FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #6, Issue #7July 25, 2007

Welcome | Issues Update | Upcoming Events | Resources | Contact Us | Donate

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.

Welcome

Although we are in the midst of summer, many of you may already be thinking about the upcoming commemoration.  Earlier this month, the NYC Mayor’s Office sent a letter to family members detailing plans for this year’s memorial ceremony. This year's September 11th observance will take place at Zuccotti Park, which is adjacent to the World Trade Center site at Liberty Street between Broadway and Church Street/Trinity Place. We realize that this may be upsetting and disappointing to some. The Mayor’s office has announced this change is due to the ongoing construction efforts at the World Trade Center site and safety concerns.  Please see the attached letter for more detailed information. If there are any future changes to the commemoration event, we will keep you informed.

This year, responders to the attack will deliver the reading of the names of the victims during the ceremony, while music will provide a backdrop throughout the program. If you are a responder, or would like to suggest an appropriate participant for the reading of the names during the ceremony, please email cferer@cityhall.nyc.gov or call (212) 442-8953 by August 3, 2007. The selection for the reading of names will be determined by lottery. Click here to view a copy of the letter. 

FOS11 continues to monitor the progress at Ground Zero and will continue to share information as it is available.  This month it was announced that Nazli Parvizi will be the new Commissioner at the Mayor’s Community Assistance Unit. If you have any questions or if you would like updates about activities at Ground Zero, family members are welcome to contact her at 212-788-7418 or email 911familyquestions@cityhall.nyc.gov.

Issues Update

FOS11 9/11 Commemorative Events Outreach
Each year, FOS11 generates a list of memorial events and commemoration activities occurring around the country in honor of 9/11 and those who were lost. Let us know what is going on in your community and email FOS11 the relevant information including date, time, location, sponsoring organization(s), contact information and description of the event to: commemoration@familiesofseptember11.org.

Commemorative 9/11 Band of Remembrance
We also offer our 9/11 wrist band in remembrance, with honor, and in hope of a better future. If you are organizing an event, and would like to include the band, please click here to download an order form, or call our office at (212) 575-1878 for more information.

WTC Health Update --WTC Rescue and Recovery Workers Get One Year Extension to File for Worker's Compensation
The August 14, 2007 deadline to register for 9/11 worker's compensation for personnel who worked at ground zero has been extended for one year to August 14, 2008. The new law also allows anyone who already filed a claim - but was turned down because the claim was filed too late - to re-file. If you do not register, you will not be able to file or re-file a claim. 

The New York State Worker's Compensation Law was changed last year to allow people who worked as part of the rescue, recovery, or cleanup efforts to pre-register for benefits and preserves their right to file a claim even if they are not presently sick. The law applies to most rescue, recovery or cleanup workers who worked (paid or unpaid) in Lower Manhattan south of Canal or Pike Streets between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 12, 2002. It also applies to rescue, recovery or cleanup workers who worked at the Staten Island landfill, the barge operation between Manhattan and Staten Island or the New York City morgue, and temporary morgues. The only workers who are not covered are those who are not in the workers’ compensation system: NYC uniformed services (firefighters, police, and sanitation workers), NYC teachers and federal employees. Those workers are eligible if they performed any rescue, recovery or cleanup work off-duty, as a volunteer. Persons from out of state, who came to New York to volunteer for the above efforts, are also eligible to apply. 

Registering now will protect your right to file a workers’ compensation claim if you become sick at any time in the future. Click here to read a fact sheet regarding Workers’ Compensation Registration.  Click here to download the Claim Form and Instructions. People who need assistance in filing or who have questions can receive help by going to the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) website at:  http://www.nycosh.org/index_workers_comp.html  or by contacting NYCOSH's  24/7 hotline at (866) 982-2556.

