(PHOENIX, AZ – 09/11/2021) — Today, we mark the 20th anniversary of the tragic September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The events that transpired that day resulted in life-altering policy decisions that impacted the United States and countries around the world.
In a statement, CAIR-Arizona Executive Director Azza Abuseif said:
“As we mark the 20th anniversary of that atrocious day, we can’t help but mourn and honor the lives lost. I often reflect on the families that did lose someone dear on that day or in the years that followed. I pray they’re doing well and that they’re telling their loved ones’ stories so that we may never forget.
“Twenty years later, the tragedy still cuts deep, and American Muslims still face an Islamophobic rhetoric that continues to promote mistrust and hostile behavior towards them.
“There is much work yet to be done, as ordinary American Muslims continue to have to answer for the violent actions of a few extremists.”
Nejra Sumic, national field manager at We Are All America added:
“That horrible day 20 years ago changed so many things in our culture, and unfortunately led to ongoing Islamophobia still seen today. As we remember the thousands of people taken from us on September 11, 2001, we must honor their legacy by standing against hate and fighting for the rights of all.
“The unconscionable actions by extremist groups have never been an example of an entire culture, and two decades after everything changed it is time to end the xenophobic and racist rhetoric still permeating our politics and media. Across the nation, hate crimes have been increasing along with widespread surveillance of immigrant and refugee communities.
“We need America to be a nation of welcome and inclusion for all communities, where we all feel that we belong. Not a hotbed of hate and misplaced anger. The U.S. public should be educated on the journeys and struggles faced by immigrant and refugee communities, without using their vulnerability as a scapegoat for political ideologies.”
CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)-Arizona Executive Director – Azza Abuseif
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