Families of September 11 is now operating as the For Action Initiative. The web pages on this site are available for informational purposes only. Please visit us at www.foractioninitiative.org
November 21, 2011
Families of September 11 Chair Accepts "Civic Courage" Award on Behalf of the City of New York
Mr. Donald Goodrich, Chairman of the Board of Families of September 11 recently attended the “Memory Gate” award ceremony in Madrid, Spain during which he accepted, on behalf of the City of New York, the Third Edition of the “Civic Courage” award given by the International Observatory of Victims of Terrorism (Observatorio Internacional de Víctimas del Terrorismo).
In a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mr. Goodrich wrote, "It was an honor for me to represent the City of New York at the award ceremony, and I want to be sure that you know that the victims of terrorism (many of them at the hands of ETA), journalists, academics, political leaders and others present at the ceremony were enormously thankful for the high standard set by the people of the City of New York as they endured and responded to the events of September 11th."
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Families of September 11 Board Member Attends VIIth International Congress of Victims of Terrorism
Families of September 11 was represented at the VIIth International Congress of Victims
of Terrorism (Congrès International Des Victimes du Terrorisme) in Paris September
15-17th by FOS11 family, Nancy Aronson and Jules Aronson of Bethesda, Maryland. Mrs.
Aronson serves on the FOS 11 Board of Directors.
The Congress, under the patronage of French President, Nicolas Sarkozy and the Spanish
Royal Prince and Princess of the Asturies, included representatives of 32 countries,
speaking seventeen languages. The 850 representatives included 350 victims or their
families from 32 countries. Victims came from 13 countries never represented in previous
Congresses - victims from the Middle East, Africa, and the former Soviet Union countries.
A documentary film, Killing in the Name, produced by FOS 11 co-founder and advisory
board member, Carie Lemack, was shown at the conference. A Manifesto was released at the
conclusion of the Congress calling upon world governments to promote policies that aid
victims and protect citizens in a number of specific ways.
One of the missions of FOS11 is “to champion domestic and international policies that
respond to the threat of terrorism” and “to reach out to victims of terror worldwide”.
The “Manifesto” issued at the end of the Congress is attached.
September 11, 2011
Americans Remember September 11th By Serving
Hundreds of Thousands Volunteer in All 50 States on September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.
On the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, hundreds of thousands of Americans will participate in service and remembrance activities to pay tribute to 9/11 victims and heroes and rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that followed the attacks.
Projects marking the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance will take place in all 50 states, ranging from food drives and school beautification to disaster preparation and neighborhood cleanups, with many focused on supporting veterans, soldiers, military families, and first responders.
"There are so many ways to get involved, and every American can do something," said the President in his weekly address. "Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost; a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11... Let´s show that the sense of common purpose that we need in America doesn´t have to be a fleeting moment; it can be a lasting virtue-not just on one day, but every day."
The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of an effort originally launched in 2002 by 9/11 family members and support groups, who worked to establish the charitable service day as a forward-looking way to honor the 9/11 victims, survivors and others who rose in service in response to the attacks.
In 2009, Congress designated September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) with supporting this effort across the country. For the tenth anniversary, CNCS, MyGoodDeed, and HandsOn Network are leading an effort to organize one of the largest days of charitable service in U.S. history.
"We will never forget that tragic day-the innocent lives lost, the bravery of those who responded, and the remarkable spirit of unity and compassion that swept the country in the aftermath," said Robert Velasco II, Acting CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. "We are asking Americans to remember the lives of those lost, pay tribute to those who rose in service, and honor those who serve our country today by engaging in service on the 9/11 weekend."
Thousands of volunteer opportunities have been posted on Serve.gov, the online resource administered by CNCS for sharing and finding volunteer opportunities on September 11th and throughout the year.
For the tenth anniversary, CNCS issued a challenge to organizations to bring Americans together in service projects on September 11th. Nearly 140 organizations are competing for grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 to implement future September 11th projects on a much larger scale to benefit their communities. These 10th Anniversary Challenge projects alone expect to engage an estimated 150,000 volunteers this year. CNCS also made grants totaling a similar amount to 31 Governor-appointed state service commissions to support a wide range of 9/11 projects.
The agency also produced radio and television PSAs featuring First Lady Michelle Obama encouraging individuals to visit Serve.gov and find volunteer opportunities for September 11th. The PSAs were distributed to 6,000 radio and television stations around the country, are playing on 500 screens in movie theaters, and have aired at Major League Baseball games.
A snapshot of 9/11 service projects taking place over the course of the weekend include:
· Arkansas: National service participants in Arkansas are joining together for the third year to read to children around the state in observance of the 9/11 Day of Service. The goal is to reach 30,000 children in schools, daycares, and afterschool programs, with each child receiving a book.
· District of Columbia: As part of three days of service engaging 10,000 volunteers across the Washington DC region, more than 200 staff from the White House and CNCS, including acting CEO Robert Velasco, will work with HandsOn Greater DC and US Veterans Initiative to prepare care packages for homeless veterans.
