Author Archives: Cody Switzer
September 13, 2011, 11:35 am
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 memorial in Shanksville, Pa., to mark the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 have struggled. It still needs $10-million.
Memorials started to grow popular in the 1980s as way to commemorate key events, says Erika Doss, a University of Notre Dame professor. “People think if they can make a memorial, they can come to terms with what happened.”
September 1, 2011, 4:49 pm
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 feature artifacts like a fire engine from a New York Fire Department crew that lost 11 members.
The museum isn’t without controversy, though. Plans to store 9,000 bone fragments and other remains in the museum have met resistance from family members who would like those remains to be buried at the monument.
The museum has also attracted complaints about a possible $25 admission fee that …
September 1, 2011, 4:16 pm
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 the facilities to outline how they will reunite families. Nine states don’t require elementary and high schools to adopt disaster plans.
Only six states have plans that the charity says guarantee children will get the care they need in a disaster.
September 1, 2011, 7:56 am
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 says government policies designed to deter terrorism have made many donors afraid to give to Muslim charities. Federal regulators and lawmakers pushed for new policies in the wake of the attacks, saying they were concerned that some charities had served as conduits for transferring money to terrorist groups.
“Since September 11, 2001, Muslim nonprofits, charities, and individuals have…
August 31, 2011, 4:33 pm
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 creed with ease,” said Grant Llewellyn, the symphony’s music director, in a press release. “It also has the power to soothe, heal, and inspire.”
August 31, 2011, 9:48 am
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 and an increasing suicide rate among service members.
TAPS, as the nonprofit is known, has 42 employees who work to connect military families with people who have also faced the death of beloved service members. Last year, the volunteers who work with TAPS contributed 48,000 hours to helping people who are grieving.
The charity operates a telephone hotline families can call at any…
August 29, 2011, 8:03 pm
The credit-card company American Express has teamed up with two charities, MyGoodDeed and HandsOn Network, on their 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance “I Will …” campaign by releasing a new Facebook tool that allows people to find volunteer opportunities nearby.
The tool, available on both the American Express and 9/11 Day Facebook pages, allows people to search HandsOn’s volunteering database, sign up for a project, and invite people they are connected with on Facebook to help, too.
American Express has provided a $1-million grant for large service projects in 20 cities and other efforts to mark the anniversary.
August 26, 2011, 3:32 pm
Runners have two opportunities in New York to raise money for charity this September.
• On September 4, the World Trade Center Run to Remember will be held on Governors Island, in New York Harbor. The event will benefit Tuesday’s Children, the New York Firefighters Burn Center, the Police Athletic League of New York City, and several other organizations.
• On September 25, runners can retrace the final steps of Stephen Siller, a New York firefighter who ran from Battery Tunnel, in Brooklyn, to the World Trade Center the day of the attacks. The run will be followed by an anniversary ceremony featuring former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and the actors John Turturro, Dennis Miller, and Gary Sinise. The run will benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
August 26, 2011, 3:05 pm
The Awareness Foundation, a London charity dedicated to stopping religious violence and conflicts, will mark the 10th anniversary of the September attacks as “Awareness Sunday.”
The day will be marked by a special service of reconciliation at Westminster Abbey and church services across the United Kingdom and the United States. The charity is asking Muslim and Jewish religious groups to observe the date as well.
August 25, 2011, 5:58 pm
The Paley Center for Media, in New York, will host a series of events and exhibits to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
On September 8, the center will host a panel discussion with current and former NY1 television reporters about their work on the day of the attacks and the news media’s role in how the story unfolded.
The center will also show an exhibit of portraits of reporters at work in the days after 9/11 from September 1 through September 25.