This week, to mark the 17th anniversary of September 11th, let’s pause.

The attacks on September 11, 2001 and the ensuing backlash against Muslim, Sikh, South Asian, and Arab communities represented a turning point in the lives of many people, including mine. As we mark the 17th anniversary of 9/11 this week, I’m sharing resources and reflections each day . Today, on September 11th, here is a collection of remembrances and resources related to that day, 17 years ago. Please feel free to share your own reflections, resources, and questions in the comments. For previous entries, please visit

Today, on the 17th anniversary of September 11th, let’s pause.

Lets remember those who perished in New York City, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on the planes and in their offices. They were people of all backgrounds, equity traders and army sergeants, teachers and immigrant workers at Windows on the World.

Let’s be grateful for the first responders and emergency personnel who arrived on terrible scenes and did their jobs, at tremendous risk.

Let’s send our healing energy to the people who miss their loved ones every single moment.

So many of us have a 9/11 story: where we are on that day, what losses we endured personally or learned about through our networks, and what we learned about ourselves and our communities. For so many of us, 9/11 marked a watershed moment in our lives, representing a clear demarcation of “life before and life after.”

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Tribute in Light on September 11, 2016 (Getty Images)

In the wake of 9/11, people dealt with a range of consequences, from mental health to loss of income to scapegoating and backlash.

• Explore “Ground One: Voices from Post-911 Chinatown” to hear personal stories of how the Chinatown community was impacted in the aftermath of 9/11, and read the testimony of Stanley Mark (Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund) about the public health emergency affecting Lower Manhattan residents.

• First responders and other 9/11 survivors have dealt with health effects ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder to respiratory illnesses as a result of inhaling toxic dust.

• Read about the individual and collective trauma of 9/11 in How the Pain of 9/11 Still Stays with a Generation via The Conversation.

•Watch Valarie Kaur’s Divided We Fall, SAALT’s Raising Our Voices: South Asian Americans Address Hate, Theresa Thanjan’s Whose Children Are These? and PBS News Hour’s How 9/11 Changed the Lives of Muslims.

Personal reflections, art and poetry provides some measure of solace and hope:

•Read the personal reflections, poems, and tributes in the Asian American Literary Review’s Special Issue: Commemorating the Tenth Anniversary of Sept. 11, co-edited by Rajini Srikanth and Parag Khandhar

American Muslim Poll 2017: Muslims at the CrossroadsInstitute for Social Policy & Understanding

Communities on Fire report — South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

“Go Home Terrorist”: A Report on Bullying Against Sikh American Children — Sikh Coalition

The Islamophobic Administration by Faiza Patel and Rachel Levinson-Waldman — Brennan Center for Justice

Targeted: 2018 Civil Rights Report — Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

The Trump Effect: The Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Our Nation’s Schools — Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)

Underreported, Under Threat: Hate Crime in the United States and the Targeting of Arab Americans 1991–2016. — Arab American Institute

We Too Sing America by Deepa Iyer

American Hate: Survivors Speak Out by Arjun Sethi

After the Fall: New Yorkers Remember September 2001 and the Years That Followed, edited by Mary Marshall Clark, Peter Bearman, Catherine Ellis, Stephen Drury Smith

In the Shadow of No Towers by Art Spiegelman

Children’s/YA Books:

Somewhere Among by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu

911: The Book of Help (Authors Respond to the Tragedy)

Cinnamon Girls: letters found inside a cereal box by Juan Felipe Herrera

With Their Eyes: September 11th — The View from a High School at Ground Zero by Annie Thoms

Leaders + Organizers

Darakshan RajaJustice for Muslims Collective

Ramla SahidPartnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA)

Zahra BillooCouncil of American-Islamic Relations

• Aber Kawas — The Campaign to Take on Hate, National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC)

Margari Aziza Hill — Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (ARC)

Author of We Too Sing America; Host of Solidarity is This podcast; Senior Advisor at Building Movement Project; South Asian American activist/lawyer. @dviyer

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