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Fremont Officials Promise Aggressive Investigation of Hate Crimes

March 27, 2003

Source: Tri-Valley Herald

On March 27, 2003 the Tri-Valley Herald reported that "in an attempt to curb backlash against Arabs and South Asians as America's war with Iraq continues, police and city leaders issued a joint statement Wednesday saying they will not tolerate hate crimes... Police chiefs from Fremont, Union City and Newark [CA] said all crimes committed against Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus and others because of their race or religion will be investigated aggressively... Despite fears that may exist, victims of abuse have a right and a duty to contact...

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Indian-Americans in the U.S. Military

March 27, 2003

Source: India West

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=d2e70258203a1fa4989476f13760c451

On March 27, 2003 India West reported that "when two-year-old Krishan Chaudhary is tucked under the covers, his bedtime stories are often read by his father--on video. 'Goodnight Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar are some of his favorites,' said his mother Uma, as her husband Ravi, a captain in the United States Air...

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Bay Area Community Leaders Urge Tolerance in Wake of War in Iraq

March 27, 2003

Source: The Tri-Valley Herald

http://www.trivalleyherald.com/Stories/0,1413,86~10669~1274448,00.html

On March 27, 2003 The Tri-Valley Herald reported that "in an attempt to curb backlash against Arabs and South Asians as America's war with Iraq continues, police and city leaders issued a joint statement Wednesday saying they will not tolerate hate crimes... Police chiefs from Fremont, Union City and Newark [CA] said all crimes committed against...

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Vietnamese-Americans March in Support of Troops

March 27, 2003

Source: Near and Far Digest

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=3b916a80620c9f55e53c60e814321e69

On March 27, 2003 the Near and Far Digest reported that "more than 1,000 Vietnamese immigrants in Northern California and hundreds more in Southern California took to the streets recently to march in support of the war... California is home to the largest Vietnamese population outside Vietnam... Many...

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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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"Tolerance and Understanding in Uncertain Times" Conference Recounts Alleged Hate Crime Murder

March 26, 2003

Source: Press of Atlantic City

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/cumberland/032603DEES2.html

On March 26, 2003 the Press of Atlantic City reported that "twenty-four-year-old Mulegeta Seraw left Ethiopia in search of the American dream... But his dream died with him when he was killed in Portland, Ore., allegedly by members of White Aryan Resistance, a white supremacy group... Seraw's tragic story was recounted Tuesday by Morris Dees, a national...

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

March 26, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/archives

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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Our Lady of Victory: the first Lebanese Maronite Catholic church in Pittsburgh

March 26, 2003

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On March 26, 2003 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "Our Lady of Victory Church's 100th anniversary is the perfect time for its members to reflect on the close ties between culture and church. 'The church is the sign of the unity of our people. It's what keeps us together,' said Joseph Anthony, 66, a longtime member of the first Lebanese Maronite Catholic church in Pittsburgh... Anthony, like many American-born Lebanese, was baptized in the Maronite church in the Hill, where his parents immigrated, but attended school...

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House to Seek National Day of Prayer

March 26, 2003

Source: Las Vegas Sun

http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/bw-cong/2003/mar/26/032602156.html

On March 26, 2003 the Las Vegas Sun reported that "the House is talking about a national day of humility, prayer and fasting to seek guidance from God during a time of war and terrorism... A vote on urging President Bush to designate such a day was expected later in the week... But several lawmakers were less sure. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, an...

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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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Oregon Officials Decry Religious Intolerance

March 26, 2003

Source: The Register-Guard

http://www.registerguard.com/news/2003/03/26/a1.hatecrimes.0326.html

On March 26, 2003 The Register-Guard reported that "about 20 [Springfield, OR] officials representing schools, law enforcement and the religious community, as well as local politicans gathered for a news conference in Springfield City Hall to announce that acts of ethnic and religious intolerance would not be tolerated... Their remarks were underscored by the...

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New Jersey ADL Director Calls for Tolerance during War in Iraq

March 25, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/104-03252003-63529.html

On March 25, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "although it will take time to determine if war in Iraq sparks an increase in bias crimes in New Jersey, a group of the state's religious and ethnic leaders is not waiting to find out... 'Whatever is happening on other shores, we need to be on guard here in New Jersey and throughout the U.S.,' said Shai Goldstein,...

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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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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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"New York Spirit" to Document Prayer

March 24, 2003

Source: Daily News

On March 24, 2003 the Daily News reported that "whether Christian, Jew, Buddhist, animist, Muslim or a practitioner of any other faith, Muriel Stockdale believes we're more alike than different... Though we may be divided by what we believe, we're united in our devotions to those beliefs, Stockdale said... That's why Stockdale, 50, has joined fellow filmmakers Manech Ibar and Casey Meade Rothstein-Fitzpatrick, both 27, to create 'New York Spirit,' a documentary of how we pray."

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