Conference of Mayors surveyed all American Mayors of cities over 30,000
population requesting information as to how the Mayor, and his or her city,
responded to the tragic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, on New York
City and The Pentagon.
In the massive
response to this questionnaire, Mayors mobilized on a dozen fronts to calm
their communities, enhance public safety, provide financial and other resources
to the thousands of victims, and call for tolerance against those who might
discriminate against individuals of differing religious or ethnic persuasion.
More than 200
cities responded to our request for information. Here are some samples of
individual reactions across the United States.
Reno Mayor Jeff Griffin led a crowd of hundreds in
observing the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance Friday morning at Reno
City Hall. Representatives from various religious faiths led the crowd in
prayer. Griffin reminded the citizens that, “The terrorist crimes we saw earlier
this week were acts of madmen, not acts of a religious group or an ethnic
minority,” Griffin said. “I ask that we remember we are one people in this
country. We are a nation of immigrants, and we celebrate diversity.”
sent messages to New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Washington Mayor Anthony
Williams, and Chair of the Arlington County Board, Jay Fisette, offering any
help that may be needed. Additionally, the Reno Fire Department and Reno Police
Department are contacting their counterparts in the affected cities to offer
Rhode Island Mayor John O’Leary and
the City of Cranston held a memorial service to honor those who lost their
lives. Attendees included city and state officials, clergy, police and fire
honor guards, and the Cranston East High School Choir.
upon citizens to respect the Arab-American Community or any person who follows
the teachings of the Islamic faith. “It is a time of healing, we must stand
together as a nation, and not let the anger we feel toward these terrorists
cause us to take up violence against one another.”
Mayor Oscar B. Goodman called for a
moment of silence to be observed throughout the community at 8:45 a.m. on
Wednesday the 12th to mark the moment when the first terrorist
attack occurred in New York City. The Mayor asked all Las Vegans and visitors
to stop whatever they were doing at that time to reflect on our nation’s
City Council members purchased over 2,000 T-shirts with the words: “The
American Spirit is Stronger Than Steel, FREEDOM WILL PREVAIL” along with a
photo of New York Fire Fighters raising the American flag for city employees to
wear on Friday, September 21st.
Salt Lake City
Mayor Rocky Anderson, and the Salt
Lake County Mayor participated in a candlelight vigil that nearly 2,000 people
attended. They have asked for people to remember those who died as well as the
rescuers who lost their lives. Anderson encouraged the community to continue to
give both dollars for relief efforts and blood to the Red Cross. The Mayor
donated blood Thursday morning.
receiving several calls reporting verbal and physical violence toward Arabs and
Muslims in the Salt Lake area, Anderson called a press conference to speak
about the importance of unity and the injustice of generally applying the term
“terrorist” to all Muslim and Arabs. Leaders of the Islamic community, as well
as religious leaders of those who had been on the receiving end of racist actions,
were invited to attend.
Mayor Judy Nadler expressed her
condolences on behalf of the entire City Council, stating that the next City
Council meeting will be adjourned in memory of those who have lost their lives.
Nadler reemphasized the President’s words to the people of America to “return
to their lives.” In effort to bring the community together after Tuesday’s
terrible tragedy, the Art and Wine Festival went forward to perform the
important function of raising funds and support for those affected by this
support for the citizens, and Fire and Police Departments of NYC, Washington
DC, and Pennsylvania were available at park entrances for people to sign or
write their personal messages.
Mayor Laurie Sample-Wynn announced
that the City of Port Huron and its employees have set up a Disaster Relief
Fund to receive financial donations from the community to assist the families
of the victims of the recent terrorist attacks on our great nation.
have already begun to help through their prayers and donations of blood. Wynn
encouraged the residents of our community to join City of Port Huron employees
and go one step further and donate financially. The Mayor said, “Together we
can work together to help those in need. All donations will be appreciated,
whether large or small.
Jersey Mayor Chris Bollwage
announced that the City of Elizabeth will be holding an Interfaith Service to
honor those lost, grieving and serving because of the World Trade Tragedy. The
service will include scripture readings, the singing of Hymns and offering of
his hopes are that the service will help the healing process, and strengthen
the sense of unity that is so especially important at this tragic and trying
Gary, Indiana Mayor Scott King sent a message to the people
of Gary to, “focus on the essential importance of maintaining our commitment to
our country and the way of life it represents and to our community. We must
face the aftermath of this horror with strength and we can only be strong
gas stations to not raise gas prices. The city of Gary began immediately to
monitor every station within the city and record any price increases and
aggressively pursue legal action where warranted. The mayor said that “If any
of us use these events for personal gain, we are no better than those who
destroyed countless lives yesterday and would, in actuality, give them
additional gratification of seeing our society turn against itself.”
Mayor Irene Elia asked council
members to postpone budget proposals due to terrorist attacks. The mayor sent a
letter to council members Thursday, asking for a delay in the presentation of
her budget. “The tragedy in New York City is distracting both the legislative
and executive branches of state government, delaying information we need to
complete our budget accurately,” Elia said in her letter.
Fire Department were alert and ready to help out at a moment’s notice. “We’re
ready to go if they tell us to,” Volunteer Fire Company Chief James Clewell
said. “We’re going to do what we can.”
Mayor John Hieftje made a call for
unity and tolerance at the beginning of the City Council meeting. The Mayor’s
office along with the police department, met with members of the clergy in Ann
Arbor. The gathering was well attended by various churches and religious
a member of the Ann Arbor Police Department, and his dog headed to New York to
join an effort that includes more than 50 dogs that specialize in finding
bodies. Ann Arbor firefighters also worked hard to setup a fund-raiser so they
could make a donation.
Steve Burkholder said, “While we are
all overwhelmed with the disastrous and cowardly acts against our country and
individuals, we are also doing everything possible to pick ourselves up and go
on with life as a strong and proud nation. As a city, our residents and
employees have railed together to provide blood donations, funding and
countless acts of kindness.”
local newspaper printed a special edition, which let the citizens know what
their government is doing for their protection, information and security. The
City government let them know that they are prepared to stand ready to do
whatever is needed to aid them and the country in this time of crisis.
San Jose Mayor
Ron Gonzales spoke at an Interfaith
Prayer Vigil held in the city of San Jose. Gonzales honored the many police
officers, firefighters, and military and medical people who died or were
injured in efforts to save others. He had asked for members of the community to
“come together” and support each other across the nation.
“As I continue
to watch Mayor Giuliani lead the City of New York through this disaster, I am
struck by the strength of his city, its people, and its public servants. As
Mayor of San Jose, I can only begin to imagine the magnitude of their task and
the weight of the burdens on the city. I can, however, appreciate their
commitment, their confidence, and their courage to make New York whole again,”
the Mayor said.
Houston Mayor Lee Brown held media briefings on
Tuesday, September 11 advising residents of Houston to help victims by giving
blood and making financial donations. Brown passed a resolution condemning the
attacks and expressing the support and sympathy of the City for the victims and
participated in a televised town hall meeting where he firmly condemned acts of
violence an discrimination based on different ethnic origin or religious
persuasion. Brown also hosted a special, citywide candlelight prayer vigil to
honor the victims of the attack. The Mayor and representatives of all ethnic
backgrounds spoke to and prayed with thousands of residents who attended.
Mayor Pat McCrory told Temple Israel
that Charlotte is safe, in a message to reassure the city’s Jews. McCrory said
that he feels Charlotte has become more united than ever following the attacks.
