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Update from ASDC, October 1, 2001

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The Association for the Study and Development of Community thanks everyone who has shared their events, stories, resources, and other information with us. We especially like to extend our appreciation to colleagues and friends who have helped to disseminate this information through their websites, listserves, networks, etc. We have organized the information according to the major settings in which you can organize a response and any assistance, stories and articles we received and are circulating via internet, and other facts and information. For more information, you can contact the resources listed directly. It is particularly important to target young people as part of the strategies. They are often the perpetrators and victims of backlash and retaliatory actions. Communication with young adult and teenage males is very important. If you would like to tell us about what your community or organization is doing, please contact Kien Lee, Senior Research Associate, ASDC, 301-519-0722, ext. 108 (phone); 301-519-0724 (fax); or kien@capablecommunity.com. We will regularly update this list. This is information is also available on our website www.capablecommunity.com

SCHOOLS AND HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS


• The American Jewish Committee maintains a diversity teaching/training program in schools called "Hands Across the Campus." Please contact Yael Keren at 561-994-7286 for further information.
• A children and terrorism fact sheet is available from the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. http:// www.ncptsd.org/facts/disasters/fs_children_disaster.html
• The American Academy of Pediatrics provides advice on communicating with children about disasters. http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/disastercomm.htm
• The National Education Association (www.nea.org) has prepared a Crisis Guide to help communities cope with the national tragedy.
• Elected officials, local public representatives, and other types of role models can visit schools to talk to children about their fears and to convey positive messages about reaching out and supporting each other.
• September 20 was National Student Day of Action For Peaceful Justice. Students on campus all over the country organized rallies, marches, teach-ins, etc.
• A ranking of PhD programs using the latest National Research Council data is available at graduate-school.phds.org.

MEDIA AND PUBLIC EDUCATION

Need help getting stories into the press and on air? Contact Connecting the Community with Media, 600 S. Michigan, tel 312-344-6400 , fax 344-6404, http://www.newstips.org .

FAITH INSTITUTIONS

Faith and spiritual leaders play a critical role in promoting peace and justice in every community. They serve as role models to the rest of us. They can teach us to respect and learn more about each other's beliefs.

Examples and Resources:


• The Afghan-American community in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, in collaboration with several other organizations and the American Red Cross organized an Interfaith Memorial on September 23 to show a united effort to support the victims and America. Speakers included religious leaders from the following faiths: Islam, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu, and Christian.


• In rural Colorado, the Ministry Alliance is organizing visits to a mosque to meet with its members and leaders, as well as inviting imams (Islamic leaders) to speak at local churches on Sunday. For further information, contact: Fr John Farley, St Peter Catholic Church, Rocky Ford, CO, 719-254-3565, FrJohn@aol.com


• Vietnamese churches and temples around the country held memorial masses for the victims and their families.

COMMUNITY

Discussion Group

Campus Compact has a new listserve discussion called "CIVICROLE" on what higher education institutions can do in this time of crisis. You can subscribe by emailing bchapman@compact.org.

Will the new War on Terrorism strengthen America's civic values or undermine them? This question is the focus of a new web page on the Institute for the Study of Civic Values web site devoted to the War on Terrorism and Civic Values, accessed at www.iscv.org

Petitions

Signatures and messages are being collected as a show of support for our neighbors who are suffering discrimination as a result of our nation's tragedy. These will be collected and sent to mosques and Arab groups around the country. If you would like to participate, please visit: http://pledge.drsteen.com/

A petition will be forwarded to President Bush, and other world leaders, urging them to avoid war as a response to the terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon last week. Please read it, sign, and forward the link to others. http://home.uchicago.edu/~dhpicker/petition

Public Statements

The Citizens Committee for New York City developed a Cab Watch Fact Sheet. For copies and more information, please contact 212-989-0909 or www.CITIZENSnyc.org.

Vigils and Other Community Gatherings

Global Vigil For Peace On Oct 2 2001 on Gandhi's Birthday. Observe as several localised actions in small groups in your offices, schools, colleges, street corners, bus and train stations, community centres, places of worship, in villages, towns and cities across the world at 11 am local time on this day. Meet, talk, commune in silence or in song; gather signatures on a statement saying: NO TO TERRORISM - NO TO WAR - NO TO VIOLENCE! YES TO PEACE, JUSTICE AND EQUALITY FOR ALL!

Fundraising

The Vietnamese-American community in Washington, DC organized several events to show their support, including a fundraiser in collaboration with a local Vietnamese restaurant and collection boxes at various locations within a Vietnamese shopping center. Please contact Jackie Bong-Wright for more information at jackiebw@erols.com.

FOUNDATIONS/FUNDERS


• Citigroup, Inc. has established a Citigroup Relief Fund with a $15 million donation from the Citigroup Foundation to provide scholarships to the children of victims of September 11 and will accept tax-deductible donations from employees, clients, and others around the world. It has also created a "Citi for the City" fund that will enable employees and clients to drop of monetary donations at Citibank Financial Centers and at CitiFinancial offices to help the more current needs of victims and rescue crews. Citigroup's credit operations will be making special provisions and rates available to people in New York City and Washington, DC areas impacted by the disasters so that they can meet their financial obligations in their time of loss and harship.


• Anyone wishing to contribute to The September 11th Fund may send their donations in care of United Way of New York City, 2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016, 212-251-4035 or www.uwnyc.org


• The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region has established a Survivors' Fund to support the long-term educational, health and rehabilitation, grief counseling, and general support needs of the children, youth, and families in the metropolitan Washington region. Anyone wishing to contribute may donate online at www.cfncr.org or contact 202- 955-5890.


