FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #5, Issue #7July 21, 2006

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

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Welcome

We are deeply saddened and extend our heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of the 200 people that were killed and 700 others who were injured in the July 11, 2006 train bombings in Mumbai, India.  Our thoughts go out to those who are now just beginning to experience their loss and grief, and hope for them the strength they will need throughout this difficult recovery process.  This recent attack came only days after the first commemoration of the July 7, 2005 subway bombings in London, England.  We hope that loved ones will find strength together, from others who have experienced tragic loss, and the larger community as they continue to rebuild their lives. 

FOS11 remains committed to reach out and embrace a wide variety of members including not only families of victims of September 11, but also survivors, responders, witnesses, and others affected by acts of terrorism worldwide. It is our legacy to our loved ones. Please let us know if we can offer any support or information on resources that might help in your recovery and healing. We can be reached by phone at 212-575-1878 or by email at info@familiesofseptember11.org.

In this Newsletter:

Issues Section

  • 5th Commemoration Event Update
  • A Juror's Perspective on U.S. v. Moussaoui
  • Ground Zero Update
  • FOS11 Board Member Carie Lemack, Testifies Before Congress
  • 9/11 Movies
  • Sensitive Security Information (SSI) Legislation Update     
  • Share Writing with FOS11 Community

Upcoming Events Section

  • FOS11 Chat Program
  • Columbia University Resilience Enhancement Workshops (CURE)
  • NYDIS/OEM Faith-Based Initiative 2006: Ready NY Events
  • New York City Office of Emergency Management: Ready NY
  • FOS11 Calendar

Resources

  • Health Issues for 9/11 Rescue and Recovery Workers
  • 9/11 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program
  • Story Corps
  • Reclaiming the Sky
  • World Trade Center Survivors’ Network
  • Memorial Museum Podcast Series   

 

Issues Update

5th Commemoration Update

Ceremony at Ground Zero

At the end of June, the NYC Mayor’s Office sent a letter to family members detailing the schedule of activities planned for the 9/11 commemorative event at the World Trade Center site.  This year, spouses, partners, and significant others will deliver the reading of the names of the victims during the ceremony.  To view a copy of this letter and for contact information regarding the reading of names click here.  The deadline is July 26th, for those who are husbands, wives, or significant others interested in reading names. 

FOS11 9/11 Commemorative Events Outreach
Over the past four years, FOS11 has helped to make our members and others aware of the many 9/11 commemorative events occurring around the country. Click here to get see the list of September 11, 2006 5th Commemoration Activities and Memorials.  Events are listed by state, regionally/nationally, and internationally.

We continue to build this list, but we need your help.  If you have an event happening in your community, please let us know.  Email us the relevant information including date, time, location, sponsoring organization, 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.

A Juror's Perspective on U.S. v. Moussaoui
Juror 526 offers this brief account of their personal experience of serving as a juror during the Moussaoui trial.  The trial against Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person to be sentenced for the attacks on September 11th, concluded a few months ago.  Moussaoui was sentenced to life in prison.

This experience had a profound impact on this juror who shares some of the difficulty in watching videos, reading reports, and listening to testimony.  Juror 526 also shares some of the experience of the complex decision-making process in this case and explains their own position as the sole juror who found for a life sentence rather than the death penalty.  To read this account, click here.

Ground Zero Update
We continue to follow plans for the memorial and the process of the removal and identification of remains in Deutsche Bank.  To read the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation's (LDMC) protocol for remains discovery click here.   Also, read recent letter written on behalf of Mayor Bloomberg in regard to remains at the Deutsche Bank, click here.   

FOS11 Board Member Carie Lemack Testifies Before Congress

Carie Lemack, Families of September 11 co-founder, had the honor of testifying before the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Management, Integration and Oversight to discuss financial fraud after 9/11.  After the two-day series of hearings, the subcommittee will release a report with its findings.  To read Carie's testimony click here. 