· Florida: 9/11 Tribute & Disaster Training Blitz Emergency preparedness trainings are planned statewide, including Broward County, Miami, Tampa and Jacksonville in conjunction with AmeriCorps programs. Click here for more information.
· Kentucky: In Louisville and New Albany, Service for Peace has partnered with Home Depot to revitalize six local firehouses.
· Louisiana: The East Jefferson Interfaith Clergy Association is holding an interfaith service project to beautify Kenner´s Rivertown neighborhood including painting, landscaping, and restoration projects, followed by a meal of chicken gumbo-a symbol of common American and Louisianan citizenship.
· Maryland: More than 300 volunteers will come together at Fort Meade and build an entire KaBOOM! playground for children from military families.
· Michigan: An estimated 700 volunteers, including AmeriCorps members, youth and members of the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities, will take part in projects including park beautification, vacant lot clean-up, food packaging, and writing thank you cards to U.S. troops serving abroad.
· North Carolina: The Mission Continues will lead a renovation at the Beacon Independent Living Center in Charlotte which will allow for additional living quarters to provide 32 homeless veterans with food, shelter, and assistance reintegrating into the community.
· New Jersey: More than 400 students will participate in numerous service projects in the Montclair area such as park clean-ups; school supply drives for public school children; street sweeps in local townships; food collection and delivery; painting various local elementary schools; and sending letters to military personnel and their families to boost morale and show military support.
· Wisconsin: Serve Wisconsin will work with 28 AmeriCorps programs across the state to conduct a large commemoration and service project at Camp McCoy, including an art project in remembrance of 9/11, along with other projects across the state.
"Every day, volunteers of all ages are giving their time and talents to solve problems and make our country stronger. Whether tutoring at-risk students, providing job training to veterans, or responding to natural disasters, ordinary Americans are doing extraordinary things to improve the long-term health and vitality of the nation," concluded Velasco. "Working together, we can usher in a new era in which all Americans are engaged in volunteer service to address local community challenges not only on 9/11, but year round."
About the Corporation for National and Community Service: The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama´s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.
Senior Communications Advisor
Corporation for National and Community Service
1201 New York Ave. NW
Washington DC 20525
September 9, 2011
Family Support Center to Open at September 11 Commemoration Ceremony
The Salvation Army and the 9-11 Healing and Remembrance Program will provide a Family Support Center where the 9-11 community (family members, survivors, displaced residents, responders, and 9/11 volunteers from all agencies and their guests) can come together to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9-11. This disabilities-accessible Family Support Center will provide a safe, private and welcoming space that will give us an opportunity to honor victims and heroes, as well as promote hope, healing and renewal in our community.
The Salvation Army 9-11 Healing and Remembrance Family Support Center will offer
•An indoor media-free environment
•A live broadcast of the Ground Zero Memorial service in a large theatre sized gathering place.
•On-site emotional and spiritual support, massage therapy, acupuncture, animal-assisted therapy and quiet spaces.
Sunday, September 11, 2011 beginning at 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
(Guests may arrive and leave at any point during the program)
The Salvation Army Greater New York Division
120 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
The gathering is free, but registration is required. Please call the Healing and Remembrance hotline at 1-866- 212-0444 to register.
The 9-11 Healing and Remembrance Program realizes anniversaries may be difficult for some. We encourage you to plan activities ahead of time and only participate in those things that are meaningful for you. For information on other activities, please visit the Healing and Remembrance website at www.911healingandremembrance.org.
9-11 Healing and Remembrance Program
September 1, 2011
New Study Suggests Higher Rate of Cancer for NYC Firefighters Who Responded to 9/11
A study published in the British medical journal The Lancet, indicates an “increased likelihood for the development of any type of cancer,” said Dr. David J. Prezant, the chief medical officer for the New York Fire Department, who led the study. Click on link to learn more.
August 29, 2011
President Calls on Americans to Serve on September 11th
Washington D.C. - President Obama today urged Americans to come together in acts of service and remembrance to honor the victims and heroes of September 11th on the upcoming tenth anniversary of the terror attacks.
In today´s weekly address, the President encouraged Americans to visit Serve.gov to find local volunteer opportunities for the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.
"There are so many ways to get involved, and every American can do something. To learn more about the opportunities where you live, just go online and visit Serve.gov," said the President. "Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost; a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11."
The President recalled how the terror attacks a decade ago brought out the best in the American people and urged Americans to reclaim that sense of unity and generosity by serving on September 11.
"As we saw after 9/11, the strength of America has always been the character and compassion of our people. So as we mark this solemn anniversary, let´s summon that spirit once more. And let´s show that the sense of common purpose that we need in America doesn´t have to be a fleeting moment; it can be a lasting virtue-not just on one day, but every day."
The President announced that he and First Lady Michelle Obama will join the commemorations at Ground Zero, in Shanksville, and at the Pentagon, and will participate in a local service project, as he has the past two years.
