MPAC & ICSC to Commemorate 11th Anniversary of 9/11 with Three Community Events

Los Angeles, CA: The Muslim Public Affairs Council and the Islamic Center of Southern California (ICSC) announced September 4 they will be commemorating the 11th anniversary of 9/11 with three special community events.

On Saturday, Sept. 8, MPAC and ICSC will take part in the 2nd Annual National “Muslims for Life” blood drive. The blood drive will be from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

On Sunday, Sept. 9, ICSC will host a special Sunday program at noon on “Patriotism and Pluralism After 9/11: Honoring the Japanese American Community.” This year marks the 70th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt signing Executive Order 9066 into law. This fateful order led to the forced removal of thousands of people of Japanese ancestry from their homes and businesses on the West Coast and parts of Hawaii, and it led to the unlawful mass incarceration in domestic concentration camps of 120,000 people. Two-thirds of those detained were American-born citizens. “It’s our sacred duty to protect one another; this is what it means to be a true American and a true human being,” said MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati.

“The Japanese American supported the American Muslim community immediately after 9/11 to make sure what happened to them didn’t happen to us. This special program serves as a reminder of what we all have gone through and what we cannot let happen again.”

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 9 a.m., MPAC and ICSC will co-host an Interfaith Prayer Service for the about 3,000 victims of that tragic day.

All events will be held at ICSC (434 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020).

Founded in 1988, MPAC is an American institution which informs and shapes public opinion and policy by serving as a trusted resource to decision makers in government, media and policy institutions. MPAC is also committed to developing leaders with the purpose of enhancing the political and civic participation of American Muslims.



Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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