9/11 Movies
World Trade Center
Oliver Stone's “World Trade Center” movie is scheduled for release on August 9, 2006.  Currently trailers for the movie are being shown with “The Break Up”, “The DaVinci Code”, “An Inconvenient Truth”, “The Devil Wears Prada”, “Lady in the Water”, and “Miami Vice”.  Television ads began on July 4th during programs such as daytime talk shows, some sports broadcasts, and shows about entertainment.  Outdoor advertising will begin July 17th but note that there will be no outdoor advertising (billboards, public transportation) in New York and New Jersey.  Take time and talk to loved ones when deciding whether to see the movie in a theater, on DVD, or opting not to see the movie at all.  Be sure to make the decision that meets your needs best.  If you have any questions, contact Jennifer A. Brown at 973-206-9112 (phone), 973-509-2131 (fax), or 917-885-3672 (cell).
On Native Soil
On Native Soil will premiere on Court TV on Monday, August 21st and it will be released into the DVD marketplace the following day.  Previews are likely to start the first week in August.  The movie recounts the 9/11 Commission and its public hearings, please note that numerous graphic images are shown repeatedly throughout this movie, including images of the planes crashing and the towers falling.

SSI Legislation
You may have heard about a push to change the way TSA (Transportation Security Administration) uses its SSI classification (sensitive security information).  Almost like calling information “classified”, SSI allows TSA to keep information out of the view of the public.

In the last month, there has been a push for Congress to make TSA more accountable in what it claims is SSI.  The House passed solid legislation in the DHS Appropriations Bill that required, among other things:  (1) that information that is three years old and not incorporated in a current, active transportation security directive or security plan shall be determined automatically to be releaseable unless, TSA says otherwise; and (2) that in all judicial proceedings where the judge overseeing the proceeding has ruled that a party needs to have access to SSI information, the party shall be deemed a DHS Covered Person for purposes of access to the SSI information at issue in the case unless TSA or DHS demonstrates a compelling reason why the specific individual presents a risk of harm to the nation.

The Senate did not pass legislation including the second point, so now the bill will go to conference where the Senate and House resolve competing language.  We will keep you informed on the conference status, and ask that if you are so inclined, please let your elected officials know how you feel about this important legislation. 

Would you like to share your writing with the FOS11 community?
As we move toward the 5th commemoration of September 11th, FOS11 would like to include your short articles, poems, narratives, journal entries, etc. in our newsletters. We would like to hear your expressions of resiliency and ways that people have decided to rebuild their lives in the wake of the September 11th tragedies. To make a submission, email rhansen@familiesofseptember11.org.


 

Upcoming Events

FOS11 Chat Program: 9/11 Online Community Support Group
Wednesday, August 2nd, 8pm-9pm EDT
Please join your peers in the 9/11 community for the next online chat which will be held, Wednesday, August 2nd from 8pm-9pm EDT.  We will continue our discussion on “Finding Comfort in the Words and Images of Others”.  This online chat session will provide 9/11 victims' families, survivors, first responders, and others affected by the attacks at the Pentagon, the World Trade Center, and Shanksville the opportunity to discuss issues and topics of importance in a safe, supportive environment. As a reminder, all participants must be FOS11 members (please see below on how to register as a member - membership is free). Dr. Donna Gaffney, a licensed mental health professional and noted trauma specialist, will facilitate the chat.
Enroll Now:
http://www.familiesofseptember11.org/chat2/membership_form.asp?chatID=80206
To learn more about the chat program visit the FOS11 website.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (212) 575-1878 or chathelp@familiesofseptember11.org.

Columbia University Resilience Enhancement (CURE) Workshops
Monday afternoons, July 17-August 14, 12:30-2:30pm
Build your “power of recovery” in the CURE workshops. As a new offering started this past spring, World Cares Center hosts resiliency workshops which are developed and conducted by senior faculty from Columbia University. The core philosophy of this workshop is that resilience, or “power of recovery,” can be cultivated, practiced, and enhanced in preparation for future major stressful events. The Columbia University Resilience Enhancement (CURE) program synthesizes new research findings with teaching strategies that proved successful in the Columbia Center’s training program for professionals after 9/11. The CURE program has been specially designed for individuals who have been affected by the 9/11 attacks, and for those who work with affected populations.
CURE workshops are conducted in five weekly meetings, each approximately two hours in length. The next group of workshops began July 17th, which will have a maximum of 12 participants.  For more information about the program, to make a scheduling request, or to enroll, please contact Kathryn Moroney at 646-289-3098 or by emailing kmoroney@worldcares.org. http://www.columbiatrauma.org

NYDIS/OEM Faith-Based Initiative 2006: Ready NY Events
New York Disaster Interfaith Services, a faith-based federation of service providers and charitable organizations working to prepare and respond to disasters in New York City, has teamed with the New York City Office of Emergency Management to bring you exciting and informative Ready New York events throughout the year on emergency preparedness. These events focus on an all-hazard approach to personal, congregational, and community preparedness. For dates and to learn more about upcoming events click here

New York City Office of Emergency Management: Ready NY
Get advice from trained emergency management professionals on how to create a disaster plan. These events are free and open to the public and will be happening in communities that are most vulnerable to storm surge in the event of a coastal storm. After the presentation, community partners will be available to answer questions. Topics covered include: What is a coastal storm?, Why do coastal storms pose a risk to NYC?, Evacuation process, Sheltering, Personal Preparedness, and Recovery.  Check the FOS11 calendar for specific dates. 

