They reflected, remembered and looked ahead at building a stronger community and a stronger country. Hundreds of people last week attended events over four days, Sept. 8-11, honored the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and examining where we go from here.
The conference, U.S. Rising: Emerging Voices in a Post-9/11 America, was sponsored by ACCESS and its programs in conjunction with the ACLU of Michigan, UM-Dearborn and WDET. The programs included a series of forums and cultural events focused on the challenges our nation and our communities have confronted and the progress we have made over the past 10 years.
As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, a comprehensive public opinion survey finds no indication of increased alienation or anger among Muslim Americans in response to concerns about home-grown Islamic terrorists, controversies about the building of mosques, and other pressures that have been brought to bear on this high-profile minority group in recent years …
Read more at Pew Research.
Since Sept. 11, the nation's leaders have warned that government agencies like the CIA and the FBI can't protect the country on their own Ñ private businesses and ordinary citizens have to look out for terrorists, too. So the Obama administration has been promoting programs like "See Something, Say Something" and the "Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative."
Under programs like these, public attractions such as sports stadiums, amusement parks and shopping malls report suspicious activities to law enforcement agencies. But an investigation by NPR and the Center for Investigative Reporting suggests that at one of the nation's largest shopping malls, these kinds of programs are disrupting innocent people's lives …
Read more at npr.org.