Interfaith

The Murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi

September 22, 2001

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.arizonarepublic.com/special44/articles/0922memorial22-ON.html

On September 22, 2001, The Arizona Republic reported, "Nearly 3,000 people gathered in Phoenix today to remember Balbir Singh Sodhi, an Indian immigrant who died in a racially motivated shooting following the terrorist attacks on the East Coast. They were Sikh, Jew, Christian, Muslim and more, some with veils or turbans, others in suits and ties....

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After Backlash, New Public Service Advertisements

September 21, 2001

Source: Newsday

On September 21, 2001, Newsday reported "In the wake of terrorist attacks on the United States, the Ad Council is launching the campaign with hopes to curb the backlash that certain immigrant groups have faced. In the commercials, a diverse sea of faces look into the camera and say, 'I am an American.' Since the Sept. 11 attacks, hundreds of Muslims, Sikhs and other groups have reported being harassed or assaulted. In at least one murder case, the shooting death of a turbaned gas station attendant in Phoenix, police are investigating the...

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Congressman John Cooksey on Racial Profiling

September 21, 2001

Source: The Advocate

http://www.theadvocate.com/terror/cooksey/cooksey0921.htm

On September 21, 2001, The Advocate reported "Cooksey backtracks on comment, Congressman apologizes for 'poor choice of words.'" The article noted that "Cooksey said that 'radio talk shows' have created a mistaken impression 'that I said if police or the FBI see someone in a car wearing a turban, they should pull him over... I was talking about airport security...I certainly recognize...

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Multifaith, Interfaith Responses to Terrorist Attacks (September)

September 21, 2001

Source: Newsday

On September 21, 2001, Newsday reported that "'A Prayer for America,' a service for the families and colleagues of victims of the World Trade Center disaster, will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Yankee Stadium and will be beamed across the city. 'This event will give families of victims and those affected by the tragedy an opportunity to come together, worship together and gain strength from the support of their fellow New Yorkers and Americans,' Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said yesterday of the interfaith service."

Rallying for Unity and Tolerance

September 20, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 20, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "More than 30 leaders of ethnic, political and religious groups gathered Wednesday to condemn a string of hate crimes across the country since the terrorist attacks last week...As a reminder of the events that followed the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when Japanese-Americans were placed in internment camps, the noonday rally was held at the Japanese-American World War II Memorial. Among those present were six Japanese-American war veterans, who...

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Congressman John Cooksey on Racial Profiling

September 20, 2001

Source: The American Muslim Council

http://www.amconline.org/cgi-bin/release/viewnews.cgi?newsid1001025928,13364,

On September 20, 2001, Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy of the Interfaith Alliance wrote an open letter to Representative Cooksey. The letter read, in part: "Already we have seen an outbreak of violent attacks on people whose only guilt was that of wearing a turban or a beard. We know all too well what explosive rhetoric does in a tense situation...

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Citizens Act Locally to Support Muslim Neighbors

September 20, 2001

Source: The San Jose Mercury News

http://www0.mercurycenter.com/premium/local/docs/locshields19.htm

On September 20, 2001, The San Jose Mercury News featured the article: "Volunteers set up escorts for those in fear: Bodyguards offer to walk with kids, protect mosques." The article stated, "Bay Area Muslims and residents of Middle Eastern and South Asian descent are reporting so much hostility since last week's attacks that volunteers are matching...

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