The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of an effort originally launched in 2002 by 9/11 family members and support groups, led by the 9/11 nonprofit organization MyGoodDeed, which worked to establish the charitable service day as a forward-looking way to honor the 9/11 victims, survivors and others, and to rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that followed the attacks.
The bipartisan 2009 Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act designated September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with supporting this effort across the country.
For the tenth anniversary, MyGoodDeed, HandsOn Network, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and other organizations across the country are working to organize the single largest day of charitable service in U.S. history, in tribute to the 9/11 victims and survivors and all those that rose in service in response to the attacks.
The Serve.gov website features a searchable database of volunteer opportunities for the September 11 weekend and throughout the year, as well as toolkits and other resources for individuals and organizations to plan service projects.
Audio, video, and a transcript text of the President´s weekly address is available at www.whitehouse.gov
August 17, 2011
9/11 Families Support the September 11 Day of Service and Remembrance
We are pleased to provide you with important, new information on the upcoming September 11 Day of Service and Remembrance observance. Today, we are launching a $15 million national public service awareness campaign, funded entirely through private donations and donated media space. The campaign is designed to inspire Americans everywhere and others throughout the world to voluntarily observe the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, and every 9/11 thereafter, by performing good deeds, supporting charitable causes, volunteering and engaging in other forms of service, prayer and reflection in tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors and those who rose in service in response to the attacks. It is a beautiful, uplifting and positive campaign, and we invite you to be among the first to see the new television spots that will begin appearing nationwide in greater frequency over the next few weeks.
Please view our public service announcements at our Facebook page, (http://facebook.com/911day), or by visiting our website at http://911day.org. You can also post your own special message in tribute to a lost loved one, friend or colleague.
We express our sincere gratitude to the many members of the 9/11 community that participated in this heartfelt and powerful campaign, including Mary Fetchet, Cindy McGinty, Dennis McKeon, Gary Bogacz and others - several of which appear in the national ads. You can read our full press release posted today at: http://tinyurl.com/911DayNews.
Feel free to contact us at the email addresses below if you have additional questions.
David Paine and Jay Winuk
Co-Founders, 9/11 Day Observance
July 27, 2011
Deadline to Enter the Lottery to be a Name Reader on the 10th Anniversary
For the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks, names of victims will be read by victims' family members. The deadline to register for the lottery is Friday, July 29, 2011.
You can add your name to the lottery by calling 212-442-8953 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year for the first time, the names of those murdered at the Pentagon, on American Flight 77 and on United Flight 93 will be read during the New York City ceremony at the World Trade Center site.
Any questions about reading names or concerning New York's anniversary ceremony can be directed to Christy Ferer at 212-442-8953 or email@example.com.
July 13, 2011
4 Action Initiative Releases Curriculum to Assist Educators in Teaching About Terrorism and 9/11
The 4 Action Initiative, a collaboration of Families of September11, the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education and Liberty Science Center, will hold an event unveiling the curriculum, Learning from the Challenges of Our Times: Global Security, Terrorism and 9/11 in the Classroom. The curriculum will be made available to teachers throughout the nation prior to the 2011 - 2012 school year. Click on link to learn more.
May 10, 2011
9/11 Museum and Memorial Finalizes the Arrangement of Names of Those Killed in the September 11 Attacks
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum has released the final arrangement of the 2,982 names-representing the men, women and children killed in the September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 terrorist attacks-that will appear on the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site. The names arrangement can be explored through a unique web application launched today.
Before the announcement, a personalized worldwide mailing was sent to more than 3,500 victims´ next-of-kin, informing them of the location of their loved ones´ names and the launch of the special website that displays the final arrangement. Click on link to go to website.
May 2, 2011
Families of September 11 Statement on Osama Bin Laden
The news of the death of Osama bin Laden nearly 10 years following the horrific attacks
of September 11, 2001 is yet more reason to remember and honor the thousands of lives
lost on that day. They are joined in our hearts by the all too many other victims of
terrorist attacks and the millions of people worldwide whose lives have been forever
changed due to perpetrators of hate and intolerance.
While we do not advocate celebrating the death of any person, we are relieved that a
voice of terror has been silenced. We agree with the comment of a family member who
stated, "It would be better if the ideas would die instead of just the man."
If only this act would now end the conflicts. We look urgently to the time when swords
can indeed be turned into plowshares and the world's community of the faithful of all
religions can speak up and say, let it stop!
January 27, 2011
U.S. Mint Issues Warning on 9/11 Commemorative Coin
A Consumer Alert was issued by the United States Mint today concerning a "10th Anniversary September 11th Commemorative Dollar" currently being sold by a company known as the National Collector's Mint.
November 1, 2010
Federal Government Releases Additional Funding For 9/11 Health Studies
The administration has released funding to complete the third of three planned health surveys of the more than 71,000 people enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Registry and to look at the risk of cancers among enrollees. Click on link to learn more.
