September 11th in Marquette Park
Neighborhood families, resident leaders, community organizations and religious institutions of the Marquette Park community will be gathering on the steps of St. Rita of Cascia Church to communicate a spiritual message of remembrance and solidarity to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001.
Throughout the past four decades, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim community organizers in Marquette Park have worked together to combat the divisive forces of bigotry and intolerance, poverty, and the socioeconomic conditions that typically pit our communities against one another. The events of September 11, 2001 only served to strengthen our resolve that diverse communities striving together towards social justice, human rights, and human dignity is the very solution to defying the divisive and destructive forces that endeavored to claim that day.
The Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP), Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), Beth Shalom Synagogue, Holy Cross Hospital, and Ephraim Bahar Cultural Center, along with other community partners and institutions will host a commemoration event on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 9:15am that will recognize the loss of life on that day and in subsequent years, from victims and first responders, to soldiers and innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan; collectively denounce any attempt to use 9/11 as a foundation to scapegoat, penalize, or unjustly target any sector of our communities; and demonstrate and express appreciation for the impact that American Muslims, alongside other faith communities, are making on a grassroots level to improve the quality of life in some of our most vulnerable neighborhoods.
Please join us as we remember, reflect, and stand together in solidarity.
Governor Quinn is tentatively confirmed to attend this event and invitations have been extended to Senator Durbin’s office.
A Day of Remembrance and Solidarity
September 11, 2011
St. Rita of Cascia Church
6243 South Fairfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60629-2395