[R-G] September 11 Family Members in Iraq
DavidMcR at aol.com
DavidMcR at aol.com
Fri Jan 10 07:14:40 MST 2003
In a message dated 1/9/03 12:15:44 PM Eastern Standard Time,
ipamedia at nationalpress.com writes:
Thursday, January 9, 2003
September 11 Family Members in Iraq
Family members of people killed in the September 11 attacks are
currently in Iraq. The four-member delegation represents September 11
Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, an advocacy group seeking effective,
non-violent alternatives to war and terrorism.
Other members of Peaceful Tomorrows in the U.S. are available for
interviews including DAVID POTORTI, who lost his brother, Jim, in the World
Trade Center. Potorti is reachable at: david at peacefultomorrows.org,
http://www.peacefultomorrows.org [ Also see:
Kelly lost her brother, Bill, at the World Trade Center on September 11.
Kelly went to Iraq because she "wanted to understand that Iraq is not just
one man, Saddam Hussein, but many, many people, with hopes and dreams and
families, just like my brother." Currently in Iraq, Kelly said: "I've found
immediately an understanding of what we have gone through, which is
something that you do not always find in America...."
Olsen, who lost her sister, Laurie Neira, on Flight 11, said: "I feel a
deep sense of moral responsibility, both as a citizen of the global
community, and as a person who lost a loved one on September 11, to promote
the message of peace -- by bearing witness to the suffering of innocent
people, as well as by working toward creating an opening for constructive,
non-violent approaches to dealing with conflict in our world. This I feel
is the most meaningful way I can honor the memory of my sister." The group
visited the Amariya bomb shelter, where several hundred Iraqis were killed
in 1991 by U.S. bombing. Olsen, a nurse from Newburyport, Mass., said:
"It's devastating. The concrete and the wires reminded me of Ground Zero."
Tinley lost her uncle, Michael, at the World Trade Center. She said, "My
hope is that all people will come to realize that loss of more human life
will not solve the problems of the world."
TERRY KAY ROCKEFELLER
Terry Kay Rockefeller lost her sister, Laura, at the World Trade Center.
She said: "Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. recognized the connections between
war and poverty, between war and the diminishing of human rights. We hope
our search for non-violent alternatives to war in Iraq will help to build
trust within the global community so that it becomes possible to truly end
terrorism and war, in all of their manifestations." The Peaceful Tomorrows
group derives its name from King's assertion that "wars are poor chisels
for carving out peaceful tomorrows."
For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167
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