If you were to witness a bias-based attack or a hate crime, how would you respond?
It’s something some activists are preparing some New Yorkers to be ready for, as reports of hate crimes in the city have increased since the election of Donald Trump. They are up 63 percent compared to the same period last year as of Dec. 14, according to the New York City Police Department.
Earlier this month, a man allegedly threatened to cut the throat of an off-duty police officer wearing a hijab. Two days later, a transit worker wearing a hijab was allegedly pushed down the stairs in Grand Central Terminal by a man who called her a “terrorist.”
Christen Brandt, a trainer with the Center for Anti-Violence Education, wants more bystanders who witness attacks and hate crimes to become what she calls “upstanders” — people who will intervene rather than just walk away.
this day in 1993, a truck bomb was detonated below the North Tower of
the World Trade Center in New York City. The bomb was intended to knock
the North Tower into the South Tower to destroy them both, but this did not occur.
The attack still killed six people, including a pregnant woman, and injured
over one thousand. The terrorist attack was planned by a group of
conspirators and masterminded by Ramzi Yousef. In 1994, four men were
convicted of carrying out the bombing and two more were convicted in 1997. The group
were funded by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who would go on to be the
principal co-ordinator behind the destruction of the Twin Towers on
September 11th 2001. The memorial to the victims of the 1993 attack was
destroyed on 9/11, but they are currently memorialised at the North Pool
of the National 9/11 Memorial, opened in 2011.
“It felt like an airplane hit the building” - eye-witness Bruce Pomper on the 1993 attack
The Siege- After a terrorist attack on the US military over seas the Islamic leader connected to the incident is abducted. Soon his followers are doing attacks in New York City with increasing horrific scale. The FBI agent in charge encounters a CIA agent, and as you would expect the two agencies aren’t sharing info. But the big problem comes from the military. To deal with the situation martial law is declared and all arabic men are rounded up and heardee into pens at a stadium, including the 13 year old son of the FBI agent’s partner. Torture and executions occur. Can the FBI agent stop the the terrorists and the fear inspired attack on the very freedoms this country is supposed to stand for?
It’s a movie, so I guess you know the answer. Reality is different. This movie was made almost twenty years ago now, before even 9/11, the days before the second Gulf war, Guantanamo, extraordinary rendition, discussions about what counts as torture….. Heck, back then Trump as president was just a funny joke and not scary reality! Maybe when the movie came out I would have seen it as over the top in its “what if” visions, but I was watching it now. From this vantage point chilling connections can be seen to all that has happened since. More unsettlingly, there is no script writer waiting to return us to sanity.
Now I’m not saying it is some faultless movie. Far from it. It’s about a subtle as whispering through a bullhorn. I actually muttered under my breath when it turned out the CIA agent has been sleeping with her informant. Actually I lot of her characterization was exasperating. And how about this for an absurd moment. When the FBI agent realizes the hostage taker of a classroom of kids is just waiting for the right moment to set off his bomb, the hero literally just runs down the hall, smashes into the room, and shoots the baddie dead. Really, no bomb set off, no kid so much as scratched. I’m sure all people dealing with hostages learn the “lone guy dives in without warning” trick! It’s really is full of groan worthy moments.
The movie does also seem to have a problem of wanting to be “ooh scary!” about the arabs in America AND want to passionately say that hostility towards them is wrong. ** At the begining they cut from the terrorist mastermind praying in lock up to a call to prayer that then pulls back to show this is New York, accompanied by the sort of music you get to indicate a monster lurking beneath the surface of a lake. Sure they make a point of the FBI agent’s partner being a Lebanese emigrant, and the movie clearly aims to say the persecution is wrong, and yet there is a sort of subconscious “othering” at work.
Still, it was a facinating glimpse of late 1990s imaginings of where things could go. Who knew it would feel so disturbing this long after it was made? Still it has a faith in how America is supposed to work I envy. If only I still felt I could trust we still lived in a world where the public protesting in solidarity with the mistreated and a slew of court orders would be respected enough to bring about a happy ending.
You know, last week Mom and I were talking about taking part in the March For Science in April and I think this movie actually makes me more determined to try to get to go. I know a march won’t mean fuck all to our fascist wannabe but I need to do something against this insanity that rejects the very concept of objective facts. I do NOT like feeling that a movie like this would end a hell of a lot darker today!
** Quick question: Why is it entertainment here usually suggests Arab and Muslim are equivalent? Not all Arabs are Muslims and LOTS of Muslims aren’t Arabic!
Nerdy Fact #1497: Due to the memory constraints of the video game Deus Ex, the World Trade Center towers were not programmed into the New York City skyline, and their in-game absence was explained as the result of a future terrorist attack. The game was released in the year 2000.
2001: Tuesday: Following the morning terrorist attacks on The Pentagon, New York City’s World Trade Center, and in the air over Pennsylvania, The Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and The Disneyland Resort in California, close without incident. All the resort hotels remain open and provide accommodations to guests who are unable to leave. Phone charges are suspended so that guests can reach family. (The closures marks only the second time Disneyland has locked its gates in its 56-year history due to a national tragedy. The first time followed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963.)
At Disney World, Cast Members in all 4 parks are instructed to hold hands and form a human wall and gently (without touching guests) walk towards the hub of each park and eventually towards the exit. This calmly forces all guests out of the parks. Security follows each human wall to make sure no one gets past. It takes less than 30 minutes to evacuate thousands of guests from the theme parks.
At Disneyland Resort, food and beverage stations remain open at no charge for guests who are on property. AMC Theaters at Downtown Disney show free Disney films for stranded Resort guests. (Due to the time difference, the California theme parks have been able to close before any guest can enter.)
The Disney Stores close as well for the day as do Disney’s Broadway shows in New York and on the road.
