FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #6, Issue #8August 23, 2007

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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

With the sixth commemoration approaching, our thoughts go out to the families and all those affected by the attacks of September 11th. We recognize that this can be a difficult time for many and we encourage you to build on the strength and resiliency of your community, friends and family. As we commemorate the day, consider you and your loved one’s needs when making decisions on how to remember the day. As always, FOS11 will be here to provide support, resources and information that may be helpful to you.

Issues Update

6th Commemoration Update

  • World Trade Center Site Ceremony and Remembrance, New York City
    This year’s September 11th ceremony will take place at Zucotti Park, which is adjacent to the World Trade Center site at Liberty Street between Broadway and Church Street/Trinity Place.  Earlier this month, Mayor Bloomberg and several 9/11 family groups who were opposed to the original ceremony plans reached a compromise.  Family members will be allowed access to Liberty Street, descend a ramp leading to a limited area where they can pay respects and ascend back to street level. 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 have any questions, family members are welcomed to contact Nazli Parvizi, Commissioner at the Mayor’s Community Assistance Unit at 212-788-7418 or email 911familyquestions@cityhall.nyc.gov.
  • Pentagon Memorial Service, Virginia
    Pentagon’s sixth annual memorial service will be held in the Pentagon Auditorium on Sept. 11, 2007. The event will honor those who gave their lives at the Pentagon and elsewhere on 9/11. The multi-faith service will include members of the armed forces as well as government employees and their families. Additionally, Inpop Record’s pop/rock band Newsboys will perform at the memorial service.
  • In Memorial Tribute to the Heroes of Flight 93, Shanksville, Pennsylvania
    Events will be held on September 9, 10 and 11 as a memorial tribute to those who lost their lives on Flight 93. All events are open to the public. Please contact Rev. Alphonse T. Mascherino at (814) 444-8339 or go to http://www.flt93memorialchapel.org for more information.

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. Events are listed by state, regionally/nationally and internationally.  To date the list includes over 50 events in 17 states and 2 international events. Click here to see the list of September 11, 2007 Commemoration Activities and Memorials.

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.

An Open Letter to Schools
As the new school year approaches, FOS11 has been working the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB) to raise awareness of how schools can support students, teachers and parents who are struggling with issues of loss and bereavement. FOS11 advisory board member, MaryEllen Salamone, has developed an introductory letter to our nation’s leading educators, including commissioners and superintendents of each state’s Department of Education, and Dr. Robin H. Gurwitch and Dr. David Schonfeld, Director of the NCSCB have included an article to help prepare for the start of the school year and build resilience in children.  Read FOS11’s Open Letter to Schools.

Children of September 11th Spring Newsletter Now Available
A newsletter for caregivers of children who have been affected by trauma. Click here to read the latest issue of the Children of September 11 newsletter, Commemorating 9/11 – School Safety and Preparedness. This seasonal newsletter has resources for caregivers and advocates of children who have been affected by the traumatic events of September 11, 2001.

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. 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 September 11 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

  • Fire Near Ground Zero at the former Deutsche Bank Building
    Earlier last week, a fire broke out at the former Deutsche Bank building on Liberty Street in Lower Manhattan. The Fire Department along with other city agencies continue their investigation into the cause of the seven-alarm fire which killed two firefighters. Read the press release which includes a statement from Mayor Bloomberg and updates from the Fire Department, the City Department of Buildings and the Department of Environmental Protection.
  • World Trade Center Memorial Foundation Changes Name
    This month the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation announced that it will now be called the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, in order to reflect the national scope of the institution. To help raise awareness about their national mission, they have launched a new website www.national911memorial.org. Click here to read the press release.

Update on 9/11 Commission Bill
On August 3rd, President Bush signed into law the “Improving America's Security Act of 2007”.  Families of September 11 applauds the hard work of the Senators, Congressmen and their staff who made this possible. We recently saw some of the first visible changes enacted by the law when the CIA released the Executive Summary of the 2005 Inspector General report investigating successes and failures in the Agency leading up to 9/11.  By shedding light on the gaps and failures, we can find and implement solutions, ensuring they do not reoccur and that our nation’s intelligence professionals have the resources they need to keep us safe and secure. As Congress returns from its August recess, we hope to see more implementation of the Act.  We will continue to keep you updated on the progress of implementing the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations, and any other activity in Congress that will help ensure 9/11 never happens again.

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! Earlier this month, Congresswoman Shelly Berkley hosted FOS11 and NTI for a screening “Last Best Chance” with an expert panel discussion at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The event was well attended and speakers included Congresswoman Shelly Berkley, United States House of Representatives; Carie Lemack, Families of September 11; Corey Hinderstein, Nuclear Threat Initiative; Dr. Stephen Younger, Department of Energy; and Troy Wade, Nevada Alliance for Defense Energy and Business. 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 – Making Choices about the Commemoration --Wednesday, September 5, 2007
As the sixth commemoration draws near the usual questions begin to surface. How do we commemorate September 11, 2001? How do we honor and remember our loved ones in a way that would work best for ourselves and our families, not what others think we should do? And how do we find balance between celebrating the lives of those who are important to us and honoring them, including children? Please join your peers in the 9/11 community for this discussion on Wednesday, September 5, 2007 from 8pm-9pm EDT.  Enroll now: https://www.familiesofseptember11.org/chat2/membership_form.asp?chatID=90507. 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 New York, NY, Houston, TX, Birmingham, AL and Los Angeles, CA throughout the fall. (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 FOS11 staff. We 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 500 TSA personnel in Washington DC, Miami, FL, New Orleans, LA, Baltimore, MD, Boston, MA, Orlando, FL, and Chicago, IL. We invite you to join us and participate in this program! If you are unable to participate but would like to show your appreciation for the work of the TSO’s, we encourage you to download our thank you card to hand out at check-in/screening areas on your next visit to the airport. Download and print the thank you card in color or black and white. Learn more about this program by visiting our website at www.familiesofseptember11.org/tsa.aspx.

