Posted by on September 09, 2011 in Blog

The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack is undoubtedly a time of remembrance and reflection, but also an opportunity for us all to reinvest ourselves in our communities and civic space.

The coming days will feature a host of events across the country that are looking back – and looking forward – from that tragic day, and Arab Americans are playing a role in many of these activities, from sharing their own experiences to participating in community service.

We've highlighted below a few things we are doing. We encourage you to look at your local papers for activities you can do in your community, and we invite you to take part in the national conversation to help us transform America into a more just, peaceful, and equitable society.

StoryCorps, in partnership with ACCESS and the National Network of Arab-American Communities (NNAAC), has set up a recording booth at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. From Sept. 8–10, they’ll be collecting stories about the impact of 9/11 on the vibrant and diverse community of Arab Americans across the state of Michigan. Be sure to tune in to Storycorps on your local public radio station to hear the narratives from our community.

Join us tomorrow, Saturday, September 10, for our Day of Service activity at JC Nalle Elementary School, 219 50th St SE, Washington, D.C 20019.  We’ll be at the school from 9:00am to 1:00pm, priming and painting lockers, heaters, and window frames. Volunteers will also paint collegiate logos. Contact Samer Araabi for more information and to register.

Also tomorrow, AAI President Jim Zogby will deliver a keynote address at ACCESS' "Amplifying Our Voices: Emerging Voices in Post-9/11 America" at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Check the site for live streaming. 

On Sunday, September 11, an Interfaith Prayer Vigil will be held at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. at 8:30am. Led by Bishop John Bryson Chane and interfaith leaders, the vigil will be streamed live. There is also a 9/11 Unity Walk convening at 3801 Massachusetts Ave NW in Washington at 1:00pm. And at 4:00 pm at the National Presbyterian Church, Choralis: Concert of Remembrance will be held. Tickets are required for the Choralis concert — click here to purchase.

Finally, on Monday, September 12, Jim Zogby will be one of the panelists at the the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars program entitled 9/11 in the Next 10 Years. The panel, which explores the impact of the Arab Spring on the region and on America’s foreign policies, also includes David Ignatius (The Washington Post); Representative Mike Rogers (Chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence); General Stanley McChrystal (former Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan); Michael Leiter (former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center); and Bruce Hoffman (Director of the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University).

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