BY JESSICA JENKINS
Today is the start of the 9/11 Ribbons of Hope display in Battery Park, New York City. We've been collecting ribbons from all over the country this summer with messages of hope, renewal, and healing. Neama Alamri of the Fresno State University (CA) Muslim Students Association writes:
"I just wanted to thank ... you for your assistance and inspiration. Today's ribbon signing event at Fresno State was such an amazing experience. Not only did my fellow club members of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) resonate with Groundswell's message, but every individual that stopped to create a ribbon was so appreciative of the movement. We all realized today that each one of our individual narratives contains a common thread: the difficulty in deciding how to compress all of our feelings for 9/11 onto a single ribbon. However, we discovered that all of our ribbons together formed a powerful thread that represents each and every one of us- each and every one of our stories. "
Thanks Neama! You can still submit a message online to be added to the display of ribbons. There will be a dedication of the ribbons on Monday morning in Battery Park.
And here are some photos of the Fresno State ribbon event.
Almost 4,000 people of faith and values have spoken out, signing a petition to tell ESPN Christian does not equal anti-gay. Now, ESPN has agreed to meet next week with Rev. Debra Haffner, who started the petition, and a delegation of LGBT-affirming clergy. Join the campaign today.
Inspired by his faith, Jason Collins came out this week as the first openly gay NBA basketball player. But ESPN Commentator Chris Broussard said he wasn't a Christian. Tell ESPN not to allow anti-gay speech to go unchallenged.
In the wake of the Boston bombing, will we let terror divide us? Unlike any other time in history, we have the tools & people-power to shape what happens next. Read Valarie's Kaur's moving vision piece about our movement post-Boston.
While the moment of terror in Boston has finally ended, millions of Muslim, Arab, and South Asian Americans have become vulnerable. Read Valarie Kaur's piece on hate crimes and profiling in the Washington Post.
When the Supreme Court heard the case to repeal DOMA, almost 200 people across America offered blessings of hope during Passover and Holy Week. Here are some of their stories.
As soon as today, the Senate is going to vote on life-saving bills to prevent gun violence – including the Manchin-Toomey Amendment on background checks. Will you take 3 minutes to call your Senator right now?