9/11: Refuting the Stereotypes & Challenging the Common Wisdom

Please join New York Neighbors for American Values for this illuminating roundtable discussion examining the impact and aftermath of the tragedy of September 11 on New York City and its diverse residents. Experts drawn from various organizations and universities will explore the real New York response, as we have lived it, examining the mistakes that were made as well as the extraordinary spirit of cooperation that was revealed following the attacks.


The discussion will center on the following topics: 

      - Effect of the tragedy on the communities in downtown New York
      - Purpose of the rebuilding
      - Lost Freedoms
      - The aftermath of the tragedy for the Muslim/South Asian Community in New York
      - The role of the 9-11 Families

Co-sponsored by The New York County Lawyers Association

Speaker Include:

Catherine McVay Hughes, NY Community Board 1
David Dyssegaard Kallick, Fiscal Policy Institute
Donna Lieberman, New York Civil Liberties Union
Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now and NY Daily News
Linda Sarsour, Arab American Association of New York
Margaret Fung, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Peter Marcuse, Columbia University
Talat Hamdani, 9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows

Moderated By award-winning journalist, and current faculty at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Tom Robbins


The New York County Lawyers Association
14 Vesey Street, NY (between Broadway and Church)

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Wednesday, September 7th from 10AM - 12PM


Space is limited, please RSVP to ensure entry
Refreshments will be served

About New York Neighbors for American Values:

New York Neighbors for American Values, a diverse group of over 130 organizations (including Common Cause New York), works in New York City to promote and defend the constitutional rights and American values of religious freedom, diversity and equality. As New Yorkers, we are acutely aware that it's been ten years since the attacks of September 11, 2001, in which nearly 3,000 people were tragically killed, the Twin Towers destroyed, and the resilience of the city we love sorely tested.

As we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11, most New Yorkers are contemplating the meaning of an event that has profoundly changed our lives. Though the media tends to focus on stories that highlight the divisive side of this struggle for understanding, in actuality the responses to the anniversary are much like New York itself: passionate, representative of countless cultures and perspectives, and focused on building a better future.

Much attention has been paid to divisions among groups and political fault lines in the public debate. For our coalition, this anniversary is an occasion to recall not only the fear and confusion that lead to panicked security measures, but also that in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, our city experienced numerous expressions of unity, empathy and a renewed faith in each other as many of us joined together in solidarity and to help one another.