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Peace Advocate Michiko Pumpian

March 30, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-cranes30mar30,1,3411647.story?coll=la%2Dhome%2Dleftrail

On March 30, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "in the mind of peace advocate Michiko Pumpian, the crane is mightier than the sword -- and, for that matter, more persuasive than protest marches... The tall, graceful bird is a symbol of peace in her native Japan, and the 48-...

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Greek Festival Permit Denied

March 30, 2003

Source: Daily News

On March 30, 2003 Daily News reported that "a four-day Greek festival that has been held by a Whitestone church each June for the past 25 years is getting a thumbs-down this year from the local community board... Community Board 7, which covers Whitestone along with Flushing and neighboring communities, will recommend that the city deny Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church the permits it needs to hold the fair, said district manager Marilyn Bitterman... Then, complaints from neighbors and the Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Civic Association...

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Interfaith Prayer Event in Oklahoma

March 29, 2003

Source: The Daily Oklahoman

On March 29, 2003 The Daily Oklahoman reported that "When Muslim John Graff watches television news coverage of the war in Iraq, he admits to having mixed emotions... There is a sense of distaste resulting from the harmful things Saddam Hussein and his regime have done to the Iraqi people. Yet, Graff said there is the hesitancy to support the American military going in 'full force' to stop the Iraqi leader, because the Iraqis in the middle are 'our brothers and sisters...' Unitarian clergyman Mark Christian said he understands...

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Iraqi-American Home Vandalized in Phoenix, AZ

March 28, 2003

Source: Arizona Republic

On March 28, 2003 the Arizona Republic reported that "explosives were hurled into the back yard of an Iraqi-American family in Phoenix on Wednesday, the same day a Muslim advocacy group called on the governor to take action to prevent hate crimes... Four 'dry ice explosives' were thrown at Basil Sayad's home shortly before 5 p.m., Phoenix police Sgt. Randy Force said. The devices, concoctions of dry ice mixed with water in a bottle, did not injure the Sayads and their two teenage children. Force said that there was minor property...

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Editorial: Immigrants on the Front Lines

March 28, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/archives

On March 28, 2003 the Chicago Tribune printed an editorial stating that "it's not widely known that of the 1.4 million people on active duty in the U.S. military, more than 60,000 are immigrants. About half of those immigrant soldiers are not U.S. citizens. They are grateful to be here, grateful for what America has done for them, and they have volunteered to serve on behalf of their adopted country... The months since...

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Metwalli B. Amer Gives Invocation at State of California Democratic Convention

March 28, 2003

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council News

On March 28, 2003 Muslim Public Affairs Council News reported that "on Saturday, March 15, 2003, MPAC Advisor Dr. Metwalli B. Amer gave an invocation at the State of California Democratic Convention at the Sacramento Convention Center... Dr. Amer is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims (SALAM), the President of the Council of Sacramento Valley Islamic Organizations, and a Professor Emeritus at the California State University, Sacramento... [He stated,] one...

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Indian-Americans in the U.S. Military

March 27, 2003

Source: India West

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=d2e70258203a1fa4989476f13760c451

On March 27, 2003 India West reported that "when two-year-old Krishan Chaudhary is tucked under the covers, his bedtime stories are often read by his father--on video. 'Goodnight Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar are some of his favorites,' said his mother Uma, as her husband Ravi, a captain in the United States Air...

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Vietnamese-Americans March in Support of Troops

March 27, 2003

Source: Near and Far Digest

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=3b916a80620c9f55e53c60e814321e69

On March 27, 2003 the Near and Far Digest reported that "more than 1,000 Vietnamese immigrants in Northern California and hundreds more in Southern California took to the streets recently to march in support of the war... California is home to the largest Vietnamese population outside Vietnam... Many...

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Fremont Officials Promise Aggressive Investigation of Hate Crimes

March 27, 2003

Source: Tri-Valley Herald

On March 27, 2003 the Tri-Valley Herald reported that "in an attempt to curb backlash against Arabs and South Asians as America's war with Iraq continues, police and city leaders issued a joint statement Wednesday saying they will not tolerate hate crimes... Police chiefs from Fremont, Union City and Newark [CA] said all crimes committed against Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus and others because of their race or religion will be investigated aggressively... Despite fears that may exist, victims of abuse have a right and a duty to contact...

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Muslim Link Addresses Civil Rights Issues for Community

March 27, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

On March 27, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "Friday prayer services at the Prince George's Muslim Association Community Center in Lanham [MD] have always been followed by a series of cheerful public announcements -- the start of a new Arabic class, an upcoming feast to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan, another sale at a local halal grocery of items required by Islamic dietary laws... But recently the list is just as likely to include a more serious type of event -- the latest seminar on how to stand up for...

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Bay Area Community Leaders Urge Tolerance in Wake of War in Iraq

March 27, 2003

Source: The Tri-Valley Herald

http://www.trivalleyherald.com/Stories/0,1413,86~10669~1274448,00.html

On March 27, 2003 The Tri-Valley Herald reported that "in an attempt to curb backlash against Arabs and South Asians as America's war with Iraq continues, police and city leaders issued a joint statement Wednesday saying they will not tolerate hate crimes... Police chiefs from Fremont, Union City and Newark [CA] said all crimes committed against...

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Oregon Community Leaders Urge Tolerance in Wake of War in Iraq

March 26, 2003

Source: Springfield News

http://www.springfieldnews.com/articles/2003/03/26/local/news2.txt

On March 26, 2003 the Springfield News reported that "without supporting or opposing the U.S.-led war with Iraq, local law enforcement and community leaders gathered Tuesday in Springfield to denounce acts of hate against Arab and Muslim Americans... City, county, state and federal officials gathered at City Hall to warn potential trouble-makers they will face...

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Our Lady of Victory: the first Lebanese Maronite Catholic church in Pittsburgh

March 26, 2003

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On March 26, 2003 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "Our Lady of Victory Church's 100th anniversary is the perfect time for its members to reflect on the close ties between culture and church. 'The church is the sign of the unity of our people. It's what keeps us together,' said Joseph Anthony, 66, a longtime member of the first Lebanese Maronite Catholic church in Pittsburgh... Anthony, like many American-born Lebanese, was baptized in the Maronite church in the Hill, where his parents immigrated, but attended school...

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F.B.I. Agents Vow to Aggressively Investigate Hate Crimes

March 26, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/archives

On March 26, 2003 the Chicago Tribune reported that "with reports of hate crimes against Muslim Americans rising in the region, Chicago's top FBI agent vowed Tuesday to aggressively investigate possible race-related incidents even as the agency continues to pursue terror suspects and question Iraqi immigrants... Thomas J. Kneir, special agent in charge of the FBI's Chicago office... spoke at a news conference attended by...

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"Tolerance and Understanding in Uncertain Times" Conference Recounts Alleged Hate Crime Murder

March 26, 2003

Source: Press of Atlantic City

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/cumberland/032603DEES2.html

On March 26, 2003 the Press of Atlantic City reported that "twenty-four-year-old Mulegeta Seraw left Ethiopia in search of the American dream... But his dream died with him when he was killed in Portland, Ore., allegedly by members of White Aryan Resistance, a white supremacy group... Seraw's tragic story was recounted Tuesday by Morris Dees, a national...

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