in the experiences of these people, which have led them to seek alternatives.”
Potorti lost his brother, James, at the World Trade Center on September 11.
“In joining the 9-11 families
with the voices and stories of others who have suffered around the world since
September 11, we hope to shatter some of the illusions maintaining that ‘war will
solve our problems,’” says tour organizer Joseph Gerson of the AFSC. “We firmly
believe that the real lesson of September 11 is that war and violence are the
problems, not the solutions.”
Following statements by
all of the participants, time will be allowed for questions and public dialogue
with members of the audience.
Participants scheduled to
Dr. Imad Alduri and Sinan
Antoon, Iraqis now living in Philadelphia and Boston. Dr. Misk Adel Jumah (Palestinian)
and Roni Hirshenson (Israeli), members of The Parents’ Circle of Israeli-Palestinian
Bereaved Families for Peace, both of whom lost their children in the cycle of
violence consuming their region.
Ms. Rangina Hamidi, an Afghan-American
who has twice returned to Afghanistan to provide assistance since the U.S. war
began last fall.
Ms. Amirah Ali Lidasan,
Secretary General of the Moro Christian People’s Alliance in Mindinao, Philippines.
Miyoko Matsubara, a leading Japanese Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor) from Hiroshima,
Japan who continues to speak out for the elimination of atomic weapons and the
prevention of war.
David Potorti, Co-Director,
Eastern U.S. Coordinator of Peaceful Tomorrows, who lost his brother James at
the World Trade Center.
Kristina Olsen, Peaceful
Tomorrows member who lost her sister Laurie on American Airlines flight 11, and
who recently returned from Afghanistan.
Ryan Amundson, Peaceful
Tomorrows Midwest Coordinator, who lost his brother Craig at the Pentagon.
Kat Tinley, Peaceful Tomorrows
member, who lost her uncle Mike at the World Trade Center.
Not all tour participants
will appear at all events.
The tour will be visiting
the following cities:
Philadelphia, Pa. Sept.
6, Foundation for Islamic Education Contact Ben Waxman, AFSC, 215-241-7000, BWaxman@afsc.org
New York City (Manhattan)
Sept. 7 Cathedral of St. John the Divine [room to be announced] Contact David
Potorti, Sept. 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows 919-466-9355, david@peacefultomorrows
or Cheshire Frager, AFSC 212-598-0950 ex. 0963, Cfrager@afsc.org
New York City (Brooklyn)
Sept. 8 Park Slope United Methodist Church, 8th Avenue at corner of 8th Street,
Park Slope. Nearest subway: "F" train to 7th Ave. stop, back of the train coming
from Manhattan. Contact Eliabeth Braddon or Liz Schell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Boston, MASS. Sept. 9 Boston
College and Faneuil Hall Contact Joseph Gerson AFSC, 617-661-6130, Jgerson@afsc.org
or Janet Culpepper Jculpepper@afsc.org
Northampton, MASS. Sept.
10 Smith College Contact Jo Commerford AFSC 413-584-8975 email@example.com
Providence, R.I. Sept. 11
Contact Anna Galland AFSC 401-521-3584, Agalland@afsc.org
CITY TBA, Connecticut Sept.
12 Contact Marcia Morris AFSC 860-523-1534, Mmorris@afsc.org
Chicago, IL. Sept. 13 Contact
Chuck Hutchcraft AFSC 312-427-2533, Chutchcraft@afsc.org
St. Louis, MO. Sept. 14
-15 Contact Lori Reed, 314-862-5773, Lreed@afsc.org