Kelly Campbell, a founder of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, is bringing the organization's message of peace and reconciliation to Astoria in a presentation 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the River Theater.
The organization was founded by relatives of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks who oppose the U.S.-led military campaign that followed the attacks.
Campbell, whose brother-in-law Craig Scott Amundson was killed in the attack on the Pentagon, travelled to Afghanistan in January with other victims' relatives to meet with local families hurt by the allied bombing campaign and speak against the military effort to U.S. and Afghan officials.
"The greatest honor to my brother's life would be that his death would mark the end of this vicious cycle of violence," Campbell said. "Stopping terrorism requires fundamental social and economic changes. The current strategy of reliance on violent force does not address these essential aspects. The Bush Administration should concentrate more on exploring alternatives to an ineffective, counterproductive, and vengeful military campaign."
The group - which takes its name from a Martin Luther King quote "Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows" - is lobbying the Bush Administration and Congress for compensation to victims of the U.S. bombing campaign in Afghanistan.
The presentation is sponsored by the Clatsop Community College Arts and Ideas Program, North Coast Peace Coalition, American Friends' Service Committee, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Columbia Pacific Alliance for Social Justice and Mothers and Midwives against Nuclear War.
Tickets are $10 general admission and $7 for students and are available at Lucy's Books in Astoria or at the door. All proceeds go to the Afghan Sister Families campaign.
For more information on Peaceful Tomorrows go online at www.peacefultomorrows.org