- Paperback: 250 pages
- Published: 9/1/03
- IBSN: 9780971920644
- e-IBSN: 9781617750212
- Genre: Nonfiction
September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows presents a powerful collection of essays, photos, and heartfelt stories about their deeply personal responses to their very public tragedies.
“I have so much admiration for Peaceful Tomorrows—people of courage and conviction. This book is a powerful reminder that the cycle of violence and retaliation can and must be broken.”
“Peaceful Tomorrows should give us hope in a hopeless time, and their courage in a fearful time should give us bravery.”
—Grace Paley, poet
“A clear-eyed view of the path toward true security . . . Their tears have not blinded them to the interdependence of all humanity; nor have unfolding scenes of destruction and revenge obscured their vision of peace.”
—Dr. Bob Edgar, General Secretary, National Council of Churches
“The members of Peaceful Tomorrows have truly honored the memories of their loved ones by exploring ways to promote peace, rather than advance war.”
—US Congresswoman Barbara Lee
“Moving stories, inspiring stories . . . They remind us that violence need not rule our minds, our lives, that a different way of thinking is possible.”
—Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States
“No one can speak with a more powerful voice or with more authority on the need for peace and justice in our society than Peaceful Tomorrows.”
—US Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich
An RDV Books publication.
Nominated for the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows presents a powerful collection of essays, photos, and heartfelt stories about their deeply personal responses to their very public tragedies.
September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows is a nonprofit group of family members of terrorism victims that is dedicated to finding alternatives to war as a response to personal and national tragedies. Peaceful Tomorrows represents more than eighty people who lost loved ones in New York City, Washington, DC, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, as well as more than two thousand supporters. They have spoken in twenty-five states and eight foreign countries, and have sent delegations to both Afghanistan and Iraq to meet with civilians who similarly lost loved ones due to terrorism and war. This book recounts the first year and a half of the Peaceful Tomorrows’s existence—how these families came together to form the group and how they have struggled to keep their losses from being used as a justification for further violence and terror.
DAVID POTORTI has served as a journalist and as a television and radio writer and producer. He lives in North Carolina and is one of the founders of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, and editor of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows: Turning Our Grief into Action for Peace.