On Terrorism, Grief and Religious Freedom S2E2  UDHR 18
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On Terrorism, Grief and Religious Freedom S2E2 UDHR 18

December 2, 2019

Hello Good People, this is Janiece here coming
at you from my balcony in Lower Manhattan, where I wanted to make a quick video before
heading out to the gym. Behind me is the the World Trade Center. I wanted to get it in the shot because 9.11
is coming up in a few days and I’ve lived down here for a very long time. In fact, I was on the community board when
the Towers fell. And one thing I’m proud about being a TriBeCa
resident is that we are a community that cares about one another. And that’s what helped us successfully get
through 9.11. Our community board was very instrumental
with our healing. And some of us are still healing. Some years are good for me some are not. Being that its…9.11 is falling on a Tuesday,
and being that Imogen fell to her death only earlier this week, brings back some bad memories. So, I wanted to make this video because earlier
this summer, I was down at the World Trade Center site, and it wasn’t until I saw their
names at the footprint that it hit me: When the parents, and relatives, and loved ones
were coming to our community board meetings, and expressing their anger – much deserved
– I don’t recall ever hearing the voice of a muslim family who lost a loved one on 9.11,
and it struck me especially when one of our community members wanted to build a mosque
near the World Trae Center site, and the community was all for it. Our community board is the smallest government
agency in New York City. And we weigh in one what we want in our community
and we wanted that mosque. We understand and appreciate the importance
of religious freedom. And it was the people from outside of our
community, outside of our City, outside of our region who came in and protested against
that mosque. So for today’s upload, I’m going to recognize
those Muslims, Muslim-Americans, aging from seven months in utero up to age 69 years whose
family, just as we’ve mourned and the non -muslim Americans who lost their loved ones
mourned, and loudly, I don’t remember them mourning with us. And I’ve been thinking, “what was it like
to lose a loved one and be treated with distain just because of who you are?” You had just as much right to mourn as everyone
else. The names that you see rolling up on the screen,
are those Muslims who lost their lives on 9.11, and I’m dedicating this video to them
and their families. In the meantime, be well and remember to live
your life with Dignity.

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