CCR is proud to partner with the Arab American National Museum (AANM), ACCESS' Campaign to Take on Hate, and other groups on the 4th Annual 9/11 Town Hall in Dearborn. The event will examine how communities of color have been targeted through the frame of national security and profiled as violent threats. Expanding upon AANM’s popular Hikayat storytelling performance series, the Town Hall will shed light on real-life experiences of detention and incarceration through the art of storytelling, including personal stories by local community members.
The event will also include a performance of Letters from Detention, a moving theatrical piece written and directed by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen (authors of The Exonerated and Aftermath). Letters is adapted from a series of letters exchanged between CCR clients Yasser Ebrahim and Hany Ibrahim, two brothers held on separate floors of Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center for months after 9/11.
Following the performances, CCR Senior Staff Attorney Rachel Meeropol will join a talk-back with Desiree M. Ferguson (Detroit Justice Center) and other advocates who combat the oppressive systems that allow unjust detention and incarceration to continue.