“We are very diverse- Christians, Jews, Muslims. We have different colors of
skin. But we are all Americans,” the mayor said.
announced that as part of continued response measures to yesterday’s national
tragedies, heightened security measures remained throughout the weekend. The
police department has opened a Command Center within the police department, and
resources were deployed based upon security needs.
Mayor Russell Lloyd first responded
to the terrorist attack through the media. A news conference was held on
Tuesday, September 11, 2001 to assure the safety of the citizens and community
of Evansville. A prayer service was held immediately after the news conference.
Red Cross collected more in four days than in the history of the American Red
Cross in the southern part of Indiana. 1,578 units of blood were collected in a
four-day period. Evansville has also shown it will continue to show strength
and unity by continuing to wear ribbons and display the American flag on cars
and in windows.
Lubbock Mayor Windy Sitton held a news conference to
inform the public that safety measures were taking place at all City
facilities, and she specifically updated the status of Lubbock International
Sitton has met
with members of the local Muslim community with regard to the aftermath of
terrorism. The Lubbock Police Department is also on alert with regard to any
incidence of retaliation. The Citizens of Lubbock have taken steps especially
with regard to collecting money for the American Red Cross.
Mayor Gene Winstead asked the City
Council and citizens to join him in a moment of silence for victims of last
week’s terrorist attack. He read a proclamation extending sympathies to the
families and friends of the victims in New York City, Washington, and
Pennsylvania and offering Bloomington’s support to the cities of New York and
Washington DC and that Bloomington stands ready to provide assistance where and
when it is needed. The City’s web site and local cable TV channel posted
telephone numbers for people to call to offer assistance.
Mayor Paul Held and the City of Claremont,
did everything from withdrawing cash from the bank, to canceling regularly
scheduled City Council meeting. Police detectives were put on patrol,
particularly around schools, and mental health professionals were present at
both youth and senior centers.
community’s Ecumenical Council planned and advertised an Inter Faith Prayer
Service. A standing room only group of citizens, young and old, of all races
and nationalities, gathered in a solemn service as readings came from religious
leaders of all faiths.
“I think this
is an occasion that we all need to come together and recognize the liberties
that we have in this country and the appreciation that we have for them, and
the sorrow we have for people that have suffered losses the past couple days,”
said Hagerstown Mayor William Breichner
to citizens at a prayer assembly.
In effort to
assist those directly affected by the tragedy in New York City and Washington
DC , the City will host a Casual Day for the City of Hagerstown employees to
help raise funds for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
Minnesota Mayor Morris Lanning urged
all Moorhead residents to join in the observance of the National Day of Prayer
and Remembrance. Lanning told citizens to pray for and show support and concern
for all victims and their families, rescue, law enforcement, and military and
vigil was held at the Moorhead High School gymnasium. Over 1500 people attended
this one hour prayer and musical service. The prayers focused on families of
those affected by the tragedy, for the country to pull together during this
time, and for the leaders of the country.
At 9:30 a.m.
on September 11, Bayonne Mayor Joseph
Doria, Jr. proclaimed a state of emergency in Bayonne following the
terrorist attack in New York. More than 500 people who escaped from Lower
Manhattan sought refuge in Bayonne. The people who came to Bayonne were
welcomed at shelters by the Mayor, the City Council Members, and other
community leaders, police officers, fire fighters, medical personnel, and
Police Department, and Fire department recalled off-duty officers to work to
increase security and safety in the community. Since the Bayonne Bridge and New
Jersey Turnpike were closed on September 11, there were many stranded motorists
in Bayonne. Some joined the others in shelters. Others waited in cars. Still
others stayed in local stores or were invited in by Bayonne residents.
Mayor Paul Bowden and the City of Cerritos
came together at a candlelight vigil organized by a Cerritos resident in the
Cerritos Civic Center. Hundreds of residents and City staff at the vigil sang
hymns and prayed for people hurt or killed in the attack. A procession was then
formed and they walked together to Cerritos Town Center.
In support of
the National Day of Prayer and remembrance for the Victims of Terrorist Attack
on September 11, the City displayed a new 12 by 18-foot flag of the United
States of America. The giant flag is proudly displayed on the Cerritos
Sheriff’s Community Safety Center.
Wisconsin Mayor John D. Medinger
held a live TV Press Conference to assure the people the emergency government,
police, fire and airport were on “high alert” and appealed for people to pay
attention to their surrounding but have “cautious calm.”
A Prayer Vigil
and a Prayer Service were held in La Cross where over 2,000 people were in
attendance. The Red Cross Bloodmobile Drive was also the largest ever with over
1,200 donors in three days. The Mayor also gave blood.
Mayor Alex G. Fekete and the City
Council held an observance for the victims of Tuesday’s terrible events. The
Mayor made a brief statement, and introduced Flanagan High School chorus
members, who sang God Bless America.
Police Officers and students from our City-operated Charter Elementary, Middle
and High Schools have made donations and collected funds for the relief
Pennsylvania Mayor Steve Reed acted
promptly to heighten security in city government buildings and surrounding
areas in wake of Tuesday’s terrorist attacks.
Rescue One Unit was immediately dispatched to NYC. Additional fire, police, and
EMS personnel, along with heavy equipment and operators were organized to
remain on stand-by. The Mayor also traveled to NYC to visit the disaster site
on September 17 to bolster rescue teams’ spirit and morale. In further
responding to relief efforts, a New York City Relief Fund was organized with proceeds
to be used at the discretion of the City of New York.
urged tolerance and fairness, particularly in response to potential threats
aimed at local companies owned or operated by people of Arab descent. He told
citizens that their country was a great country “founded on fairness, decency
and freedom” and reminded them that “blaming an entire ethnic group or religion
would be ridiculous and untrue and only mirror the hate and prejudice the
terrorists themselves exhibited toward America.”
Mayor Bart Peterson responded
several-fold to Tuesday’s terrorist attacks. In addition to calling for
increased security and safety measures, Peterson worked with city officials and
the Emergency Management Division to reassure citizens’ fears.
firefighters and two mobile units were sent to assist in recovery efforts in
NY. Memorial services included a 42-hour police and fire vigil at the State
dispatched police officers to ensure the protection of local mosques. He also
held a press conference on tolerance highlighting that Americans of different
ethnic origins should not be targeted. He stated that “American Muslims are no
more like the terrorists that brought down the WTC than he is, as a tall white
male, like Timothy McVeigh.” Additionally, Collage, the monthly call-in show on
race and diversity sponsored by the Mayor, featured a special discussion with
local Muslim leaders.
Ocala Mayor E. L. Foster called on all citizens to
remain calm as police officers were dispatched to key locations throughout the
city in response to Tuesday’s terrorist attacks.
In addition to
community-wide fund-raisers and relief efforts, the Mayor met with the
editorial board of the local newspaper to condemn the various hate crimes
occurring throughout the nation. He reminded people that “one of the great
stories of the past 50 years is the progress we have made in coming to terms
with our diversity.” He urged citizens not to let their anger destroy that
learning of the terrorist attacks in New York City, Kansas City Mayor Kay Barne's office took part in the decision with top city officials to
activate the city's Emergency Operations Center which remained in effect
throughout the night. Security was tightened around the government district and
a safe-zone of surrounding streets was closed until late Wednesday afternoon.