FOS11 Calendar
Go to the FOS11 calendar for more events.
 

Resources

Health Issues for 9/11 Rescue and Recovery Workers
FOS11 has received a number of requests for information about resources available to people who participated in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center during the weeks and months after 9/11. As more reports of illnesses in this population surface, it is becoming apparent that there is a need for timely and accurate information about examination and treatment resources available to people who were possibly exposed to toxic material. We will be monitoring these developments and reporting on them in the Health Issues Section of the Support Resources area of the FOS11 website.

9/11 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program
This program provides financial assistance for the cost of mental health and substance abuse treatment. Created by the September 11th Fund and the American Red Cross and now managed by the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA), this program offers financial assistance with the cost of mental health and substance abuse treatment to those directly affected by the attacks, regardless of insurance or immigration status. You are eligible for the 9/11 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program if you:
• Lost a family member
• Were physically injured
• Lived below Canal Street
• Worked in the World Trade Center area or the Pentagon – whether or not you were at work that day
• Were evacuated from the World Trade Center area or the Pentagon
• Attended a school near the World Trade Center or are the parent of a child who attended a school nearby
• Were a rescue, recovery, or reconstruction worker assigned to a “restricted site”
• Were an emergency dispatcher on 9/11 or worked in the morgues serving the attack sites worked south of Canal Street or at Ronald Reagan Airport, and before January 11, 2002 lost your job or earned less than 70% of your pre-9/11 income
• If you are a family member or shared a home with any of the people whose situations are listed here
Financial assistance for treatment is retroactive to September 11, 2001 and will cover dates of service through December 31, 2007. That means if you are eligible and you received treatment after the initial attacks, your out-of-pocket costs may still be covered.  You must enroll by January 2, 2007 to be eligible for these services.
Visit the website and begin registration online at http://www.9-11mentalhealth.org/ or call any of the following numbers:
• 1-800-LIFENET (1-800-543-3638) (English)
• 1-877-Ayudese 1-877-298-3373 (Spanish)
• 1-877-990-8585 (Asian LifeNet)
• 1-212-982-5284 (TTY)

Story Corps
StoryCorps Recording Booth at Ground Zero

Opened on July 12, 2005, in the PATH World Trade Center Station, the World Trade Center StoryBooth is a small studio where you can record an interview to remember those you lost in 9/11 attacks. StoryCorps then preserves these stories for generations to come at the Library of Congress. For information on how to set-up your appointment and more information on how this works, please log on to this password protected website created just for Family Members: www.storycorps.net/wtc. The password is 'remember'.  Call (646) 723-7027 or email Emily Feit at emily@storycorps.net to make an appointment.

StoryCorps in Long Island in August
StoryCorps, will be at the WTC Family Center on Long Island, on Friday, August 4th and Monday August 7th. StoryCorps is accommodating the 9/11 community by creating local opportunities for family members rather than going into NYC. For further information about this program or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Margie Miller at the WTC Family Center, 516-678-2700.

Reclaiming the Sky
Reclaiming the Sky is a non-profit program designed to help aviation employees recover from 9/11, learn from the unspeakable loss and gain peer support to move forward again with confidence and hope in a turbulent time.  To learn more about the organization's programs visit: www.reclaimingthesky.com

World Trade Center Survivors' Network
The Survivors' Network seeks to provide a forum for personal contact between survivors as a means to empower them to both deal with the circumstances of the aftermath of the attacks and to find renewed purpose in that aftermath. The Network also functions as a place for people to go and get survivors' perspectives and as a conduit for the common thoughts of survivors. On the organization's homepage, there are links to join two different Yahoo groups: Survivorsnet and the WTC Survivors. All of the files and meeting information for the organization are posted in both groups. Click here for more information. 

Memorial Museum Podcast Series
The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation invites you to listen to their newly launched podcast series, featuring interviews and stories from the people who lived through the events of September 11th, as well as the people who are dedicated to building the Memorial and preserving the memory of those who lost their lives.   Click here to learn about the series. 

 


 

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