Hosted by the Arab American National Museum, in partnership with ISPU, the 5th Annual 9/11 Anniversary Town Hall will explore how the national security state targets Islamic institutions, and the impact of this issue on community.
In the aftermath of 9/11, institutions that serve the Muslim community and their leaders were targeted by national security through surveillance, informants, raids, deportation and incarceration. Stories of charities like the Holy Land Foundation, student organizations like the Muslim Students’ Association, and community leaders like Detroit’s Imam Luqman show how the profiling of Muslims as dangerous and violent has led to the repression of institutions that work to serve their communities.
From COINTELPRO, to Countering Violent Extremism, to Black Identity Extremism, communities of color have historically had their institutions infiltrated and their leaders targeted in the name of security. The Town Hall will also examine the intersections of racial and Islamophobic targeting and how we can move forward together.
Expanding upon AANM’s popular Hikayat storytelling series, the Town Hall will shed light on real-life experiences through the art of storytelling, with personal stories by local community members. Share your personal experience of your business, workplace, nonprofit, place of worship, etc. being targeted by state or community Islamophobia. Submit a 150-word synopsis/summary of your story for a chance to share it live at AANM!
The program will include a keynote address by Dr. Debbie Almontaser (Yemeni American schoolteacher, community activist, and founding principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy), and a post-storytelling talkback led by Dr. Sally Howell, Director of the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Dr. Debbie Almontaser will also be doing a signing of her book, Leading While Muslim: The Experiences of American Muslim Principals After 9/11, with the proceeds going to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.