MAS-ICNA CONVENTION 2010 Islamophobia in America: Protecting our Religion & Rights (Part 3) This session presents ways in which the Muslim community can proactively respond to religious bigotry and anti-Muslim sentiment currently resonating in American public policy.
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MAS-ICNA CONVENTION 2010 Islamophobia in America: Protecting our Religion & Rights (Part 1) This session presents ways in which the Muslim community can proactively respond to religious bigotry and anti-Muslim sentiment currently resonating in American public policy.
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(22 Sep 2011) AP Television New York City, New York - 21 September 2011 +16:9+ 1. Exterior of the Park51 Islamic community centre 2. Man applying logo to window of Park51 3. Developer of the Park51 Islamic community centre Sharif El-Gamal at desk, zoom in 4. SOUNDBITE (English) Sharif El-Gamal, Developer of Park51 Islamic community centre : "We''ve made incredible mistakes throughout the whole process, and we didn''t realise some of the responsibilities that we have today and I think the biggest one is with the 9/11 families, I think that''s the biggest mistake that we made. And the second, just as equal of a mistake that we made, is we did not really connect with the local and the national Muslim leaders and the community leaders and the activists. And those were probably the two biggest mistakes that we made." AP FILE New York City, New York - 2010 +4:3+ 5. Men praying at Islamic community centre 6. Close up of books at centre AP Television New York City, New York - 21 September 2011 +16:9+ 7. SOUNDBITE (English) Sharif El-Gamal, Developer of Park51 Islamic community centre : "We have chosen an exhibit by the photographer Danny Goldfield and it''s an exhibit called ''New York City Children''. And it''s an exhibit of 170 different children from 170 different countries that all live in New York." 8. Exhibit sign, pan to people working on exhibit 9. Close up photos of children, tilt down 10. SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Goldfield, Photographer : "I wouldn''t have the exhibit here if I didn''t feel like it was an appropriate place. So I think, whether it''s a neutral space, whether it''s a place that''s a little bit charged like this, I''m not going to put seven years of work into a space that I don''t feel comfortable exhibiting in. So I don''t know what more I can do or say to demonstrate, you know, how I feel about walking through the doors of this place." 11. Various close up photos of children 12. Mid of exhibit STORYLINE: The Park51 Islamic community centre, at 51 Park Place, situated near Ground Zero in New York City where the twin towers of the World Trade Centre once stood, opened to the public on Wednesday night. The developer of the centre, said the "biggest mistake" of the project was not involving the families of 9/11 victims from the start. "We made incredible mistakes," the centre''s developer Sharif El-Gamal said in an interview in his Manhattan office. The project has drawn criticism from opponents who have said they don''t want a Muslim prayer space near the site of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The mosque, which is part of the centre has been open for the past two years and was especially needed in lower Manhattan, El-Gamal said, because many Muslim people work or live in the neighbourhood. He said besides failing to hold dialogue with the families of 9/11 victims there have been problems with the centre from the start. "We did not really connect with the local and the national Muslim leaders and the community leaders and the activists." El-Gamal said fundraising is under way to complete the 15-storey building, which will also include a theatre, educational programmes, a pool and a restaurant. He said the centre is open for people of all faiths and will include a 9/11 memorial. The inaugural exhibition at the centre is of photographs taken by Danny Goldfield featuring images of 170 children, who live in New York City, and are from 170 different countries. Goldfield said he is happy to exhibit his photographs in the space. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/c004390fae6d807b5ba0391bcf565b90 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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