NEW YORK (AP) -- Both supporters and opponents of a proposed Islamic cultural center at 45-47 Park Place, see photo above, should stand against rallies planned for the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, groups representing some relatives of attack victims said Thursday.
Protests on that day would be "disrespectful to all who see 9/11 as a day outside of politics, when we desire to remain united in honoring the lives and the courage of our many friends and loved ones," the groups said in letters sent to developers of the Islamic center and to those planning to protest it.
The messages were signed by representatives of the Tribute WTC Visitor Center, the September 11th Families Association, MyGoodDeed and others. Two rallies are planned for the day: one against the center one against anti-Islamic bigotry (or so they say, Gavrielle Gemma is an organizer for the Communist "Workers World Party") .
Protesters at the rally against the mosque will carry flags instead of signs and won't chant, said Pamela Geller, the executive director of the group Stop Islamization of America and organizer of the protest. "It is a rally of remembrance," she said, adding that organizers had carefully weighed the concerns but believed most family members wished the group to go forward.
Gavrielle Gemma, an organizer for the anti-bigotry rally, said the ad-hoc group's protest was being held on Sept. 11 only because Geller's rally was scheduled for that date. "We definitely plan to be respectful of the day. But are we going to be silent? No," she said. "We cannot let people in this country be scapegoated because of their religion, their national origin, or their race." more from this source.......
Gavrielle Gemma is a organizer for the Bail Out The People Movement, Solidarity Center of the Workers World Party in New York City, which is and has been a Communist organization since 1959.
Workers World Party (WWP) is a radical revolutionary vanguard communist political party in the United States, founded in 1959 by a group led by Sam Marcy. During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's the WWP had a youth movement, "Youth Against War and Fascism", which opposed the Vietnam War. Workers World and YAWF were noted for their consistent defense of the Black Panthers and the Weather Underground, bill ayres and his gang, along with Vietnam Veterans Against the War and the Puerto Rican Independence movement.