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Japanese-Americans Speak Out Against Backlash

September 26, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-092601intern.story

On September 26, 2001, The Los Angeles Times featured an article about the response of Japanese Americans to the recent "backlash" against Arab-Americans and Muslims. "Even as they join in the nation's mass grieving and decry the terrorists' deeds, they are reliving their own experiences of being shunned by neighbors and carted off to internment camps after the...

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Acts of Support and Solidarity Following the Backlash

September 26, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/la-092601kind.story

On September 26, 2001, The Los Angeles Times reported, "Expressions of Support Surprising to Muslims." The article gave many examples of kindness and connection that have come about in the wake of tragedy. "Some Muslims in Southern California say that public shows of support from political leaders, such as President Bush reading peaceful passages from the Koran, set the tone for the rest of the country."

Debate Over Impact of Antiterrorism Measures on Civil Liberties

September 25, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On September 25, 2001, The New York Times published the editorial "Liberties In a Time Of Fear." Dr. David Cole of Georgetown University Law Center noted, "We must resist antiterrorism measures that we would not be willing to impose uniformly. Airport security measures imposed on all travelers, for example, are likely to reflect a proper balance between security and freedom, because we all have a stake in maintaining that balance. But measures selectively targeted at particular groups or individuals are more subject to abuse. What...

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Debate Over Impact of Antiterrorism Measures on Civil Liberties

September 25, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 25, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported, "Attorney General John Ashcroft sought new investigative powers to track down terrorists as he faced sharp questioning Monday from the House Judiciary Committee over whether his proposal would violate civil liberties. Ashcroft urged quick action to give federal investigators increased authority to tap cellphones, read e-mail, collect credit card information and detain immigrants suspected of terrorism. 'The death tolls are too high, the...

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U.S. Jains Offer Prayers, Funds for Terror Attack Victims

September 24, 2001

Source: No source given.

On September 24, 2001, the Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington's web site highlighted fundraising efforts for victims of the September 11 attacks. "We encourage you all to donate generously. Our country needs the support of every individual. Many of us have given donations for the Gujarat Earthquake Relief but now this tragedy has happened in our country, and its time for us to help our fellow citizens... We have placed a Bandhar in the Temple for receiving donations to help the victim's families of WTC and Pentagon attack...JAINA has...

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Cardinal Asks Parishioners to Reach Out to Muslim Neighbors

September 24, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/267/metro/Cardinal_repeats_call_to_be_tolerant+.shtml

On September 24, 2001, The Boston Globe reported, "Cardinal repeats call to be tolerant: Group hopes dialogue will bridge divide." The article reported on the formation of an interfaith group to work against discrimination. "Asking parishioners to reach out to neighbors and co-workers of Middle Eastern descent who may be...

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Muslim Leaders, Scholars, and Community Members Clarify that Terrorism is Contrary to Islam

September 24, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On Monday September 24, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that the Arabic word 'Jihad' is "often misinterpreted...[and] local Muslims tried to set the record straight during a forum at a Wayland mosque...The discussion at the Islamic Center of Boston was led by Ahmed S. Mehanna, a local Muslim activist and an authority on the Koran, Islam's holy book...Literally, jihad is a struggle against something, Mehanna said. The Koran allows jihad as self-defense....'[The terroists] are violating every single rule of Islam and every single rule...

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Endangered Toad Causes Problems for California Tribe

September 23, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On September 23, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that plans for a $125 million casino and hotel complex on the Rincon Reservation in California have been hindered by the arroyo toad, which is protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. "'The Fish and Wildlife Service wanted us to create a toad paradise,' said John Currier, chairman of the Rincon tribe. 'They made us do all kinds of changes to our project. And we have to pay for it'... Although the casino project is moving ahead, the tribe is so upset...

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Acts of Support and Solidarity Following the Backlash

September 22, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On September 22, 2001, The New York Times reported, "Arab-Americans Are Finding New Tolerance Amid the Turmoil." The article noted the efforts made to respond to -- and prevent further -- backlash. "Nabeel Abraham, an anthropologist who is co-author of 'Arab Detroit,' said that since the gulf war, during a decade of accelerated immigration from the Middle East and Asia, he had observed a 'phenomenal' improvement in attitudes toward Arab-Americans in the news media and among elected officials."

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