Bay Area Events Memorialize 9/11
September 5, 2006 3:08 PM
Five years after the World Trade Center tragedy, the city of San Francisco is hosting numerous events on Sept. 9 and 10 to commemorate 9/11.
The three events that have drawn the most attention in recent years are the Rally and March for 9-11 Truth, the Power to the Peaceful Festival and “Be Peace Now Yoga Jam: A Day of Yoga, Music and Activism.”
Since 2002, the Rally and March for 9-11 Truth, sponsored by the Northern California 9-11 Truth Alliance, has been preaching a different side of the story about what happened on 9/11.
“This rally is so important for people who never participated in one because it’s going to wake them up and see the real issues,” said Carol Brouillet, rally organizer and co-founder of the Northern California 9-11 Truth Alliance.
Brouillet has been an organizer for the Rally and March for 9-11 Truth since 2002 and said it has been drawing a lot of attention.
“The movement itself has grown astronomically and the people have been very receptive and supportive,” said Brouillet.
Supporters of the event are encouraged to meet at 10 a.m. in the Panhandle in Haight-Ashbury, where they will march through Golden Gate Park to Speedway Meadows.
Those who do not feel like marching, but still want to be part of the 9/11 remembrance movement are encouraged to mellow out at the park and enjoy the music at the Power to the Peaceful festival (PTTP), and “Be Peace Now Yoga Jam: A Day of Yoga, Music and Activism,” hosted by Yoga Sangha of San Francisco.
The PTTP festival began in 1999 to commemorate political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal’s impending execution, but the event took on a new meaning after the attack on the World Trade Center.
The festival originally started out in Dolores Park, but has gained so much support over the years that it was moved to Golden Gate Park in order to accommodate the large crowds. In 2004, more than 20,000 people attended the event.
The PTTP festival will feature live entertainment from Michael Franti along with his group Spearhead with Guerrilla Management. Supporters can enjoy morning yoga, with Franti from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Those who do not feel like rocking out on Saturday are welcomed to come clear their minds Sunday afternoon with yoga instructors from San Francisco’s Yoga Sangha studio.
San Francisco yogis are welcome to take the inspiration they cultivate from the PTTP festival and join in a commitment to service and peace.
The PTTP will be held at Speedway Meadows in Golden Gate Park, while Yoga Jam will take place at Yoga Sangha on 16th Street. The festival is free and will take place on Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Yoga Jam will be held Sept. 10 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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