In response to
helping recovery efforts, six members of the city's fire department were sent
to work as part of the recovery team in New York. Fundraising efforts by
various local media organizations have been coordinated and as a result, one
television station raised more than $1.5 million.
tragic time, Mayor Barnes has implored citizens to practice tolerance of all
ethnic and religious groups which was underscored in a memorial service
scheduled for the victims on Thursday. The Mayor also encouraged people to fly
the American flag at their home.
citizens donated funds and blood to the American Red Cross and held an
interfaith community event to express unity. The City’s Director of
Communication, who is also employed by FEMA, was deployed to New York City to
assist with the recovery efforts. The city observed President Bush’s National
Day of Prayer and Remembrance on the steps of City Hall where Eugene Mayor James D. Torrey pointed to the flag as
a sign of the community’s resolve saying, “It’s at half-staff, but unbroken.”
The Mayor led Eugene in several observances across the community including a
somber parade where Eugene Firefighters Honor Guard headed the parade to honor
fallen firefighters. The city encouraged children and their parents to attend
events to observe the tragedy. Mayor Torrey was among several city leaders to
visit the director of the Islamic Cultural Center of Eugene to listen to the
concerns from local Muslims and to organize community support for tolerance.
Mayor Torrey said local Muslims should not go into hiding but should also not
take unnecessary risks. “I told them there will be very trying time in the
weeks and months ahead, and we have got to get through this together,” he said.
Texas Mayor Jose A. Aranda, Jr. gathered
city leaders together to express their shock and sadness about the terrorists
attacks. The Mayor put in place security measures for their border city
including the international bridges, which remained open. Out of respect for
citizens dealing with the trauma of the event the local mall and federal
offices closed on Tuesday. The Mayor kept citizens informed through press
conferences. The Eagle Pass Fire Department is conducting a fund-raiser for the
Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and the Local Red Cross Chapter is holding blood
drives. Mayor Aranda said, “The city has seen a resurgence in patriotism, which
Harvey Johnson Jr., responded to the
recent attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and on the Pentagon in
Washington DC, by taking extra steps in increasing the security to Federal
Buildings, City Buildings and City Water Plants. He also assigned bomb squads
to assure the right of way for trains and the international airport and has
established security at area firehouses and offered to send support and aid to
the New York City Fire Department.
In addition to
these measures Mayor Johnson proclaimed a day of morning and enacted the police
department to provide extra protection to Islamic businesses and citizens to
help reduce the risk or occurrence of harassment.
York Mayor William F. Glacken,
responded to the attacks on the Trade Center on September 11th, by
rushing members of the Village of Freeport’s volunteer Fire Department, along
with volunteers from the Village Police Department and Emergency Management
Team to the site in New York City to assist in the rescue operation.
“In Freeport, many
of our volunteer firefighters are also members of the New York City Fire
Department or members of the Police Department. Our village residents are
struggling with the loss of friends, neighbors, and family members. In an
effort to assist the community in this time of tragedy, we prepared a letter
describing our participation in the rescue efforts and offered whatever
assistance we could provide to our residents.”
The Village of
Key Biscayne and Mayor Joe I. Rasco,
after the terrorist attack, adopted a resolution to unequivocally support
President Bush and authorized the village manager to provide recovery and
relief assistance while expressing sympathy for the victims and the families of
the village immediately deployed Chief of Fire Rescue, John C. Gilbert,
together with three additional firefighter/paramedics to ground zero in New
York City where they remain to assist in the rescue and recovery process.
The Village of
Arlington Heights and Mayor Arlene J.
Mulder, held an interfaith candlelight vigil to honor the memory of those
who perished on the morning of September 11th, 2001 and those who
are still missing after the horrific act. The village also banded together and
hosted a community blood drive for the victims of the attack.
of Mountain View, California and Mayor Mario
Ambra are coping with the tragedy in New York City in their own special
way. They created a community remembrance book for the city to express their
sympathy, hope and healing to those who have experienced so much pain and loss.
The book as well as community contributions are being established for a
memorial to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001.
Mayor John R. Rooff and the City of Waterloo,
Iowa are taking an active stance after what happened on Tuesday by
strengthening the city’s security and police force for possible terrorist
threats on federal, state and city property. All department heads were brought
together to insure that all lines of communication were open and that in the
event the city would experience such a problem, an action plan would be in
Personnel and community donations are being sent to assist workers in New York,
Washington and Summerset for the rescue and recovery efforts.
Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace and the community of
Colorado Springs, Colorado, in light of the recent tragedies have stepped up
their efforts to protect their city by adding extra security on all levels
including local, state and community buildings and landmarks.
raised for the American Red Cross by the local Television Broadcasters and
Colorado Springs was the first to send a plane to Denver with blood for the
The City of
Raytown refused to sign for packages not accounted for as a safety precaution
and re-worked it’s safety plan to make up grades for safer living conditions in
this confusing time that we live in. The city also established a blood drive to
assist in the on going efforts of the Red Cross to assist those who were
injured in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
themes of grief, unity, peace, hope and remembrance, Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogard issued a statement and
recorded an announcement for cable television inviting the community to an
interfaith service on Thursday, September 13th. Additionally, the
Pasadena Police and Fire Departments partnered with the local Red Cross chapter
to collect $350,000 for disaster relief. Plans are currently being considered
to establish a forum through the Police Department’s Human Rights Commission to
respond promptly to harassment based on ethnicity.
Redding, California Mayor David L.
McGeorge took immediate action to protect residents from additional attacks
or copycat actions by establishing an Emergency Operations Center comprised of
state, county and city agencies and holding an interfaith vigil on Tuesday,
September 18th. The Redding Fire Department, in cooperation with the
International Association of Fire Fighters, began a major fund-raiser for the
families of New York City’s emergency personnel.
with police and fire chiefs to shore up emergency personnel City of
Hattiesburg, Mississippi Mayor Johnny
DuPree, along with local government officials developed an emergency
response strategy from helping in emergency response patrols to developing
short-term gasoline policy. A joint statement to the media was released
encouraging citizens to return to business as usual and encouraging blood
donation, monetary support and prayer for the relief effort.
the city organized a prayer service, and the Fire Department held a memorial
service on Friday which included a wreath-laying on the Fire Fighter Memorial.
An identical wreath was sent to New York. A Fund-raiser “Pine Belt Unites” was
held on Wednesday, September 19th to raise money for fire, police
and rescue personnel in New York.
with the Emergency Management Advisory Board, Bloomington Indiana Mayor John Fernandez discussed public safety
and heightened security at mosques, synagogues and in ethnic neighborhoods. The
city began working with the local American Red Cross Chapter to prepare for the
possibility that the 1000 passengers diverted to Indianapolis International
Airport may need emergency shelter.
website has been used to keep the public abreast of important information,
including ways to contribute. The local firefighters union has begun accepting
donations for the families of emergency personnel. The city’s Safe and Civil
City program is working with several organizations to keep tolerance on the
forefront. City employees participated in the statewide moment of silence on
Friday, September 14th.
Jersey Mayor James Anzaldi
proclaimed Friday, September 14th a Day of Prayer in memory of the
victims. Additionally, the city participated in a candle light vigil on Sunday,
September 16th on the steps of city hall and the high school.
Eighty-nine members of Clifton Police Department responded to the World Trade
Center attack and were assigned to search, rescue and recovery at Ground Zero.
