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Government Announces $26 Million (USD) Plan to Counter Muslim Extremism

July 17, 2006

Source: UPI

http://www.upi.com/SecurityTerrorism/view.php?StoryID=20060716-111221-3777r

On July 17, 2006 United Press International reported, "Australia will spend A$35 million (about US$26 million) over the next four years in a bid to block extremism in the country's Muslim communities. Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Andrew Robb said the National Action Plan for social cohesion would include programs such as...

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Muslim Women Earning Leadership Roles in Mosques and Islamic Organizations

July 16, 2006

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060716/LIFESTYLE04/607160328

On July 16, 2006 The Sacramento Bee reported, "The mosque -- or masjid in Davis, Calif., had become too small for the city's growing Muslim population, and a thorny debate arose over how to rectify the problem. The all-male mosque board was riven with politics, and when her husband quit, Dr. Shereen Zakauddin Vera volunteered to take...

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Middle East Conflict Has a Local Flavor in Detroit

July 15, 2006

Source: Editor and Publisher

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002840040

On July 15, 2006 Editor and Publisher reported, "With a high concentration of Lebanese-Americans, Detroit and other Michigan cities are experiencing the current conflict in the Middle East as a kind of local issue. Protests and citizen gatherings have been held throughout the area. Not just Muslim but Christian...

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Sikh Employee Becomes Unwilling Poster Boy for Metropolitan Transit Authority Turban Policy

July 13, 2006

Source: The New York Sun

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/A4311C12F07D3F3A872571AB0074606E

On July 13, 2006 The New York Sun reported, "A Sikh transit authority employee has unwillingly emerged as the poster boy for the very dress code he says violates his religious freedom.

The station agent, Trilok Arora, 68, and four other agents sued the Metropolitan Transit Authority last year over its requirement that...

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Mumbai's Muslims Give Blood, Offer Shelter to Train Bombing Victims

July 12, 2006

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: Reuters

http://in.news.yahoo.com/060712/137/65tx9.html

On July 12, 2006 Reuters reported, "Muslims queued for hours on Wednesday to give blood to their Hindu neighbours wounded in the Mumbai train bombings, in a rare show of harmony in a city with a long history of rioting between the two communities. 'We don't care whether it's a Hindu or a Muslim who gets our blood as long as we can save them,' said Abdul...

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Ohio School Board Members Prepare New Plan Against Teaching Evolution

July 12, 2006

Source: Americans United

http://www.au.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=8339&news_iv_ctrl=1241&abbr=pr

On July 12, 2006 Americans United reported, "Some members of the Ohio Board of Education appear to be preparing for another assault on the teaching of evolution in public schools, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Last month, board member Colleen Grady reportedly urged the Board of Education’s...

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Over 60 Gather to Protest Building of Pompano Mosque

July 12, 2006

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-ctension12jul12,0,3900338.story

On July 12, 2006 the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported, "Dozens of black residents, joined by some whites and Hispanics, rallied Tuesday in front of City Hall to protest plans to move a mosque into the predominantly black northwest area. More than 60 people responded to a call by a group of ministers for the protest,...

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Update: Leaders in Lewiston Organize Event in Support of Muslim Community After Pig's Head Incident

July 11, 2006

Source: Portland Press-Herald

http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/news/state/060711lewiston.shtml

On July 11, 2006 the Portland Press-Herald reported, "Community leaders in Lewiston-Auburn will hold a rally Wednesday in support of Somali Muslims who were stunned when someone rolled a pig's head into their mosque at prayer time last week.

The event is planned for 11:15 a.m., with a tentative location at Courthouse Plaza on Lisbon Street, on the...

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Sikh Man Receives "Home Town Hero" Award in Fremont

July 10, 2006

Source: SikhNet News

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/8E4F096FD46C0EBC872571A7006DC5F3

On July 10, 2006 SikhNet News reported, "Amritpaul Singh, who has lived and worked in the United States for almost 23 years, was recently given the 'Home Town Hero' award by the parade committee of City of Fremont, Calif., in recognition of his involvement in international humanitarian work especially in the immediate aftermath of...

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Sikh Council On Religion and Education Survey Shows 9 out of 10 Americans Identify Sikhs With Muslims

July 10, 2006

Source: Press Trust of India

http://www.financialexpress.com/latest_full_story.php?content_id=133438

On July 10, 2006 Press Trust of India reported, "A constant bombardment of images of Osama bin Laden has compounded trouble for American Sikhs, who faced racial hatred in the wake of al-Qaeda attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001, a Washington-based Sikh advocacy group said on Monday.

Sikh Council on Religion and Education (...

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Muslim American Society Campaign for Justice for Palestinians Takes Off

July 10, 2006

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

http://www.masnet.org/takeaction.asp?id=3463

On July 10, 2006 a Muslim American Society Press Release reported, "The Muslim American Society's Freedom Foundation (MAS Freedom) initiated its American Justice for Palestine Campaign on June 28, the day after Israel unlawfully invaded the Gaza Strip under the pretext of rescuing a kidnapped Israeli soldier.  The following day, MAS Freedom sponsored an emergency rally across from the...

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"Getting Ready for Hope Not Hate" by Sabahat Adil

July 10, 2006

Source: Americans for an Informed Democracy

http://aidemocracy.typepad.com/interdependent/2006/07/getting_ready_f.html

On July 10, 2006 Americans for an Informed Democracy published an opinion piece by Sabahat Adil, an AID Summer Intern and Student Leader at the University of Chicago: "During the last weekend of June, I attended the 31st ICNA-MAS Convention in Hartford, Connecticut, titled 'Living Islam, Loving Humanity.' It brought together...

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