September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows is an organization founded by family members of those killed on September 11th who have united to turn their grief into action for peace. By developing and advocating nonviolent options and actions in the pursuit of justice, they hope to break the cycles of violence engendered by war and terrorism; and in acknowledging their common experience with all people affected by violence throughout the world, they work to create a safer and more peaceful world for everyone.
Below are listed the goals of the September 11th Families. They are worth reviewing and discussing, for in truth, they can be goals that all of us follow.
- To promote dialogue on alternatives to war, while educating and raising the consciousness of the public on issues of war, peace, and the underlying causes of terrorism.
- To support and offer fellowship to others seeking non-violent responses to all forms of terrorism, both individual and institutional.
- To call attention to threats to civil liberties, human rights, and other freedoms in the U.S. as a consequence of war.
- To acknowledge our fellowship with all people affected by violence and war, recognizing that the resulting deaths are overwhelmingly civilian.
- To encourage a multilateral, collaborative effort to bring those responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks to justice in accordance with the principles of international law.
- To promote U.S. foreign policy that places a priority on internationally-recognized principles of human rights, democracy and self-rule.
- To demand ongoing investigations into the events leading up to the September 11, 2001 attacks that took the lives of our loved ones, including exhaustive examinations of U.S. foreign policies and national security failures.
Visit the September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows website to see the scope of their work not only in this country, but in Afghanistan as well as other places in the world. Learn about their projects and visit their new website, 911: Our Voices, Our Choices. Help introduce these stories into your classrooms and share their meaning with others along the way.