Families of September11 also encourages all those who feel their health was affected by the terror attacks of 9/11 to visit our website Health Resources page to keep abreast of new developments. The Health Resources page contains up to date information on the latest news articles, medical reports, and treatment resources related to 9/11 health issues.
http://www.familiesofseptember11.org/resources.aspx?s=33

Ground Zero Update

  •  Search for Human Remains at the WTC Site
    The latest memo from Deputy Mayor Skyler to Mayor Bloomberg details the recent developments in the search for human remains at the World Trade Center site. The memo reviews the additional areas that will be searched by the OCME and provides a brief status report on the recovery effort to date.  Furthermore, due to the additional material that needs to be excavated and sifted, search efforts will continue indefinitely and additional areas will be added to the search plans as necessary. For more information regarding identification of remains and protocols, please contact the OCME’s WTC Unit at (212) 447-7884.
  • Property Recovery from WTC site
    Since the World Trade Center (WTC) tragedy thousands of items of personal property has been recovered from Ground Zero, the Fresh Kills site and the Medical Examiner's Office at Bellevue Hospital. This property has been invoiced by the NYPD and is in the custody of the NYPD's Property Clerk Division.  To learn more about the property recovery from the WTC site click here, you can also contact NYPD Property Clerk Division at (646) 610-7202.  If you have contacted the clerk’s office in the past and are unsure about the status of your case, you may need to call them again to follow-up.  
  • Rebuilding Ground Zero FOS11 Website
    Families of September 11 remains dedicated to supporting a timely and appropriate memorial to remember and honor all the lives that were lost on September 11, 2001.  We offer this section on our website which is updated regularly with the latest news and information on rebuilding of Ground Zero.  We neither support nor oppose any of these groups or websites. Rather, we aim to offer timely updates and provide information as it becomes available. Visit our website http://www.familiesofseptember11.org/remember.aspx?s=43.

Update on 9/11 Commission Bill
Families of September 11 is proud to say that H.R.1/S4, the House and Senate versions of the latest bill implementing a large number of 9/11 Commission recommendations is in conference. This means that legislators are actively working to resolve differences in the two chambers’ bills, so that the final agreed-upon bill can pass both chambers and head to the President’s desk for his signature. Families of September 11 President Carie Lemack, alongside of other 9/11 family members, attended a press conference on Thursday, July 19th announcing the conference, and then watched as the 67-conferees held their first meeting. 

Families of September 11 remains hopeful that this bill will pass as a strong, thorough implementation of the many outstanding 9/11 Commission recommendations.  It should improve aviation cargo security, allocate more homeland security funds based on risk and risk alone, recognize and protect against the threat of nuclear terrorism, and provide for a strong, independent privacy and civil liberties board, among other important provisions.  We look forward to prompt passage of a strong bill in Congress and the support and signature of the President.  We will be sure to keep you informed of the bill’s progress.

Update on Mounir el Mottassadeq Trial
As you may know, Dr. Ulrich von Jeinsen has been representing family members on a pro-bono basis as co-plaintiffs’ attorney in the proceedings vs. Motassadeq and Mzoudi before the Hanseatic Appellate Court in Hamburg and the German Federal Supreme Court. We are pleased to let you know that the Motassadeq trial prosecution and co-plaintiffs have obtained full success. The decision of the German Federal Supreme Court dated May 2nd, 2007 dismissed the appeal attempt of Motassadeq against the verdict of January 8th, 2007. Motassadeq has been sentenced with the maximum penalty (15 years) and he will have to serve such time period. This success – after years of fights – is also of the attributed to the families who contributed to the Hamburg trial. Dr. von Jeinsen sends his sincerest gratitude to the family members who contributed to the trial.

FOS11 Continues to Make Progress to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism
Turning the “D” into an “A” – A FOS11/NTI Public Awareness Project
As mentioned in earlier newsletters, FOS11 is involved in a collaborative effort with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) in Washington, D.C. to raise public awareness through a national education campaign that seeks to encourage citizens to take action in reducing the risk of nuclear terrorism. Strong emphasis has been placed on communicating with legislators, universities, national organizations and the general public to raise awareness of the threat of nuclear terrorism, and of what people can do to prevent it.

