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Update: Obon Celebrations in California

July 12, 2003

Source: Appeal-Democrat

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/071303/071203mhsObon.shtml

On July 12, 2003 the Appeal-Democrat reported that "Saturday night, [Toshiye] Kawamura danced several dances with a group of women and girls on stage at the Buddhist Church of Marysville [WA] during the annual Obon Festival. A larger circle of revelers, many of whom had practiced four or six times previously, followed their guides' moves... Japanese paper lanterns kept the evening...

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Krishna Devotees Spread the "Message of Peace and Harmony" on Trip from Pennsylvania to Mexico

July 11, 2003

Source: India Abroad

On July 11, 2003 India Abroad reported that "Krishna devotees Avadhuta Siromani Das and his wife Candrabhaga Devi Dasi set out May 28 from Gita Nagari Dhama, home of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in Pennsylvania, on foot to Mexico... [to disseminate] the Bhagavad Gita's message... [The trip's] aim is to spread the message of peace and harmony when the world is plagued by war and unrest."

California Sikh is "King of Peaches"

July 11, 2003

Source: India Abroad

On July 11, 2003 India Abroad reported that "The Punjabi farmers of California have not been left behind in the Sikh race for prosperity... Didar Singh Bains... the king of peaches in California, cultivates peaches, prunes, almonds and grapes on his vast farms,... leads Sikh festivities in Northern California and donates liberally to charities... A devout Sikh, Didar Singh leads the yearly Guru Maniyo Granth celebration parade in Yuba City in Northern California that has a population of 20,000 Sikhs."

Santa Clara County, CA Bestows Community Award to Sikh Entrepreneur

July 11, 2003

Source: India Abroad

On July 11, 2003 India Abroad reported that Jagdeep Singh, a Sikh entrepreneur, "was the first entrepreneur to hire people above 65 to work for his BJS Electronics. For this the Santa Clara County bestowed the Edna McGhee community Award on him."

New Bedford Community Rallies Against Hate Crime

July 11, 2003

Source: India Abroad

On July 11, 2003 India Abroad reported that the New Bedford, Mass community "gathered, some with candles in hand, to condemn the hate crime" committed against UMass Dartmouth graduate student, Saurabh Bhalerao. "It was called the No Place for Hate rally; it featured a Christian minister, a rabbi, the town mayor, counselors, community leaders, students, and the police chief."

Louisiana Organization Seeks Peace Through Interfaith Dialogue

July 11, 2003

Source: The News-Star

http://www.thenewsstar.com/html/0DA2B8AF-36FF-44A6-A6BC-DCD2E6AC5D64.shtml

On July 11, 2003 The News-Star reported that "a panel of scholars and lay people from different faith groups and international communities will talk at Neville High School tonight about how to overcome obstacles to personal and world peace... The forum, called 'Overcoming Obstacles to Peace, Friendship and Joy,' is sponsored by the Eagle Vision...

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Editorial: Reaffirm the Bonds Between Different Faiths

July 10, 2003

Source: The Journal

http://www.dcmilitary.com/navy/journal/8_27/commentary/24079-1.html

On July 10, 2003 The Journal published an editorial by Imam Yahya Hendi stating that "'we fear what we do not know.' This statement is attributed to Ali bin Abi Talib, the fourth caliph of Islam... Unfortunately, after 1,400 years, it still applies in far too many places. Even though modern technology and communication means contacts between the inhabitants of the...

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Hotels Offering Variety of Holy Books

July 10, 2003

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/travel/vacations/destinations/2003/2003-07-11-bibles.htm

On July 10, 2003 USA Today reported that "bucking a ubiquitous hotel industry tradition that dates back to 1908, the Borgata has nixed in-room Bibles in favor of stocking its lobby library with loaner editions of the Gideon Bible and 12 other religious texts, from Jehovah the First Godfather to the Bhagavad-Gita... And as the beleaguered hotel...

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The Youth for Peace Coalition in Waco, TX

July 10, 2003

Source: Waco Tribune-Herald

http://www.wacotrib.com/news/newsfd/auto/feed/news/2003/07/10/1057840259.29114.5365.1239.html

On July 10, 2003 the Waco Tribune-Herald reported that "fourteen young people � eight black and six Hispanic � are the test class for a new summer camp aimed at promoting friendships and understanding across religious, racial and cultural lines. The Youth for Peace Coalition, an educational program...

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Editorial: Patriot Act Threatens Fourth Amendment

July 10, 2003

Source: India Currents

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=2469d33308a1083b5a67c6807ef9d327

On July 10, 2003 India Currents printed an editorial by Jason Halperin stating that "earlier this year, I experienced a very small taste of what hundreds of South Asian immigrants and U.S. citizens of South Asian descent have gone through since 9/11, and what thousands of others have come to fear. I was held,...

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Muslim Groups Demand Apology From Buddhist Priest

July 9, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/queens/nyc-mus0710,0,4454118.story

On July 9, 2003 Newsday reported that "a national Muslim organization demanded an apology Wednesday from a Flushing [NY] Buddhist priest who allegedly made disparaging remarks about Islam that were posted on the Internet... Ghazi Khankan, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations-New York, said the Rev. Jisei Nagasaka made disparaging...

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Update: California Sikh Taxi Drivers Demand Police Action

July 9, 2003

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/news/local/states/california/counties/west_county/6263731.htm

On July 9, 2003 the Contra Costa Times reported that "with nocturnal taxi service virtually nil following two recent shootings of drivers, including one fatal, top city officials on Tuesday proposed several security measures... Officers will begin making random vehicle stops of cabs to check on the well-...

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Massachusetts Synagogue Donates Furnishings to Baptist Church

July 9, 2003

Source: The Daily News Tribune

http://www.dailynewstribune.com/news/local_regional/newt_interfaith07092003.htm

On July 9, 2003 The Daily News Tribune reported that "highlighting the often unseen Hub interfaith cooperation, a Newton [MA] synagogue, undergoing a $2 million overhaul, recently donated its old furnishings to a Brockton Baptist church... As Temple Reyim began undergoing a major facelift, synagogue officials donated pews, an organ...

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Editorial: the Muslim and Jewish Experience

July 9, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0709/p09s02-coop.html

On July 9, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor printed an editorial by Ahmed Nassef stating that "Muslim-Americans, especially, face a critical challenge that demands an unequivocal stand against the trap of ignorance and bigotry. In the current chilling political climate of racial profiling, secret detentions, and the mainstream acceptance of anti-Muslim bigotry, we have much to...

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