Puerto Rico Mayor Alfredo Alejandro
Carrion immediately met with staff and drafted statements expressing his
deepest condolences and support to the community, especially those with
families and friends effected by the tragedy. Additionally, a prayer service
was conducted on city hall the following Thursday.
following the tragedies, Concord, California Mayor Laura Hoffmeister, Police Chief Ron Ace and the City Manager,
Edward James, met with representatives of the Islamic Center of Contra Costa.
The mayor and the police chief assured the representatives the City would not
tolerate any incidents of harassment and encouraged Center members to report
any threats or acts of violence. The police department has developed and
implemented an outreach program for Muslim business owners.
department is also in close contact with the school districts, facilitating
communication for the students and staff. On September 23rd, the
city, along with the Contra Costa Newspapers is sponsoring a family concert.
Families are encouraged to bring American flags and wear red, white and blue as
a sign of unity and remembrance.
following the attack, Somerville, Massachusetts Mayor Dorothy A. Kelly Gay
convened a meeting of all emergency management personnel to ensure disaster
plans were in place. The city used local cable television and its’ website to
keep residents abreast of information on city happenings.
worked with the local American Red Cross affiliate to organize a blood drive
and established a relief fund through the mayor’s office, the Somerville
Chamber of Commerce and Winter Hill Bank to raise $10,000 for the Red Cross.
The police department is on heightened alert for signs or acts of intolerance
and harassment. Finally, the city is organizing a candlelight interfaith vigil,
“Somerville Stays United.”
Mayor Harriet Miller, and the city’s
Emergency Services Council convened the morning September 11 to plan for any
further terrorist activities. Airport security was heightened, and the city’s
Emergency Operations Center was prepared for action. Santa Barbara established
a new Incident Action Plan with the following main objectives: protecting
public life, health and safety; maintain the continuity and ensure the security
of the local government; and maintain the operability and functionality of the
employees were advised to exercise caution and be aware of unusual items or
person. Municipal employees were also informed of a counseling service
available for people needing help with the personal impact of the attacks.
Similarly, the local chapter of the American Red Cross planned to send a
contingency of specially-trained volunteers to NYC. In keeping with the wishes
of President Bush, Mayor Harriet Miller and Acting City Administrator Peter K.
Wilson ordered all municipal buildings to lower their flags to half staff.
Also, city employees were allowed leave from work to attend noon-time services
on Friday, September 14, for a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance.
Huntington, New York Town Supervisor Frank
P. Petrone took many steps in response to the terrorist attacks. The city
ordered the opening of their Emergency Operations Center. All city government
buildings were granted increased security. The Town of Huntington also
organized a blood drive for municipal workers and members of the business
community. Volunteer lists of city employees were also constructed if their
assistance was needed in the recovery effort in nearby New York City. To
prepare for possible racial violence,
the Anti-Bias Task Force was convened to discuss measures necessary for the
protection of ethnic and religious minorities from hate crimes.
Petrone also ordered city operations closed for two and one half hours on
Friday, September 14, to observe the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance.
The city has also planned a Community Interfaith Candlelight Vigil for Sunday,
September 23, to allow Congressmen and local religious leaders to communicate
with the citizens of Huntington. A memorial fund is also in the developing
stages to benefit and support family members of victims from Huntington.
President Peter Moy of Lincolnwood,
IL, near Chicago, stepped up the police presence at city offices, public
schools, and Jewish Synagogues and the nearby Muslim Community Center. The city
organized a city-wide blood drive to aid the victims of the events in New York
City. The local Radisson also took in airline passengers who were unable to fly
from Chicago’s O’Hare airport during the nation-wide airport closing by the
To reassure the citizens of Lincolnwood of the leadership’s views,
President Moy issued a statement denouncing any acts of harassment and threats
toward people of different ethnic origins and religious persuasions. The local
Human Relations Commission also heightened its presence to prevent any type of
Wisconsin Mayor Ted Wysocki,
immediate response to the terrorist acts in New York City was the posting of a
statement on the city’s website that offered consolation and hope to the
townspeople. Municipal employees established a fundraising effort to donate to
the New York Red Cross. City workers skilled in the use of heavy equipment have
also volunteered their services to NYC if they are needed.
New Berlin were back to normal near the end of last week, and they observed the
National Day of Prayer and Remembrance with a candlelight ceremony during
pre-game activities at the local high school football game.
Mayor Victor Ashe took many measures
in response to the recent terrorist attacks in New York City. The emergency
response command center was opened to prepare for any possible continuation of
the attacks, security was heightened at municipal buildings, and the local airport
was forced to adhere to increased security measures. The Muslim community was
also provided additional protection to prevent vandalism to Mosques and direct
Ashe urged all citizens to fly the American flag proudly at their places
of business and homes. Extensive blood drives were conducted, and many
fund-raisers were held to supply relief to the recover efforts in New York and
Washington. The mayor participated in a telethon sponsored by the local ABC-TV
affiliate which raised of $500,000 for emergency relief. In observance of the
recent call to arms of the United States Military, Mayor Ashe also issued an
executive order providing benefits of families of any city employee called up
for military service.
Rochester, NY, Mayor William Johnson, Jr., reacted to the tragic events through offering
the use of his community’s resources to nearby New York City. Local emergency
medical personnel were dispatched to New York to aid with the initial rescue
efforts. The local Red Cross chapter committed a sizable portion of its
inventory to New York, also. Various blood drives were held to keep the city’s
banks full. The mayor personally participated in a fund-raiser by a local
television station to raise over $1 Million for the recovery efforts.
Mayor Johnson has been especially outspoken on the possibility of
violence against racial and ethnic minorities. Johnson participated in several
interfaith services, and he has demonstrated his support of the Muslim
community in Rochester. In an essay in the local paper, Mayor Johnson stated,
“We must end the domestic war that we have declared on each other by
eliminating the divisive and destructive rhetoric,…by eliminating racial,
ethnic and gender distinctions,…and by better understanding conditions endured
by peoples in other parts of the world.”
Several firefighters from Pawtucket, RI, discovered firsthand the damage
caused by the terrorist attacks in New York City on Tuesday, September 11. A
total of seventeen local firefighters traveled to New York to aid in the rescue
and recovery efforts. Pawtucket Mayor James
Doyle bestowed upon these men the label of “heroes” as they returned from
offering their services to the city of New York. Mayor Doyle also organized a
municipal memorial service for citizens to express their grief and mourn in the
presence of their neighbors.
As in most
cities, threats against persons of Middle Eastern origin and those of the
Muslim faith have been numerous. Mayor Doyle has publicly denounced these hate
crimes. “The vile acts of terrorism in New York and Washington, DC, were
committed by a few evil, sadistic fanatics and not by your neighbors and fellow
business owners of Arabic descent or the Muslim faith.” Doyle expressed his
intent to prosecute anyone whose acts “rise to the level of criminal conduct.”
Mayor Kevin Crawford has taken
several opportunities to allow the community to display its grief and unite in
patriotism following the events September 11. A candlelight parade was
organized by the local Fire and Police Departments which traveled throughout
the city gathering numbers, culminating in a flag raising ceremony in a local
park. A city-wide nighttime lighting event was also formulated for the
community to show support for New York and Washington. The Veterans Memorial
was also dedicated as the official site for leaving tangible items of memorial,
such as flowers, flags or notes.
The city of
Schenectady has taken alternative means to raising funds for the relief efforts
in New York City. Mayor Albert
Jurczynski teamed up with Clear Channel Broadcasting to launch a bottle and
can drive. Those items donated will be recycled at the local Redemption Center
where a portion of the proceeds will be added to the relief fund. Similarly,
local organizations are launching fund-raisers to benefit the animals injured
or left homeless from the attacks. A “Walk for Animals” is planned to allow the
purchasing of food, water, and shelter for these orphaned animals.
