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After 9/11: Voices of Peace Bring Hope and Reflection After the Terror

Contents:
Resources & Writings Related to 9/11
Perspectives on Peace
Political Commentary & Analysis
United States Electoral Analysis
Why the Iraq War is Wrong
Environmental & Conservation Issues
Other Social Issues
National Conference on Media Reform
Recommended Websites
Help for Peace Activists

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Yellow Tag Campaign. You may not have seen them yet, but the "Little Yellow Tag" campaign is starting to sweep the Internet. These are little floating yellow tags that members put at the upper-righthand corner of their blogs, websites, and social networking pages, just like the one you see here. In the first 30 days, we found that each tag generated $14.44 every month in donations--just about enough to provide shelter, food, and medical aid for 3 days for a refugee every month! This is a really simple way to create a growing peace impact on your site, blog, or social networking page, with every click, and every donation showing up on your Peace Impact Meter! Try it! Click here

   

Editor's Note: Why This Page

Resources & Writings Related to the 9/11 Attacks on the US

 

September 11th, 2001 - A Troubling Metaphor

Coping With Tragedy: Fighting Terror With Kindness

US Leaders Had Foreknowledge of Impending 9-11 Attacks and "Consciously Failed" To Act

Link to Petition for Peace and Justice

Websites, Phone Numbers, and Other Resources

Did Bush Know? Warning Signs of 9-11 and Intelligence Failures

A Survivor of 9/11 Talks about What's Really Important

Palestinians Too are Shocked by the Disaster

A Muslim Denounces Terrorism

Barbara Kingsolver, Nat Hentoff, Michael Moore, Rick McCarthy: American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression Panel on Censorship and Freedom Post-911

Statement of Bat Shalom (Daughter of Peace) to the UN Security Council

Michael Ruppert's Conspiracy Chronology

Vietnam Vets Against the War Statement

Rosa Parks, Danny Glover, Gloria Steinem, Harry Belafonte And Dozens of Others Join Effort Calling For Justice Not Vengeance

Week 1: Ghosts and Echoes

Letter From A Terrorism Survivor

Representative Barbara Lee's Statement in the House of Representatives Opposing the Use of Force Resolution

Message from His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of the The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan: A Muslim Calls for Sanity

How to Deal With Bin Laden

The Dalai Lama's Letter to the President of the United States of America

A Message to Members and Supporters of Amnesty International

Statement by David McReynolds and the War Resisters League Executive Committee

Perspectives on Peace

Bloody Sunday through Survivors' Eyes

Our Taxes Are Off to War -- 2012 Edition

Muscle Building for Peace and Justice

A New Student Leads a Strike Against Racism, in the 1960s

OMG! Barack Obama, Fighting Two Wars, Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Loving our enemies: The people of Iran

Darfur Interfaith Vigil

Seven Million Steps

Hopes for Peace in Israel and Palestine

Video Project About Global Justice Movements: In Between the Movements

Combatants for Peace: When Ex-Enemies Break Bread Together
By Suliman Al-Hamre and Elik Elhanan, as reported by Shel Horowitz, Editor, Peace & Politics

Have We Lost Our Sense of Outrage?

World Prayer for Peace by All Artists

Eliana Gilad: Healing in a time of War

Response of Christian Peacemaker Teams to the Death of Peacemaker Tom Fox

Not in Our Name

The Tent of Abraham: A Statement on Peacemaking

A Cheap Holiday in Other People's Misery (catching up with Mordechai Vanunu in Israel)

198 Methods of Nonviolent Action (Dr. Gene Sharp)

A Peace Leadership Agenda

Peace is Not a Dirty Word

Coming to Consensus: Tips for Cooperative Decision Making

What is Peace?

War or Peace

War Poetry Contest sponsored by Winning Writers

The Secret Society For Peace: Dedicated to Global Peace Through Individual Peace

International Institute for Peace Through Tourism to Sponsor Summit Luncheon in Geneva, Switzerland

We Should All Be Pursuing A Lasting Victory Over World Want (Dr. James Cumes)

Rehumanizing the 'Enemy' and Confronting Ourselves: Challenges for Educators in an Era of Peace

The First Covenant Was Sealed With The Rainbow. Does Hope For Interfaith Harmony Begin There?

