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.
Families of September 11 (FOS11) has collaborated with a number of other organizations on projects that seek to turn the tragic events of 9/11 into positive action. Although the specific focus of these projects varies, all are concerned with efforts to move towards a safer and more peaceful world. Through collaborative relationships with other respected service providers, FOS11 aims to ensure that its membership will continue to have access to 9/11-related support and assistance.
FOS11 has strongly supported the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission that seek to strengthen the security and safety of our country. FOS11 Board member Carie Lemack was active on the Family Steering Committee (FSC) and worked closely with Congressional leaders to secure passage of legislation supporting those recommendations. FOS11 Board members Don Goodrich, Stephen Push, and Robin Wiener (also a member of the FSC) presented testimony to Senate and House committees convened to discuss the recommendations and broader issues of safety and security.
9/11 Grief Survey
FOS11 teamed with the New York State Psychiatric Institute, the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and the VA New England Healthcare System to cosponsor an online "grief survey" distributed to families, survivors, and others affected by the events of 9/11. Board members Don Goodrich and MaryEllen Salamone helped craft and review the questions for the survey, which was designed to measure the effects of public trauma and long-term grief. FOS11 hopes to use the results of this study to recommend public policies that recognize the impact such trauma has on the mental health of individuals, families, and communities.
9/11 Public Discourse Project (PDP)
FOS11 has worked closely with this nonprofit education organization, which was formed by the 10 commissioners who served on the 9/11 Commission to support the recommendations that came out of its original mandate. PDP President Chris Kojm was the lead panelist for a FOS11 chat session that focused on the status of intelligence reform legislation and the 9/11 Commission recommendations.
Civil Justice Award
For its work in partnership with the Association of Trial Lawyers on the Victim Compensation Fund, FOS11 was awarded the 2004 Community Champion Award presented by the Civil Justice Foundation in July.
Graphic Image Warnings
FOS11 issued a letter to executives at the network and cable divisions of the major media conglomerates asking that they use discretion in showing any images of 9/11 that might be disturbing to young children or sensitive individuals for whom seeing such images is a constant reminder of death and loss. FOS11 included suggestions for possible graphic warnings to be shown in front of any images the media felt were necessary. Several senior executives replied and President MaryEllen Salamone was interviewed in connection with our suggested warning. Letters were also sent to the major political parties concerning the gratuitous use of 9/11 images for political gain. Read the Open Letter to the Media.
Ground Zero Timeline
The timeline was produced by the New York State Museum in collaboration with FOS11 and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and with the participation of the Fire Department of New York, the New York Police Department and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation's Family Advisory Council. The three-panel visual is based on an exhibit at the NYS Museum and includes content and images that respectfully and accurately provide an accounting of much of what happened on September 11, 2001. This information should help orient the visitor to the site and promote a better understanding of the events of that day.
Hope Not Hate
FOS11 cosponsored a series of town-hall meetings presented by Americans for Informed Democracy entitled "Hope Not Hate." These meetings, which took place on university campuses across America, focused on relationships between Muslim and non-Muslim communities. Four Board members participated on more than a half-dozen panels made up of distinguished scholars, journalists, and academicians. For its participation in and cosponsorship of these seminars, FOS11 has been awarded the 2005 Common Ground Award by Search for Common Ground, an international organization dedicated to conflict resolution through constructive dialogue and effective communication.
Lower Manhattan Development Corporation
FOS11 Board member Tom Rogér and Executive Director Nikki Stern have served for several years on the Families Advisory Council providing input on the design of the memorial and treatment of the area at Ground Zero. They both also serve on the Advisory Committee for the Memorial Center and Tom has been named to the Board of the foundation established to oversee fundraising and planning for both projects.
One Day's Pay
FOS11 is a cosponsor of the program One Day's Pay, which seeks to establish September 11 as a voluntary day of service, charity, and compassion in tribute to those who gave so much on 9/11. FOS11 members have initiated charitable activities through their churches or civic organizations to help Habitat for Humanity, support schools in Afghanistan, and more. Visit the One Day's Pay website for more information.
