Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Preparing for 9-11: Peaceful Tomorrows Day (9-11) and Interdependence Day (9-12)

“September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, founded in 2002, is an organization of individuals who all lost family members on 9/11. For six years we have advocated for nonviolent and legal responses to the terrorist attacks that claimed our loved ones’ lives. By developing and advocating nonviolent actions in the pursuit of justice, we hope to break the cycles of violence engendered by war and terrorism … Adding to the pain of our loss is the painful awareness that our nation is betraying its own values – and the values of so many who died on 9/11. If we wish to see justice and peace in the world, we, as individuals and as a nation, must embody the principles of due process of law. Terrorism has taken our loved-ones’ bodies. We must not allow fear or a desire for revenge to take our souls.”  -- From their website.             The OMNI Center for Peace, Justice, and Ecology supports the position of Peaceful Tomorrows. We, too, oppose the vengeful invasion of Afghanistan and the implementation of the so-called Patriot Act. At the anniversary of this tragedy, we must expand our alternatives to the methods of our warfare state and strive toward a culture of peace. We want to redefine this day of remembrance and reframe it by calling it “Peaceful Tomorrows Day” to highlight our hope for the future and break from the past. Of course, like all patriotic Americans, we mourn the death of innocent victims here an! d everywhere which include those that have died at the hands of our military and militaries allied with the U.S.We suggest that in observing “Peaceful Tomorrows Day” that we also celebrate heroic peacemakers and justice seekers. Please join us in changing our perspective and our culture. Nancy Goliff, Secretary, OMNI Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology  9-9-08

- Interdepen​dent Day @ Tue Jul 12 8am - 9am (Dick Bennett)
REMINDER - Interdependent Day
http://www.civworld.org/> INTERDEPENDENCE DAYIn a world where global interdependence is not simply an aspiration of idealists, but a brute fact of the forces that bind us together— global warming, financial capital, AIDS, telecommunications, crime, migration, and terrorism—many people still think in narrow, insular terms.Reality is global, but consciousness too often remains local — constrained by town and nation.In the year 2000, a small group of scholars, civic and political leaders, and artists from a dozen nations met to design a program that might help raise consciousness around the realities and possibilities of interdependence. Their efforts were given impetus by the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and the group agreed to create a project that would :> Make September 12, the day following the memorial of 9/11, an international celebration of interdependence “Interdependence Day”> Draw up a “Declaration of Interdependence”, making clear that both liberty and security required cooperation among peoples and nations and could no longer be secured by sovereign nations working unilaterally;> Develop a Civic Interdependence Curriculum that would make interdependence a central concept in Civics and Social Studies programs in middle and high schools in as many schools around the world as possible.

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