What Place for Peace Advocates After the Attack?

Replanting Trees, Rebirthing Peace (Rabbi Brian Walt and Rabbi Arthur Waskow)

A World Out of Touch With Itself: Where the Violence Comes From (Rabbi Michael Lerner)

Marching in Gandhi's Footsteps

Manifesto: Artists (& Activists) After September 11

First Report from the current FOR Interfaith PeaceBuilders Delegation to Israel & Palestine

Political Commentary & Analysis


If You think You're Too Unimportant to be Noticed

Beyond Hope and Hopelessness: How to Have True Political Climate Change

Democracy Requires Separation Of Party, State

The Seductions of Clicking: How the Internet Can Make it Harder to Act

An Antidote to Unaccountable Corporate Lies: How to still pass the DISCLOSE Act

Supreme Court's Shocker Makes CSR Key Buttress of Democracy

The Bonding of Strangers: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg's Defenders Remember their Executed Neighbors

Obama's Continued Popularity has Plunged Faster than Bush's

Alternative Radio: Progressive content from some of the country's top minds.

No Change for Me: I Want Bills

Georgia on My Mind

Fraudulent Firings

Cynthia McKinney's Full Remarks on Bush Impeachment Bill

In the Field with Evo Morales

A Liberal's Pledge to Disheartened Conservatives

When Democracy Fails Us

Bush Is Not Incompetent

Was Vice President Dick Cheney Trying To Be Too Cute?

The Speech You *Should* Hear (but Won't) from Dick Cheney

Bush's Suppressed Biography: Pulled off the shelves by a major publisher, it was released by a small independent--the book shows Bush's military desertion, shady business dealings, and allegations of cocaine use

An Open Letter to Howard Dean

Imagine a Party Line of Awe and Wonder

America Beyond Capitalism

Writing That Matters: Censorship, Journalism, Politics, and Art

Hope for the Homestretch

'Stop Bush Now': New Book Calls on Americans to Join Movement for Impeachment Before November

Voting is for Young People

Over 10,000 American Jews Petition Sharon and Bush to Bring the Israeli Settlers Home to Israel

Granny D's Spirited Defense of the First Amendment After Her Arrest for Speaking in the Capitol

Intelligence From Presidential Tax Returns

White House Press Secretary Refuses to Give Real Answers Whether Bush was AWOL

10 Good Things About a Bad Year

Greg Palast: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

America Two Years after 9/11: 25 Things We Now Know

Political Analysis from an Afghani-American Perspective

Second Thoughts on a Third World War: An American Professor's Analysis

Heresies in Pursuit of Peace: Thoughts on Israel/Palestine

Share the Wealth, Not the Violence (Reyner Garner)

Statement by Shenandoah Titus, Human Rights Officer for the Town of Amherst, MA, May 2002, Condemning Antisemitism

How An Earlier "Patriot Act" Law Brought Down A President

United States Electoral Analysis

One Company Controls Voting Data for 18 States

HACKED! High Tech Election Theft in America, 11 Experts Expose the Truth

20 Amazing Facts About Voting in the USA

Reno Resident Sues Sequoia Voting Systems

Open Letter to Senator Barbara Boxer: Please Join the Call to Investigate the Election

Theses on the Failure of our Party

The 2004 Elections in the United States

The Voter Bill of Rights

Think Globally, Protect the Vote Locally 

The Unexplained Exit Poll Discrepancy: Part I (PDF File)

 

Why the Iraq War is Wrong

Marine Mom, Toughest Job in the Corp

US General William Odom Tells Senate: Rapid Withdrawal is Only Solution

Elijah the Prophet, Earl Robinson, and the Iraq War

West Pointers Get Cease & Desist Letter From West Point

Dying for Nixon, Dying for Bush

Letter to President Bush: Try to Stabilize Iraq, then Leave

More Damning Than Downing Street

Religious Leaders Condemn $82 Billion for War

British Member of Parliament George Galloway Condemns Iraq Invasion on Floor of US Senate, May 17, 2005

Iraq: A Deepening Tragedy

Giving Witness, Doing Civil Disobedience and Going to Prison

Iraq War Quiz

In Praise of France's History

An American Peacemaker Reports from Baghdad

An American Peacemaker Reports from Baghdad, Part II

Stop The Coming October War in Iraq : The UN's Iraq Arms Inspector

Police Repression at NYC Peace Rally Forces Questions of Government Legitimacy

Fighting Iraq, Will It Re-ignite Inflation?

