2011 Week of Action: Reflecting on Our Loss and Reclaiming Our Rights


Between the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and Constitution Day, Rights Working Group members across the country hosted events to reflect on our losses in the past ten years, and to reclaim our rights.

View a map of events across the country during the National Week of Action .

The tragic events of 9/11 resulted in a devastating loss of life.  It also was the catalyst that changed many policies involving national security, immigration, privacy, and policing—often making racial profiling more widespread and far-reaching. Ten years later, we have an opportunity to reflect on the loss of lives during the tragic events of 9/11. We have a chance to reflect on the loss of our rights, and the rights of many in our communities, and we can stand up and work together to reclaim these rights.

Reflecting on Our Loss and Reclaiming Our Rights

National Week of Action

September 11-17, 2011

Sign up here to host an event during the National Week of Action. Missed the week of action, but still want to host an event? Register to let us know your plans.

View a map of events across the country.

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Event ideas:

  • Host a conversation on how 9/11 impacted your community within an existing community group. 
  • Host a conversation on racial profiling between two or more community groups facing different types of profiling.
  • Plan a legislative visit with your local congressperson's office and talk to staff about racial profiling and the End Racial Profiling Act.
  • Host a People's Movement Assembly, Unity Summit, or townhall that brings diverse members of the community together for meaningful analysis and commitments. See a 2-hour sample agenda, a one-day sample agenda, and a unity resolution worksheet.
  • Hold a community vigil to reflect on loss and commit to reclaim our rights.
  • Host a Know Your Rights (KYR) presentation followed by a discussion. For assistance with a KYR, contact your local ACLU affiliate or the National Immigration Project at the National Lawyer's Guild.
  • During any event you host, hold a moment of silence to reflect on the loss of life on 9/11.

Sign up here to host an event during the National Week of Action. View a map of events across the country. 



Discussion guide: How did 9/11 impact our community?

Sample Press Release

Sample Letter to the Editor

9/11 Talking Points

The Civil Liberties and Human Rights Impact of Post-9/11 Policies: Inlcuding immigration, border security, surveillance, and racial profiling

Frequently Asked Questions: 9/11 and racial profiling

Complete 9/11 Resource Packet