This September 11th, let’s look to a future of hope, not the tragedy of the past

Tomorrow will be twenty years since the attack on America that killed nearly 3,000 people.

September 11, 2001 changed this country in ways that still resonate today. The attack by terrorists armed with carpet cutters made airport security a different experience. The freedom we’d enjoyed was exposed as a liability, because only in a free country could the terrorists train to fly the planes they would later use as weapons.

But if there was anything good that came out of September 11th, it was unity. For a moment, we weren’t liberals or conservatives, Republicans or Democrats. We were Americans. Unfortunately, the unity didn’t last for long.

We spent trillions fighting wars that didn’t fix the problem, and twenty years later, there’s a new kind of terrorism—the kind that comes from within.

Our new disaster is COVID. Our new terrorists are homegrown. But this time, as Americans die by the thousands, we’re not coming closer together. We’re being driven apart.

So this Saturday, instead of looking back on the disaster of 9-11, we’re looking forward to the hope of tomorrow. We call it Hope 4 Philly, and it’s a collaboration between churches, businesses, media and a neighborhood school called Pennypacker. We’ll give away free groceries, serve up hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones. We’ll give away book bags and barbers will give away free cuts. And if you need a job, employers will be there, healthcare agencies will be there. Your elected representatives will be there. And you should be there, too. Because this time on 9-11, we won’t be coming together after terror. We’ll be coming together for hope.

Join us at Hope 4 Philly on Saturday September 11th from 11 am to 3 pm at Pennypacker School, 1858 E. Washington Lane, and let’s build a future on hope.


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