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kitsapsun.com

Library Opens Doors to 9/11 Series

All nine branches will host live acts on local diversity.

By Chad Lewis, clewis@kitsapsun.com
September 5, 2006

Bremerton

In the hours after the September 11th attacks, many Kitsap residents — stunned and unsure where to go — went to their local libraries.

As the fifth anniversary nears, Kitsap Regional Library is again inviting residents to discuss who we are as a nation, both before and after the attack.

The library is hosting live performances Sunday and Monday at all nine of its branches. Kitsap Regional Library has teamed up with Seattle-based Living Voices to produce the series, "We the People."

The event will not focus on the terrorist attacks. Instead, the library is commemorating the anniversary by exploring the region’s diverse population.

"We’re not going to show footage of the attacks," said library spokeswoman Audrey Newell. "We didn’t think that would really help anyone. We’d rather discuss who we are as Americans."

A common theme of the one-hour performances is immigration. On Bainbridge Island, for example, the performance will offer a look at the Northwest at the turn of the 20th century through the eyes of a young Swedish immigrant. In Kingston, residents will see what it was like during the 1930s and ’40s to be a Navajo girl struggling to keep her culture while living in a government-run boarding school.

"If you want to know who we are as a society, you have to know where we came from," Newell said.

Not everyone is thrilled with the program. The library has heard complaints from residents about discussing immigration at a time when illegal immigration is such a divisive issue.

"We’ve gotten e-mails from people who said we’re taking a political stand," Newell said. "When we were planning this, we didn’t think about it this way. But the word ‘immigration’ is so loaded right now."

The hope is that the performances will help unify the community, Newell said.

"The last thing we need is something else to divide us," she said. "We figure this is the best way to bring us together."
 

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So now, we honor the birth of our nation with an AIDS rally, the birth of our Saviour with generic consumerism and draconian avoidance of mentioning something vaguely linked to something that might sound like it relates to him, and the most tragic event in our history with diversity plays. What's next? Celebrating Mother's Day with a pro-choice rally?
 

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So now, we honor the birth of our nation with an AIDS rally, the birth of our Saviour with generic consumerism and draconian avoidance of mentioning something vaguely linked to something that might sound like it relates to him, and the most tragic event in our history with diversity plays. What's next? Celebrating Mother's Day with a pro-choice rally?
The liberals aren't going to let a little thing like 9/11 get in the way of thier agenda. Pretend it didn't happen. It was a fluke and an anomaly.
 

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This is the most outrageous thing Ive ever heard of. Rather than celebrate and remember the lives we have lost and remember why they lost their lives we are going to have lessons on diversity. Tell me why do we need more lessons on diversity?

And how are lessons about immigration going to unite Americans? We dont have a problem with immigration. we have a problem with illegal immigration. Why? I think 911 should be obvious why. Had our immigration kept up with those whose visa's expired, a number of the attackers wouldnt have been in the US to do the attacks.

This is so ridiculous.
 

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