Roots of Peace Fall 2011 Speaker Series at GCC
Dozens of commentaries 10 years after the September 11, 2011 attacks on the World Trade Center Towers and the Pentagon have appeared in the media. Most assessed the US response and whether we are more or less secure after 10 years of militarized reaction and Homeland Security surveillance.
In October and November the Traprock Center for Peace Education at GCC will sponsor speaker forums which focus on nonviolent movements and responses over this last decade that counter the dominant media focus and narratives on the “war on terror.”
Friday, October 7, Noon-1:30 Sloan Theater Greenfield Community College
Hardy Merriman speaks on Nonviolent Struggle and Confronting the Issues of Our Times.
In the last decade, the international and domestic news media has told us of war, terrorism, financial crisis, environmental destruction, public health crises, and more.
However, there are other narratives that the news media often misses, namely the upsurge in nonviolent movements around the world in the past decade. This presentation will focus on nonviolent movements and nonviolent struggle as a way to make change at the local, national, and global scales. It will provide a framework for understanding how nonviolent movements work and the strategic principles that underlie their effectiveness.
Mr. Merriman is a Senior Advisor to the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and has worked with activists around the world. He contributed to and edited “Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential” by Gene Sharp and has co-authored a training curriculum for activists, “A Guide to Effective Nonviolent Struggle.”
Friday, November 4, Noon-1:30 Sloan Theater Greenfield Community College
Members of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows will speak about the remarkable anti-war organization for survivors of the September 11, 2001 attacks and their own personal narratives about embracing a nonviolent response to the attacks.
Peaceful Tomorrows was launched on February 14, 2002, at a press conference at the United Nations headquarters by members of families that had lost members in the 9/11 attacks who did not want their grief to justify attacks such as the American bombing campaign in Afghanistan, and to ensure that these actions were not done in their names and the names of their loved ones.
We just marked the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In this forum we will be introduced to 9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, an organization founded by family members of those killed on September 11th who have united to turn their grief into action for peace. We will hear from 3 members whose chose peace-building over the national mood of revenge, the government’s now 10-year war in Afghanistan, and the dominant media focus on the “war on terror.” Each has pursued creative peace-building actions, on which they will speak.