For Immediate Release:
Contact: Susan Lerner
August 4, 2011
NY Neighbors for American Values Launches Online Calendar of Events Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of 9/11
Broad coalition provides community calendar to illustrate diversity of New York City response to tragedy
New York Neighbors for American Values today launched a website listing events that will take place to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, www.NYNeighbors911.org. The coalition, which came together last summer in response to the controversy surrounding the proposed Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan, is providing a centralized listing of events so New Yorkers can easily determine how they will commemorate the anniversary of this life-changing event.
"This anniversary provides us with an opportunity to reaffirm our shared values of religious freedom, diversity and equality, and to reject the politics of fear that have too frequently led to a polarizing public debate that is not representative of how most New Yorkers want to move forward from 9/11," said Susan Lerner of Common Cause/NY, the chair of the coalition's steering committee. "NYNeighbors911.org shows that the ways people are responding to the anniversary are much like New York itself: diverse, passionate, representative of myriad cultures and perspectives, and focused on building a better future."
In years past, there has been no central listing of events, making it difficult for New Yorkers to find out about events going on in different communities across the city. Because it is the 10th anniversary of the attacks, there will be hundreds of events, from concerts to memorial services to bike rides and much more. The site, NYNeighbors911.org, which is built around a community events calendar, is provided without advertisements and at no cost to event sponsors. Individuals and organizations are invited to visit the site to learn of the different events they can attend in the coming months and to post information about relevant events. Site users will be able to search by area or event type, to locate the event venue on a map, and will be able to connect with organizations holding events to get more information or to RSVP.
New York Neighbors does not endorse the events listed on www.NYNeighbors911.org, nor can we make any claims about the quality or content of the event. We provide the listings as a public service to encourage New Yorkers and visitors to our city to find the event(s) which will help them commemorate the September 11th anniversary in the way that each finds most meaningful.
Common Cause New York is a coalition member of New York Neighbors for American Values: a coalition of over 130 organizations in support of the constitutional and American values of religious freedom, diversity, and equality. (More information at www.nyneighbors.org.)
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