On September 11, Kelly Caldwell muses in the Huffington Post about the lack of a national call to action following 9/11. We could donate money, buy t-shirts… but where was the moment to respond in a more lasting and meaningful way? She writes:

“Nine years later, that grand mobilization has yet to materialize. Even the simplest, most straightforward actions became debacles. Congressional Republicans keep sabotaging the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which would provide medical care to first responders and innocent bystanders who were sickened by the toxic smoke that spewed all over downtown. New York’s repeated requests for help replacing the radio system that failed police and firefighters on September 11th keep getting rejected.

And Friday, two of the people who wrote the 9/11 Report released a study that says we’re not doing what needs to be done to fight Al Qaeda and terrorism abroad.

What do we have instead? A 9-year-old war in Afghanistan; a vitriolic protest over an Islamic community center; a proposed Koran burning in Florida; and a case of national amnesia about the difference between Al Qaeda, (who actually attacked us) and Islam, (a religion with about a billion adherents).

Is it too late? Is it crazy to think there’s still time for the 21st Century rubber drive, a national effort that would starve Al Qaeda (and other fundamentalist groups like it) of its money, wreck its brand, and drain away its membership?”

Nine years later, it’s time “for each of us to deploy our resourcefulness, ingenuity, sacrifice”. Caldwell leaves us with a list of links to take more action (including a link to the AIDemocracy website – thanks Kelly).

We ask ourselves the same questions every day. How can we, as a national network of students founded after 9/11, continually inspire our peers to think and act in ways that will redefine our world? College freshman were 8 years old on 9/11. What does that event mean to them?

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