Your Voice | 9/11 Family Advocacy
After September 11th, thousands of families faced not only the tragic loss of a loved one, but also anger and confusion about how the attacks were not prevented. In response, many family members created advocacy organizations to call for government reforms to prevent future attacks. Some of these groups were driven by a specific issue, others advocated for a variety of issues related to Homeland Security, recovery of remains at Ground Zero, and the 9/11 Memorial at the WTC site.
The following directory lists some of the many advocacy groups founded by 9/11 Family Members after the attacks. If you would like to add your group to the listing, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Steering Committee
The Family Steering Committee (FSC) is an independent, nonpartisan group of individuals who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. Its goals are to monitor progress of the Independent Commission and to keep the public informed about the Commissionís work. (please note the website is no longer actively updated).
Peaceful Tomorrows is an organization founded by family members of those killed on September 11th who have united to turn our grief into action for peace. By developing and advocating nonviolent options and actions in the pursuit of justice, it hopes to break the cycles of violence engendered by war and terrorism. Acknowledging their common experience with all people affected by violence throughout the world, it works to create a safer and more peaceful world for everyone.
The Peaceful Tomorrows Steering Committee is composed of: Kelly Cambell, Loretta Filipoy, Patricio Grehan, Talat Hamdani, Colleen Kelly, John Leinung, Terry Rockefeller, John Titus, Bruce Wallace, and Adele Welty.
The World Trade Center United Family Group
Is a nonprofit group that is comprised of September 11th families, survivors and rescue workers from all over the United States and the world. It strives to provide emotional support to each other, protect the legacy and memory of the victims of the September 11th attacks, ensure an authentic perpetuation of the historic events and promote civic participation within its community and the general public. Its community, built on the principles of trust and shared experience, will serve as a living tribute to the thousands of innocent men, women and children murdered in the September 11th attacks on America.
The founder is Anthony Gardner (brother of Harvey Joseph Gardner III).
9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America
Is a non-partisan affiliation of 9/11 family members who view national security as the country's top priority. The group supports the U.S. military and endorses the doctrine of pre-emption, supported by the 9/11 Commission's statement on terrorist threats: "Once the danger has fully materialized, evident to all, mobilizing action is easier--but it then may be too late." The organization was formed to convey our support for the military and to provide a forum for news and commentary on matters of national security and of interest to 9/11 family members.
The Skyscraper Safety Campaign (SSC)
Its mission is to ensure the safety and security of all the people who live, work, or fight fires in hi-rise buildings. The goals of the group are to have a Federal Comprehensive Investigation into the collapse of the WTC, to encourage better compliance with building and fire codes, to enable Fire Service to have more input into writing Building Codes, and to ensure that all WTC development be safe and secure.
The Regenhard Family founded the organization in memory of Christian Regenhard.
WTC Families for Proper Burial
The advocacy group seeks to inform the public about the injustice of leaving the ashen remains of those lost on 9/11 in a landfill in Staten Island, and to push for relocation of all unidentified remains to the WTC Memorial or other appropriate site.
Diane and Kurt Horning and Arthur and Arlene Russo co-founded the group.