Media Cover A-OK! in 2011

It seems everywhere you looked, you could read or hear about WTB and its A-OK! Acts of Kindness Weekend in fall or 2011.  Our unique story of women reaching out to each other across faith lines proved a good storyline for many  news outlets doing 10-year anniversary doverage.

Here is a sampling of some of the attention the media gave us:

The New York Times story appears online and is expected to be in the print edition 9/11.

New York Times print and online editions  on September 11  featured  the interfaith work of WTB over the past 10 years (click underlined type) . Times reporter Laurie Goodstein and a photographer spent two days in Central New York learning about WTB’s origins and mission. Both stories showcased a mosaic of WTB women’s faces in the story appearing online.

PBS’ Religion and Ethics Newsweekly aired a story on interfaith work nationwide, but much of the story was built around WTB.  The reporter and crew videotapted WTB’s visit to the Islamic Society of Central New York for an iftar in August, 2011. The piece included interviews with WTB co-founders Danya Wellmon and Betsy Wiggins, along with  Saro Kumar, who works with our community garden.

A crew from PBS records during an A-OK! planning meeting in August.

Ms. Magazine blog carried the story of  WTB in a September 11 posting, writing, “From the small victories of helping one another through personal crises to the big job of bringing their community together, Women Transcending Boundaries is a truly feminist response to 9/11.”

The  Syracuse Post Standard covered the activities in a story you can read here. It printed an opinion piece by WTB Coucil members Sept. 4 that encouraged readers to honor the 9/11 anniversary by giving back to their community on A-OK! Weekend.

Syracuse New Times also published a spread on WTB, its history and plans for A-OK! (click underlined type).