Dr. D.M. Gabrielle, family member and FOS11 Advisory Committee member, provides the following account of her experience speaking to TSO’s in Orlando, FL: “I enjoyed interacting with Carie and FOS11 volunteer [name withheld], and feeling the empathy and appreciation from TSA employees. I felt that our talking to them helped affirm their mission, and helped add a personal connection to the rules that they enforce. Many employees expressed that they entered the force as a reaction to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and that us talking with them reaffirmed why they do what they do.”

Sixth Commemoration Services in Boston, Massachusetts
The Sixth Anniversary Commemoration will be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2007, beginning at 7:30am at the Boston Public Garden, followed by the reading of names at 8:30am , outside, during the flag lowering ceremony on the Massachusetts State House Lawn (weather permitting). If weather does not permit this, the names will be read inside the House Chambers as in the past. Please visit www.massfund.org on September 10th for the most up to date information.

Our Voices Together – Join the Conversation!
Our Voices Together is hosting a press conference and network meeting on Thursday, August 30 on including citizen actions in a U.S. counterterrorism strategy. During the press conference, 9/11 family members and a moderated panel of international journalists will discuss anti-Americanism in their countries and worldwide and strategies for bridging the gaps of understanding between the U.S. and the rest of the world. During the network meeting, Our Voices Together will guide discussions on how family members and like-minded organizations can promote positive, concrete actions for ordinary citizens as a powerful response to terrorism and as a strategy for reducing the popular support for extremist measure. You are welcome to join us! Please contact Cecilia Snyder, cecilia@ourvoicestogether.org 202-223-0080, for more information.

Traveling Exhibition for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum
The exhibition pays tribute to the victims and heroes of 9/11 and will begin traveling around the nation this September to raise awareness and funds for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center. Individuals and communities across the country will also have the chance to contribute directly to this historic effort by signing a steel beam that will be used in the construction of the National September 11 Memorial. The exhibition will include a detailed timeline of the events, photographs, artifacts and a short film. The touring exhibition will launch in Columbia, South Carolina on September 10-11, and will travel to Raleigh, North Carolina on September 15 – 16 and Norfolk, Virginia on September 18- 19. Visit the website www.national911memorial.org for more information and to view the current list tour cities and dates.

myGoodDeed: Change the World One Good Deed at a Time
This year on 9/11, Families of September 11 is joining with myGoodDeed.org in encouraging its members and friends to observe the week of 9/11 as a period of voluntary service. Please remember the victims, heroes and volunteers by pledging to perform just one good deed of any nature as an organization or an individual to help others in need. Visit www.mygooddeed.org to post your good deed pledge.

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, now 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.

Here Is New York: Remembering 9/11/01
The New York Historical Society will mark the sixth commemoration of the attacks on the World Trade Center with an exhibition of September 11 photographs, recovered objects and voices. The exhibition will open on September 11 and will run through January 1, 2008. Click here for more information or call 212-873-3400.

Featured 9/11 Volunteer Project at P.S. 145, Manhattan
Approximately seventy-five volunteers will have the opportunity to rejuvenate PS 145 M on September 11, 2007. Projects will include painting murals in the courtyard and Pre-K playground, gardening, and other outdoor revitalization. The project will begin at 10:30am and end at 2:30pm. PS 145 M is located on the Upper West Side, on 105th Street, between Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue. Volunteers will bring or buy their own lunch. Twenty-five volunteers will engage 2nd graders at PS 145 M in a literacy project. Volunteers and students will pair up to read a book together and then create a crafts project related to the theme of the book. This phase of the project will begin at noon and end at 2:00 pm. PS 145 is located on the upper West Side of Manhattan, on 105th Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam. Volunteers are required to bring a photo ID. For more information, contact My Good Deed at info@mygooddeed.org.

Resources

Building Resilience
Written by Robin Gurwitch, Ph.D., of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement. In this article, Dr. Gurwitch offers practical suggestions to parents and caretakers on how to foster resilience in the home and school settings. "As we build our resilience through connectedness, participation, structure and routine, support and nurturance, critical reflection and building coping skills, communication, and self care", Dr. Gurwitch writes, "we grow and we and our children are better prepared to meet the challenges of today and of tomorrow." Read the full article.

StoryCorps: The September 11th Initiative – Celebrate Life Stories
StoryCorps is a national oral history project to instruct and inspire people to record each other's stories in sound. As the 9/11 commemoration approaches, StoryCorps especially invites individuals wishing to remember a lost loved one- or reflect on their survival stories and lives in the post 9-11 era, to come to our StoryBooths in NYC.  We encourage participants to come with a family member or friend, as the most meaningful conversations occur between people who are part of each other's lives. Should a participant come alone, a facilitator will serve as their interview partner. The content is entirely up to each person. At the end of the 1-hour session, participants receive a broadcast-quality CD recording to pass to friends and loved ones. For those outside NYC, the StoryKit program allows individuals to rent (for free) our equipment and record their stories at home. With permission from participants, each interview will be housed at the Library of Congress and the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation for future generations to listen and remember. All interviews are free of charge for our "September 11th Outreach” partners. For information about the September 11th Initiative and to listen to interviews, visit www.storycorps.net/wtc/ or call (646) 723-7020 ext. 202.

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.

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

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