Augusta, Mayor Bob Young of
Augusta, GA, has used increased visibility to calm and soothe his community.
Mayor Young has appeared in numerous radio talk shows, press conferences, and
briefings to inform the citizens of Augusta of the status of their community.
To aid in the recovery efforts, the Augusta Disaster Medical Assistance Team
was dispatched to Washington, DC Citizens have also participated in numerous
blood drives and fund-raisers for the American Red Cross and other agencies.
Most important of these is the “September 11th Care and Prayer
Crusade.” In coordination with several neighboring cities, this initiative has
the goal of raising $1 Million for the families of victims and the terrorist
ethnic and religious discrimination, Mayor Young and the Human Relations
Commission conducted a service on racial unity.
Durham Mayor Nicholas Tennyson issued a proclamation
stating September 14th, 2001 as a “Day of Prayer and Remembrance for
the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001.” This statement
expressed grief for the unimaginable loss of life and expressed the outright
and unconditional support of President Bush and the national government to end
terrorism and bring the perpetrators to justice. This proclamation also,
however, expressed a strong desire to preserve national unity and respect the
ethnic and religious diversity of their community.
The city of
Arlington, TX, has taken extensive steps to show its concern for the victims of
the events of September 11th. In two letters Mayor Elzie Odom expressed the city’s support
for both New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and President George W. Bush.
Accompanying the letters were banners donated by a local firm and signed by
citizens of Arlington. In the letter to the President, Mayor Odom stated, “Please
accept this banner as a taken of Arlington’s support for you, for the victims
and families of Tuesday’s heinous attack, and for our country.” Numerous
Arlington residents also participated in blood drives and fund-raisers.
MI, the most important aspect of the aftermath of the terrorist attacks is the
inflamed anti-Arab sentiment. A series of meetings were held concerning local
law enforcement, community officials including Mayor Donald Fracassi, and the Arab American and Chaldean Council. The
major focus of this conference was the possible security needs of the Arab and
Chaldean citizens in Southfield. Local business expressed fear that they may be
forced out of business or harassed, but local authorities ensured these groups
of their support.
police, fire and sheriff departments organized fund raisers to aid the families
of the slain rescue workers in New York City.
Texas united behind the Star Spangled Banner at a special community-wide event.
“Proud to be Americans” was developed by city officials to “bring together the
cultural diversity of the community to show that residents are united together
during a time of tragedy. A musical gala was punctuated by remarks from Mayor Dean Hrbacek and Congressman Tom DeLay,
Republican Majority Whip in Congress.
Sugar Land, many memorial and prayer services have been conducted. City
officials observed moments of silence and lowered all flags to half staff.
Extensive fund-raisers have raised money for fallen public safety and emergency
officers in New York City. A heightened police presence has been instilled at
the local Ismaili Jamatkhana Muslim community center.
Michigan Mayor Michael Guido acted
promptly to hold a press conference and issue a statement concerning the city’s
response to the terrorist attacks. Mayor Guido assured the citizens of Dearborn
that public safety will be maintained with the doubling of the normal patrol
presence. The mayor also met with Ford Motor Company Chairman William Ford,
Jr., to discuss additional security concerns for the Ford community and
possible relief efforts. The city of Dearborn also acted as a temporary shelter
where international passengers from the nearby Detroit Metropolitan Airport
could rest until the FAA allowed flights to resume.
Arab-American presence in Dearborn was of special concern to Mayor Guido. A
“Resolution of Support and Unity” was presented to the Dearborn American-Arab
Chamber of Commerce from the Dearborn COC as a show of support for the Arab
community. Mayor Guido stated, “Dearborn stands united, as one community, in
condemning this act of violence and in expressing our collective sympathy to
the victims and their families.” To supplement this expressed sympathy, the
Dearborn Firefighters conducted a Burn Drive, and the Dearborn Police Officers
Charity conducted a fund-raiser to aid the families of slain emergency response
personnel in New York City.
The Village of
Hempstead, NY, understands firsthand the tragedy in New York City. Two members
of the Hempstead Volunteer Fire Department are among the missing in the
devastation of the World Trade Center towers. This hit to home has produced a
surge in patriotism and generosity. Mayor James
Garner has repeatedly appealed to the citizens of Hempstead to provide a
steady supply of blood donors to the American Red Cross. Mayor Garner also
lauded the efforts of a local supermarket, Stop & Shop, who established the
American Heroes Fund to benefit the victims and families of victims.
also issued a resolution to the Village Board of Trustees who unanimously
approved of its contents. The resolution expressed grief and words of support
to the leaders of our country. This statement also urged all residents of
Hempstead to display the American Flag “as a symbol of our resolve to heal the
wounds left by the terrorists and strengthen our democracy and support.”
response in Fort Worth, Texas was almost immediate as Fort Worth is part of one
of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States. The Emergency
Operations Center was at its highest level of readiness immediately following
the second plane strike in New York City. Soon thereafter Mayor Kenneth Barr staged a press conference
to alert the community of its readiness and provide some reassurance. The city
manager also informed municipal employees of the employee assistance programs
to help them cope with the impact of the terrorist attacks.
religious leaders organized a public show of unity with the support of the Fort
Worth city officials. According to Mayor Barr, this session has been
“instrumental in promoting the positive aspects of diversity, the pitfalls of
hatred and encouraging tolerance of our fellow American citizens.” The Police
Chief also met with the local Muslim leadership to address security needs and
offer protection to Arab-owned business and places of worship. A city employee
blood drive was held to increase blood supplies during the imminent decrease in
inventory following the attacks.
several members of the Fort Worth Fire Department are on-site in New York City
to aid in the recovery effort through the Texas Task Force/FEMA. These men will
be on site until September 24th.
California Mayor David Smith
expressed his feelings about the terrorist attacks in a statement to the City
Council a few days following the cruelty inflicted upon the workers at the
Pentagon and the World Trade Center. “As a free people, we stand united against
such terrorism. These acts do not destroy us; they bring us together as a
nation,” stated Smith. The mayor also offered the unreserved support of the
citizens of Newark to the rescue workers and the leaders of our country.
Newark were urged to contribute a monetary or blood donation to the American
Red Cross. Concerning Arab-owned businesses and Muslim places of worship, the
city Police Department contacted them directly and asked them to report any
vandalism or hate crimes immediately.
response in Brea, California was that of increased unity and patriotism.
Following the standard increase in security around schools and municipal
buildings, citizens joined together to grieve in the company of one’s
neighbors. Initiated by Mayor Roy Moore
and City Manager Tim O’Donnell, the “Brea Believes In America” patriotic
initiative struck home with national pride. This initiative asked all citizens
of Brea to fly the Star Spangled Banner at their houses and workplaces.
Attendants at the city council meeting also observed a moment of silence in
respect to the victims of New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania. Mayor
Moore also addressed an interfaith prayer gathering of citizens on the National
Day of Prayer and Remembrance.
The city of
Brea was also instrumental in publicizing the need for donating blood and
giving monetary donations. The city website listed contact information for a
number of agencies accepting donations and volunteers.