Public service announcements are currently running on television stations around the country.  These announcements urge the general public to visit the informational website www.saferworld.org, which offers the latest information on nuclear terrorism issues and, most importantly, offers suggestions on what the public can do to keep nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists. The public service announcements utilize the presence and comments by three FOS11 family members and Board members, Nancy Aronson,  Carie Lemack and Elinor Stout. You can view any of these PSAs here.

You can also use the www.saferworld.org website to automatically send a FAX to your local television stations urging them to air the PSAs. More than 1,000 messages have already been sent. To date, the ads have been shown in 42 states – most recently in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Texas and New York. Call us (212) 575-1878 or email info@familiesofseptember11.org to let us know if you have seen any of the PSAs air on your television station.

If you can contribute a few hours, volunteers are needed to telephone the television stations and urge their running of the PSAs. Any volunteer time is much appreciated and need only take a few hours. If you are interested, please alert us by contacting (212) 575-1878 or email info@familiesofseptember11.org. We welcome your help!

FOS11 is proud of the progress being made through our collaboration with NTI. Together, we have held screenings of the nuclear terrorism docudrama “Last Best Chance” and panel discussions about how ordinary citizens can help prevent nuclear terrorism at universities, with members of Congress and with organizations across the country. If you are interested in holding a screening of “Last Best Chance” in your community, asking your local television to air the public service announcements or learning more about the program and what you can do to help prevent nuclear terrorism, please visit the www.saferworld.org website. 

Upcoming Events

FOS11 Calendar
Go to the FOS11 calendar for an updated list of events.

Register Now for the Next FOS11 Chat -- Managing Anxiety Leading up to September
Please join your peers in the 9/11 community for the next online chat which will be held, Thursday, August 2, 2007 from 8pm-9pm EDT.  We will continue our discussion from the last chat, Managing Anxiety Leading up to September. Join this chat session to listen to others, share your thoughts and strategies. Enroll now: https://www.familiesofseptember11.org/chat2/membership_form.asp?chatID=80207. For directions using the actual screens you will see when you enroll, click here.

Volunteer Opportunity with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Families of September 11, in partnership with Transportation Security Administration and The Camilla Group will have upcoming speaking events in Chicago, IL, New York, NY Milwaukee, WI and Los Angeles, CA during August. (Stay tuned for updates on schedule information and more locations).

Please let us know if you are available and interested in volunteering by emailing info@familiesofseptember11.org. If you decide to volunteer, you will work closely with the FOS11 staff. They will assist your preparation for the event and offer talking points and training to help you tell your story. To date, these events have been attended by over 400 TSA personnel in Washington DC, Miami, FL, New Orleans, LA, Baltimore, MD, Boston, MA and Orlando, FL. We invite you to join us and participate in this program!

The program allows volunteers to speak to Transportation Security Officers (TSO’s) at their local airport alongside FOS11 Board Member, Carie Lemack. This is your opportunity to get involved in a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of thorough and consistent security checks. You will have the unique opportunity to visit with screeners, express solidarity, empower yourself and share your story. This program will engage volunteers nationwide and will allow you to:

  • Speak to a group of TSO’s at an airport near your hometown, to tell them your story, and express your support and sentiments regarding their work to ensure 9 /11 never happens again
  • Raise public awareness about the importance of aviation security, reminding people that keeping the skies safe is a community effort, not just the work of TSO’s
  • Be an integral part of boosting the effectiveness of aviation security across the nation

FOS11 Board member and recent volunteer, Nancy Aronson said about her experience with this program “The TSOs were very receptive to our message and I felt they deeply appreciated our visit. This should be expanded to cover more airports.”

