Dear Fellow Pro-democracy Activists:
These are doubly dark days for us who know that this tragedy is the death of thousands, which is beyond terrible, but also that truth lies reportedly dead under the rubble, with our hopes of revival waning with each passing moment. But I see a possibility coming out of this. And, I'm seeing the glimmer of a vision coming through--a way of seeing and changing thoughts through this tragedy to build not only a stronger movement, but a better world--to change US policies forever for the good. What I see is going to require a real collective and cohesive voice, and probably the foisting of that collective voice into the fray, above the din, to deliver the message, to deliver the message of an alternative view of the world to the one being promulgated by the right and swallowed whole by the mediated. This message will tell the truth, and the truth will be jarring, deeply troubling, and that is why it will have an effect. This telling will take enormous courage, for the tellers will run the risk of complete disparagement, personal and political ruin. But this is what the message requires. I know I'm sounding as if putting on a vatic air here, but I'm lying in the refuse of a double disaster, crying out from beneath the rocks, hoping someone with the power to hear, will hear.
May we transform our coming rallies into calls for the transformation of the US, and the vital part the US must play to create a sane future, as opposed to a future of reciprocal terror.
September 14, 2001