Remembering 9/11: Justice for All, Then and Now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ten years ago, in a post 9/11 climate of antagonism towards immigrant communities, OneAmerica was formed with the vision of making Washington a "Hate Free Zone" for all Americans. Since then, OneAmerica has worked vigorously alongside numerous allies to combat discrimination and build inclusive communities.

This year, on Sunday, September 11th, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, OneAmerica is hosting a reflection event to continue the dialogue on the impact of the attacks and how we can move forward in bringing together different communities. 9/11: Ten Years Later will begin with interfaith prayer, and feature two sessions - one looking back at the past decade and one looking forward - each with a short film screening followed by dynamic discussion, and then conclude with a candlelight vigil.

Tentative Program:
 2:00 Interfaith Prayer
 2:05 Opening Remarks
 2:10 'Justice for All' Screening
 2:40 Panel: Looking Back
 3:15 Small Group Discussions
 3:45 Break
 4:00 Introduction
 4:10 'Hawo's Dinner Party' Screening
 4:40 Large Group Discussion: Looking Forward
 5:40 Closing Remarks followed by Candlelight Vigil

Times subject to change.

This event is being co-hosted by OneAmerica, Council on American-Islamic Relations-Washington, and the Somali Community Services Coalition (SCSC).

"Justice for All" screenshot

The first film, “Justice for All,” recounts a historic public hearing in Seattle held on the one-year anniversary of 9/11. Over 1,000 people attended this town hall meeting in which Somali, Sikh, Muslim, Arab, Latino and South Asian community members shared their stories of post 9/11 harassment and discrimination before a panel of high profile officials. The hearing, spearheaded by OneAmerica (as Hate Free Zone) with the support of a wide coalition of community organizations, was the first of its kind in the United States to give a voice to those who endured the continued violence of 9/11. 

"Hawo's Dinner Party" screenshot

The second short film, "Hawo's Dinner Party", follows several Somali immigrants in Shelbyville, Tennesee as they navigate through the cultural, political, and linguistic challenges of becoming a part of their new community. The title takes its name from Hawo, one of the featured Somali immigrants and a poultry plant worker who hosts a Thanksgiving dinner party for her neighbors - a mix of African American, Hispanic, White, and Somali residents. "Hawo's Dinner Party" is a reflection on rebuilding community and how understanding can be achieved through introduction, education, and open conversation. 

Following the film screenings, OneAmerica will facilitate a dialogue with the audience in both small group and large group formats to examine the implications of these two films and how it applies to our communities. There will be community members from all walks of life present as well as a panel of local leaders including:

  • Pramila Jayapal, Executive Director of One America
  • Arsalan Bukhari, Executive Director of Council on Islamic-American Relations - Washington
  • Ahmed Jama, Executive Director of Somali Community Services Coalition 
  • Diane Narasaki, Executive Director of Asian Counseling and Referral Service
  • John Mckay, Professor at Seattle University School of Law and former US Attorney for the Western District of WA  (invited)

We invite you to participate in this community conversation about how far we've come since 9/11 and steps for the future. Only through continuing to foster open dialogue on this momentous event, can we truly ensure tolerance and justice for all.    

Venue & Parking Information: 
Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

All day parking for $5 is available the next street over at the Harvard Garage (1609 Harvard Avenue, Seattle WA 98122). 
 
Event is free and open to the public. 9/11: Ten Years Later is a part of Right Working Group's "Reflecting Our Loss, Reclaiming Our Rights" National Week of Action from September 11th - 17th. 

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