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Audio via @WBAI_Radio: Muslims’ Stories of Detention & Deportation in America after 9/11

September 2, 2011

War on Immigrants Report, a segment of Global Movement, Urban Struggles on Pacifica Radio

The tenth anniversary of 9/11 is a public discourse about the meaning of 9/11. Whose story is included? Today’s show considers new tools available to include the ordeal in community conversation.

HOSTED THIS MONTH BY: Donald Anthonyson of Families for Freedom and Adem Carroll

To listen, click on the black arrow below [or download here]

First, we speak with Sekou Siby, one of the Co-Directors of ROC NY. Originally a French teacher from the Ivory Coast, in October 1998 Sekou Siby was hired as a cook at Windows on the World, the restaurant at the top of the World Trade Center. He lost his job on September 11th, 2001, in the World Trade Center attacks, and became a member of an organization called ROC NY. Founded after September 11th 2001, ROCNY was created to provide support to restaurant workers displaced as a result of the tragedy.

Next we will speak with Irum Shiekh who has been exploring themes of identity and ethnic tension against the backdrop of the global war on terror. Ms. Shiekh provides a space for former detainees to tell their stories and reveal the human cost of suspending civil liberties after a wartime emergency. In her new book Detained without Cause: Muslims’ Stories of Detention and Deportation in America after 9/11 she has created an oral history featuring the voices of deported truck drivers, students, newspaper vendors and building contractors, and of their families swept up in post 9/11 raids.

We also interview Konrad Aderer, the Director of Life or Liberty, a non-profit media project begun in 2002 to produce documentaries on immigrant communities affected by post-9/11 policies. Life or Liberty emerged through Konrad Aderer’s involvement in immigrants’ rights issues since October 2001, and from the successful campaign for the release of Palestinian activist and former WBAI radio show host Farouk Abdel-Muhti in 2002-2003. Mr. Abdel-Muhti was a stateless Palestinian born in the Ramallah district of the West Bank in August 1947.

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