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.

December 21, 2009

Dear Friends,

In the eight years that have passed since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Families of September 11 (FOS11) and its members have worked tirelessly on a variety of issues and projects to raise awareness about the effects of terrorism on people and their families. From advocating for the 9/11 Commission to providing information about programs and services available to people who lost a loved one, FOS11 has remained an independent, nonpartisan resource for people.

In the last few weeks we have seen a maelstrom from the press about the decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other alleged terrorists in New York and statements from various groups both for and against the Attorney General’s decision. What is often missing in these arguments is the history behind these decisions—the precedent set in other cases that helps establish “the rule of law,” for which our forefathers fought so long ago.

So many times we heard from the media what “The 9/11 families think…” or “said,” or “want.” But we all know that the people affected by 9/11 are too numerous and diverse to have just one opinion. In 2010 we will test a redesign of our website with this concept in mind. In addition to keeping you up to date on important news related to 9/11, in the new year we’ll go one step further and provide information about the various sides of particular issues so that you can decide for yourself how you feel as a member of the 9/11 family.

Whether or not you agree, the perpetrators of 9/11 will now be brought to justice in New York. It is our goal to provide you with accurate, up-to-date information on the proceedings, and the issues that arise, through our website.

We also find it important that if we are to “never forget” about 9/11, we must educate and inform our children not only about the events of 9/11, but about the nature of conflict in general and the historic context of terrorism around the world. We are actively pursuing this goal with the “4 Action Initiative,” a collaborative project we launched with the New Jersey Department of Education and Liberty Science Center.

At this writing, volunteer teachers are piloting the lessons in selected New Jersey schools so that feedback from teachers can be used in revisions and the full curriculum can be released in the fall of 2010. Once the lessons are finalized, we will work to bring the curriculum to other states and school districts and prepare parents through workshops and meetings.

So much of this work has been done by people volunteering their time and expertise. But in the future there will be real costs associated with these new projects. It is in this spirit that I ask you to consider making a gift to Families of September 11 this holiday season.

Please visit our website at http://www.familiesofseptember11.org/donate.aspx, where you can make a tax-deductible contribution. Or if you prefer, you may send a check or money order to our offices at 1560 Broadway, Suite 711, New York, NY 10036.  Thank you, in advance, for your support.

Yours truly,

Donald W. Goodrich
Chairman of the Board
My son, Peter Goodrich, was on United Airlines Flight 175