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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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Muslim Link Addresses Civil Rights Issues for Community

March 27, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

On March 27, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "Friday prayer services at the Prince George's Muslim Association Community Center in Lanham [MD] have always been followed by a series of cheerful public announcements -- the start of a new Arabic class, an upcoming feast to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan, another sale at a local halal grocery of items required by Islamic dietary laws... But recently the list is just as likely to include a more serious type of event -- the latest seminar on how to stand up for...

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Iowa: Controversy over North Liberty City Officials Plan to Lease Land Intended for Muslim Youth Camp

March 27, 2003

Source: Iowa City Press-Citizen

http://www.press-citizen.com/news/032703camp.htm

On March 27, 2003 the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported that "the Corps' district engineer... William J. Bayles... will decide on whether to grant a lease to the Muslim Youth Camps of America, or MYCA. Bayles is reviewing 107 public comments regarding an environmental assessment of the potential campsite that found no significant impact... Local officials, residents and citizens nationwide have...

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Multifaith Teen Trialogue Program in California

March 27, 2003

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On March 27, 2003 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "people say there is a peace that comes with understanding. Not in agreeing with each other. But in understanding each other... Maybe that's why Teresita Boggess, watching Muslims pray in their Clairemont mosque, decided to follow along with them... 'I found it just a different form of prayer,' said the 17-year- old Christian. "I kind of stepped into their shoes. I liked that...' Until this year, she didn't know young people outside her faith. 'I've always...

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Update: Villa Park Mosque Vandalized

March 27, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune

On March 27, 2003 the Chicago Tribune reported that "two teenagers were charged Monday with using an aluminum baseball bat to damage a window of a Villa Park mosque earlier this month, an act authorities are calling a hate crime... Villa Park police said the youths--a 15-year-old from Villa Park and a 16-year-old from Lombard--are charged in juvenile petitions with a hate crime and criminal damage to property at a place of worship. A third juvenile from Lombard was not charged... If convicted, a juvenile defendant faces penalties...

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F.B.I. Agents Vow to Aggressively Investigate Hate Crimes

March 26, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune

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On March 26, 2003 the Chicago Tribune reported that "with reports of hate crimes against Muslim Americans rising in the region, Chicago's top FBI agent vowed Tuesday to aggressively investigate possible race-related incidents even as the agency continues to pursue terror suspects and question Iraqi immigrants... Thomas J. Kneir, special agent in charge of the FBI's Chicago office... spoke at a news conference attended by...

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CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Investigation of Restaurant Fire

March 26, 2003

Source: Indy Star

http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/6/031758-3516-093.html

On March 26, 2003 the Indy Star reported that "a Washington, D.C.-based Islamic civil rights group today called on federal authorities to aid the investigation of a restaurant fire in Franklin Township that left a Muslim businessman with burns over 60 percent of his body... The Council on American-Islamic Relations made the announcement despite the fact that investigators aren't...

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School Library Journal's Video of the Week: What Do You Believe

March 26, 2003

Source: School Library Journal

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On March 26, 2003 the School Library Journal reported on their Video of the Week: What Do you Believe. The Journal reported that "this... documentary explores the spiritual lives of American teens. It includes in-depth interviews with six teenagers as well as commentary from 20 diverse teens. These teens are not actors, and...

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Oregon Community Leaders Urge Tolerance in Wake of War in Iraq

March 26, 2003

Source: Springfield News

http://www.springfieldnews.com/articles/2003/03/26/local/news2.txt

On March 26, 2003 the Springfield News reported that "without supporting or opposing the U.S.-led war with Iraq, local law enforcement and community leaders gathered Tuesday in Springfield to denounce acts of hate against Arab and Muslim Americans... City, county, state and federal officials gathered at City Hall to warn potential trouble-makers they will face...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Mar. 2003

March 25, 2003

Source: National Council of Churches

On March 25, 2003 the National Council of Churches reported that "in a free society, all are responsible. That was among observations of four panelists - all religious leaders opposed to the war on Iraq - at a March 25 forum, 'From Winning the War to Winning the Peace: An Interfaith Dialogue on Resistance and Reconciliation...' More than 100 people filled the 'Great Choir' of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City for the forum, held in the early days of the war. 'This forum offers us a chance to reflect...

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Editorial: LA to Increase Investigation of Hate Crimes

March 25, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 25, 2003 the Los Angeles Times printed an editorial stating that "as the war in Iraq began last week, state and local leaders put police forces and emergency workers on alert against terrorist attacks. In Los Angeles, they also announced they would beef up their investigation and prosecution of hate crimes, a clear message that homeland security extends to Muslims and Arab Americans... Most recently, police are investigating as a hate crime the Feb. 22 beating of an 18-year-old Arab American by a pack of 30 young men in...

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Asan Akbar's Actions "Out of Character"

March 25, 2003

Source: Newsday

On March 25, 2003 Newsday reported that "those who knew Asan Akbar, suspected of hurling live grenades into officers' tents in Kuwait, described him yesterday as a studious and devout man whose alleged actions were 'totally out of character...' Akbar's mother, Quran Bilal [said] her son might have been accused because he is a Muslim and that Akbar had expressed fears he might be harassed because of his religion... [Sabir] El-Amin... a member of the Bilal Islamic Center in Los Angeles, where Akbar was a member... cautioned against associating...

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How the War "Plays in Peoria"

March 25, 2003

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On March 25, 2003 The Baltimore Sun reported that "stop and chat with Anthony Romanus as he tends to his suburban garden and you'll realize, if you don't already, that the conflicting opinions can take place in a single soul as well - in this case that of a man who knew only a few English words when he came here from the Middle East at 21 and worked his way up from $5 a week as a shoe repairman to the board of directors of a bank and insurance company... He is one of more than 5,000 residents of Peoria [IL] - often viewed as the...

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Interfaith Prayer Service in Chicago

March 24, 2003

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On March 24, 2003 the Chicago Sun-Times reported that "the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago will hold an interfaith prayer service for peace... at St. James Episcopal Cathedral, Wabash and Huron... The council includes bishops and leaders of diverse religious groups, including Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago; bishops of the Episcopal and United Methodist churches; various Protestant, Eastern and Orthodox Christian leaders; the head of the Chicago Board of Rabbis;...

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Los Angeles Mayor Calls on Local Leaders to Promote Tolerance

March 24, 2003

Source: LA Daily News

On March 24, 2003 the LA Daily News reported that "although there's been no surge in hate crimes in the city since the war in Iraq began, Mayor James Hahn and other local leaders counseled tolerance Monday among the Los Angeles' many diverse communities... 'In this time of heightened anxiety and uncertainty, it's important to stay true to who we are as a people and as city,' Hahn said. 'No matter how stressful these times are, there is no excuse for anyone to treat anyone as a scapegoat or to rely on stereotyping...' Councilmen Dennis...

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