Our Voices Together- Honoring the Lives of Victims of Terrorism
an article by Misha Seay
OUR VOICES TOGETHER is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that aims to use their collective voices and resources to support and encourage worthwhile international projects, foster goodwill and promote understanding. In doing so, they honor those who have lost their lives to terrorist attacks around the world by donating resources and time to positive community projects. These are people who have lost a family member, loved one, or friend on the events of September 11th, and were showed an amazing outpouring of goodwill from friends and strangers. They are grateful for such generosity and are determined to generate even more good out of the tragedy.
Some examples of the action they have taken are: Board Member Len Burman lost his friend Leslie Whittington on 9/11 and subsequently raised more than $100,000 to support health care in Haiti by cycling across the U.S. with his son. In addition, Advisory Board Member Sally Goodrich lost her son Peter on 9/11. An administrator for schools in North Adams, MA, Sally raised $180,000 to build and maintain a girls' school in Afghanistan. They are also involved in numerous other international projects that you may find on their website.
You do not need to have lost a loved one on 9/11 or other terrorist acts to join them, but only to share their mission of honoring lost loved ones. The ultimate goal is to allow other people around the world to live honorable lives as well; for this reason, many projects are provided to help women and children, the poor, and victims of terrorism or violence. Do you have any further suggestions as to how these families and others might positively contribute their resources and time to other community projects? Would you like to get involved?
Please help support Our Voices Together in building a safer, more compassionate world.
Question(s) related to this article:
How do we keep up our spirits in an age of global terrorism?,
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LATEST READER COMMENT:
I just found this wonderful blog on optimism in dark times, and feel like sharing it as widely as possible. It is by Mazin Qumsiyeh, a scientist whom I met at Yale several years ago, but who has returned to be deeply involved in the struggle for justice in his homeland of Palestine. It is posted on his blog at http://popular-resistance.blogspot.fr/2012/06/optimism.html.
Overall life is good and people are good. Some people do foolish things once in a while: oppress, kill, steal land, destroy trees etc. But life continues and people survive, adapt, and struggle to get to a better place. Here in Palestine, the apricots (Mishmish) are in season and they are as sweet as can be. Our village is known for Faqous (of the cucumber family) which is now also in season. While Israeli colonizers took most of the agricultural land around the area, we still have some Sahouri Faqous and we still struggle to reclaim our rights. . ...more.