September 11 Repair

September 11 Victims Compensation Fund is Designed to Exclude Many of the Victims
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In the shock and chaos of September 11, 2001, many people who were injured in the attacks did not seek medical treatment until several days later. And now they're getting the shaft from the Victims Compensation fund because they can't "prove" that their injuries occurred in the September 11 attacks. This is just plain wrong. If the Bush government can afford $100 billion (and counting) to invade another country, it can certainly afford to compensate all the victims of its security failures.

N.Y. Firefighters to Protest for Aid at Bush Speech
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George W. Bush used New York firefighters as props for a photo op at the World Trade Center, in hopes Americans would forget that on September 11, 2001, he was running scared while the firefighters' colleagues were sacrificing their lives. But Bush doesn't care about them, and he doesn't care about the rest of New York, not enough to release the funds he'd promised to help the city recover from the attacks. So firefighters will be going to Bush's State of the Union address at the invitation of Democratic members of Congress, in hopes their presence will remind Bush of what he owes them and their city. We predict he'll call attention to their presence in a way that really just tries to make himself look good, and then still refuse to release the funds.

Amazingly, Bush Scrubs the MOTHERS Who Died on 9-11
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George W. Bush began his speech to the nation with the following: "For those who lost loved ones, it has been a year of sorrow, of empty places, of newborn children who will never know their fathers here on earth." Hello? What about the non-infant children who lost their MOTHERS on 9-11? Is this the best George W. Bush can do to honor and comfort the victims - ALL of the victims - of 9-11?

Families of 9-11 Victims Mourn, and the World Watches
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"As dozens of other local leaders continued the list over a background of soft music, relatives of each victim, most for the first time, descended the ramp into the physical emptiness that many of them, without any remains to bury, consider their loved one's final resting place. They slowly filled in the ring of uniformed officers standing at attention, each placing a rose in a small circle in the middle. The flowers will later be collected to be included in the permanent memorial that will eventually be erected on the site. Most were stoic, as others embraced or fell to their knees in tears when the grief swelled too strong to conceal. Photographs of the victims, which a year ago were posted around the city in the desperate hope to find missing loved ones, were held aloft again by many family members this morning for the television cameras, and all the nation, to see."

September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows Reflects on First Anniversary
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"For the members of Peaceful Tomorrows, September 11, 2001 was a day of unimaginable personal loss. Each of us lost a family member at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon, or in the crash of Flight 93 near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Losing loved ones to these extreme acts of violence has affected us deeply. It is something from which we will never recover, not in one year, not in a lifetime. But in the days, weeks and months following that terrible day of loss, we have also received incredible gifts. We gained each other—because we spoke out publicly about our opposition to war and violence as a response to our personal and national tragedies. We gained the love and compassion of new friends all over the United States and all over the world. And we gained the knowledge that there are thousands of Americans and millions around the globe who share our view that war is not the answer to the crimes of September 11."

Activities Honoring the Anniversary of the Tragedy of 9-11-01
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This is an outstanding calendar of events around the country. The Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) has carried on programs and educational projects concerned with domestic and international peace and justice, nonviolent alternatives to conflict, and the rights of conscience - since 1915. A Nonviolent, Interfaith, tax exempt organization, The FOR promotes nonviolence and has members from many religious and ethnic traditions. It is a part of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR), which has affiliates in over 40 countries.

In NYC, Commemorate 9-11 at the All-Night Vigil
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ALL-NIGHT VIGIL at Washington Square Park, 6:30 pm (Sept. 10) - 8:45 am (Sept. 11) speakers include Martin Luther King III, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Monica Tarazi, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Amy Goodman, "Democracy Now," Vandana Shiva, Indian ecologist, anti-globalization activist, Manning Marable, Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University, Andrew Rice, Masuda Sultan, Dan Berrigan, Kathy Kelly, Voices in the Wilderness, Talat Hamdani, Michael Ratner, Center for Constitutional Rights, Debbie Almontaser, The Muslim American Society, Pat Humphries & Sandy Opatow, folk musicians, Rev. Billy, comedian, Loung Ung, Cambodian refugee, human rights activist, Emira Habiby Browne, The Arab American Family Support Center, Ataur Rahman, Windows on the World worker, Marino Cordoval, Pres. AFRODES (Afro-Colombian Peace Organization), Vivian Itchon Gupta, GABRIELA Network, LaGuardia H.S. Chorale, Dedrick Muhammad, Harlem activist.

Families of 9-11 Victims Organize for Peaceful Tomorrows
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September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows writes, "As the anniversary of the September 11 tragedies that took our loved ones lives approaches, we ask for your help to make this day a time to reflect on peace and healing. Peaceful Tomorrows is organizing, participating in and promoting events that honor the universality of grief and the hope for a peaceful world. Members of Peaceful Tomorrows will join other victims of terrorism and war from around the world in a 'No More Victims Tour' co-sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, Sept. 6-15. New York City Vigil for Peaceful Tomorrows in Washington Square Park in New York City featuring Martin Luther King III, Amy Goodman, Kathy Kelly and many others on Sept. 10-11. Peaceful Tomorrows is being honored at an interfaith service marking the opening of the 57th Session of the UN General Assembly entitled 'A Celebration of Remembrance and Hope, Dedicated to Victims of Violence Everywhere' on Sept. 11."

