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Remembering September 11, 2001

You know what the terrorists wanted to do … to create fear, to make us look at every person which didn’t look exactly like us with suspicion, to retreat to our shores and not play the world game anymore. To stop being what many countries in the world aspired to. To stop trying to make ourselves better. To live in hate and fear, safe at home, but trembling.

I refuse.

I refuse to let them win.


I ran for office last year, because I refuse. I complemented a stranger on his durag yesterday, because I refuse. I donate to Kiva microlending, because I refuse. I will not be cowed. I will not hate. I will reach out a hand to those in need.

I will stand.

I will stand and take action for humanity.