Friday, September 16, 2005

Mediate This!

This arrived in my inbox, with the actual subject "Mediate This!"

Like I said below, people are getting fed up.

This time it's about the plans to dilute the memorial at the World Trade Center by including a museum to oppressed peoples worldwide, in order, in effect, to show we had retribution coming to us.
September 15, 2005
Contact: Anthony Gardner
Coalition of 9/11 Families
(973) 216-2623

15 Major 9/11 Family Groups Reject LMDC Mediation Plan

If anything, the LMDC has once again demonstrated that it does not understand the difference between having meetings and actually listening to the public.

The LMDC appears not to understand that the objection, in principle, to the presence of the IFC on the World Trade Center site is no longer a matter that can be resolved by 9/11 family groups alone. They have been joined by the 22,000 members of ‘New York’s Bravest”–the Uniformed Firefighters Association– which lost 343 of its active members and three of its retired members in the 9/11 attacks, as well as the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, the state’s largest firefighter organization consisting of 110,000 volunteer firefighters, many of whom participated in the rescue and recovery effort at Ground Zero. These organizations are also joined by more than 46,000 people from all over the country who have signed an online petition calling for the LMDC to remove the IFC and the Drawing Center from the memorial site. We anticipate that the growing list of organizations joining this fight for a proper memorial will increase these numbers exponentially in the coming days.

The LMDC’s stubborn refusal to acknowledge this wider rejection of the IFC mirrors its denial of other critical problems with the larger memorial and memorial museum plans. Constantly fuzzy and, curiously, always reduced projections on the millions of people per year who will visit the memorial do not add up when compared to other major memorials around the country such as the Statue of Liberty.
By creating yet another deaf and redundant ‘process” from which they are removed, the LMDC and Governor George Pataki are simply delaying resolution of an issue which has been clearly laid out before them, as well as wasting time and resources that could be better spent addressing other compelling problems that must be solved before the first shovel is sunk into sacred ground. The time is long overdue for civic and political leaders to act. The IFC must go.

Advocates for 9/11 Fallen Heroes (,,
Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund (
Coalition of 9/11 Families (
Fix the Fund (
Give Your Voice (
Margie Miller 9/11 Support Group (
9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America (
9/11 Families for a Secure America (
September 11th Families Association (
September’s Mission Foundation (
Skyscraper Safety Campaign (
Voices of September 11th (
W. Doyle 9/11 Support Group (
WTC Families for Proper Burial, Inc. (
World Trade Center United Family Group (
Take Back The Memorial!


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