9/11 FAMILIES JOIN BIPARTISAN COALITION TO FIX THE PATRIOT ACT

Press conference launches Pennsylvania statewide coalition

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For immediate release Contact: Nabil Ashour, September 11th Families

for Peaceful Tomorrows, 212-598-0970

NEW YORK– Alissa Torres, whose husband was killed at the World Trade Center, will join Bob Barr, Chair of “Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances,” in a press conference highlighting the erosion of personal freedoms and civil liberties under the Patriot Act and calling for sensible and effective reforms.

Other speakers will include David Keene, chair of the American Conservative Union; Patrice McDermott, Associate Director, Office of Government Relations, American Library Association; and Greg Nojeim, Acting Director of the Washington, DC, Legislative Office of the ACLU.

Torres is a member of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, an organization founded by family members of those killed on 9/11 who work to break the cycle of violence engendered by terrorism and war. Her husband, Luis Eduardo Torres, age 31, died on September 11, 2001, on his second day of work at Cantor Fitzgerald, at the North Tower of the World Trade Center. He was from Cali, Colombia.

Alissa Torres was seven months pregnant at the time of her husband’s death. Through her work with Peaceful Tomorrows, she hopes to find justice for her husband and all of the victims of the 9/11 attacks. She lives with her son in New York City.

The press conference takes place Saturday, June 18 at 11am, on the steps of the Pennsylvania State Capitol, Third and State Streets, Harrisburg.

A strategy session of Pennsylvania citizens from across the political spectrum concerned about the erosion of personal freedoms and civil liberties under the Patriot Act

will follow from 11:30am-5pm, at the Harrisburg Hilton, Second and Market Streets, Harrisburg.

September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, PO Box 1818, Peter Stuyvesant Station,

New York, NY 10009, 212-598-0970, www.peacefultomorrows.org

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