On a clear September morning twelve years ago, our lives were forever changed. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, some even began to look at other Americans as “the enemy,” based on their religion, national origin, or descent. Many began to second guess their neighbor, their local salesclerk, and even their friends. But, even beyond the devastation of the day, September 11, 2001, brought many unintended consequences – including increased discrimination.

The United States was founded on cultural differences, but at times this seems to be forgotten, and the stain of discrimination is allowed to grow. As evidenced by recent events such as the rise of anti-immigrant laws, shootings at Sikh temples, and the profiling of young black men like Trayvon Martin, discrimination occurs in every corner of the United States. Whether you live in urban, suburban or rural America, discrimination exists.

The Equal Rights Center (ERC) is committed to addressing this discrimination, and promoting equal opportunity for all.  Through an array of outreach events, informational materials available in seven languages, and published reports documenting our testing investigations, the ERC works to connect with all sectors of the community – and we assist individuals who encounter discrimination every day.

Today, as we reflect upon and honor those lost in the attacks–and the thousands more who continue to fight for our freedom – let us remember the American tenets of freedom and equality for all.

If you interested in learning how you can help to be the “change you want to see in this world” – learn more about how to get involved to help eradicate discrimination.

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