RALEIGH, North Carolina - February 1 - Bruce Wallace, a member of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, will address the The III Congreso Internacional sobre Victimas del Terrorismo in Valencia, Spain, February 13-14, 2006. Congreso Web site: http://www.uch.ceu.es/principal/congreso_victimas/inicio.asp
Wallace, a teacher at John Dewey High School in Brooklyn, New York, lost his nephew, Mitchell Wallace, at the World Trade Center on September 11th. Mitchell, an emergency medical technician by training, was working as a court officer a few blocks away from the World Trade Center at the time of the attacks. He went to the scene to volunteer his help, and was buried when the South Tower collapsed.
Since that time, Bruce Wallace has focused on improving understanding among people of different nations, in an effort to prevent future violence. Through "Baghdad 121Contact," he has connected high school students and teachers in the U.S. with their peers in Iraq. The goal is simple: let children get to know each other and it will less likely for them to war upon each other. ( http://121contact.typepad.com ).
In Valencia, Wallace will address a gathering of people directly affected by political violence. Continuing in the same spirit taken in his work with students, he will be emphasizing the fact that the people and relatives who suffer directly have a special voice. Along with this voice comes an obligation to act; to eradicate violence in and between our societies.