WTCSN has launched a Memory and Remembrance initiative to sustain the memory and lessons of September 11. Survivors bear the weight of memory and its responsibility – the duty of bearing witness. How we chose to meet this responsibility can be our greatest legacy.
This program aims to:
The World Trade Center Survivors’ Network, with the help of the Simon Wiesenthal Center*, held a groundbreaking panel discussion entitled “Lessons Forgotten: Survivors Bear Witness”. This event focused on survivors and their experiences, and was hosted by the New York Tolerance Center, located just blocks from Dag Hammarskjold Plaza and the United Nations. Panelists included survivors of the September 11th terrorist attacks, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the Holocaust, Rwanda and Darfur.
WTCSN encourages its members to speak out about their experiences, for the creation of a survivor advocacy group. This will provide September 11 survivors with an opportunity to join together in advocacy, with public speaking opportunities at its core. Our members are able to address audiences around the country on topics such as Lessons Learned, Inspiring Stories of Survival, Personal Growth, and Preparedness.
The WTCSN will provide a specialized survivor speaker training, offering techniques and opportunities to share experiences through media interviews, educational programs, legislative testimony and survivor issues advocacy (long term care, substance abuse, trauma care, etc..)
This will serve as a link between survivors seeking an outlet to let their voice be heard and the members of the public who want to hear firsthand the perspective of a survivor. Through education, awareness and empowerment this group will join survivors together to educate the community, and work with one voice aligned against hatred and intolerance.
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