Mayor Theresa Estness attended a
candlelight vigil organized by local high school students. There were over one
thousand people in attendance. On the National Day of Remembrance, a group of
firefighters and office staff members met near the flagpole located at city
hall for silent reflection, sang “God Bless America,” and recited the Pledge of
Allegiance. All attendees were encouraged to voice their thoughts.
that her community can pull together and see what can be done to help those
affected by the tragedy, “But quite honestly, I don’t know that we will ever
fully comprehend the magnitude of this horrific act,” she said.
Mayor John Rohman said that most of
the media attention in Bangor focused on the Bangor International Airport. This
intensified over the next several days based on media reports that several of
the terrorists may have traveled to Boston by way of Bangor International.
Rohman made a
statement of support for Bangor’s Middle Eastern Community saying, “We urge
every citizen of Bangor and our region to stand with the City of Bangor in
embracing our friends and neighbors. As a city and as a community, we shall not
tolerate any acts which threaten anyone in our community, be they white or
black, English or Egyptian, Protestant or Muslim.
California Mayor Ed Estes told the
citizens that, although they did not consider Vista a likely target of
terrorist attack, they had taken certain precautions. All emergency personnel
were available to assist other agencies if necessary.
“And while the
entire City of Vista expressed its deep sorrow for the tragedy that has
occurred on the East Coast, city offices and all operations will continue to be
open to serve the needs of our community,” the Mayor said.
Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer encouraged everyone to
resist the urge to blame local Arab Americans during a press conference. Police
have been patrolling neighborhoods, with particular attention to Arab-American
owned businesses and worship sites in the community.
100 firefighters and 20 emergency medical technicians signed up to relieve
personnel in New York. Volunteers were placed on waiting lists for both areas.
Detroit has remained in contact with the Fire Department in New York, and the
New York Police Department.
City of Dallas
Mayor Ron Kirk and Mayor ProTemp
Mary Pass have participated in prayer services and media opportunities in which
they strongly advocated tolerance and clearly denounced threatening or
harassing actions, especially against places of religious worship.
Department employee, Mike Rickman, is assisting FEMA with their response to the
tragedy, while Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA franchise,
donated $1 million to give on behalf of the city to the recovery effort.
California Mayor Brad Nix and the
Oakley Chamber of Commerce put signs up asking for donations to aid victims and
families of the terrorism. All donations will go to a specially designated Red
Cross fund for the victims and families of victims.
encouraged citizens to fly an American Flag for thirty days as a symbol of
their resolve to persevere and remind all that the local community stands
together with the nation. He also encouraged those of faith to remember the
victims in their prayers.
Island Mayor Scott Avedisian,
representatives of churches, city services, the City Council, and all parties
joined in prayer with more than 100 citizens Thursday. Avedisian called it, “A
gathering of support.” The community came together as remarks and prayers were
spoken, and as everybody joined in singing “God Bless America.” People cried,
bowed their heads and waved the American flag.
requested residents to send their contributions to the American Red Cross, the
United Way, and the Presiding Bishop’s fund for World Relief through the
Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island.
Jersey Mayor Eddie Campbell, Jr., in
concert with the town council, proposed and passed unanimously a resolution
that declared September 14, 2001 a Day of National Unity and Mourning. The
resolution denounced the senseless attacks of the hijackers and praised the
efforts of the many emergency response workers in both New York and Washington,
DC Mayor Campbell also expressed the unconditional support of the township for
President Bush and his Cabinet, our nation’s Armed Forces, Congress, and all
local law enforcement agents.
significant statement in this resolution was the declaration of mutual
resources for the recovery efforts. “We stand ready…to share whatever of our
resources may be needed for the rescue and recovery efforts,” said Mayor
Campbell. This resolution was forwarded to New Jersey Governor DiFrancesco,
Senators Torricelli and Corzine, and to their State Legislature signaling the
support of Wilingboro.
Laguna Niguel, California Mayor Cathryn DeYoung’s response was one of
immediacy and rationality. Instantaneous contact was established with schools,
public safety agencies, and Federal Building officials to obtain a general
understanding of the circumstances for possible continuation of the attack and
emergency procedures. Laguna Niguel was encouraged to show its patriotism by
displaying the American flag at their homes to complement those displayed by
the city on street lights. In concordance with the wishes of President Bush, a
local Day of Prayer and Remembrance was established on Friday, September 14, to
allow all city employees to participate in a lunchtime memorial service.
and the City Council worked closely with disaster relief agencies to distribute
information to its citizens about blood drives and locations for donating gifts
and other resources for the rescue and recovery effort. The mayor has also
chosen to support a local group named “Teens Against Terrorism” that plans to
raise funds for the efforts in New York and Washington. Mayor DeYoung made it
explicitly clear that hate crimes against ethnic and religious minorities are
inappropriate and will not be tolerated. “We .. pray for tolerance [for] we
cannot let evil creep into our great Nation. We must stand united.” These words
were spoken by Mayor DeYoung at a prayer opening a Laguna Niguel City Council
Union City, New Jersey Mayor Brian P. Stack and his staff watched
in horror from the windows of their conference room as both World Trade Center
towers were struck by planes hijacked by terrorists. Union City’s location is
key to New York City as it is just one mile from the Lincoln Tunnel connecting
New York City with New Jersey. With such proximity to the attacks, Mayor Stack
and his staff worked quickly and decisively to deal with the emergency in
nearby New York. City Hall was closed immediately, and all local emergency
response agencies were called together to create a united and organized effort.
played an integral role in the time immediately following the attacks in New
York City. A number of police officers were sent to assist the Port Authority
Police to handle traffic and pedestrian control on the New York side of the
tunnel. The police presence within the city was heightened as officers were
also positioned at several intersections throughout Union City. To provide
security to Jewish schools and Muslim places of worship, police officers were
also stationed at these locations.
officials have also worked a great deal on the rescue and recovery efforts in
New York. The local EMS activated an emergency triage center to handle overflow
from the New York City hospitals. Several EMT’s from Union City were among the
first to arrive at the World Trade Center towers following the attacks. Local
police officers and firefighters have participated personally at “Ground Zero”
to aid in the recovery efforts. Union City was more than willing to aid its
neighbors and fellow Americans in their time of need.
New York, Mayor Ernest D. Davis
played an central role in comforting his constituents. In a candlelight vigil
on September 13, Mayor Davis and several members of local religious groups
addressed a group of over 600 to express their grief for those who lost their
lives in the senseless terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, DC, and
Pennsylvania. The City of Mount Vernon claims over 98 ethnic nationalities in
its citizenry, so a plea for tolerance and unity was essential.
Many of Mount
Vernon’s police officers, firefighters and public works employees have
volunteered their services at “Ground Zero” in New York City to aid with the
recover efforts. Mayor Davis has also been active in publicizing the need for
blood donations and supplies for those at “Ground Zero.”
California Mayor David Traux worked
closely with other city leaders to handle the emergency response action. When
it was determined that there was no immediate threat to Covina, the city
quickly showed its loyalty to the United States by lowering all the city’s
flags to half staff and encouraged citizens to do the same. The City Council
approved two unanimous resolutions. One conceded unreserved support to
President Bush and the Federal authorities. The other was a show of support for
our nation’s military. The city of Covina resolved to pay the difference
between the military pay and city pay of municipal employees involved in the
note was the city’s desire to reach out to its high school population to help
them gain an understanding of the events on the East Coast. The reigning Ms.
America Susan Jeske was invited to speak at all five high schools in Covina
about school violence issues and their correlation to domestic terrorism. All
high school students made a solemn oath to “treat each other with respect and
to solve conflict without violence.” The recent attacks have no doubt affected
the teen population of America, and Mayor Traux’s high school program is one
worthy of praise.
