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Facing Trauma: The Intersection of Healing and Justice
Facing Trauma: The Intersection of Healing and Justice


Sep 8, 2020 01:23 PM

September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
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Father Michael Lapsley SSM
Founder @healing-memories.org
Father Lapsely is a South African Anglican priest and social justice activist who lost both hands and an eye in a letter bomb attack in Zimbabwe 1990. The Healing of Memories Workshop was first developed to run in parallel to South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (1996-1997), creating additional platforms for those who wished to share their experiences and be heard compassionately.
Marina Cantacuzino
Founder @theforgivenessproject.com
Marina is an award-winning journalist who has worked for most British mainstream publications including The Guardian, The Telegraph and Hello magazine. In 2003, in response to the invasion of Iraq, she embarked on a personal project collecting stories of people who had lived through trauma and injustice, and sought forgiveness rather than revenge. As a result Marina founded The Forgiveness Project and started speaking widely about forgiveness and restorative storytelling.
September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
Members of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows will share their stories of turning their grief into actions for peace and justice. Speakers are Peaceful Tomorrows members Andrea LeBlanc and Iryna Muha. Iryna lost her father during the 9/11/01 attacks. An Ukrainian born singer and songwriter, her songs tell timeless stories of love, of belonging, of living – as well as of the darker side of Eastern European Folklore with tales of abandonment, plots, fighting battles, or preparing for death. Andrea, a retired veterinarian, lost her husband Robert in the World Trade Center on 9/11, and has subsequently worked with peace organizations around the world. Phyllis Rodriguez and intern Nick Perrotti will moderate. Phyllis Rodriguez, a founding member, lost her son Greg in the World Trade Center. The film, In Our Son's Name, features the journey of her family as they choose reconciliation and nonviolence over vengeance.