Lessons Learned

Fight for the Change You Believe in – but Do so Without Violence

Family members Diane Leonard and Doris Jones discuss how family members and others banded together to legislate change.

Within weeks of the bombing, family members and survivors worked together to fight what they felt were unjust laws. These steps led to the passage of the Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. This important law limits the abuse of death row appeals.

Our government was designed to evolve through time, and when changes need to occur, there are proper ways to seek that change. Jones and others used those channels successfully – and in the face of someone who sought change through violence, which is never effective.

Learn more in Chapter 8 of the Memorial Museum, which highlights the determination and resourcefulness of survivors and families in effecting change in government.

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