The 9/11 Attacks

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The 9/11 Attacks

September 12, 2001
8th Day Center for Justice deplores the violent loss of lives in Pennsylvania, New York City, and Washington D.C. from yesterday’s tragic events. We express our heartfelt sadness for all the victims and prayerful support to their families and friends.

We recognize that such an act of terrorism is a result of systemic violence. The economic and military policies of the U.S. have resulted in untold poverty and deaths globally, which causes many to view the U.S. as a perpetrator of such violence.

We believe that an escalation of violence as proposed by U.S. leaders will only perpetuate the cycle of violence.

Therefore, we call U.S. political, religious, and civil leaders to respond with
• reconciliation based on social justice rather than revenge
• open dialogue rather than inflammatory rhetoric
• peaceful nonviolent alternatives rather than plans for war
• respect for all peoples rather than stereotypes and blame
• restraint rather than retaliation
• examining the impact of U.S. policies on the global community rather than proclaiming innocence

As we continue to mourn the many lives lost we plead for a world of nonviolence rather than one of fear and terror.