Peaceful Tomorrows has announced two winners in its “Say Your Peace” video contest. Sarah Fuhro of Natick, Massachusetts, the mother of a soldier sent to Iraq and Afghanistan, was the winner in the adult category for her video, “Who May Vote for War?” “Making my first and only video was quite a challenge and I thank September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows for that challenge,” Fuhro says. “I also thank you for the voice of peace you have offered over these ten long years since the tragedy which destroyed your loved ones on September 11th. “If war is ever to cease, I believe, it will be because families refuse to participate in violence and revenge against other families. When we look into the eyes of the Iraqi and Afghan parents and children who have suffered at the hands of our military machine, we know their pain. When we see our children return home haunted by their wartime experiences, we have to ask, every day, how we can stop this terrible circle of violence and sorrow. “Many thanks for your work and the contest, which allowed me to suggest that the human family bears the burden of war, and our voices will someday join the world over to say: no more.” Sarah will be donating her $1,000 award to Military Families Speak Out.
September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows’ “Say Your Peace” video contest grew out of a desire to hear how individual Americans think our nation can promote alternatives to war and to offer support to others seeking non‐violent responses to all forms of conflict, hate and terrorism. We believe strongly in the rule of law, and are committed to calling attention to threats to civil liberties, human rights, and other freedoms in the U.S. as a consequence of 9/11 and its resulting wars. We seek to promote U.S. foreign policy that places a priority on internationally‐recognized principles of human rights, democracy and self‐rule. The “Say Your Peace” video contest is part of Peaceful Tomorrows’ 9/11 Voices for Restoring Rule of Law campaign, funded through a grant from the Open Society Institute.