September 14, 2010
9/11 Health Bill to Receive New Vote in House
U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler, authors of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, announced that the House Democratic leadership will bring the Zadroga Act to another vote on the House floor soon after Congress reconvenes, most likely during the week of September 20th.
September 10, 2010
Press Release by FOS11 Board Members
Families of September 11 recognizes that there are many different sensibilities and views of its members about the locations, particularly in New York City, of places of association and worship of Muslims and more generally about Islam and those who follow its tenants as variously interpreted by them. Families of September 11 has not claimed to speak as if its members are of one mind on such matters and will not do so. No one, but each of them speaking for themselves, rightly can.
However, five persons who are on the Board of Directors did decide to speak for themselves. See the statement set forth below made by Donald Goodrich on August 26th.
Donald W. Goodrich
1330 Mass MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement on the Islamic Community Center at 45-51 Park Place
Many of those who have launched attacks on the Islamic Community Center proposed for 45-51 Park Place in lower Manhattan have said they are doing so to protect the sensibilities of the families of the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. As the father of Peter Goodrich, who was killed on United 175, and as the chairman of Families of September 11, I write to affirm that no one has the right to speak on behalf of those who lost family members and friends on that terrible day. The sensibilities of family members are varied and are known only to the family members themselves. Politicians, pundits and media personalities who generalize about how family members feel or what offends them, especially in order to gain public attention and political advantage, speak with no authority and are themselves the offenders.
I and the other board members of Families of September 11 realize that we cannot speak for our entire membership, which is not of a single mind on the issues raised by the location of the Center. So we do not. We speak only for ourselves and we do so because of our deep and abiding belief that, in our confrontation with terrorists, we need to be ever mindful of what is fundamental to our national character and show the rest of the world, including the terrorists themselves, that we will never allow demagogues or popular hysteria to break our commitment to the values that have made our nation great.
These principles are embodied in the writings of our founders, our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, our statutes, the decisions of our judges and the treatises of our scholars. Read together, they make clear that freedoms of religion, thought, belief, and assembly are essential to who we are as a people. The responsibility for protecting these freedoms rests ultimately not with the government but with the citizens of this nation, who must have the moral courage to protect them when they are under assault.
The duties each of us owes the community of Muslims who want to develop the Islamic Community Center on Park Place are not legal ones. They are citizen obligations to protect the fundamental freedoms of religion, thought, belief and assembly embedded in our founding documents; they are moral obligations to respect the human dignity of our neighbors, derived from the best tenets of all of the religions of the world, including Islam; and they are civic obligations to practice restraint in rhetoric and to be willing ourselves to listen to our neighbors, even when we disagree with them.
Those who oppose the Center’s location have had and continue to have legal rights to hold their opinions, associate with one another and speak out about the Center and its location. But in the exercise of their rights, many have discriminated and incited segments of our population to discriminate against Islam and the dignity of those who follow its teachings. In doing so, they have diminished the reputation of our country and dimmed the hope that oppressed people the world over associate with our nation and our commitment to freedom.
We currently have nearly two hundred thousand men and women in uniform serving in countries with overwhelming Muslim populations. In Afghanistan, our primary mission is to train and partner with the Afghan people so that they can govern themselves with the strength necessary to exclude from their midst the terrorists who were responsible for the attacks on September 11th and would do us more harm. What are our Muslim partners in that conflict to think of this debate? And what are our soldiers to think of it? Its hyperbole of hate and mistrust can only weaken their efforts and strengthen the propaganda and resolve of our terrorist adversaries.
Finally, there is little hope of peace without a greater understanding of the different cultures, religions and beliefs of the people who share our ever shrinking planet. Rather than condemning the efforts of those who wish to reach out to their neighbors, we should be encouraging the exchange of knowledge that peaceful coexistence requires. And the closer we come, and the more we listen to and share with those who see the world differently than we do, the better are our chances of finding common ground with them – which is precisely what those responsible for the September 11 attacks want to discourage. Osama bin Laden and his ilk were and are picking what they characterize as a religious fight with us, and those who present all sorts of shrill and hysterical reasons for opposing the location of the Islamic Community Center are playing their game and giving them exactly what they want.
The mission of the Cordoba Initiative is one of reaching out and building bridges. For our part, the board members of Families of September 11 hold out our hands to the leaders of the Cordoba Initiative and ask that they join with us in the search for the common elements of our diverse cultures on which to defend peace in the face of terrorist violence. We ask you to help us make this happen. Not just at some as yet unnamed, alternative location in New York City, but specifically at 45-51 Park Place. The Islamic Community Center belongs in the vicinity of the former World Trade Center. That would be an important and substantial tribute to our family members and friends who lost their lives in lower Manhattan nine years ago.
Donald Goodrich, Chairman
On behalf of himself and Board Members
Nancy Aronson, Timothy Barr, Paul Bea, and David Edwards
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September 2, 2010
9th Annual September 11 Commemoration
Information on the ninth annual September 11 commemoration in New York City.
