TNJP History

Submitted by tnjp on October 7, 2010 - 4:10am.

Patched together from old emails, defunct websites, meeting minutes, and TNJP's original website...

TNJP's History in Sept., Oct. & Nov. 2001:

November 4th, 2001 Rally at the Old Capitol - Photo slide-show

Rally and Teach-In Sunday 11/4/01 a great success

After three weeks of bombing in Afghanistan, the administration could no doubt use some advice and counsel on alternatives to war. We hope, through our gathering and others like it around the country, to respectfully offer this advice. Speakers at the gathering included:

-- Dr. Robert Bowman, Ph.D., President of the Institute for Space and Security Studies (head of "Star Wars" program during Jimmy Carter administration).

-- Dr. William Moore, FSU Associate Professor of Criminology and Law - International Law and Justice Issues.

-- Mr. Terry Coonan, Executive Director of FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights and Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Flyer handed out for the Nov. 4th, 2001 rally is here. (right-click to save)

Snippet from an email circulating at the time -

The Nov. 4 event was organized by a local group that formed in the wake of the Sept. 11th terrorist bombings -- the Tallahassee Network for Justice and Peace. Check out the group's website at To be placed on the contact list (there is no formal membership), send a blank email to this list-serve

Tallahassee Democrat headline
Dozens campaign for peace at rally
Putting themselves squarely at odds with those who want U.S. soldiers to bring back Osama bin Laden's head, dozens of people gathered in front of the Old Capitol on Sunday to call for an end to the war in Afghanistan. 11/5/01

What is the Tallahassee Network for Justice and Peace?

TNJP is a developing coalition of Tallahassee individuals and groups who agree on three principles:
(early draft of principles)

  1. We believe that the US should seek out and bring to justice only those responsible for terrorist crimes.

  2. We believe that Tallahassee must become a hate-free zone. Racism against Arab-Americans, Muslims, and all others must end.

  3. We believe that our democratic rights must be protected. We cannot allow terrorism (to) be a weapon against democracy.

From 2001 on the old TNJP Actions page - "The Tallahassee Network for Justice and Peace has held four small, peaceful witnesses for peace and justice on successive Saturdays -- Sept. 30, October 6, October 13, and October 20 -- at the Veterans Memorial (Monroe Street and Apalachee Parkway)."

October 17th, 2001 Minutes of one of TNJP's first organizational meetings. Were you there at the beginning?

Sunday, September 30, 2001

Peace movement finds foothold

Members of a fledgling peace organization formed in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks bore quiet witness Saturday, urging military restraint and racial tolerance.

Rachelle Rohrer, a member of the new Tallahassee Network for Justice and Peace, drew a big blue peace sign on poster board just before the noon event. Others in the group of more than a dozen people carried signs with messages such as "Justice not Vengeance" and "Don't Let the Terrorists Win."

Rohrer, a junior studying sociology at Florida State University, said she hopes those responsible for the terrorist hijackings can be brought to justice through international courts - not warfare.

"My concern is people don't really understand what war might mean," she said. "There are going to be a lot more killed if we go to war. And I don't think you can answer violence with violence."

A senior Bush administration official said Friday that U.S. special operations forces were in Afghanistan on scouting missions. U.S. troops have reportedly been arriving at air bases in Uzbekistan, Pakistan and elsewhere, and more than 16,600 military reservists have been called to active duty.

Some organizers said they were pleased that the United States has not acted quickly in its response to the destruction of the World Trade Center, the devastation at the Pentagon and the loss of thousands.

Tom Baxter, president of the local chapter of Veterans for Peace, said he hopes the United States will take a long time weighing its options before taking action.

"The longer it takes, the better I like it," said Baxter, who served in the Army during the Vietnam War. "I hope we don't start killing civilians - that's the main thing I'm looking at in our foreign policy."

Kathy Chudoba, a member of the new peace group, said she was shocked and horrified by the attacks.

Her nephew's mother-in-law, Zandra Cooper of the Washington, D.C., area, was among those killed when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. Cooper and her husband were on their way to their honeymoon in Hawaii.

"So there is a personal face on it," Chudoba said. "And I know how difficult this is for my nephew and his wife and how agonizing that it must be wondering about their mother's last hour and the terror she must have lived with. I don't want other people around the world to have to go through that."

Contact reporter Jeff Burlew at (850) 599-2180 or jburlew(at)

If you have any reflections of your own, links to old news reports, old emails, or pictures feel to add to this compilation in the comments below....

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