Montana Mayor Charles F. Tooley took
to the media to communicate his feelings about the attacks in New York City. In
an editorial in the Billings Gazette,
Mayor Tooley praised the power, unity, and resolve of the United States of
America. “We are indeed the ‘shining city on the hill’ - a nation to which the
entire world looks for hope and redemption.” Mayor Tooley also called on the
citizens of Billings to be ready and willing to assist with the recovery
efforts in any way if called upon.
To aid in the
recovery labors on the East Coast, Mayor Tooley outlined the multiple avenues
of support that Billings’ citizens could use. There was a city-wide call for
blood donations and monetary gifts. Citizens were informed about the locations
and contact information of the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross to
learn directly from them how to help. Mayor Tooley also made multiple
appearances at many prayer gatherings throughout the city during the week
following the attacks in New York and Washington, DC
California Mayor Anna M. Caballero
learned firsthand the aftershocks of the events in New York, Washington, and
Pennsylvania. The Mayor was stranded at LAX following the FAA shutdown of the
air traffic industry on Tuesday, September 11. Mayor Cabellero decided to drive
the following distance to attend to her constituents. City staff placed American
flags on all city vehicles in a show of patriotism and solidarity. To show the
support of community healing following the attacks, the city freely allowed the
use of the local Conference Center to the Salinas Ministerial Association to
hold an inter-faith prayer vigil on Thursday, September 13, where various
government officials attended.
have had a serious effect on the Salinas area. The California Air Show,
co-sponsored by the City of Salinas, was still conducted, but without the
presence of the Air Force Thunderbirds due to the recent call to arms of the
armed forces. Ceremonies were held each day of the show to honor victims and
heroes of the attacks. Mayor Caballero has also called upon the community to
stand together. “We cannot allow hate and vengeance to overcome us…We must look
on all people as sharing the same tragedy.”
The local Fire
Department and Firefighters Union is currently working with the United Way to
funnel donations to the recovery effort through the “911 Fund.”
Mayor Ray Martinez increased all
services to the local inhabitants and college students. The city established a
communication service for local citizens with loved ones in New York City and
Washington, DC Mayor Martinez increased the communication with the locals by
holding radio broadcasts, addressing students at Colorado State University,
holding press conferences, and writing articles in the local newspaper. In
concert with City Manager John Fischbach, Mayor Martinez stated, “As the
federal government continues to investigate these tragic events, at the local
level we must go on supporting one another in the community.”
those of ethnic and religious minorities is a great concern for Fort Collins
due to the location of a large, state university. Law enforcement officials
have discussed these issues and have increased a presence to resist violence
against foreign students. “We must continue to welcome people of all
backgrounds into our community, continue to support the businesses of the entire
community, and not stand for those who would denigrate others based on
nationality, race or religion,” said Mayor Martinez.
Laredo Mayor Betty Flores had to exercise extra
caution following the terrorist attacks. Laredo is home to the nation’s largest
inland port, operates four international bridges with Mexico, and harbors an
international railroad bridge. The security concerns in such a prominent border
city were heightened, causing congestion and loss to business, primarily the
diminished international trade. Mayor Flores however has faith that the
situation in Laredo and throughout the United States will improve. In a
resolution with the City Council, the citizens of Laredo and its government
“are certain that the people of the United States will stand united as our
Nation begins the process of recovering and rebuilding in the aftermath of
these tragic acts.”
The City of
Laredo has indeed united behind a common cause. A city-wide blood drive named
“Laredo Helps/Laredo Ayuda” was organized in conjunction with the American Red
Cross and Texas A&M International University in Laredo. The city provided
transportation for those willing to donate blood. The Laredo Firefighters
Association succeeded in raising $35,000 for the families of victims involved
in the rescue efforts. On a personal note, a local woman who lost her husband
in the Oklahoma City bombing started a Ribbon of Prayer campaign that will
raise money for families of victims of the attacks. The Laredo Morning Times has agreed to match funds up to $10,000 raised
with the Ribbon of Prayer initiative.
separate acts, the City of Laredo showed its solidarity and love of the United
States. In a city council meeting, patriotic performances by the Laredo Fire
Department Color Guard and the United High School Choir preceded the resolution
passed unanimously in support of President Bush. A large, community-wide
candlelight vigil was also organized at Casa Blanca Lake in accordance with the
President’s National Day of Prayer and Remembrance.
immediately after the attack on the World Trade Center, Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Mayor Leo C. McCann worked with the
Police Department and the community of Buffalo Grove, Illinois to provide a
visible presence at all religious and educational facilities to prevent any
backlash and to insure the safety of all the village’s residents.
Law Enforcement and Fire Personnel were put on stand by to provide any
needed assistance in New York City or Washington DC.
The city of
Sunrise, Florida, and Mayor Steven B.
Feren in response to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the
Pentagon enacted a resolution to support the Federal Government’s efforts and
urged citizens world wide to guard against prejudice directed at any religious
or ethnic groups.
also approved a resolution to donate $15,000.00 to the Police, Firefighter and
Red Cross Relief Funds.
In response to
the attack on the World Trade Center in New York the citizens of Moorhead,
Minnesota and Mayor Virginia G. Nulle
drafted a resolution to support the federal government’s efforts
unconditionally and also encouraged citizens to contribute to the relief fund.
A candle light vigil was also held in memory of those who perished in the
Bloomington, Illinois Mayor Judy Markowitz, passed a resolution to support the Federal
government’s actions used to resolve the conflict and citizens were encouraged
to donate money and blood to help keep the efforts on track in New York City
and in Washington. Citizens were also encouraged to contact 9-1-1 anytime they
felt threatened in their daily life.
The hearts and
thoughts of those who live in Bloomington go out to the victims and rescue
workers during this emotional time.
Rome, New York
Mayor Joseph Griffo and his staff
after learning of the tragedy traveled to the local Red Cross chapter to donate
blood and found that there was a six to eight hour wait to donate blood. Due to
his concerns with the city Mayor Joseph Griffo and his staff returned to their
offices and encouraged citizens to donate blood. The mayor that day started
work on a fundraiser that has raised over 1 million dollars for the relief
efforts to this day.
Madison Mayor Susan Bauman drafted a “Statement from
Community Leaders to the Community.” And asked community leaders to sign on.
The statement asks the community to remain calm and guard against taking
revenge against any particular ethnic group.
Madison Firefighters volunteered to assist with relief efforts in New York
following the terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center. Hundreds of
city employees have participated in Madison’s city-county blood drive to help
the victims of the terrorist attacks. Bauman also encouraged employees to
participate in the President’s call for a “Day of Remembrance” in ways they
Spokane Mayor John Powers urged caution and calm as
the horrific events unfolded in New York City and Washington D.C. “We have no
reason to believe that any facility in Spokane is danger, but of course, we are
taking the necessary precautions to keep our citizens and employees safe,” said
City-County Youth Department passed along guidelines from The Children’s
Defense Fund to help parents talk with their children about these tragic
events. The guidelines included advice to parents to turn off the TV, because
of the traumatizing effects of overexposure to the media. It also suggested
that parents should let their children ask questions, talk about what’s
happened, and express their feelings.