Well-Designed Strategic Nonviolent Actions

Response of Christian Peacemaker Teams to the Death of Peacemaker Tom Fox

Sustainable Earth: Environmental, Conservation & Related Issues

Water Wars

Shock and Trance: Diagnosing a Culture of Indifference

Edible Reforestation

Connecting for Change

9/11 in New Orleans

Herman Daly and the True Costs of Economics

"A Better Future" is a public communication campaign to raise public awareness and promote societal movement toward more sustainable lifestyles.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: A Personal Account by an Oilman

Leave No Trace

Building Strong Local Living Economies

And We Lived Happily Ever After -or- Some Realities and Myths of Recycled Paper

Energy Bill Squandered on Partisan Politics

Lower Your Water Bills
Like oil, water rights can be a major source of political unrest, and this will get worse with time. This article offers many low-cost/no-cost ways to cut water consumption.

Clean Energy is Available Now: Notes from SolarFest

The Divine Right of Capital

Imagining a World Where Labor Rights Trump Property Rights

Other Social Issues

If You are a Leader, are You a Peacemaker?
By Ian A. Vickers

My Village Folk Scene

Slow Money: Rethinking Local Commerce

The Most Valuable Question You Can Ask

Around the U.S. In Search of Change Agents

Say What? One Quaker's Response to the Pope

A Free Internet From An Historical Perspective

A Message from the Dalia Lama About Tibet

Kind Words: Cheering the Grumpy

Citizen vs. Consumer: The Perils of Deflationary Democracy

How to Make Healthcare Cheaper

I Don't Look Back in Anger

The Fugitive Girl Act

Growing Up And Slowing Down

Why Israel and Palestine Must Become One State

Skipping Towards Armageddon

Human Rights Abuses in Uzbekistan: Eyewitness Report from Former UK Ambassador

Dialogue Project

Precarious Lives

AAUP Denounces FBI's "Chilling Effect" On Dissenting Professor

Billionaires R Us

Chocolate, Unchained

The Real Rosa Parks

Thank You, Rosa Parks

Just Look 'em in the Eye

How the Bush Administration Sabotaged Hurricane Planning, Allowing Katrina to Destroy New Orleans

Use the Creative Power of Your Word

Independent Publisher Combines Progressive Politics, Commercial Success

Early Puerto Rican Feminist Speaks on Wealth and Poverty, 1911

Erring on the Side of Death: A Healer Speaks Out on The Terry Schiavo Case

Jewish-Arab Olive Oil Venture Funds Jewish/Arab Peace Community in IsraelJewish-Arab Olive Oil Venture Funds Jewish/Arab Peace Community in Israel

Lifting of Publishing Sanctions in Cuba, Iran, Sudan

Health Medication: No Side Effects, Costs Nothing

Europe vs. the US

Huge Universal Forum of Cultures in Barcelona Working to Change the World

Corey Flintoff on NPR's role in a Changing Journalism Climate

Rosenbergs' Son Robert Meeropol's Life of Activism

Remembering Carolyn Heilbrun: Feminist Scholarship and Suicide

Media Training with Shel Horowitz

Interest Builds for IIPT 2nd African Conference

Deciding Right and Wrong: The Ethicist Speaks

National Conference on Media Reform

The National Conference on Media Reform: Twin Fires of Change
   Josh Silver, Free Press
   Yolanda Hibbenstiel, Conference Organizer
   Mark Cooper, Consumer Federation of America
   Malkia Cyril, Youth Media Council
   Amy Goodman, Producer/Host, Democracy Now!
   Chellie Pingree, Common Cause
   Sydney Levy, San Francisco Media Alliance
   Amanda Ballentine, Free Press
   Jim Hightower, Populist author/speaker
   Kim Gandy, NOW
   Davey D, hiphop historian/DJ
   FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein
   FCC Commissioner Michael Coops