Open Letter to Schools Nationwide
FOS11 contacted commissioners and superintendents of each state's Department of Education to remind them that it is the responsibility of schools, teachers, counselors, and other officials to act in the best interests of children, both those who are openly suffering from the effects of 9/11 as well as those who may be suffering in silence. The open letter encouraged schools to: support sensitivity training programs to assist teachers and counselors; partner with parents and caregivers in decisions about school curriculum that pertains to 9/11; and limit the exposure of children to violent images of 9/11 in the classroom. Read the Open Letter to Schools.
Families of September 11 has partnered with StoryCorps, and we are pleased to conduct outreach for special StoryCorps Door-to-Door events at service agencies that support the 9/11 community. StoryCorps is a national project to instruct and inspire people to record one another's stories in sound. In 2005, StoryCorps began a special initiative to honor and remember the stories and people affected by the events of September 11, 2001. StoryCorps records the life stories of those who were lost on September 11th by inviting their family members, friends, and coworkers to share and record memories of their loved ones. The recordings will memorialize and celebrate the lives they lived. StoryCorps also records the stories of survivors, firefighters, police officers, rescue workers, witnesses, volunteers, or anyone closely impacted by September 11th, in order to preserve these extraordinary personal experiences for history.
FOS11 supported a national competition initiated by Dickinson College to recognize creative 9/11-related curriculum at various educational levels. FOS11 President MaryEllen Salamone was invited to judge submissions. The awards were presented to the winners at a symposium entitled "Teaching 9/11: The Role of Media, Museums and Schools in the Construction of National Memory" at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Board member Tom Rogér was part of a distinguished panel, speaking on memorializing 9/11. Learn more about Teaching 9/11.
The National Center for Victims of Crime
Through a partnership with the National Center for Victims of Crime, Northern Virginia Family Service, and the Pentagon Memorial Fund on the "Virginia Resilience Project Post-9/11", FOS11 mailed a comprehensive package of materials focused on fostering resilience to FOS11's Washington, DC-area members. The material was also available to the entire membership through the newsletter and website.
The Nuclear Threat Initiative
FOS11 and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) have joined in a collaborative effort to launch a national public awareness campaign. NTI is committed to reducing global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. FOS11 supports the goal of the NTI awareness campaign; to urge constant pressure by the American public on their respective legislators regarding putting nuclear safety at the top of its list, and to push for the appointment of a high-level official reporting directly to the President in order to coordinate and accelerate cooperative work around the globe to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction. Visit www.nti.org for more information.
Terror Free Tomorrow
Terror Free Tomorrow is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization established in Washington, D.C. We are the only organization dedicated to a new strategic vision: leading the fight against terror by winning the popular support that empowers global terrorists. Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush have recognized Terror Free Tomorrow's work. The U.S. Senate, the State Department and the Pentagon have also cited Terror Free Tomorrow’s polling as important benchmarks. Early FOS11 Board member and current FOS11 Advisory Board member Robin Wiener sits on the Advisory Board for Terror Free Tomorrow. For more information click on the link below.
Terror Free Tomorrows http://www.terrorfreetomorrow.org/index.php
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Families of September 11 (FOS11), in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and The Camilla Group, LLC (TCG) offers its members the opportunity to participate in a volunteer program to speak to Transportation Security Officers (TSO’s). The program allows volunteers to speak at their local airport alongside FOS11 Board Member, Carie Lemack and involves them in an educational campaign to raise awareness about the importance of thorough and consistent security checks. The program provides volunteers a unique opportunity to visit with screeners, express solidarity, empower themselves and share their story. This program engages its national membership with the goal to: Involve 9/11 family members in an activity to make our country safer and more secure, making sure 9/11 does not happen again; Make the public aware of the importance of aviation security, and that it is a community effort, not just the work of TSO’s; Boost the morale of our TSO’s, thereby boosting the effectiveness of aviation security across the nation.