August 10, 2010
Second Annual WTC Run to Remember Scheduled For Sunday, September 5th on Governors Island in NYC
The WTC Run To Remember is a celebration of the lives of those lost on September 11, 2001. This event offers a great opportunity for all people who were affected by the events of 9-11 to come together to remember each victim, while running, or walking, around beautiful Governors Island, in the heart of New York Harbor.
The Inaugural World Trade Center Run to Remember, a project of the Run to Remember Foundation Inc., held in September 2009, was a great success. This year's event, to be held on Sunday September 5th, will honor the memory of each victim of 9-11, while raising funds for Families of September 11 and other 9/11 organizations. To learn how you can participate click on the link.
August 4, 2010
WTC Rescue and Recovery Workers Should Register for Workers' Compensation Benefits Before September 11, 2010
The failure of the House of Representatives to pass the bill for medical treatment of 9/11 victims makes an upcoming deadline for registering for workers´ compensation more critical.
All who worked or volunteered in the vicinity of Ground Zero in the 9/11 aftermath face the deadline of Sept. 11, 2010, to register for future workers´ compensation benefits in case they later develop an illness tied to that work.
"While we hope the Zadroga bill will be re-introduced and passed quickly, its defeat makes it more important that 9/11 workers and volunteers register for workers´ compensation," said Joel Shufro, executive director of the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health. "Only by registering now will they be eligible for compensation and medical treatment if they become ill down the road from their exposures at the World Trade Center."
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 would help to cover the medical costs and lost wages of workers who become ill from exposures at the trade center. The bill was defeated in a floor vote last week. Although House members reportedly plan to bring it up for another vote in the fall, there is no guarantee it will pass, Shufro said.
Meanwhile, the deadline for registering for workers´ compensation is fast approaching. It is estimated that up to 100,000 workers and volunteers who performed 9/11 rescue, recovery or cleanup work are eligible to sign up with the state Workers´ Compensation Board. As of early July, 40,633 had done so.
More than 20,000 have developed serious health problems from exposure to toxic dust or fumes at the site or mental disorders caused by psychological trauma associated with their work. The most common illnesses linked to World Trade Center exposures include diseases of the upper respiratory system.
Symptoms from exposures can take years to show. Even now, nearly nine years after the attacks, approximately 200 workers and volunteers enroll each month in World Trade Center monitoring and treatment programs, reporting the onset of symptoms. Altogether, about 45,000 have enrolled in such monitoring programs.
Any eligible person who registers by the Sept. 11, 2010, deadline will have the right to file a 9/11-related workers´ compensation at any time in the future, no matter when 9/11-related symptoms began to occur. If a worker is or becomes ill and the claim is established, workers´ compensation will fully cover the cost of treatment, including prescriptions and hospitalization.
Most people who performed any rescue, recovery or cleanup work after 9/11 are living in the New York metropolitan area. Others have moved to other states or may have left the country. Many may be unaware that they are at risk of developing 9/11-related disorders. They may also be unaware of the upcoming registration deadline.
Those eligible to register include most people who performed any rescue, recovery or cleanup work, no matter how briefly, paid or unpaid, in lower Manhattan south of Canal or Pike Streets between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 12, 2002. It also includes those who worked at the Staten Island landfill, the barge operation between Manhattan and Staten Island or the New York City morgue (or any of the temporary morgues set up during that period).
There is no residency or citizenship requirement to register for 9/11-related compensation. If workers or volunteers meet other eligibility criteria, it does not matter whether they live in New York State. Their immigration status-whether documented or not-also does not affect their eligibility.
For more about eligibility requirements and the registration procedure, workers and volunteers may go to the NYCOSH website at www.nycosh.org, or call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline, 1-866-WTC-2556. State guidelines and forms are here: http://www.wcb.state.ny.us/content/main/forms/WTC-12.pdf
The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) is a non-profit education and advocacy organization, dedicated to ensuring that every worker has a safe and healthy workplace.
NYCOSH works in partnership with the United Church of Christ to provide assistance to all workers, volunteers and community residents who were adversely affected by toxic contamination resulting from the attack on the World Trade Center.
Director of Public Affairs
New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health
o) 212-227-6440 ext. 14
August 3, 2010
New Film Highlighting Terror Victim's Mission to Empower Survivors of Terrorism Wins Best Documentary Award
To highlight the experiences of those directly and indirectly affected by acts of terror, Global Survivors Network (GSN) has partnered with Moxie Firecracker Films to create a documentary film, called Killing In the Name, directed by Jed Rothstein. The film was recently named best documentary at the LA Shorts Fest '10. The documentary centres on Jordanian Ashraf Khaled, who lost his father and in-laws in one of the 2005 Amman hotel bombings when his wedding party was targeted by suicide bombers sent by Al Qaeda in Iraq.