National Conference on Media Reform Panel: News, Information and Corporate Media

National Conference on Media Reform Panel: Online Organizing

National Conference on Media Reform Panel: Engaging New Constituencies in Media Reform

National Conference on Media Reform Panel: Media Reform One Community at a Time: Case Studies in Local Organizing

National Conference on Media Reform Panel: Visioning a Media System that Serves Our Democracy and Culture

Recommended Websites

Campaign for Peace and Democracy
Call for the United States to End Its Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan

http://www.blackboxvoting.org: a site focusing on the irregularities of electronic ballots, and what citizens can do about it.

http://alpha.wpma.tv/event/: World Peace Music Awards

http://Antiwar.com

http://www.Space4Peace.org

http://www.peacemaker.st/

http://www.texansforpeace.org/

Help for Peace Activists

Volunteer to Create a Federal Department of Peace

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Editor's Note: Why This Page

I write this on the eve of the Jewish year 5762, less than a week after the attacks on New York and Washington that destroyed the World Trade Center and badly damaged the Pentagon in September, 2001--and snuffed out the lives of some 5000 innocent people.

I am a native New Yorker and lived for a while in Washington, DC. While I now live 150 miles away from New York, there is a part of me that will always think of it as home. In fact, I was walking in front of the World Trade Center just two weeks before the bombing, and watched the sun set gloriously over the twin towers from Staten Island, where I gathered with my family to celebrate my father-in-law's birthday. We know people who got off the subway and saw the terror; this is very personal to me. We are fortunate that all our loved ones were safe; we know others not so fortunate.

My mailbox this week has been full of responses to the attacks. As I grappled in my own mind with the meaning of it all, I felt driven to offer a Page of Peace, where I could share writing and resources that have helped to give me comfort, understanding, and hope for peace.

The pieces I present here are the voices, the opinions of their authors. When I had them, I included the authors' names and e-mail addresses. Even I don't agree with everything I read here; nor do I expect you to. In fact, if you're the sort of person that thinks, America Right or Wrong, you my not want to read farther. Some of these voices are critical of US actions in the past that led to bin Laden's vast level of anger--and as a child of the Vietnam era, who saw my own government perverted and distorted toward evil, I can understand that viewpoint. If you have not thought about what would happen in the world if the US response takes many innocent lives, you will not be happy with this page. And I don't want to argue with you; you may leave now and I won't be insulted. (And I really don't want to deal with nasty e-mail about your perspectives; if you send it, I won't respond.)

I believe that each of us has the power to do good in the world--even in the face of unspeakable evil. I am presenting these writings as one small thing that I can do to help heal these wounds of war, and it comes from my perspective about the interconnections within the world. If you're looking for other ways to help--consider starting a Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialog group...giving money to the Red Cross or other legitimate international disaster relief group...donating blood at your local hospital. And do what you can to make sure we do not compound this crime through the crimes of racism/ethnic cleansing (against Arabs, Muslims or anyone else), destruction of civil liberties, or abandonment of our struggles to improve the world

Peace be with you
Shel Horowitz
September, 2001

Petition for Peace and Justice

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/224622495

Websites, Phone Numbers, and Other Resources

Compiled by Hollis Thomases, mailto:marketing@webadvantage.net--with a few additions from me:

RESOURCES:

Local peace site (western Massachusetts) with links to national and international resources:
http://www.crocker.com/~afsc/calendar/calendar.html
Includes a Calendar of upcoming events in the Valley related to the disasters of September 11th and the national reaction to them, and of Peace and Justice events

NEWS (in addition to the major news networks):

http://www.wtop.com (news site from Washington, D.C.)

CamWorld is keeping an online timeline
http://www.camworld.com The Independent Media Center - http://www.indymedia.org/ The New York City Indy Media Center (with news of the Friday night vigil in Union Square) is at the following URL: http://nyc.indymedia.org/

16 Sept 2001 2nd WTC Special Issue of GlobalCircle NetNews is now online athttp://globalcircle.net/1gnn0916wtc.htm

Real news from the global Internet - Offering balance to the media monopoly with a broad range of links to the large and growing body of alternative news and analysis, to promote rational discussion and responsible reaction based on a wider range of sources of information outside mainstream media. Noncommercial, independent, nonpartisan.

