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San Diego Palestinian and Israeli Americans Active in Dialogue Groups for Peace

March 28, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On March 28, 2002, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that San Diego "area residents of Palestinian and Israeli descent joined Tuesday night to urge a peace built on mutual respect to end the bloodshed in the Middle East... Some of the speakers at Church of the Good Samaritan in La Jolla [CA] called on the U.S. government to become more actively involved in brokering a settlement of the recent upsurge in killings in Israel and adjoining Palestinian territories... 'We're here calling for dialogue. We're not on...

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Raids on Muslim Offices and Homes in Virginia; Muslim and Jewish Communities Respond

March 28, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A22966-2002Mar26.html

On March 28, 2002, The Washington Post reported "After Raids, Muslims Speak Out for Rights." It noted that "Area Muslims met Monday night at the Sterling library to hear speakers call for a new level of organization to respond to 16 government raids on Muslim homes and businesses ... About 150 people attended the standing-room-only meeting, while a spillover...

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Hate Group Delivers Anti-Semitic Pamphlets

March 28, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 28, 2002, The Boston Globe reported that in Hamilton, MA, "a month ago the Board of Selectmen rejected an Anti-Defamation League proclamation to combat intolerance, and yesterday a West Virginia-based hate group delivered anti-Semitic pamphlets to a downtown neighborhood... The pamphlets ask residents to 'Just say No to the Jewish ADL Agenda' and whether they want 'to prevent your daughters from procreating with subhumans.' Similar messages have been delivered to about a dozen communities around Boston... Police...

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Raids on Muslim Offices and Homes in Virginia; Muslim and Jewish Communities Respond

March 27, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On March 27, 2002, The New York Times reported, "Raids, Detentions and Lists Lead Muslims to Cry Persecution." The article noted, "Several hundred Muslims held an open meeting on Monday night in Sterling, Va., near Washington, to listen to complaints of people whose homes or businesses were among those raided. Many said they intended to press for Congressional hearings into police tactics and to organize rallies to call attention to abuses against Muslims since Sept. 11." The article continued, "'As Muslims we condemned the...

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Pagan Pride Across the U.S., 2002

March 26, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On March 26, 2002, The San Francisco Chronicle featured an article on "The Pagan Pride Parade, the Bay Area's first ever, [which] more or less coincided with the ancient European pagan festival Ostara... The official theme of the parade was the Return of the Snakes... Snakes represent transformation and healing, especially appropriate in a post-9/11 world... Organizer Micha Dunston said he's heard estimates there are 50,000 pagans in the Bay Area. Their many beliefs were represented at the Berkeley event by, among...

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Summer Camp Eliminates Offensive Practice

March 24, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On March 24, 2002, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "for 80 years, 4-H members at summer camp in West Virginia have split into tribes and followed rituals patterned after American Indian customs, from copying rain dances to wearing headdresses to creating self-styled tribal yells... Now, the practice -- a large part of the summer camps themselves -- is being eliminated because of a formal complaint that it is offensive to American Indians... West Virginia has more than 10,000 full-or mixed-blood...

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St. Louis Teacher Uses History to Teach about September 11

March 24, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On March 24, 2002 The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that at Marian Middle, a Catholic girls school in St. Louis, MO, a teacher "is using the book 'Farewell to Manzanar,' a first-person account of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II," to help teach eighth grade students about September 11. "Since the attacks of Sept. 11, Muslims in the United States have been under intense scrutiny and have faced widespread harassment. Hundreds of cases of threats, beatings and firebombings have been reported,...

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The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization Creates Activist Model

March 23, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 23, 2002, The Boston Globe featured an article on "the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, a coalition of 98 churches, synogogues, unions, and community groups that ranks as one of the country's most successful grass-roots organizations... In its six-year history, the group has successfully lobbied the state" on a wide variety of issues including housing and education. "Since its founding in 1996, GBIO has stayed away from the pie-throwing, sit-in tactics favored by some activist groups, with an eye toward engaging an...

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Raids on Muslim Offices and Homes in Virginia; Muslim and Jewish Communities Respond

March 22, 2002

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/nation/2912411.htm

On March 22, 2002, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported, "Muslims protest raids on groups, homes in Va." It noted that "Officials of Islamic groups voiced outrage yesterday at a series of raids, mainly in the capital's Virginia suburbs, by federal agents seeking evidence that the groups were contributing to terrorists. About 150 officers from several agencies executed...

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Workplace Discrimination Against Muslims Increased

March 22, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On March 22, 2002, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "complaints of workplace discrimination against Muslims nearly tripled in the six months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the head of the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said... Since the attacks, the EEOC has received 366 discrimination complaints by Muslims for harassment and wrongful terminations, compared with 124 in the same six-month period a year earlier."

Muslim and Arab Performers Showcase Artsitic Expressions in Minneapolis

March 22, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

On March 22, 2002, the Star Tribune featured an article on the upcoming "'Beyond Belly Dancers, Bombers and Billionaires _ Arabs and Muslims Out Loud!'... [a] showcase of a dozen performers, being staged tonight at Intermedia Arts in south Minneapolis, spotlights a spectrum of creative expression including, but not exclusive to, political roots... Tying the acts together is the theme 'Voluntary Testimony' as a response to the thousands of Middle Easterners who have been detained and questioned by the government over the past...

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New Study on Role of Religion in Public Square

March 20, 2002

Source: Pew Charitable Trusts

http://www.pewtrusts.com/ideas/ideas_item.cfm?content_item_id=992&content_type_id=18&issue_name=Religion%20in%20public%20life&issue=17&page=18

On March 20, 2002, The Pew Charitable Trusts released the results of their recent poll entitled "Americans Struggle with Religion’s Role at Home and Abroad" from The Pew Research Center For The People and The...

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Connecticut Hindu Temple Donates to American Red Cross

March 20, 2002

Source: The Hartford Courant

On March 20, 2002, The Hartford Courant reported on "a benefit concert at Connecticut Valley Hindu Temple [in Middlesex, CT] after the Sept. 11 attacks -- and worshipers responded with $15,445 in donations to the terror victims and their families... Sunday, temple leaders will give a check in that amount to the American Red Cross. It is among the five largest donations to the relief effort that the local chapter has received... Mayor Domenique Thornton will join temple leaders and Red Cross representatives at a ceremony at...

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Controversy Over How to Teach about Islam

March 19, 2002

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0319/p14s02-lecl.html

On March 19, 2002, The Christian Science Monitor reported that "education about religious holidays, particularly Christian ones, has long been a lightning rod for parental concerns. But this year, not surprisingly, Islam as a faith has come under particular scrutiny... Study about Islam was already part of many school curriculums. But some parents have raised concerns about...

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Hindu Festival Celebrated in Queens Despite Security Concerns

March 19, 2002

Source: Newsday

On March 19, 2002, Newsday reported that "the red and white powders Hindu revelers toss to symbolize friendship and love at an annual Queens parade that draws tens of thousands are being discouraged by police who fear the substances could pose a safety threat... Organizers of the upcoming Hindu festival and parade in Richmond Hill have agreed to shelve the white and red powders this year due to recent anthrax scares, but some community leaders say the decision will diminish the event's significance... The parade, also known as [Holi or...

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