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Connecticut Sikhs Protest DMV Policy on Removing Head-Coverings

August 29, 2002

Source: The Hartford Courant

http://www.ctnow.com/news/local/hc-sikhdmv0829.artaug29.story?coll=hc%2Dheadlines%2Dlocal

On August 29, 2002, The Hartford Courant reported that Connecticut "Department of Motor Vehicle workers will no longer ask for written documentation when motorists want to keep their turbans and other religious headgear on while their driver's license photos are taken... The department previously required a letter...

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Muslim-Americans and Others Face Scrutiny When Flying

August 28, 2002

Source: MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.com/news/799864.asp

On August 28, 2002 MSNBC reported on the "interrogations, body searches and suspicious stares... [and other] indignities endured by air travelers of Arab, Middle Eastern, South Asian and even South American backgrounds... �The airlines deny they have engaged in racial profiling since the Sept. 11 hijack attacks, in which Islamic extremists struck at the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington... �Still,...

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Young Men Face Hate Crimes Trial for Attempted Arson of New York Synagogue

August 27, 2002

Source: New York Daily News

On August 27, 2002 the New York Daily News reported that "Mohammed Alfaquih, 20, and Mazin Assi, 23, both of Yonkers, are charged with attempting to set fire to the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale [New York] on Oct. 8, 2000...  The incident took place just before the start of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. The men have been charged with committing a hate crime and face up to 15 years in prison... Family and friends of the young Arab [men] accused in a synagogue arson attempt said...

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Plans to Attack Florida Islamic Centers Uncovered

August 27, 2002

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/3943196.htm

On August 27, 2002, The Miami Herald reported that Florida "State officers started visiting mosques and schools on Tuesday to assess security and potential threats following the arrest of a doctor accused of plotting to blow up Islamic buildings... Gov. Jeb Bush announced the safety checks on Monday... Muslim leaders told Bush that many of their followers were afraid, and that they wanted to work...

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Interfaith Peacemakers in Minnesota Remember September 11

August 26, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

On August 26, 2002 the Star Tribune reported that "bells will toll and tornado sirens will go off. Muslims, Jews and Christians will pray together. Firefighters, police officers and emergency medical personnel will be honored. There will be events at the Minnesota History Center, the Metrodome, the Mall of America and the State Capitol...

�������Across Minnesota, an extraordinary number of events are planned for the first anniversary of Sept. 11 to commemorate those killed."

Interfaith Peace March Visits Diverse Religious Centers in New York State

August 26, 2002

Source: The Times Union

http://www.dharmawalk.org

On August 26, 2002 The Times Union reported that "20 peace marchers began a journey from Schenectady County [New York] to New York City on Sunday...    They plan to reach New York Sept. 11 in time for a candlelight vigil seeking a nonviolent resolution to global conflicts...    Representing various religions and nationalities, marchers started near the site of the former Mohawk Mall in Niskayuna and made their way to the Islamic Community...

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Services for 9/11 Anniversary in Minnesota

August 26, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

On August 26, 2002 Star Tribune reported that "across Minnesota, an extraordinary number of events are planned for the first anniversary of Sept. 11 to commemorate those killed. Bells will toll and tornado sirens will go off. Muslims, Jews and Christians will pray together. Firefighters, police officers and emergency medical personnel will be honored. There will be events at the Minnesota History Center, the Metrodome, the Mall of America and the State Capitol."

Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) Sponsors 9/11 Memorial Quilt

August 26, 2002

Source: MPAC

On August 26, 2002 the Muslim Public Affairs Council issued a press release stating that "the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) is sponsoring a quilt-making project in [memory] of the victims of September 11... Members of the media are invited to document the construction of the quilt this Saturday, August 31, 2002, at the Islamic Center of Southern California [in Los Angeles] starting at 10:00 A.M... The first presentation of the completed quilt will be at the Islamic Center of Southern California on September 8, 2002, during MPAC's...

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Muslim Americans Gather for Picnic and Political Empowerment in Virginia

August 25, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A60787-2002Aug25.html

On August 25, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "Muslim Americans from more than 20 countries gathered at a Reston [Virginia] park yesterday for an old-fashioned picnic, eating grilled burgers and watermelon and listening to appeals to vote in the upcoming election... Sponsors of the event at Lake Fairfax Park, which included several area mosques and...

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Las Vegas Community Closer After Attacks

August 25, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On August 25, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "a year later, [Las Vegas Jami Masjid] mosque members say something good came out of the attacks: a chance to explain who they are and share their religion with outsiders. 'We're Americans,' said Cadry Genena, 57, a member of the Jami Masjid mosque. 'I think some people think if you're a Muslim, you're already on the other side.' Ambar Faridi, 19, said her brother's car was vandalized and one of her friends was beaten up at a bus stop. 'People were naturally angry,' Faridi...

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Connecticut Sikhs Protest DMV Policy on Removing Head-Coverings

August 24, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On August 24, 2002 The Associated Press reported that Amarjit Singh Buttar, of Vernon, Connecticut and the chairman of the World Sikh Council-America Region, is protesting the "state motor vehicles' policy requiring motorists to remove turbans and other head coverings for driver's license photographs... [He said] Sikhs consider removing their turbans in public to be sacrilegious, and the requirement to do so for a driver's license is harassment... Buttar said he complained recently about the Department of Motor Vehicle policy...

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Albuquerque Learns More about its Immigrant Communities

August 24, 2002

Source: Albuquerque Tribune

On August 24, 2002 the Albuquerque Tribune reported that "three local organizations have teamed up to survey how people born abroad hold on to their culture... language, art and religion [in Albuquerque, New Mexico]... the survey... is aimed at identifying and documenting about 45 ethnic groups with populations of 750 or more... Funding slightly more than $60,000 comes from the city's Urban Enhancement Trust Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, New Mexico Arts and the Arts Alliance...   Interviews are designed to find...

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Wiccan Inmate Allowed to Sue over Denial of Symbolic Necklace

August 23, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On August 23, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "a federal judge ruled that a prison inmate can sue the [Wisconsin] state Department of Corrections because guards wouldn't let him wear a Wiccan necklace... Michael Grindemann, an inmate at the Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution in Plymouth, said in a complaint that the Corrections Department violated his First Amendment rights by denying him a pentacle — a five-pointed star also known as a pentagram... The Pentacle is a piece of jewelry Wiccans wear around the neck...

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New Survey Shows Majority of Muslims Experienced Support After September 11

August 23, 2002

Source: The Detroit News

http://detnews.com/2002/nation/0208/23/a04-569430.htm

On August 23, 2002 The Detroit News reported that "the terrorist attacks last Sept. 11 triggered acts of kindness, as well as bias toward Arab Americans and people of the Muslim faith, a survey released this week found... ���The nationwide survey, released by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, found that 57 percent of Muslim Americans said they experienced bias after the...

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Controversy over Required Reading on Islam at University of North Carolina

August 20, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On August 20, 2002, The New York Times reported that the Univerisity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's "3,500 freshmen gathered today to discuss their summer reading assignment, which this year was a book about the Koran... The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, Va., upholding a district court finding from last week, ruled against... a conservative Christian group that had sued to stop them... In the courtroom, lawyers for the university had spent the weekend arguing that the discussions were...

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