Special Issue THE WAY OF PEACE
-- Online sources for survivor information and where to help
-- U.S. Media - if it bleeds, it leads
-- The tangled web of covert ops -- terrorist funding and training
-- What's behind many countries' support for terrorist networks - it's not rocket science
-- And more hidden history on the World Policeman, exhaustive compilation of background links on US foreign policy
-- No More Victims - editorial

"Appeals for restraint, appeals to forego retaliation, don't go to the root of terrorism. You have to halt the long standing pattern of death and destruction, U.S. military and covert attacks on those countries, to remove support for terrorists. You have to halt aid to ruthless puppet regimes, because their people know the U.S. is behind all that. The reason they support terrorists is no mystery in other countries. Genuine patriotism and concern for our own people should prompt us to demand our politicians halt the cause of terrorism, not escalate the very policies that created it."

CONTACTING OUR NATIONAL LEADERS:

http://capwiz.com/msnbc/home/default.asp allows US residents to write to the President, both senators, and your representative in Congress--with one click. it also allows you to write to local and selected national media. make your voice heard for peace!

ABOUT SURVIVORS:

http://safe.millennium.berkeley.edu
http://okay.prodigy.net
http://www.ny.com/wtclist.html
http://www.viexpo.com/dmstest/america.html
http://www.bostoncoop.net:8080/SeptEleven
http://www.shunn.net/okay/http://www.ahnj.com/Ferry.htm

If you are not sure if friends or family worked in the World Trade Center in NYC, a list of tenants in the WTC can be found at: http://www.onisland.com/wtc/bizdir/index.html. Simply click on each type of business to find a listing of firms.

SPECIAL TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR FAMILY MEMBERS:

American Airlines: 800-245-0999
United Airlines: 800-932-8555
Army: 1-800-984-8523 or 703-428-0002
Navy and Marine Corps: 1-877-663-6772
Air Force: 1-800-253-9276
U.S. Justice Department's Family Assistance Center Victims
Hotline: 1-800-331-0075.

The FBI has established a toll-free telephone number for anyone with information regarding the incidents: 1-866-483-5137 (or go to http://www.ifccfbi.gov).

STATE-LEVEL INFORMATION: http://www.researchbuzz.com/#state

TO HELP:

http://helping.org/promos/cs_wtc.adp

http://www.firehouse.com (provides information on NYC firemen)

Email911 http://www.email911.com/bbs/ (a bulletin board with threads about ways to help and survivors)

Blood Donations (and Cash Donations)--
American Red Cross: 800-448-3543 (GIVELIFE)
American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/

COPING/GRIEF COUNSELING:

American Psychiatric Institute http://www.psych.org

APA Help Center http://helping.apa.org/therapy/traumaticstress.html

Patience Press http://www.patiencepress.com/

AtHealth.com http://www.athealth.com/Practitioner/Newsletter/FPN_2_42.html

List of Crisis Counselors http://www.find-a-therapist.com/directories/crisis.htm

National Disaster Information for Children http://www.nasponline.org/NEAT/terror_eds.html

Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR) free guide, "Talking to Children about Violence and other Sensitive and Complex Issues in the World" http://www.esrnational.org/

(Quoting from the press release: According to ESR executive director, Larry Dieringer, "many children will be scared for their own and their loved ones' safety after hearing about and watching the tragedy on television. Some will have violent retaliation fantasies. There is a danger that some students will stereotype Arabs and other ethnic groups, and harass students perceived to be from the Middle East. Still others will ask why some people in other parts of the world are so angry at the United States." The guide helps adults think about the impact of tragedies like this one on young people, understand how children's needs differ at various ages, and choose appropriate responses.)

Grief Counselors (Children's Educational Co-op) http://www.GriefCounselors.com

ONLINE MEMORIALS:

American Memorials
http://www.americanmemorials.com/NationalTragedy.htm

National Obituary Archive
http://www.nationalobituaryarchive.com/notablePersons/
notable.asp?obituaryid=64163480

Internet Remembrance Campaign
http://remember.worldatwar.org/

September 11th Ribbon
http://clubs.lycos.com/live/events/september11_ribbon.asp

Children's Hunger Relief Fund Victim's Memorial Online.
http://www.victims-memorial.org



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