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For Immediate Release

Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020;
or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167

9/11 Family Member Just Back From Iraq



Rockefeller is just back from Iraq. She lost her sister, Laura, in the attacks on the World Trade Center and is a member of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows,
which just released the following statement: "On Thursday, September
11, 2008, the first bell will ring at 8:46 am. Bells will ring at the
World Trade Center, at the Pentagon, in a field in Pennsylvania. There
will be commemorations in firehouses, churches, synagogues, mosques, and parks. All around the country we will once again be plunged into
total recall of those moments that ticked away so slowly. That day
seven years ago we waited with terror in our hearts for some reassuring
call that would never come. On that day we entered a new era, the 'post
9/11 world.' ...

"During these last seven years, however, we have come to know that we
are not alone. Our grieving has been shaped in large part by the
presence in our lives of many people from points around the globe, all
of whom have been directly affected by violence -- war, genocide,
terrorism. Their courage, their wisdom and their willingness to take
extraordinary risks to stop the cycles of retaliation and revenge have
helped us to see beyond our own private pain.

"In Iraq last week, we attended a meeting of an Iraqi organization called LaOnf,
which in Arabic translates to 'no violence.' It is an organization
started four years ago that is devoted to the teachings of Gandhi and
Martin Luther King, 'absolute nonviolence no matter what.' They have
pledged themselves to this concept and are willing to risk their lives
to spread a culture of nonviolence in every province of Iraq. While we
experienced one day of terror, for them, every day is 9/11. We will
stand in solidarity with LaOnf on this anniversary and spread the word
across this land -- that nonviolence and the recognition of our common
humanity are the only way forward to the survival of this earth. This
year, let us remember them, too."

A nationwide consortium, the Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA) represents an unprecedented effort to bring other voices to the mass-media table often dominated by a few major think tanks. IPA works to broaden public discourse in mainstream media, while building communication with alternative media outlets and grassroots activists.