Tribute Center’s New Exhibition
The Tribute WTC Visitors Center will host a new exhibition, Coming Together: Our Children Respond to 9/11 with Hope for the Future, from July 18, 2007 through January 18, 2008. Produced in collaboration with the NYU Child Study Center, the exhibit will feature paintings, collages and multimedia created between 2001 and 2006 by children in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Tribute Center Daily Walking Tours
The Tribute Center is a project of the September 11th Widows and Victims' Families' Association. They offer daily public tours around the perimeter of the World Trade Center site led by people who lost loved ones, survivors of the attacks, lower Manhattan residents and workers, rescue workers, and volunteers who came to help.  Each tour gives an overview of the events of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001 and provides an opportunity for visitors to hear their guide’s personal experiences. Tours start at 120 Liberty Street and last approximately one hour. To reserve your spot on a tour, please visit the center approximately 1 hour before tour time to pick up tickets. 

Registration fee is $10.00 per person; children under 12 are admitted free.  For more information, email volunteer@tributenyc.org or visit their website at http://www.tributewtc.org/.  Schedule: Sundays- Fridays 11:00 AM, 12:00 noon, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM EST; Saturdays 11:00 AM; 12:00 PM; 1:00 PM; 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 4:00PM EST.

Met’s Game with Tuesday’s Children
Tuesday’s Children invites Rescue and Recovery workers and their families to a picnic dinner followed by tickets for the New York Mets vs. LA Dodgers game. Tuesday’s Children is a non- profit family service organization that has made a long-term commitment to every individual who was affected by the events of September 11, 2001. Tuesday’s Children is now expanding its services to Rescue and Recovery workers. This new program is called Tuesday's Champions and it will include special events and programs especially for you and your family. Please contact Liz Bice at 516.562.9000 or liz@tuesdayschildren.org to register your family so that you can take advantage of this special event! Location: Picnic Area at Shea Stadium (Located Between Gates A and E). To learn more about Tuesday’s Children, visit www.tuesdayschildren.org 

America's Camp
August, 15-22, 2007

America’s Camp is now enrolling boys and girls, ages 7 to 15, for its sixth summer in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts. The enrollment deadline is on August 8, 2007, so sign up now! The session will begin on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 and finish on Wednesday, August 22, 2007. This week-long, sleep-away camp is offered at no cost to eligible families. The campers have diverse backgrounds and interests, but share a common experience – they have all lost a parent or sibling either in the 9/11 attacks or in the line of duty at any time as a firefighter or law enforcement officer.

Enrollment has grown over five years from 80 to over 260, and over 80 percent of the campers return from summer to summer. A mature, enthusiastic staff is thoroughly trained to ensure a positive, fun, supportive environment. Camper-to-staff ratio is better than 2:1. Campers self-select activities from a wide range of individual and team sports, the arts and hobbies, and water activities at both the pool and lake. Trips and special events highlight a fun-packed week in a picturesque setting with great facilities. Round-trip transportation on coach buses is provided.  For information about the camp and enrollment, families can contact director Andy Cole at (800) 548-6295 or e-mail him at the camp office at andy@americascamp.org or visit the camp website at www.americascamp.org.

PAINT with CITYarts in Baruch Park!
Bring friends and family to create the next mural in their "Engaging Graffiti Kids in Creation, not Destruction" mural program (Baruch Pl., Stanton & Margin St. in the Lower East Side) The Baruch Park mural project will work to combine their "Engaging Graffiti Kids in Creation, not Destruction" and "Tribute to New York and New Yorkers" mural programs.  In the wake of 9/11 and the redevelopment of lower Manhattan, CITYarts' intention is to validate the lives of the youth who remember by offering them an outlet and an alternative. CITYarts will be painting Monday through Friday in July through September from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, interested volunteers can contact: Christine Lu at (212) 966-0377 or info@cityarts.org.

Resources

Safer World
Show your concern and learn about how to prevent nuclear terrorism.  Act now for a safer world. NTI and Families of September 11 have joined forces to raise awareness about the threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and materials so citizens can help reduce these threats. The 9/11 Commission recommended an all-out effort to secure weapons of mass destruction, but its final report card gave the U.S. government a "D" for its progress. We want to turn that “D” to an “A." Visit their website at www.saferworld.org.

