September 11th Advocates

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The September 11th Advocates is a "family advocacy group that spearheaded the grassroots effort for the establishment of the independent commission" on September 11, 2001. [1]

The Advocates, family members who have been "turned into activists," have been described as "made up of a handful of New Jersey widows." [2] They are also known as Just Four Moms from New Jersey, the 9/11 Widows, and the Jersey Girls. [3]


  • Kristen Breitweiser is a founding member and Co-Chairperson of the Advocates and "founding member of the 9/11 Commission's 'Family Steering Committee.' Breitweiser lost her husband Ronald in WTC Tower Two and was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the 9/11 Commission when the congressional 9/11 joint intelligence inquiry was restricted, redacted and stonewalled. ... As a knowledgeable and trusted representative of the 9/11 victim family community, Breitweiser has been widely called 'conscience of 9/11'." She is also a member of the Advisory Committee for the "Memoria Project", "an endeavor to create a lasting tribute to the victims and survivors of September 11th and to enrich all who come into contact with it in the process." [4][5]
  • Mindy Kleinberg is a founding member; "Alan Kleinberg was a NASDAQ security trader with Cantor Fitzgerald in the North Tower of the WTC on the 104th Floor. He was 39 and had been a NASDAQ security trader for 15 years." [6]
  • Patty Casazza, widow of John Casazza [7]
  • Lorie van Auken, widow of Kenneth van Auken [8]

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