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Progressive Congress Marks 15th Anniversary of September 11, Calls for Standing United Against Hatred as a Nation


September 11, 2016

Washington, D.C.--   In honor of the 15th anniversary of September 11, Progressive Congress issued the following statement:

“We remember and honor the courage and sacrifice of ordinary citizens, first responders and firefighters and rescue workers on September 11th. A lot has changed in the 15 years since that day, but the stories and memories of those who lost their lives or gave their lives to save others remain etched in our nation's history as a true embodiment of the great American spirit. Those tragic events on that fateful day have continued to reshape our approach to global politics, and our country's perceptions of the rest of the world. We commit once again to advancing global citizenship through diplomacy and stand, as always, for mutual understanding and against hatred and bigotry. September 11th was an attack on a country that values freedom and has welcomed people from all backgrounds for generations. We stand tall against those who would seek to divide our nation or turn us against each other in the name of hate.

We recognize the enormous backlash against Muslim Americans, Sikh Americans, and Arab Americans in the wake of September 11th and strongly condemn hate crimes against them or any other person based on ethnicity, race or religion. With Islamophobia on the rise, we want to acknowledge the contributions of Muslim, Sikh and Arab Americans to our nation- whether as members of the Armed Forces, or as innovators and changemakers, as diplomats and elected officials, or as people whose hopes and dreams have shaped this nation, whose families are proud American families, and who make up part of the wonderful melting pot we Americans all call home.

September 11th shocked us all to our core, but it did not break our nation, and the Americans values that we embody remain as strong as ever. On this solemn anniversary, we stand united against hatred and ignorance and boldly look to the future.”