Our Voices Together
Tell your story at community forums this fall -- Our Voices Together is co-hosting town-hall meetings across the country on counterterrorism and citizen diplomacy. If you would like an opportunity to be a featured speaker on a panel, contact Marianne Scott, Executive Director at (202) 223-0080. For more information on the forums, go to: www.ourvoicestogether.org/forums.

St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center
Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center’s World Trade Center Healing Services program offers free and confidential counseling and stress management services to anyone affected by September 11th, as well as by other stressful life events. Specializing in psychological trauma treatment, they offer supportive counseling (individuals, couples, groups, families); grief/bereavement counseling; eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR); cognitive behavioral techniques; ear acupuncture, Reiki, hypnotherapy and more. Visit our event calendar for locations and schedule information. To learn more about the program, visit their website or call (212) 346-2582. St. Vincent’s Manhattan also offers behavioral health services, offering scheduled and unscheduled assessments, evaluations and referral services, individual and group psychotherapy and more. Please note that this is not a free service and there is a sliding fee scale if you are uninsured. Call (212) 604-8220 for more information.

Children of September 11
FOS11 is proud of our Children of September 11 (COS11) program geared towards children, parents, and caregivers. Featured on the site this month is information about the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, which helps students, staff and families at times of crisis and loss. In addition, the site features relevant articles, guidance, and resources. Call us at (212) 575-1878 or visit our website to learn more www.childrenofseptember11.org.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need help, please dial (800) 273-TALK (8255). You will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area. With over 120 crisis centers across the country, their mission is to provide immediate assistance to anyone seeking mental health services. Call for yourself, or someone you care about. Your call is free and confidential.

LifeNet (NYC)
If you or someone you know in the New York City area is suffering with emotional or substance abuse problems, LifeNet can help. LifeNet counselors are available, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and speak a variety of languages. LifeNet is a program of the Mental Health Association of NYC, Inc. To learn more about LifeNet click here. You can reach LifeNet by calling any one of the toll-free, anonymous hotlines:

  • (800) LifeNet (800) 543-3638 (English) 
  • (877) Ayudese (877) 298-3373 (Spanish)  
  • (877) 990-8585 (Asian LifeNet)  
  • (212) 982-5284 (TTY) 

For information about nationally available mental health support outside of New York State, click here.

GoodSearch – Use this Search Engine and Raise Money for FOS11
There is a quick and easy way to help raise money for FOS11 without ever having to spend a penny. By switching your search engine to GoodSearch, you can raise money for FOS11 every time you search. GoodSearch is a search engine, powered by Yahoo!, which donates half of its revenue to charity.  Help raise money for FOS11 by designating us as the charity of your choice.

It’s simple. Just go to www.goodsearch.com and type in “Families of September 11” for “Who do you GoodSearch for?” Click on “verify” and start searching! The more you search the more money you generate. GoodSearch estimates that each web search will generate approximately a penny for the designated charity. If 100 people use GoodSearch twice a day, FOS11 can earn an estimated $730 a year. 1,000 users searching twice a day can generate $7,300 a year and 10,000 users can generate $73,000 a year! By using GoodSearch, you can help raise money for FOS11 without ever having to tap into your own finances. We hope that you start using GoodSearch today.

Help FOS11 Receive a $10,000 Grant from Hanes
Hanes is offering six $10,000 grants to non-profits through www.SixDegrees.org, a website created by Kevin Bacon and Network for Good to build on the popularity of the “small world phenomenon” to inspire giving online. FOS11 is proud to participate in the Six Degrees Charitable Initiative. Your support may help us receive a matching grant of up to $10,000 from Hanes. The top six badges that have the most number of donations between mid-July through September will receive a matching grant. You can donate and use your credit card to make an online gift by clicking here.

Remember. Honor. Hope.
FOS11 offers a wrist band, in hope for a better future. Click here to learn more.

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