• Two funding sources available for you to conduct research related to the recent events. Please see the National Science Foundation and the National Institute for Mental Health's websites: http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?gpg and http://www.nimh.nih.gov/grants/research/910004.cfm


• How can we help the surviving children and families as they face the future? To make a donation to the September 11th Children's Fund, checks payable to Community Funds Inc./SEPTEMBER 11th CHILDREN'S FUND should be sent to New York Community Trust, Two Park Avenue, New York, New York 10016.

OTHER

The National Crime Prevention Council (http://www.ncpc.org/emergency.htm) has posted several resources on their website related to this crisis.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has established a hotline 1-800-552-6843 for reports of hate crimes against Arab American, Muslim, and South Asian American victims of violent incidents following the September 11 tragedy.

The National Community Building Network (www.ncbn.org) has posted resources provided by the American Red Cross to help organizations and communities prepare themselves in the event of a local emergency.

The Arab-American Family Support Center in Brooklyn, NY is swamped with children who are scared to go to school and mothers who are afraid to leave their homes to buy food for their families. Families are afraid to contact the police. Volunteers are wanted to escort women to go buy food, walk children to and from school, and provide names of Arab professionals, students, and leaders for the media to contact. Please contact the Center at 718-643-8000 or email arabfamilies@yahoo.com. There have been several reports that Americans are reaching out to mosques and other organizations that serve Arabs and Muslims in their community to volunteer to guard the mosques and to accompany women and children to and from their homes. Please find out if the mosques or organizations nearest to you need such assistance!

FACTS ABOUT ARABS AND MUSLIMS


• Visit the Arab-American Institute's website at www.aaiusa.org .


• The Council on American—Islamic Relations, 202-488-8787 (www.cair-net.org) has collected information on anti-Muslim incidents and provides a form for reporting such incidents.


• An academic website provides a scholarly overview of Islam, including several scholars' commentaries on the recent events. http://www.arches.uga.edu/~godlas/


• The Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service offers links to numerous resources on Islam. http://www.cmcu.net/resources.htm.


• The Muslim Peace Fellowship is a gathering of peace and justice-oriented Muslims of all backgrounds. http://www.nonviolence.org/archivedsites/mpf


• A free copy of the transcript of a PBS program "Understanding Islam" can be downloaded from http://www.pioneerliving.com/segments/Islam.htm

STORIES AND ARTICLES

A Muslim Family in N.Y. Fears For a Son Who Loved America 23-Year-Old Among Hundreds of That Faith Missing in Attack

By Glenda Cooper, Washington Post Staff Writer, September 18, 2001

Sal has not been seen since 8 a.m. last Tuesday, when he set off for Manhattan after shouting a cheery goodbye to his bleary-eyed brother. Hoping to find him, his mother has traveled every day from their home in Queens into Manhattan to scan the lists of the missing at the Armory, search hospitals and paste photographs of her handsome 23-year-old son onto bus shelters and mail boxes.

She asks everyone she meets if they have seen Sal, a "Star Wars" fanatic, keen baseball player and police cadet. The answer is always no.

Similar searches have become a familiar, depressing activity for thousands of families here since the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. But there is an added poignancy to the search for Sal: Sal --or, to use his full name, Mohammad Salman Hamdani -- is an American Muslim, whose family came to the United States from Pakistan. Hamdani is one of as many as 700 Muslims who may be missing following the attack, according to the Council on American- Islamic Relations (CAIR). As many as 1,200 Muslims worked in the World Trade Center alone.

But while the Hamdanis pound the streets looking for their son, they are constantly aware of the widespread assumption that Muslims were responsible for the attack. They say they fear that American Muslim casualties are being ignored while a minority of people are responding to anti- Islamic sentiment by taking the law into their own hands. "Do they not understand? The Islamic religion is one of peace, not of murder," said Talat Hamdani, Sal's mother. "This terrible act is not the act of a true Muslim. But it could turn the whole world against Muslims."

Bush moves to shield Arabs in U.S. from hate Visits mosque amid flood of reported attacks on Muslims

By DAVID STOUT, New York Times

As the nation looked toward war, President Bush took time for words of peace Monday, urging Americans to remember that Arabs and Muslims in the United States are patriotic too. As dozens of anti-Muslim incidents were being reported around the country, the president also visited a mosque to urge Americans not to harass Muslims and Arab Americans.

"In our anger and emotion, our fellow Americans must treat each other with respect," Bush said during his visit to the Islamic Center of Washington.

"Those who feel they can intimidate our fellow Americans by taking out their anger, they don't represent the best of America."

Bush's visit to the mosque came amid a flood of reports about violence against Muslims and immigrants in the United States. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said it has verified 350 attacks and threats since last Tuesday. The FBI is investigating 40 possible hate crimes involving alleged attacks on Arab Americans and their institutions, said FBI Director Robert Mueller. On Monday, the Islamic Center of San Diego reported that a bomb had exploded at that facility. Muslim leaders have cautioned women who dress in Islamic fashion with scarves, long sleeves and long skirts to avoid public places.

"I can't go outside. I think I will get threatened or maybe killed because of what happened," said Aziza Sobh, 16, a junior at Fordson High School in Dearborn, Mich.

She spent the weekend inside her home, afraid to go to the mall, a movie or even to a restaurant to eat.

A man was charged Monday with murdering a turbaned Indian immigrant in a weekend rampage prosecutors said was motivated by ethnic hatred. Frank Silva Roque, 42, was jailed on $1 million bail on charges that also included attempted murder. Prosecutor Rick Romley said Roque targeted minorities during a rampage Saturday in which Balbir Singh Sodhi died.

"Mr. Sodhi was killed for no other apparent reason than that he was dark-skinned and wore a turban," Romley said. "He was killed because of hate."

October 1, 2001, This document was prepared by:
Association for the Study and Development of Community
312 South Frederick Ave.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
kien@capablecommunity.com
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