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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.
There are currently 486 stories in this collection
Muslims in post-September 11th AmericaThe 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
Mirror International, 31 December 1969. English language.
Why don’t we blame America? Why don’t we blame ourselves?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
by Walid Rabah, Arab Voice, 17 December 2001. Arabic language.
Pakistani Detainees Speak OutAs the Immigration and Naturalization Service targets Pakistanis for visa violations, New York’s civil liberties community begins to coordinate its response. MORE
Special to IPA - New York, 3 January 2002. English language.
Bangladeshi-American Drops “Mohammad” from his name due to fears of discriminationThe “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
by Lablu Ansar, Weekly Thikana, 3 January 2002. Translated from Bangla by Moinuddin Naser.
What is our fault?In the war between America and Afghanistan, Pakistan faced and is facing a lot of problems. We ask, What is our fault? MORE
by Somia Kiran, Pakistan Voice, 4 January 2002. English language.
American Muslims are eager to participate in political lifeMuslim Americans would like their communities to be more fully engaged with the political process, according to a recent survey. MORE
Arab Voice, 5 January 2002. Arabic language.
Film Student detained for 48 daysA 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
by Salwa Al-Timimi, Arab Voice, 5 January 2002. Arabic language.
Rivlas Accuse Each Other of Being TerroristsRecent 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
Pakistan Post, 10 January 2002. Translated from Urdu by Haider Rizvi.
Can we distinguish between reality in the Arab World and the future of the Arab/Muslim community in the United States?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
by Dr. Mohrez El-Hussini, Al-Manassah Al-Arabeyah, 11 January 2002. Arabic language.
Bangladeshi Muslims face layoffs, discrimination in Dallas.Layoffs are affecting Bangladeshis across the country, and some fear that they are being targeted because of race or religion. MORE
Bangla Patrika, 11 January 2002. Translated from Bangla by Moinuddin Naser.