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October 10, 2006

Dear FOS11 Member,

Given the recent news that North Korea claims to have tested a nuclear bomb, Families of September wants you to know that there is something you can do.  Through our partnership with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and Safer World, we ask you to do your part to help safeguard nuclear materials.  Help us get the word out.  Five minutes can make a difference – here’s how.

Please send a FAX to your local television stations asking them to air the Families of September 11 public service announcements (PSAs).  All you need is access to the internet. 

Go to www.saferworld.org and click on the image of three Families of September 11 board members Nancy Aronson, Carie Lemack, and Elinor Stout.  From there, you will be taken to a page where you can watch any or all of the three PSAs, as well as remarks from the Chair and Vice-Chair of the 9/11 Commission supporting the “Turning a D into an A” initiative.

If you click on “Click here to send a message to the television stations in your community”, you will be taken a page with another image from the PSAs.  You can click on “Click Here to Help Get Our Ads on Television” and you will be brought to a page where you can fill out your contact information.  This information is used to determine what television stations are in your area. You can then personalize a pre-written letter to be sent from you describing why you want the PSAs aired.  After you edit it to your liking and submit it, the letter will be automatically faxed to your local televisions stations.

Thank you for adding your voice to those asking the American public to stand up and take national security into our own hands.  Together, we can turn the D into an A, and protect our country from nuclear terrorism by locking down nuclear weapons materials before terrorists steal them.

Elinor Stout, FOS11 Board member and PSA spokesperson, provides the following account of why this initiative is so important to her.

My son was killed at the World Trade Center leaving a young wife and three small children.  While searching for him in Lower Manhattan, I made a commitment to him as a former reporter and communications professional, that I would use my experience in attempting to bring about greater understanding between East and Western cultures so that American families would never again go through the intense pain I witnessed and was part of in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

Why this attack on innocent Americans?  Why didn’t we understand and take action to prevent  attacks which continue to cause such pain to my grandchildren who will never know their father?

I believe communications and empathy are at the heart of understanding others, appreciating social, cultural and economic differences.  As Americans—both citizens and government alike—we must clearly comprehend our role and responsibilities on the global scene.

I fervently believe in the power of the individual….in our American society.  The 9-11 Commission would never have come to fruition had it not been for the commitment of determined citizens.

We must take action to prevent another 9/11 attack, possibly a nuclear catastrophe!  Our voices must be heard in the voting booths, in editorial newspaper coverage and in community forums.  As individuals we have within our power to thwart a nuclear attack.  It is for this reason I have committed energies to the Families of September 11 and the Nuclear Threat Initiative who have partnered in a national public education campaign to speak out and make a difference in Congress, our communities, and for our innocent grandchildren who have inherited a terrorism which can be prevented. 

It’s up to us!

Elinor Stout, mother of Timothy Stout