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Interfaith Iftaar 2002

November 21, 2002

Source: The Tucson Citizen

http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/local/11_21_02ramadan.html

On November 21, 2002 The Tucson Citizen reported that "about 100 Muslims and Methodists from St. Francis in the Foothills congregation sat together to celebrate iftar - breaking of the Ramadan fast - at the Islamic Center of Tucson... A few Jews also were on hand."

Arranged Marriages in Hindu and Muslim Communities

November 21, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On November 21, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "with increasing numbers of Hindus and Muslims living in the United States, members of these communities say arranged marriages are becoming more common, although no one tracks their numbers. These unions are very different from marriages in rural parts of their native countries where girls in their early teens can be forced by their parents to marry older men. Here it's often a family decision with parents and children, usually in their mid-20s, both holding veto...

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Marin Community Foundation Awards Community-Building Efforts

November 21, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On November 21, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "the Marin Community Foundation has awarded more than $60,000 in grants to 14 congregations throughout the county that are actively involved in community-building efforts. A variety of religious faiths are represented, ranging from Bridge the Gap (a partnership by Sausalito Presbyterian Church and the Marin City Church of God) to the Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon and the Novato-based International Association of Sufism. A grant to St. Andrews...

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Luncheon to Discuss Diversity of Corpus Christi, Texas

November 21, 2002

Source: Corpus Christi Caller-Times

On November 21, 2002 the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported on "'Breaking Bread to Break Barriers: An Understanding of World Cultures,' an education series for community leaders. The six-month luncheon series is hosted by the National Conference of Community and Justice in cooperation with the Corpus Christi [TX] Chamber of Commerce. Business and community leaders are invited to learn more about the many different cultures and religions in the Coastal Bend and about those who helped to found Corpus Christi,...

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Discussion of American Muslim Relations in Iowa

November 20, 2002

Source: MPAC

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On November 20, 2002 the Muslim Public Affairs Council reported that "relations between Americans and people of Muslim and Middle Eastern backgrounds have improved in some ways since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but much more needs to be done to foster understanding and peaceful co-existence among the groups, a diverse panel of cultural officials said Monday. Discussion at the Iowa City Public Library... began with panel member Shams Ghoneim of the Muslim Public...

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Sikhs Discuss Post 9/11 Abuses

November 20, 2002

Source: The KCRA Channel

http://www.thekcrachannel.com/news/1798310/detail.html

On November 20, 2002 The KCRA Channel reported that "complaints of civil rights abuses in our California escalated after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and now, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is investigating. What does an American look like? And what does a terrorist look like? Those two questions are at the heart of the civil rights concerns raised by a number of groups at a...

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Ramadan in America, 2002

November 19, 2002

Source: U.S. Department of State

On November 19, 2002 the U.S. Department of State reported that "Secretary of State Colin Powell hosted a Ramadan Iftaar dinner at the State Department on November 18 for American Muslim and Arab American community leaders. In his welcoming remarks, the Secretary said diversity, spirituality, and tolerance are America's greatest strengths, and extremism and violence are its greatest foes. The event was attended by a large group of Muslim community leaders from around the country, including representatives from American...

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EEOC and North Carolina Medical Group Settle on Religious Discrimination Claim

November 18, 2002

Source: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

http://www.eeoc.gov/press/11-13-02.html

On November 18, 2002 The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported that "the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced a... settlement under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act... of an employment discrimination claim... The agency's Charlotte District Office alleged that, during the fall of 2001, Ms. Crisco was subjected to a hostile work...

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Rabbi and Imam Team Up to Educate Middle and High School Students

November 18, 2002

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/printedition/ny-liimam163005115nov16,0,6849177.story

On November 18, 2002 Newsday reported that "Rabbi Steven Moss is chairman of the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission. Nayyar Imam is president of the Islamic Association of Long Island. They teamed up to educate high school and junior high school students about the importance of not judging someone based on race, religion or ethnicity. Friday...

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December: Celebrations and Dilemmas, 2002

November 18, 2002

Source: Anti-Defamation League

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On November 18, 2002 the Anti-Defamation League reported that "the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has reached out to public schools and public institutions nationwide with materials and information to help foster constitutionally permissible recognitions of the December holidays. A letter is being disseminated through ADL's 30 regional offices nationwide to school districts, emphasizing the need to be cautious in how they employ religious symbols and...

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Protest in Manhattan Against Post 9/11 Racial Profiling

November 17, 2002

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/newyork/ny-nyprof173006745nov17,0,1061345.story

On November 17, 2002 Newsday reported that "about 200 people marched yesterday in lower Manhattan against the government's post-Sept. 11 treatment of immigrants, in a short-lived rally that quickly melted in the cold rain. Wearing signs such as 'Stand Against Racial Profiling,' demonstrators sloshed from One Police Plaza about four blocks to...

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Religious Diversity in Northern Virginia

November 17, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On November 17, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "the wooded acres near Shirley Gate and Braddock roads in central Fairfax County are already populated with a diverse mixture of religious institutions: a mosque and Pentecostal and Korean churches. Now crammed into classrooms in two Annandale locations, Gesher -- the only Jewish day school in Northern Virginia -- purchased 28 acres on the west side of Shirley Gate this year for $ 1.25 million. School officials received approval from the county to build a $ 12 million...

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Arson and Religious Centers

November 16, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 16, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "the national alarm over church burnings, prompted by dozens of fires set at churches in the South and Midwest in the mid-1990s, subsided several years ago after Congress gave federal authorities greater power to investigate and prosecute church arsons... The registry lists arsons and bombings at 21 synagogues and nine mosques. Most of the targets of attack were churches."

Religious Diversity in Northern Virginia

November 16, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61797-2002Nov15.html

On November 16, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "it has taken six years for the fast-growing Muslim congregation to have a place of worship that members could call their own. The 59,000-square-foot mosque, scheduled to open in phases beginning next month, is a rarity on the Northern Virginia landscape -- its arches, domed roof and three-story minaret...

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