The Global Survivors Network (GSN), which was launched in Amman last November in a ceremony marking the hotel bombings, aims to empower the survivors of terrorist attacks to make their voices heard. GSN has sponsored events in Jakarta, Indonesia and Lahore, Pakistan, with its members helping to establish local associations to raise awareness of the needs and stories of those impacted by terrorist acts.
The organization was cofounded by former FOS11 Board Member Carie Lemack.
May 31, 2010
WTC Responder Day 2010
Saturday June 5th will be a day honoring the courageous workers and volunteers who performed rescue, recovery and clean-up following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Click on link to learn more or call 212-241-6307.
May 28, 2010
9/11 Health Bill Passes Key House Committee
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on May 25. The legislation would guarantee federal funding for current monitoring and treatment programs for the next 10 years. New York City will contribute 10% of the overall cost of the World Trade Center Health Program. Click on link to learn more.
May 13, 2010
September 11 Museum Plans Tributes to Victims of 9/11 Attacks
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is planning an exhibit which will honor each of the persons who died in the 2001 terror attacks.
May 11, 2010
PA Director States That First WTC Tower Will Be Ready By 2013
In his first speech since being tapped by the governor to "get the World Trade Center project moving," former state Senator Bill Baroni said today the first 1,776-foot tower at ground zero would be finished in 2013, followed by a PATH and subway station the next year. Click on link to read rest of article.
April 21, 2010
Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano's Address on Threats and Preparedness
Speaking at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, HS Secretary Janet Napolitano provided an overview of the department’s latest efforts to track and interrupt terrorist plots and operations -- from violent extremists at home to cyber attacks launched from afar. Click on link to read Secretary Napolitano's remarks.
April 16, 2010
President Designates National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism
President Obama has designated April 19, 2010 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance for Victims and Survivors of Terrorism. Click on link to read proclaimation.
April 13, 2010
Global Survivors' Network Releases Statement on the Nuclear Security Summit
The Global Survivors Network is comprised of people working to prevent future acts of terror. They have released a statement in support of the Nuclear Security Summit.
March 30, 2010
City to Begin New Operation to Identify WTC Victims
As part of our ongoing efforts to identify victims of the World Trade Center attacks, on Monday, April 5, 2010, the City of New York will begin conducting a comprehensive, three-month sifting operation for material that was recovered at or in the vicinity of the attacks since the previous sifting operation concluded in December 2007. The City is opening a forensic mobile sifting platform at Fresh Kills in Staten Island to thoroughly evaluate the material, using the same techniques employed during the prior operation at the facility at 11 Water Street in Brooklyn.
As in the past, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) will lead the upcoming sifting operation, which is described in the attached Memorandum written to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg by Deputy Mayor for Operations Edward Skyler on January 28, 2010. OCME will keep you informed of potential human remains that are recovered.
Finally, please feel free to contact Jordana Zizmor in my office at 212.442.8953 or at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions.
Commissioner, Community Affairs Unit
March 18, 2010
Heart Problems in 9/11 Workers Discovered by Mount Sinai Researchers
Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine are presenting more than 20 ground-breaking studies at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 59th annual scientific session (ACC.10) in Atlanta. Their research includes data showing that the World Trade Center (WTC) collapse has caused potentially dangerous heart problems in responders on-site. Click on link to read press release.
January 3, 2010
Ground Broken for Memorial in Shanksville PA
A dedication ceremony was held to break ground for the memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania which will honor the 40 victims who died in the crash of Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. The final design is spread over a 2,200 acre park, and will include the Field of Honor (AKA The Bowl), the Sacred Ground, and a Visitors Center. The initial phase of the memorial is scheduled to be dedicated on Sept. 11, 2011. A Tower of Voices, which will be built in a later phase, will be visible from miles away and will house 40 wind chimes representing the 40 victims (not including terrorists).
December 11, 2009
New Global Survivors Of Terrorism Network Launched
In an event marking the fourth anniversary of the Amman hotel bombings, 18 people from different continents, cultures and backgrounds, whose lives have been irreversibly transformed by violence across the world, formed the Global Survivors Network. One of the organization's creators is Carie Lemack, a founder and former president of Families of September 11. Through its website, www.globalsurvivors.org, which is to be translated into Arabic, the organization aims to link survivors with NGOs, potential access to medical and psychiatric support as well as toolkits and guidelines to provide support for those affected by terrorist attacks.
September 8, 2009
Families of September 11, Liberty Science Center, and The New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education to Pilot Global Security, Terrorism, and 9/11 Curriculum
The 4 Action Initiative today announced that it will pilot its comprehensive classroom curriculum in New Jersey schools during the 2009/10 school year. The innovative curriculum, “Learning from the Challenges of Our Time: Global Security, Terrorism, and 9/11 in the Classroom,” will provide opportunities for children to explore the most challenging issues facing the world today.
