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Police-union leaders have joined the battle to scuttle plans for the controversial International Freedom Center at Ground Zero ? a site they say should be treated with the same reverence as Pearl Harbor.Not to mention thousands of 9/11 family members and tens of thousands of other Americans. And they may be getting results:
"The World Trade Center is not a place for domestic or international politics," Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch wrote in a letter sent yesterday to World Trade Center Memorial Foundation Director Gretchen Dykstra.
"It is not a place for inappropriate art or entertainment and programming which trivializes or ignores the history of the site," Lynch's letter continued.
The PBA joins the city's firefighters union in opposing the center.
The International Freedom Center, a proposed museum that is facing expulsion from ground zero under pressure from angry relatives of 9/11 victims, will make a forceful new appeal today to stay at the World Trade Center site.Follow the developments (and add your name to the petition) at Take Back the Memorial.
The museum's decision to stand firm would force the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and Gov. George E. Pataki to make a tough choice. They could either infuriate hundreds of impassioned relatives of those who died, or alienate influential cultural, academic and business figures, as well as family members who support the center.
The Freedom Center was chosen by the development corporation in June 2004 to occupy the cultural building on the memorial quadrant. It would portray the history and role of freedom around the world in exhibits and programs.
"You could not put it someplace else," said Tom A. Bernstein, its chairman and co-founder.
But the Freedom Center is now fighting for its life, in part because some victims' relatives do not want anything around the memorial that smacks of anti-American politics or detracts from the story of 9/11.
It's VERY late. The decision will be made tomorrow!
Let Pataki and Bloomberg know this is America's Memorial. Call them now!
Pataki 518 474 8390
Bloomberg 212 639 9675
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