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Adele Welty


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"Firefighters in a burning building don't ask people what political party they belong to or what religion they practice; they take anyone out in danger. I know that Timothy would not condone killing innocent civilians in his name. I don't believe that any of the precious souls who died on 9/11 would condone seeing all of the innocent civilians killed that have been in Afghanistan and Iraq."    - ADELE WELTY

ADELE WELTY, the mother of firefighter Timothy Welty who perished at the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001, is a member of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. She protests the war in Iraq to prevent Timmy's legacy from being used to justify the killing of innocent civilians. Someone who was not an activist during Timothy's life, Adele has travelled to the Middle East twice to meet with families of civilian casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq. In addition, Adele frequently lobbies Congress to end the war and to encourage passage of legislation on behalf of immigrant rights.

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Adele Welty lives in Queens, NY and is a retired social worker who currently serves on Peaceful Tomorrows’ steering committee. She has worked for the New York City Department for the Aging in the Elderly Crime Victims Resource Center, which provides services to victims of
domestic elder abuse as well as to victims of crime. She previously worked for the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College, in the Institute on Law and Rights of Older Adults. She has four children and seven grandchildren, and lives in the same house she resided in when her
son, Firefighter Timothy Welty, was born. He was lost in the line of duty at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and left a young son and daughter. In 2004, Adele traveled to Afghanistan to meet with civilian families affected by the military campaign there. She also participated
in a delegation to Amman, Jordan, in 2005, bringing humanitarian supplies to Iraqi refugees from Falluja. She has been active in calling attention to challenges faced by underrepresented minorities affected by 9/11, and has worked to remove negative provisions from proposed
immigration legislation.

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