Bad Economy Has Caused Problems for 9/11 Memorial Efforts

In small cities nationwide, a rush of projects started soon after the 2001 attacks to build memorials have sputtered as costs have ballooned and the economic downturn has depressed government and private support, according to the Associated Press.

Hundreds of small memorials have sprouted in the past 10 years, but numerous communities have scaled back or abandoned such projects, and many monuments remain unfinished, the news service says.

Meanwhile, even ambitious efforts like the national …


Post-9/11 Giving by U.S. Muslims Shifts to Domestic Charities

As the U.S. arms of major international Islamic charities have been closed or subjected to heightened scrutiny in the past decade, giving by Muslims in America is increasingly going to U.S. charities, Marketplace reports.

American Muslims observing zakat are directing funds that once flowed to Islamic relief groups to aid Afghan refugees or Gaza children into building mosques locally and supporting clinics and soup kitchens in their communities, according to the public radio program.

The sh…


Sensitive Decisions Confront Curators at Sept. 11 Museum

Curators at the 9/11 Memorial Museum set to open next year at the former World Trade Center site must walk a fine line in presenting the grislier details of the 2001 terrorist attacks, says Reuters.

Some of the more potentially disturbing displays, such as photos of people plummeting from the burning towers or a recording of a flight-attendant’s voice just before she died, will be placed in special alcoves away from the main exhibition, with warnings as to their content so museumgoers will not b…


Mich. Arab-American Museum Focuses on Post-9/11 Impact

A Michigan museum devoted to Arab-Americans is staging numerous activities this week to show the impact of the Sept. 11 attacks on the nation’s Arab and Muslim communities, says the Associated Press.

The Arab American National Museum, in Dearborn–home to one of the largest Arab communities outside the Middle East–will host panel discussions and conferences and record oral histories about post-9/11 life. Admission will be free on Sunday’s Sept. 11 anniversary.

Museum head Anan Ameri said the even…


As 9/11 Memorial Plans to Open, Work Continues on Companion Museum

The 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks will be marked by the opening of a national memorial—but its companion museum will have to wait another year to open, reports Crain’s New York Business.

The September 11 museum, which will be 80,000 square feet and seven stories under the memorial, has raised $57-million of the $79-million it needs to finish construction and pay for its initial operating costs.

The museum will include exhibits about what happened on the day of the attacks and feat…


Most States Unprepared to Protect Children in Disaster, Says Charity

Save the Children, the international children’s aid charity, says that a decade after the September 11 terrorist attacks, most states are unprepared to protect children in an emergency, lacking plans for evacuating day care facilities and schools, reunifying families, or protecting children with special needs.

The study found that 34 states lack plans to take care of youngsters of any age. Twenty-one states don’t require child-care facilities to draft an evacuation plan. Twenty-two don’t require…


Post-9/11 Policies Decreased Giving to Muslim Charities, Scholar Says

Government policies enacted after 9/11 hurt Muslim charities in the short term, decreasing donations by 20 percent to 50 percent immediately after the attacks, and continue to cause fund-raising challenges, says a new report released by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, a nonpartisan research group that studies Muslim issues.

The report, “Charitable Giving Among Muslim Americans: Ten Years After 9/11” by Zahra Jamal, a fellow at the institute, was based on 200 interviews.

She sa…


N.C. Symphony to Perform 9/11 Anniversary Concert

The North Carolina Symphony will perform a concert marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on September 11,  in Raleigh, N.C.

The performance, “Ten Years Later: North Carolina Remembers 9/11,” will include spoken-word performances and selections from the Mozart Requiem and Raleigh composer J. Mark Scearce’s “This Thread,” which is based on Toni Morrison’s poem “The Dead of September 11.”

“Music has the unique ability to bring people together, crossing all boundaries of culture and cr…


Video: 9/11 Spurs Growing Demand for Military Charity’s Services

Shortly after a plane crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, the nonprofit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors issued a plea to volunteers, urging them to help the families of service members killed in the attack.

Dozens of volunteers responded to the call, traveling to Washington at their own expense to help families through a difficult time.

Since then, demand for the organization’s counseling and support services for military families has been growing rapidly, with two wars an…


Arizona and New York Investigate 9/11 Organizations

Regulators in Arizona and New York are looking into spending and fund raising by charities formed in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks or failed to follow registration and disclosure regulations, the Associated Press writes.

The investigations by both states’ attorneys general follow an Associated Press examination of 325 of the charities, which found dozens of groups that did not disclose spending or revenue or paid salaries and benefits to their founders while failing to ac…