October 18, 2011

Terry Greene: September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows

John Carroll’s program in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights presents Terry Greene on October 24, 2011, at 7 p.m. in the Jardine Room.

After losing her brother, Donald Freeman Greene, who was among the passengers aboard United Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Terry Greene joined September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, a group founded by family members of those killed on 9/11 who came together after reading each other’s pleas for nonviolent and reasoned responses to the terrorist attacks.

Through her involvement in Peaceful Tomorrows, Terry helped organize the International Network for Peace in Garrison, New York, with representatives from genocides in Rwanda and the Sudan; violent oppression in South Africa; parents who lost children in the ceaseless conflict between Israel and Palestine; families of the school hostage killings in Beslan, Russia, the Madrid train bombing and Indonesian terror attacks; and survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear weapons.

Terry joined “Murder Victims Families for Human Rights” founded by Bud Welch, a parent of a daughter killed in the Oklahoma City bombing. Bud had formed Murder Victims Families for Human Rights when he realized that killing the perpetrator, Timothy McVeigh, would not bring him any relief and would only serve as another form of violence fueled by hate. Through this affiliation she testified against instatement of the death penalty in Massachusetts.

Her former work as an educator on issues regarding the death penalty for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and as a staff member for the Aid to Incarcerated Mothers Program made her see the importance of effectively preventing violence on all fronts, whether resulting from crime or terror or war. She questions responses which serve as revenge but do nothing to break cycles of violence which can only be accomplished by addressing the root causes.