Over one hundred 9/11 First Responders and their families rallied February 26, 2008 on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol, in order to protest the recent 77% budget cuts in 9/11 Healthcare funding for fiscal ‘09, plus the canceling of plans for the World Trade Center Business Process Center, which would have provided monitoring and treatment for the 10,000-plus Responders who reside outside the greater New York area.  Responders and officials alike clamored for the passage of the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. (H.R. 3543; updated versions H.R. 6594, 7174 & 847). Also known as the James Zadroga Act, the bill would provide monitoring and treatment to all those sickened by Ground Zero toxins.


 

Rally for 9/11 Health U.S. Capitol 2.26.08

Co-organized by 9/11 Health Now and the FealGood Foundation, the rally featured elected officials Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Tim Bishop (D-NY), who spoke out on the urgent need for 9/11 Healthcare.   Later on that day, 9/11 Responders made the rounds of selected Congressional offices to meet with elected officials and staff. “It’s a crisis,” said 9/11 Health Now co-founder Claire Calladine (above, left, with Evelyn Hatzigeorgiou).  “We’re talking about the decimation of thousands of people who stepped up for their country.  It’s now time to give back to those people and their families to ease their suffering and pave the way for a better future.”    View Live Media of the Rally...    Read Responder Charles Giles Speech 2.26.08.pdf

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