How to Teach our Children About 9-11
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Slate's Eric Liu writes, "How we teach about 9/11 matters perhaps more than what we teach. Instead of prescriptive lesson plans of either the self-hating or self-loving sort, and instead of mere explorations of how kids are feeling—likely the dominant classroom theme next week—what we should encourage are more simulations and enactments of current dilemmas, more Socratic questioning and fewer prepared answers, more creation and less indoctrination. Let students calibrate their own scales of justice when one of them has to play the attorney general and another a major journalist and another an unnamed detainee in a 'Model U.S.' exercise. Let them imagine how our reaction to 9/11 would have differed had it happened before the advent of 24-hour visual media, before the icons could have been so highly buffed by the modern machinery of memory. Let them act out how other societies, free and otherwise, would have reacted to such an attack."

Participate in Peace Rallies and 9-11 Vigils Near You!
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In Washington D.C. Sept. 6-14 will be "Days of Remembrance." In Los Angeles, CA, join Peace Center Events on Sept. 8 & 11. In NYC, join the dusk to dawn vigil at Washington Square Park Sept 10-11 with an all-star cast of progressive leaders.

911 Remembered: The Daze After
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Democrats.com member Mirana Comstock invites you to visit her "photographic journey through the aftermath of 9-11, the heroes, the missing and the mourning, in memory of those who died in a city whose heart and spirit refused to die. My husband's 25-year-old first cousin, hired right out of college by Cantor Fitzgerald, was killed, so it was an attack on my family as well as my city. I found the only way I could look into this abyss was through a camera lens. What I saw there is what I now share here. The digging may have stopped at Ground Zero, but I hope these images serve to remind us why we must continue to dig until we find those responsible for causing or allowing this horrible tragedy to happen." The site contains more than 150 images and some audio, including photos that have exhibited at Here Is New York, MOMA, the Museum of the City of New York.

Firefighters Will Protest Bush, But Not at Memorial
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Reuters reports, "Dousing what he called rumors and gossip, the head of the biggest U.S. firefighters union declared on Friday that he will not use a memorial service for fallen comrades to protest pRresident Bush for rejecting funding for fire departments. But International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) President Harold Schaitberger said he is planning to use his union's 255,000 members to protest Bush at other events following his rejection of a $5.1 billion appropriations bill that included $340 million for fire departments. 'I will have people every place the pResident goes,' Schaitberger said in an interview from Las Vegas where the IAFF just concluded a week-long biennial convention... The IAFF is incensed at the rejection of the money to improve communications because systems used by New York City firefighters did not work in some parts of the World Trade Center."

Enraged By Bush's Opportunistic Use of First Responders after 9-11, Firefighters Vow to Boycott 9/11 Event
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Firefighters, police and EMTs are there for everyone, regardless of race, creed, political affiliation, bank balance or fame. They were there for us all on 9/11 and paid a tragic price. Bush exploited their heroism, basking in their limelight as if by osmosis that would make him a hero, too. Alas, the public bought it long enough for him to push his corporate-driven political agenda. Once that was accomplished, he no longer needed the real heroes and proved it by rejecting their request for a much needed budget increase. Now the scales have popped from the eyes of many first responders. Said one firefighter union leader: "Don't lionize our fallen brothers in one breath, and then stab us in the back by eliminating funding for our members to fight terrorism and stay safe." In response to Bush's opportunism, the International Association of Firefighters has voted unanimously to boycott Bush's latest play to scoop up 9/11 press.

After Nine Months, Families of 9/11 Have Received Just 29 Cents of Each Dollar Raised
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The billion dollars a month required to wage a "war on terror" in Afghanistan - but never managed to capture the chief alleged terrorist - was found and funneled to the appropriate channel almost overnight. But now, after nine months, a survey by the Washington Post of the major charities that raised the vast bulk of the funds donated by citizens to Sept. 11 survivors, finds that just 29 cents on the dollar has found its way to survivor families, while roughly 20 cents of each dollar has gone to displaced workers and others affected by the attacks. An additional 40 cents has yet to be distributed, though the money continues to come in - up to $21,500 a day. The charities say they are overwhelmed... Yet the Bush administration has made no effort to step in and remedy the situation.

Kenyan Maasai Tribe Offers Highest Expression of Regard and Sympathy for 911
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"Arrayed in red robes and bead jewelry, impoverished Kenyan Maasai tribespeople gave a U.S. official their most precious possession - cattle - to show sympathy for the bereaved of Sept. 11. 'To the people of America, we give these cows to help you,' read banners held by some among hundreds of Maasai villagers who watched their elders present 15 cattle to a U.S. diplomat Sunday in this huddle of thatch-roofed mud huts near the Tanzanian border… (Acting U.S. ambassador William) Brencick added: 'In the United States, many cows are raised and highly valued. But I know that for the Maasai people the cow is valued above all possessions and that the gift of a cow is the highest expression of regard and sympathy.' 'They say Americans are wealthy and indeed we are in many ways. But when we count the value of these cows, and when we add the value of the great spirits that gave them, we can say without doubt that you seem richer still,' he added."

Bush-DeLay-Pataki Axis of Evil Shafts NYC Once Again
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Bush and his fellow Republicans love to come to NYC for photo ops with New York's Finest and Bravest. But when it comes to delivering the money NYC needs to repair the 911 damage, Bush and the Republicans are AWOL - just like Bush's Air National Guard service. The latest attack on NYC is a threatened telephone and electricity rate hike of $720 million. This will further compound the damage to NYC's working families, already devastated by job losses and deep cuts to city services. Why are Republicans so stingy when it comes to working families? Could it be that working families don't line Republican pockets, the way Enron, Arthur Anderson, Vinson & Elkins etc. do?