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The Vairocana Buddhist Monastery in Mount Pocono, PA

April 9, 2003

Source: Pocono Record

On April 9, 2003 the Pocono Record reported that "The [Vairocana Monastery], a few miles east of Mount Pocono [PA] on Route 940, is run by Venerable Ta-Yu, a Buddhist nun from Taiwan. Since 2000, she's been teaching the fundamentals of Mahayana Buddhism through lectures, meditation, chanting and overnight retreats where speach is forsaken in favor of silence and contemplation."

Multifaith Group Films Commercial to Prevent Hate Crimes

April 5, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

On April 5, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "twenty-nine-year-old Anjum A. Ali has two very distinctive looks - that of an American patriot and that of a Muslim... Dressed in her traditional head garb, the American-born Muslim has struggled to make more traditional citizens understand that she, too, is a patriot... With the help of her friend Neil Kuchinsky, a well-known Jewish lawyer who often serves as an advocate for people of the Jewish religion, and local real estate investor Vince Ferranti, a Christian Italian-...

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Editorial: the Kansha Consortium

April 3, 2003

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On April 3, 2003 The San Francisco Chronicle printed an editorial by Annie Nakao stating that "I attended an unusual awards ceremony in San Francisco last week, to honor some folks who did the right thing in another dark time not so long ago... They were quite a bunch: a beloved philanthropist, a Buddhist priest, a couple of newspaper publishers, two lawyers, the ACLU of Northern California and the American Friends Service Committee. Their deed? Aiding Japanese Americans in the days following Pearl Harbor, when this...

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Sikhs Celebrate Hola Mahala

March 31, 2003

Source: The Modesto Bee

http://www.modbee.com/local/story/6475615p-7420243c.html

On March 31, 2003 The Modesto Bee reported that "this Sunday... 15-year-old Kristina Bassi of Livingston... dressed in a bright yellow Punjabi suit and attended services in Livingston. Kristina listened over loudspeakers outside a Sikh temple to people recite the holy book and sing hymnals while playing traditional music... She was among an estimated 2,500 at the fifth annual...

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Timely Celebration of Afghan New Years

March 30, 2003

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/news/local/states/california/counties/alameda_county/5517617.htm

On March 30, 2003 the Contra Costa Times reported that "from Mustafa Hakimi's perspective, the Afghan new year celebration comes at just the right time... 'This is perfect," said the 18-year-old San Leandro [CA] resident and Afghan native. 'We want everybody to realize we are a friendly people, a...

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Peace Advocate Michiko Pumpian

March 30, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-cranes30mar30,1,3411647.story?coll=la%2Dhome%2Dleftrail

On March 30, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "in the mind of peace advocate Michiko Pumpian, the crane is mightier than the sword -- and, for that matter, more persuasive than protest marches... The tall, graceful bird is a symbol of peace in her native Japan, and the 48-...

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Muslim Woman Fights Government Order to Unveil for Driver's License Picture

March 30, 2003

Source: Los Angelas Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-na-veil30may30,1,5567236.story?coll=la%2Dnews%2Dreligion

On March 30, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that Sultaana LaKiana Myke Freeman, "the 35-year-old Florida mother of two and convert to Islam, has taken the state to court because it has refused to issue her a new driver's license unless she agrees to be photographed with her face revealed. For...

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Chicago's Jewish Leaders Discuss War in Iraq

March 30, 2003

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On March 30, 2003 the Chicago Sun-Times reported that "a certain conventional wisdom says that most American Jews support the war in Iraq because they believe it will make the world a safer place for Israel. But conversations with some of Chicago's Jewish leaders prove that wisdom is flawed... While opinions about the war in Iraq are divided within the Jewish community, concern for Israel often is a deciding factor whether the decision is in favor of the war or against it... Rabbi Debra Newman Kamin of Congregation Am Yisrael in...

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Update: Frank Roque Pleads Guilty to Shooting Death of Balbir Singh Sodhi

March 30, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/Southwest/03/30/sikh.shooting.ap/

On March 30, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "the family of an Indian man who was slain in an apparent fit of anti-Muslim rage is working with immigration officials so his widow can attend the capital murder trial of the accused killer... Mesa resident Frank Roque's trial isn't scheduled until June 24th, but there is a chance Harjinder Kaur, the widow of Balbir...

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Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Dechen Speaks in Oregon

March 30, 2003

Source: Statesman Journal

http://news.statesmanjournal.com/article.cfm?i=59203

On March 30, 2003 Statesman Journal reported that "forty people sought solace Saturday at Loucks Lecture Hall where they gathered to listen to Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Dechen. That’s twice as many who turned out two weeks ago � before the Iraq war started � to hear Dechen speak... Dechen, who lives at the Mahasiddha Buddhist Center in Portland, didn’t speak specifically about...

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Islamic Society of Central Florida Hosts Women Empowerment Program

March 30, 2003

Source: Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/orl-locmuslimwomen30033003mar30,0,3130933.story

On March 30, 2003 the Orlando Sentinel reported that "Lobna Ismail rattled off a list of stereotypes about women who wear the traditional Muslim headscarf called a hijab... 'Oppressed. Subservient. Terrorist. Can't work. Can't drive...' About a dozen women, most of them wearing a hijab, nodded. They had...

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TX High School Student to Perform Hindu Traditional Dance

March 29, 2003

Source: Dallas Morning News

On March 29, 2003 the Dallas Morning News reported that Asha Nair, 18, "will perform in 'Sri Krishna Parijatham' at Carpenter Performance Hall in Irvine [TX]... The dance drama tells the story of Lord Krishna's two wives, Satyabhama and Rukhmini (played by Ms. Nair), who argue when the Hindu god bestows a precious flower upon Rukhmini. The message; Arrogance ultimately never triumphs. 'The story shows that when you pray to Krishna, you must pray with a wholehearted, pure soul'... An honor student and devotee at D/FW Hindu Temple...

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Woman Rabbi to Head Reform Group

March 29, 2003

Source: Dallas Morning News

On March 29, 2003 the Dallas Morning News reported that "Janet Marder has been named the first woman to lead the rabbis in Judaism's liberal Reform branch. As president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, she will head an organization of 1,800 members."

Born in the USA Documents Lives of American-Muslims

March 27, 2003

Source: Star-Ledger

http://www.nj.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news-3/1048750335198020.xml?sta

On March 27, 2003 the Star-Ledger reported that "Born in the USA shows [Dina] Abulmagd, a 26-year-old Teaneck [NJ] resident, instructing students in her class by day and interacting socially with family and friends in the evening... The intent of the documentary, according to filmmaker Ahmed Solimon, is to portray the teacher as being no different...

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Central Conference of American Rabbis Scheduled to Elect Woman Rabbi

March 26, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A29328-2003Mar25.html

On March 26, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "meeting in Washington, the Central Conference of American Rabbis is scheduled to elect Rabbi Janet Ross Marder, 48, of Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, Calif., to a two-year term as its president... 'The Reform movement has articulated the notion that men and women are religiously equal since the...

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