Michael Eisner releases a statement to Cast Members explaining the Disney closings. He ends his note with these words: “Finally let me say our company around the world will continue to operate in this sometimes violent world in which we live, offering products that reach to the higher and more positive side of the human equation.”
On this day in 1920, a terrorist attack killed 39 people on Wall Street, New York City. At noon, a horse-drawn buggy loaded with 100 pounds of dynamite and 500 pounds of iron slugs exploded across the street from the J.P. Morgan building. The powerful blast shattered windows all along the iconic street, and completely destroyed the interior of the Morgan headquarters; the damage inflicted totaled millions of dollars. In addition to the 39 fatalities, 300 people were injured by shrapnel and glass raining down during the lunch-time rush on Wall Street. The victims were mostly clerks, messengers, and secretaries who worked for Wall Street financial companies. The bombing brought chaos to New York, as authorities rejected the possibility of accidental cause, and struggled to find those responsible. One of the chiefs of J.P. Morgan accused Bolshevik communists of the bombing, and the public called on Congress and the White House for security measures against communist terrorism. To this day, the perpetrators of the bombing are unclear, though a warning note indicates that the act was planned by a group of anarchists. If this is the case, the bombers may have committed the attack on a symbol of American capitalism as revenge for the recent murder indictment of two prominent anarchists. Today, 95 years on, the stone of 23 Wall Street still bears shrapnel scars from one of the first terrorist attacks on New York City.
“Remember. We will not tolerate any longer. Free the political prisoners
or it will be death for all of you. American Anarchist Fighters!“ - warning flyers found after the attack
On this day in 2003, in the early hours of the morning, the
United States, United Kingdom, and their allies began a military
invasion of Iraq. The reasons for the invasion were the alleged
presence of weapons of mass destruction, and Iraq’s supposed ties to terrorist group Al-Qaeda who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks on New York City in 2001.
According to U.S. President George W. Bush and British
Prime Minister Tony Blair the mission was “to disarm Iraq of weapons of
mass destruction, to end Saddam Hussein’s support for terrorism, and to
free the Iraqi people.”
However, in 2005 it was discovered that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction. On March 19th, an air strike hit the
Presidential Palace in Baghdad, and the next day coalition forces began
an invasion into Basra province. The forces drove into the country and
occupied areas, eventually driving President Saddam Hussein into
hiding. With Hussein gone and Iraq occupied, the end of combat was
announced on 1st May, marking the transition from invasion to
occupation. Hussein was captured in December 2003 and executed in
December 2006. UK troops remained in Iraq until April 2009, while U.S. troops withdrew slowly. The occupation continued until December
15th 2011, when U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta declared the Iraq War
In November of 2001, *NSYNC held a fund-raising concert on Miami’s South Beach, raising money for the families of New York City police and firefighters killed as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Despite being technically grounded in science, the Iron Man movies are also among the most unrealistic Marvel has to offer. Which is why I’d like to see a movie featuring a more down-to-earth gadgeteer superhero. My suggestion for that is Mitchell Hundred, aka The Great Machine from Brian K. Vaughan’s Ex Machina. He’s what I picture a real-life engineer would be like if given superpowers: an awkward sack of fuck who randomly gains the ability to communicate with machines and soon finds they’re often lying and treacherous dicks. He manages to put together a jetpack and a bunch of gadgets, dons a frankly horrible costume and starts kind-of fighting crime, until he semi-accidentally manages to stop a major terrorist attack and winds up the mayor of New York City. And therein lies the catch. Mitchell Hundred is a poor man’s Tony Stark that actually has to clean up after himself.
“I just – I wanted to tell you why I grieve, but why I don’t despair…(crying) I’m sorry. The reason I don’t despair is because this attack happened. It’s not a dream. But the aftermath of it, the recovery is a dream realized. Any fool can blow something up. Any fool can destroy. But to see these guys, these firefighters, these policemen and people from all over the country, literally, with buckets rebuilding. That, that – that is – that’s extraordinary. That’s why we’ve already won. It’s light. It’s democracy. We’ve already won. They can’t shut that down. They live in chaos and chaos…it can’t sustain itself. It never could. It’s too easy and it’s too unsatisfying. The view from my apartment was the World Trade Center and now it’s gone. They attacked it. This symbol of American ingenuity and strength and labor and imagination and commerce and it is gone. But you know what the view is now? The Statue of Liberty. The view from the south of Manhattan is now the Statue of Liberty. You can’t beat that.
So we’re going to take a break and I’m going to stop slobbering on myself and on the desk and we’re going to get back to this. It’s going to be fun and funny and it’s going to be the same as it was and I thank you. We’ll be right back.”
The most impressive first pitch was by George W. Bush prior to Game 3 of the 2001 World Series. The President threw out the first pitch at Yankees Stadium in New York City, just weeks after the terrorist attacks of September 11th. The scene was tense, security was tight and heightened threat levels required the President to be flown by helicopter to the stadium instead of a motorcade.
Bush – the former managing general partner of the Texas Rangers – was cheered loudly by the patriotic New York crowd, united in the wake of 9/11, as he was introduced at Yankee Stadium. Not only was Bush under pressure due to 9/11 but it was also the World Series and he chose to throw from the mound, instead of from in front of it. On top of that, he was wearing a bulky bulletproof vest under his FDNY sweatshirt.
Before Bush went to the mound, Yankees star Derek Jeter added to the pressure. As they shook hands, Jeter told the President, “Don’t bounce it or they’ll boo you.”
Bush threw a perfect strike from the mound…wearing a bulletproof vest…before a World Series game…in the wake of the 9/11 attacks…at Yankee Stadium IN New York. The crowd didn’t boo him. They went wild and chanted, “U-S-A! U-S-A!”