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June 18, 2009
President Obama Announces National Community Service Initiative
The United We Serve summer initiative begins on June 22nd and runs through the National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11th. The National Day of Service and Remembrance was created by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which President Obama signed in April to help encourage and facilitate community service across the country. During this summer, the President is renewing his call to all Americans to identify needs in their communities, engage in meaningful service to create change – and stay engaged with those projects long after September. The President’s call focuses on four key areas where everyone can have a continuing impact in their community: education, health, energy and the environment and community renewal. To create new service projects, to find service projects in their communities and to share stories about projects that are making a difference, Americans can visit the Corporation’s website, www.serve.gov.
President Obama’s video was distributed via email by the Corporation for National and Community Service. View President Obama’s full video message at www.serve.gov.
“The challenges we face are unprecedented in their size and scope, and we cannot rely on quick fixes or easy answers to put us on the road to recovery,” President Obama says in the video message. “In this new century, we need to a build a new foundation for economic growth in America. My Administration has already begun this work with dramatic new investments in education, health care and clean energy – investments that will create new jobs and lay the foundation for lasting prosperity. But we cannot do this alone here in Washington…’
‘Economic recovery is as much about what you're doing in your communities as what we're doing in Washington – and it’s going to take all of us, working together.”
The goal of United We Serve is to help make volunteerism and community service part of the daily lives of all Americans in order to help build a new foundation, one community at a time. Further details about the June 22nd kickoff are forthcoming.
April 16, 2009
New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) Forum on 9/11 Health Issues
“New Answers for 9/11” will offer a series of presentations on 9/11-related health issues, programs, and available resources for victims impacted by the World Trade Center disaster on September 11, 2001. The event is sponsored by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation’s World Trade Center Environmental Health Clinics in partnership with the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) and Gouverneur Hospital Services.
9/11 experts on health and legal issues will give talks followed by a Question & Answer session. Representatives from 20 organizations that provide 9/11 related services and resources will also be present and available throughout the event. These representatives include attorneys, health care providers, mental health professionals, social workers, and staff members of community organizations.
WHEN: SUNDAY, APRIL 19. 2009 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Gouverneur Hospital Services
227 Madison Street (at Clinton Street),
Manhattan, 13th Floor
CONTACT: John Raymond 212-227-6440 x14
March 10, 2009
National Service Legislation Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives
Language to designate 9/11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance has been included as an important provision in the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, or GIVE Act, (H.R. 1388), which was introduced today and authorizes groundbreaking federal support for many innovative national service programs.
"Passage of federal legislation establishing 9/11 as a National Day of Service would surely help bring a sense of healing to one of the worst human tragedies in U.S. history," said Jay S. Winuk, co-founder and vice president of MyGoodDeed.org, and brother of attorney and 9/11 rescuer Glenn J. Winuk, a firefighter/EMT who perished when the WTC's South Tower collapsed.
February 18, 2009
Press Conference on 9/11 Health and Compensation Legislation
Date: Monday, February 23, 2009
Time: 10.00 A.M.
Location: Site 7 at Ground Zero
New York, N.Y.
Join Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney & Congressman Jerald Nadler and other great leaders as HR 847 The James Zadroga Health & Compensation Act is reintroduced to Congress.
A petition will be circulated to request the re-hiring of Dr. John Howard back to his old position as 9/11 health czar.
All responders are urged to come out and show support for these NY delegates who has been champions in this great cause.
Please pass this on to other responders,and lets show congress & the media the importance of this piece of legislation.
January 10, 2009
National September 11 Memorial & Museum Announces New Story Corps Collaboration
The shared goal of the National September 11 Memorial Museum’s partnership with StoryCorps is to secure interviews that will memorialize each person killed as a result of the terrorist attacks of 2001 and 1993; as well as narratives from witnesses, survivors, and rescue workers. These 9/11 remembrances will be preserved both at the Library of Congress and as part of the National September 11 Memorial Museum’s permanent collection. The public StoryCorps “Story Booth” is currently located in lower Manhattan’s Foley Square. If you would like more information or to make an appointment, please contact Caitlin Zampella, Director of Program Partnership Initiatives, at 212-312-8788, or Katie Gora, Program Associate, at 212-312-8797, or email email@example.com.
December 8, 2008
Nationwide 9/11 Responder Health Program Still Not Up and Running
Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) released a letter they and Congressman Vito J. Fossella (R-NY) wrote to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Michael Leavitt to express their concerns about ongoing delays in HHS's program to provide health care to 9/11 responders and others sickened by the attacks who live outside the metropolitan New York area. In June, HHS awarded a contract to Logistics Health Incorporated (LHI), a Wisconsin firm run by former HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson, to provide 9/11 medical monitoring and treatment services nationwide.
December 5, 2008
National September 11 Memorial & Museum Launches Online Artists' Registry
The Registry is intended to serve as an expansive, user-responsive resource not only for the artistic community but also for scholars, researchers, students, journalists, and the public. The Registry allows contributors to include up to 12 images, audio or video files, an artist’s statement and resumé or biography. Each individual online portfolio can be enhanced with supplementary descriptive information and self-selected thematic tags.