Massachusetts Mayor Patrick McManus
and his office distributed over 9,000 flags to Lynn residents. On Friday night,
The streets and the homes in the City of Lynn shined from the reflections of
candles offered by the people of a City in unity, offering prayers and song, as
well as the display of U.S. flags.
asked citizens of Lynn to make special efforts to respect the rights of all
citizens. McManus said, “I ask all citizens of Lynn to remember that the causes
of the great tragedy which occurred in our country this week are the acts of a
few isolated individuals. All of our residents, including those of European,
Asian, African, Latin American and Middle East heritage are horrified by the
events and unified behind the rescue efforts occurring in New York and Washington.”
Port of St.
Lucie Mayor Robert Minsky has set up donation accounts for
the fire fighters and law enforcement families of those lost on September 11
and sent a letter of condolence from the city to New York City Mayor Giuliani. The city also conducted a
memorial service on September 18 and continues to offer assistance to local
citizens impacted by the tragic attacks.
Mayor Stephen Terrell informs us that the
city of Allen, Texas has declared September 22 a Day of Unity and Remembrance,
tying red, white and blue ribbons along Main Street and accepting contributions
from city employees for the National Disaster Relief Fund or North Texas Red
Mayor Thomas Suozzi turned City
Council Chambers into a relief station for evacuees being brought up from
Manhattan by the ferry service based in Glen Cove, set up an emergency command
center at the Fire Department, and transported volunteer medical personnel to
the disaster site by coordinating with such agencies as New York City’s Police
Commissioner’s Office and Nassau County Emergency Management Office.
Providence Mayor A. Ralph Mollis
coordinated with Public Safety and Educational Departments, statewide and
federal emergency agencies, and also begun a Red Cross fund drive, held a
Firefighter memorial service and enlisted local firefighters to join the FEMA
team in New York City.
Mayor Marc H. Morial initially
activated emergency response systems and convened an emergency operations
working group of extended systems including city agencies with specific
responsibilities. New Orleans contributed $100,000 to the relief effort while
the city council adopted a resolution expressing the condolences of the
community and urging recovery and relief support. Emergency staff recommendations
include establishing liaisons with regional governmental partners to coordinate
in the event of disaster, and increased federal funding for equipment and
training, especially breathing apparatus.
Mayor Patsy Jo Hilliard reports that
flags at city hall are half-mast, the Fire Department has collected
contributions for families of victims, candlelight and prayer vigils are being
held throughout the community, and a youth council is planning a forum for
youths to speak out and express their feelings.
Mayor Gary Adams, said, “it is
impossible to fathom the tremendous loss America has suffered ...because of
today’s sequence of events.” The mayor canceled the regularly scheduled city
council meeting and organized an agenda around President Bush’s proclaimed
National Day of Prayer and Remembrance. The city showed its unity in “this time
of great despair and confusion” by gathering around the flag pole at noon to
honor “those who are so diligently working in the recovery efforts.”
Springfield, Illinois Mayor Karen Hasara, after reports of the
attacks, called together the ten directors of the city departments as well as
leaders in the police and fire departments in order to review a pre-established
emergency plan for the city. The plan focused on municipal utilities, public
works and extra security for the State Capitol. Red Cross members were sent to
New York, and an existing diversity program reached out to the Muslim community
Massachusetts, Mayor Charles Lyons and
Town Manager Philip Farrington report that in response to the terrorism the
town has held many prayer services at all churches and a candlelight service at
Town Hall, which was attended by 3,000 people and Congressman Edward Markey.
The public safety department is in contact with New York and ready to send
people as requested.
Floridy Mayor Rodney Romano said
that the community immediately came together in unity and prayer and a letter
of support was sent to President Bush; blood drives and fundraisers are being
organized and persons in military reserves called-up; and elected officials
have called for tolerance, reporting out to the community that these are acts
of extremists and do not represent the religious beliefs of Islam.
Illinois Mayor Rita Mullions took all necessary steps to maintain effective
communication with the citizens of Palatine and maintain community morale.
Immediately following the attacks, the local newspapers and television stations
were informed of the Village’s response to the attacks and cleared up all
rumors circulating throughout the community. The Village Manager, Mike Cassady,
issued a statement to all city employees informing them of the means by which
citizens could participate in the relief effort. Employees and citizens were
encouraged to give blood and make monetary donations
The Village of
Palatine had many people who took the forefront in igniting patriotic unity. A
local signage company created “God Bless America” signs and distributed them
among local businesses and residents. Palatine High School also dispensed
ribbons and raised money to create a football field-size American flag. The
Palatine Fire Department is also selling t-shirts to benefit the IAFF “911’s
Bravest Fund” to benefit families of slain firefighters in New York City.
KS, Mayor/CEO Carol Marinovich
quickly achieved communication and coordination with the Emergency Management
personnel in Kansas City and throughout the state. Schools were contacted
quickly and local government building were closed quickly to curtail any
further terrorist action aimed at mass murder. As the levels of alert
eventually dropped, Kansas City citizens responded with astounding support and
patriotism. The local firefighters union, Local #64, established a bank account
to receive donations for families of lost firefighters in New York City. So
far, they have succeeded in raising over $30,000. Blood banks have also been
overwhelmed by the constant influx of those wishing to donate blood.
Flag is being prominently displayed at nearly all businesses and residences
throughout Kansas City. Mayor Marinovich expressed her approval. “I am
extremely proud of the way the citizens are responding.” A nondenominational
Prayer Service was organized where various religious leaders and Muslim
academics addressed the crowd of over 500. City unity seems to be overpowering
hate and revenge.
Sharon Sayles Belton, in the midst of a mayoral
election, took the initiative in
preparing Minneapolis for any future attacks and for the psychological toll the
attacks may have caused. The mayor immediately called together the city’s
emergency response chiefs and city government officials to put services on standby
and get insight into the current situation. The mayor also held news
conferences outlining the city’s response and calling for peace, calmness and
tolerance among the resident of Minneapolis. Mayor Sayles Belton also sent
letters to religious leaders throughout the city seeking their support and
guidance for citizens during the crisis. “I am calling on faith leaders and
youth serving organizations to help bring our message of calm and peace to the
In the days
since the attacks, Mayor Sayles Belton has attended numerous prayer services
and patriotic events, most notably the “Minnesota Remembers” event organized by
Governor Jesse Ventura, drawing more than 35,000 people to the state capital of
St. Paul. The mayor also participated in a “human” American flag and spelled
out U-S-A below the flag. These showings of patriotism and unity have been very
popular among Minnesotans.
To aid in the
relief effort, the Minneapolis Police and Fire Departments are offering
equipment and supplies that may be needed. In response to some telephone
threats to Islamic businesses, police security has been heightened at those
businesses and at Muslim religious sites.
Colorado Mayor Susan M. Thornton was
quick to convene a meeting of emergency responses staff and city officials to
determine the level of alert necessary in Littleton. The mayor issued a
statement to radio, television, and print news media immediately to inform
citizens of the circumstances in New York and Washington and the relevance to
their community. While emergency personnel remained on alert, business was
carried on as usual with minor disruption.
responded with overwhelming support to the local blood drives and fundraisers
that have been taking place throughout Littleton since the tragic events
occurred. The local Firefighters Foundation will be holding a Firefighter’s
Ball with all proceeds benefiting the families of fallen New York City
There exists a
large contingency of Middle Eastern students at nearby Arapahoe Community
College and the Spring Institute. Police have been especially watchful of the
condition of these students. A Diversity Council has been developed between the
City of Littleton and Arapahoe Community College to address the issues of
religious tolerance and awareness.