V1 (voice 1)= Jorge Felix V2 (voice 2)=Amina Demir,
V3 (voice 3)=Cristal Sabbagh V4 (voice 4) =Clover Morell
Note: Each performer will begin with their own personal epigraph (an event/memorable moment that contextualizes their personal relationship to violence). The following narratives are written and based on the above performers’ personal experiences.
V3 (cristal):
I was 4 years old when I watched the KKK terrorize families on TV.
I was 4 when my family’s car stopped at a red light in Mississippi.
I screamed and hollered when I noticed two cardinal klan’s men on the side of the road.
In my 4 year old mind these men were going to kill all of us!
V1 (Jorge):
The feds invaded my home at 2am. They were looking to stop me from speaking…
from showing artwork by Puerto Rican political prisoners. As a curator, I know art incites
in ways that can both threaten and uphold our freedoms.
V4 (Clover):
I have been witness to oppression since I was a child, far before I could swallow it’s sharp form.
I cannot be free unless I stand for everyone’s freedom. I will not forget the taste of your hatred.
V2 (Amina)
I am no longer the great great grandaughter of a man brought to the US on slave ships.
I am no longer a daughter of a Kurdish freedom fighter from south eastern Turkey.
9/11 made me just like them. A stereotype. A terrorist. A towel head.

Alternate Voice (Anida)
Luck…circumstance…destiny…my father lived through a genocide.
His sheer will to live in the face of near annihilation is a statement.
Our family’s survival is a statement against violence.
V1: Awoke to signs,
V2: “TERRORISTS” sprayed in red paint across their family’s driveway,
V3: “TERRORIST ON BOARD” written on their white car.
V1: Awoke to find,
V4: freeway sign says, “KILL ALL ARABS”
V2: elevator sign says, “KILL ALL TOWEL HEADS”
V4: A Pakistani living in L.A.
V4 + V1: awoke to find his car scratched
V4 + V1 + V2: across the right side with the words
V1: Awoke to find 300 march on a mosque in Bridgeview, IL
V2: 300 American flags shout “USA! USA!”
V2: (keeps repeating softly in background) USA! USA! USA!
V1: Mosque awoke to find a 19-year-old shouting
V2: “I’m proud to be American, I hate Arabs and I always have.”
V3: Firebomb tossed,
V4: Taxi driver pulled out and beaten,
V3: Vandals in Collingswood, N.J. attacked two Indian-owned businesses.
V4: Vandals spray-painted
V1: Awoke to find a South Asian American,
V1+V2: Sikh,
V2: chased by a group of four men yelling
V2: Sikh mistaken for Muslim
V3: Back up.
V4: Sikh man, 69, shot.
V1: Body found in a canal.
V2: He had a turban on.
V3: Turban mistaken for Muslim.
V4: A vehicle of white males, followed and harassed a 21 yr old female. Attackers yelled,
V4+V2: “Go back to your own country!”
V2: The attackers’ car pinned her against another vehicle.
V2+V3: Then they backed up
V3: and ran over her again.
Kimberly— a 21 year old.
V3+V1: Back up.
V1: A 21 year old full blood Creek—
V1+V3: Back up.
V3: Full blood
V2: Creek
V1: Native American
V4: mistaken for Muslim.
V1: Awoke to find,
V2: a Pakistani native beaten by three men.
V2+V3: Back up.
V3: Egyptian American, 48, killed point-blank.
V3+V4: Back up.
V4: Sikh man, 49 shot.
V4+V1: Shooter shouted,
V4: “I stand for America all the way.”
V1+V2: Back up.
V2: A man pushing a baby stroller walked by a mosque
He stopped and started yelling,
V1: “You Islamic mosquitoes should be killed.”
V2: Mosquito mistaken for Muslim.
V1: Awoke to find
V3: two women speaking Spanish in a doctor’s office.
Another woman yells,
V4: “You foreigners caused all this trouble,”
V3: Spanish speaker beaten.
V2: Spanish mistaken for Muslim.
V1: Awoke to be mistaken.
V2: A woman wearing Muslim clothing was shopping.
V3: A Caucasian woman began attacking her and shouts,
V4: “America is only for white people.”
V3+V2: Back up.
V2: America? mistaken for white people?
(in this section each voice will begin just before the prior voice completes their line)
V4: Armed man sets fire to a Seattle mosque.
V1: 300 march on a mosque in Bridgeview, IL.
V2: Mosques in Texas attacked.
V3: Muslim student at Arizona State University attacked.
V1: Afghan restaurant in Fremont attacked.
V4: Two suspects wrote “die” on a Persian Club booth.
(end ‘cut off’)
V3: A gasoline bomb is thrown through the window of a Sikh family’s home,
hitting a 3-year-old in the head.
V2: Two women at a bagel store,
V2+V4: attacked
V4: for wearing a Quranic charm around her neck.
V2 +V3: Attacker lunges and yells,
V3: “Look what you people have done to my people”
V2: No one in the store tried to help.
V1: Two women
V1: awoke to find an explosion
V1: from a cherry bomb
V1: outside the Islamic Center of San Diego.
V1 +V3: San Diego mistaken for Muslim.
V3: “Look what you people have done to my people.”
V1: 300 march on a mosque in Bridgeview, IL.
V1 +V2+V4: No one tried to help. (voice 2 keeps repeating in background)
V2+V4: Sign says, “KILL ALL ARABS”
V4+V3: Sign says, “KILL ALL TOWEL HEADS”
V3: Towels mistaken for Muslim
V1,V2,V4: No one tried to help
V1,V3,V4: Vandals attack
V1,V2,V4: No one tried to help
V1,V3,V4: He had a turban on
V1,V2,V4: No one tried to help (voice 2 ends repetition of line)
V4: Sign says, “Look what you people have done.”
V4,V3: Flags wave in an Afghan restaurant
ALL: 300 march (voice 1 begins to repeat Spanish in background)
V4,V3,V2: against Spanish
V3,V2: spoken at a doctor’s office
V1+V4: Spanish mistaken for Muslim
ALL: 300 march
V1,V2,V3: on two women
V3,V2: at a bagel store V3,V2: (voice 1 ends Spanish)
V4,V3,V2: Bagels mistaken for Muslim
V1,V4: 300 wave
V3,V4: cherry Bombs
V3,V2: march on 300 Sikhs
V2,V1: hitting a 3-year-old in the head.
V3: what you people have done!

The number 1700% refers to the exponential percentage increase of hate crimes against Arabs, Muslims and those perceived to be Arab or Muslim since the events of September 11, 2001. The text, a performance poem titled 1700% by Anida Yoeu Ali, is an unapologetic response to injustices directed at the Muslim community. The poem is a Cento (100 lines of found writings) based on filed reports of hate and bias crimes against “Arabs” and “Muslims” since 9/11. The narrative-based poem is the original text to which all other iterations of this project is created upon. Anida Yoeu Ali (b.1974, Battambang) is an artist whose works span performance, installation, video, images, public encounters, and political agitation. She is a first generation Muslim Khmer woman born in Cambodia and raised in Chicago. After residing for over three decades outside of Cambodia, Ali returned to work in Phnom Penh as part of her 2011 U.S. Fulbright Fellowship. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to artmaking, her installation and performance works investigate the artistic, spiritual and political collisions of a hybrid transnational identity.