November 21, 2008
CEO of September 11 National Museum and Memorial Offers a Report on the Progress of Construction and Development of the Future Museum at the WTC Site
Joe Daniels the President and C.E.O. of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum has released an update of work on the National Museum and Memorial. Click on the link below to read the update.
November 21, 2008
NY Port Authority Issues Statement Addressing Construction Noise and Other Complaints About WTC Reconstruction
Christopher Ward the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has stated that the authority will be more proactive in reconizing and correcting complaints about WTC constuction such as excessive noise and traffic congestion. Click below to read statement.
June 23, 2008
National September 11th Museum and Memorial Update
From the Chief Curator & Director of Collections
National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center
1 Liberty Plaza, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10006
Dear Friends and Survivors,
All too many months ago, we had the honor of hosting a meeting of the
Survivor's Network at the offices of the National September 11
Memorial Museum. Today, with the beginning of summer enlivening the
cityscape, we feel it is time to renew acquaintance with all of you.
It is our hope that we might be able to schedule an update sometime
soon, so that we can personally share with you the progress made in
planning both the Memorial and the Memorial Museum.
As you may have heard, March 2008 marked three especially significant
milestones for our organization: attainment of our capital campaign
goal of $350 million; completion of the 100% schematic design phase of
the Memorial Museum's primary exhibition programs; and the safe
extraction and storage of the Vesey Street Stairs remnant, which will
be relocated later this month its future site at bedrock within the
Memorial Museum. Your preservation advocacy played a critical role in
the resolution of this evocative historical artifact, and we are
grateful for your support.
Over the next twelve months, our team will be working to complete
design development of the museum's exhibition programs. At the same
time, we will continue to search for evidentiary materials, oral
histories, photographs and film footage, written accounts, personal
items and keepsakes that can help anchor and more powerfully
authenticate our narrative. With this work schedule in mind, we would
like to renew our interest in hearing from members of the Survivors'
Network who might wish to contribute to our collecting efforts. We are
gratified to note that to date, at least a dozen members of the
Survivors' Network have stepped forward already to donate items,
including written accounts of their experiences on 9/11 and the many
courageous personal journeys that followed. Although not a definitive
list, looking ahead we are especially interested in gathering:
· items worn or carried during evacuation and rescue operations on
September 11, such as footwear, flashlights, communication devices,
and pocket items that have acquired special meaning in light of the
· copies of voice mail, text and email messages sent on 9/11 or
shortly thereafter to loved ones and others outside the World Trade
· retrospective written accounts of survival and evacuation
· photographs or video footage taken by you on September 11th, just
before, during, and after the events of the day
· photographs of you and others at the World trade Center,
particularly such photographs in which the Towers or distinctive
features of the Towers, such as the windows, the lobby or the
observation deck are visible
· items, including photographs, that may have been returned to you by
the NYPD Property Recovery Unit
· copies of oral histories you may have recorded
· documents and materials pertaining to personal injuries suffered on
September 11th, and therapeutic courses taken to address them
· program materials reflecting ceremonies and other projects
undertaken by survivors and their supporters to mark the
· materials illustrative of kindnesses and compassion extended to you
on September 11th, and thereafter, by strangers and "new" additions to
your community network
· materials illustrative of kindnesses and compassion you have chosen
to extend to survivors of other terrorist incidents, natural disasters
or local emergencies, influenced by your own experiences on, and after
Amy Weinstein, oral historian and associate curator of NS11MM, would
be pleased to hear from anyone interested in recording an oral history
for the Museum's collection (firstname.lastname@example.org; 212-312-8844).
Caitlin Zampella, manager of Special Partnerships, is happy to field
your questions about booking a recording session with StoryCorps
(email@example.com; 212-312-8788). I am honored to serve as the
recipient for all other inquiries, ideas and offers, which may be
channeled to other colleagues on the NS11MM museum Team for prompt
With thanks for your ongoing interest, which is encouraging and invaluable.
Chief Curator and Director of Collections
April 23, 2008
Congressman Jerold Nadler States Decision in 9/11 Lawsuit Highlights Need for Federal Action
Rep. Nadler chair of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties today issued a statement regarding the Second Circuit Court of Appeal's decision that former Environmental Protect Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman is immune from liability for false statements she made about air quality and public safety after the collapse of the World Trade Center in 2001.
April 3, 2008
The National September 11 Memorial and Museum Invites Families to Assist in Honoring Those Lost on 9/11 By Helping Create an Oral History of the Victims
The National September 11 Memorial and Museum is inviting those directly affected by the September 11th attacks help to honor the memories of each victim by participating in two core programs: the Voices of September 11th Living Memorial and the Story Corps September 11th Initiative. Both programs are designed to create first hand accounts and oral tributes to those who perished.
In addition, you and your extended family and friends are welcome to help build the permanent collection of the Memorial Museum by considering the donation of photographs, memorabilia, personal effects, and other materials that are testaments to the lives and experiences of your loved ones.
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