Today marks 20 years since the 9/11 catastrophe in New York City – a kaleidoscope of state violence which continues to spark paranoid, fear, and grief in the hearts and minds of all of us- those present, their families, and those impacted by the aftermath.
Our thoughts are on the 3,000 janitors, restaurant workers, white collar workers, taxi drivers, and other service workers, working poor, and people of color whose lives were stolen that day as a tragic byproduct of global wars fueled by profit seeking capitalists, greedy politicians, and the vigilantes they inspired and funded. We acknowledge the 65,000 responders and survivors who continue to suffer from health related conditions unsupported by their government.
We have never forgotten you, and continue to uplift your names because you deserved more.
We also grieve the hundreds of thousands of our people who have been murdered, disappeared, surveilled, ran out of their homes, and starved by the same capitalists, politicians, and their enablers (media we see you!) who used our collective fear and grief as the spark for unprecedented islamophobia, xenophobia, and anti-blackness which has shaped public policy, international policy, and funding ever since.
After 9/11, the Bush Administration stripped funding from much needed social service programs and poured aid into local police departments, the military, and surveillance systems that continue to threaten peace and get us farther away from actual safety. The tragedy of 9/11 birthed many similar tragedies across the world and within our backyard that we continue to fight against 20 years later from Palestine to Louisiana.
So in this way we also grieve what we lost as individuals and communities that day. The sense of safety when we walk outside our homes (Ahmad Arbery), when we go drive our cars (Sandra Bland), when we go to school (Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha) , and our innocent perspective around what our government and their cronies will do to our bodies and our peace in order to profit.
Join us in telling a new story about was had been how taken from our people since 9/11.Today must be a starting point to look at the politics, institutions and people who continue to profit off of the islamophobic and anti-black world made bolder after the events of 9/11.