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Muslim-American Woman Sues Florida DMV

January 30, 2002

Source: Yahoo News

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20020130/ts/rights_veil_dc_1.html

On January 30, 2002, Yahoo News reported that "a Muslim woman in Florida [Sultaana Freeman] sued the state for revoking her driver's license because she refused to have her photo taken without the face-covering veil she wears for religious reasons, her lawyer said... Howard Marks, of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the license revocation violated U.S. and Florida...

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Baha'i Conference in Hawaii Addresses Social Concerns

January 28, 2002

Source: Baha'i World News

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story.cfm?STORYID=148.

On January 28, 2002, Baha'i World News reported that "more than 1,000 Baha'is from at least 53 nations joined with the Baha'is of the Hawaiian Islands in December for a four-day celebration of the centennial of the establishment of the Baha'i Faith in Hawaii... Titled 'Fire in the Pacific,' the conference featured music, dance performances, workshops and speeches that commemorated the...

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American Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus Rally for Peace

January 26, 2002

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/1529339p-1605806c.html

On January 26, 2002, The Sacramento Bee featured the story "A Plea For Peace: Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs join in rally at Capitol." It reported, "While speakers used a bullhorn to exhort California's leaders to work for peace on the Indian subcontinent, interviews with rally participants showed agreement that crossed religious and ethnic lines." One participant, Punam...

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Peace Vigils Mirror Interfaith Service in Assisi

January 26, 2002

Source: The Bergen Record

http://www.bergen.com/news/peace200201263.htm

On January 26, 2002, The Bergen Record featured the story "Hackensack: Prayer gathering mirrors service in Assisi, Italy." It reported, "The prayers were voiced in the traditions of more than a half-dozen religious movements, but all had the same theme: a call for religions to foster peace on earth and end human suffering. The Interfaith Prayer Vigil held Thursday night at Hackensack's Church on the Green...

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Prayer Vigil Protests Construction on Sacred Land

January 24, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

On January 24, 2002, the Star Tribune reported that "protesters who want the University of Minnesota to pull out of the Mount Graham telescope project in Arizona are holding a 24-hour prayer vigil outside the university president's house... The group, including representatives of the American Indian Movement (AIM), the Mount Graham Coalition and local activists, set up a red tepee Wednesday afternoon outside the fence bordering Eastcliff, the St. Paul home of university President Mark Yudof. They say construction of the telescope...

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Editorial: "U.S. Muslim Women Must Speak Out for Freedom"

January 23, 2002

Source: Newsday

On January 23, 2002, Newsday featured an editorial by Zainab al-Suwaij, executive director of the American Islamic Congress in New Haven, Conn. "Ever since a terrorist cell of Muslim men launched a vicious attack on America, the scarf I wear has become a charged symbol... Although some women fear wearing a hijab in America, my experience has been just the opposite: People are respectful and understanding... On Oct. 8, I showed up at work and discovered many female colleagues - all non-Muslims - wearing the hijab as a sign of sisterly...

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Utah Quakers Gather for Annual Meeting

January 19, 2002

Source: Deseret News

On January 19, 2002, The Deseret News reported that "some 100 Utahns count themselves members of the Religious Society of Friends, better known as the Quakers... Members from congregations in Salt Lake, Ogden, Logan and Moab gathered at Salt Lake's First Congregational Church recently in their 'Midwinter Gathering,' their largest annual meeting. Author Michael Luick-Thrams from Germany talked about his book, Out of Hitler's Reach, which tells how a Quaker school in Iowa became a hostel for dissenting Germans."

Project MAPS Poll of Muslims: Press Coverage

January 18, 2002

Source: The Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1002,53%257E342642,00.html

On January 18, 2002, The Denver Post published an article about a poll of U.S. Muslims conducted by Project MAPS at Georgetown University. It reported, "Half of American Muslims earn more than $50,000 a year, 58 percent are college graduates, and 36 percent were born in the U.S., according to what may be the most exhaustive poll ever done of American Muslims. ... A majority...

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Rastafarian Wins Discrimination Suit Against Greyhound

January 17, 2002

Source: The Buffalo News

On January 17, 2002, The Buffalo News reported that "a man who claimed he was denied a bus driver's job because of his long dreadlocks has won a $33,500 settlement from Greyhound Lines... The company agreed to pay Kevan Sheppard of Rochester [NY] in order to end an employment discrimination lawsuit filed on his behalf in 2000 by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Buffalo... Sheppard, who practices the Rastafarian religion, claimed Greyhound's Buffalo management turned him down for the bus driver's job because his...

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Dispute Over Los Angeles Conference Center's Fee Waiver

January 16, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On January 16, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that "two Los Angeles officials Tuesday sought to reconsider a $30,000 fee waiver granted to the Nation of Islam for use of the Convention Center, following a challenge by the Anti-Defamation League... Under city policy, a waiver can be granted if the event is beneficial to the community... The event, called Saviors Day 2002, has an anti-gang focus, with workshops on community organizing, gang intervention and family relationships, said Tony Muhammad, western regional...

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Leaders Reach 'Common Ground' Inspired by September 11

January 16, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On January 16, 2002, The Boston Globe reported that "religious and civil rights leaders who battled each other over President Bush's faith-based initiative in 2001 said yesterday they had reached consensus on a number of ways government and the private sector could aid religious charities without violating the US Constitution's separation of church and state... The 33-person group, with members ranging across the political spectrum from the American Civil Liberties Union to Evangelicals for Social Action, agreed that government...

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Youth Group at NY Mosque Holds Food Drive

January 14, 2002

Source: New York Daily News

On January 14, 2002, The New York Daily News reported that "youths from the Islamic Center of Long Island, a Westbury [NY] mosque, set out to defend their faith after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks... The result was the largest collection ever for the mosque's third annual food drive... Much of the donations, which included boxes of cereal and juices, would go on to youth shelters and homes where they are sorely needed... Muslims practice charity as one of the 'five pillars of Islam'... Some in the youth program said they hoped...

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Honoring a Hero: The First Asian American Congressman

January 12, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-000003018jan12.story

On January 12, 2002, The Los Angeles Times reported "Indian Americans Will Honor a Hero," the late Dalip Singh Saund. Saund, a Sikh, was the first Asian American member of Congress. "The initiative to honor the... 'congressman from India,' as Saund referred to himself in his autobiography, started on what would have been his 100th birthday two years ago ... In this post-Sept. 11...

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Wiccan Member Sues Unitarian Group

January 12, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On January 12, 2002, The Houston Chronicle reported that "a Houston-area witch says in a lawsuit that members of a Unitarian Fellowship program fell far short of their promise to welcome people of all religious beliefs when... they dismissed her... Mary LeBlanc says in a lawsuit filed this week that members of a Unitarian group belittled her disabilities and religion and harassed her to violate her religious beliefs by teaching them secret Wiccan rituals... LeBlanc said she first joined the Unitarian Fellowship... because it...

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