Jason Rand
Jason Rand
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At the heels of the 10-year anniversary of September 11, 2001, using the Internet to gather online for support has shifted from an anomaly to a welcome and necessary way to connect—to be part of a greater community rallying together around particular causes, beliefs and goals. It’s been a truly phenomenal change. I can remember quite vividly 9/11; hearing first-hand accounts of my friends’ experiences in New York and how other communities responded to the tragedy were scattered and disconnected, at best. Today, there’s a plethora of online and mobile services we use to stay connected, to learn and grow from. Prepare New York is a community on Ning doing just that.

The coalition consists of New York based interfaith organizations “committed to preparing New York City and the nation for the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 by promoting civil dialogue, education about religious pluralism, support for the Muslim community, and coordinating events on the day of the anniversary.” In light of President Obama’s announcement that Osama bin Laden was killed, the wounds from that fateful day in September remain fresh on the nation’s mind today. The goal for Prepare New York is to look to the future as the healing process continues and bring together the transcending communities affected as we remember the painful tragedy which happened almost a decade ago.

Prepare New York - Healing from September 11, 2001