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IPA Voices That Must Be Heard

Independent Press Association
Voices that Must be Heard

The Independent Press Association (IPA) seeks to amplify the power of independent publications so as to foster a more just, open and democratic society. Towards that goal, IPA translates articles from the ethnic press (when necessary) and distributes them via web and fax newsletter to mainstream and ethnic press, government offices, nonprofits, and interested individuals.

Voices That Must be Heard was designed by the Independent Press Association staff in New York City in response to the horrifying events of September 11. Each week, a different member editor worked with IPA staff. The team reviewed article ideas submitted by papers and translators and made selections. IPA-New York funded the translation and distribution of the articles via fax and web. After Sept. 11th, Voices focused on the South Asian, Arab and Middle Eastern communities in New York. Since February 2002, the project has expanded, selecting articles from the broad range of ethnic and community newspapers throughout the city. Here, the Archive has preserved the Voices collection from its inception until November 2002.

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Muslims in post-September 11th America
Mirror International, 31 December 1969. English language.
The changes brought on by the indefensible violence of September 11th are profound and long lasting for Muslims, especially those living in America. Muslims—both indigenous and immigrant—have come to view life in this country in ways they had never envisioned before. MORE

Why don’t we blame America? Why don’t we blame ourselves?
by Walid Rabah, Arab Voice, 17 December 2001. Arabic language.
More dialog between American and Arab and Muslim is needed to address the causes of Sept. 11., especially about the conflict in Isreal/Palestine. MORE

Pakistani Detainees Speak Out
Special to IPA - New York, 3 January 2002. English language.
As the Immigration and Naturalization Service targets Pakistanis for visa violations, New York’s civil liberties community begins to coordinate its response. MORE

Bangladeshi-American Drops “Mohammad” from his name due to fears of discrimination
by Lablu Ansar, Weekly Thikana, 3 January 2002. Translated from Bangla by Moinuddin Naser.
The “most painful” thing he’s done, a Bangladeshi-American in Tulsa, dropped Mohammad from his name. “I have been compelled to take this step lead a normal life,” said the man now named Reza Heyat. MORE

What is our fault?
by Somia Kiran, Pakistan Voice, 4 January 2002. English language.
In the war between America and Afghanistan, Pakistan faced and is facing a lot of problems. We ask, What is our fault? MORE

American Muslims are eager to participate in political life
Arab Voice, 5 January 2002. Arabic language.
Muslim Americans would like their communities to be more fully engaged with the political process, according to a recent survey. MORE

Film Student detained for 48 days
by Salwa Al-Timimi, Arab Voice, 5 January 2002. Arabic language.
A Lebanese film student, Salaam Al-Zatari, spent 48 days in solitary confinement in a Pennsylvania jail after a box cutter was found in his luggage. “I ceased to feel that there is any respect for my humanity and religion in this country,” he said. MORE

Rivlas Accuse Each Other of Being Terrorists
Pakistan Post, 10 January 2002. Translated from Urdu by Haider Rizvi.
Recent raids on the residences of Muslim and Arab families in Brooklyn and other parts of New York City suggest that in many cases such actions were the result of tips from individuals who wanted to settle personal scores with their opponents. MORE

Can we distinguish between reality in the Arab World and the future of the Arab/Muslim community in the United States?
by Dr. Mohrez El-Hussini, Al-Manassah Al-Arabeyah, 11 January 2002. Arabic language.
There is an organic relationship between the Arab communities and the mother country that cannot be ignored. Let us face it: the Arab nations have failed to recognize that the Arab-American community represent a strategic depth in that most crucial of arenas, the American arena. MORE

Bangladeshi Muslims face layoffs, discrimination in Dallas.
Bangla Patrika, 11 January 2002. Translated from Bangla by Moinuddin Naser.
Layoffs are affecting Bangladeshis across the country, and some fear that they are being targeted because of race or religion. MORE