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The Challenges to Creating “A More Perfect Union”: Race, Religion, Diversity, Freedom

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 22:07 with 0 comments

During his presidential campaign, President Obama gave speech titled "A More Perfect Union" that tells his own American story and addresses the racial issues and problems that have “stained” America’s history and strained the principles outlined in our Constitution. The President asserts “a firm conviction - a conviction rooted in my faith in God and my faith in the American people – that working together we can move beyond some of our old racial wounds, and that in fact we have no choice is we are to continue on the path of a more perfect union.” (download the PDF of the speech above)

The Japanese Internment Experience and the Present Day Treatment of Muslims

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 13:33 with 0 comments

It would be hard for any of us to be unaware of the residual fear many in our country have after 9/11. Sadly, this fear has resulted in the inability for some to distinguish between Muslims and war-time enemies or terrorists. You may have studied a similar time in our country during World War II when Japanese Americans were also seen as the enemy, not as citizens, and sent by Executive Order 9066 to internment camps.

To Learn More About the Japanese American Internment Experience

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 13:32 with 0 comments

File: 

Link here (http://www.jacl.org/edu/education.htm) to find historical documents, videos with internees, links to internment exhibits and archives.

Download this PowerPoint presentation above—20 Views of the Manzanar War Relocation Authority/Museum of the City of San Francisco.

To Learn More About the Japanese American Citizens League Anti-Hate Program

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 13:30 with 0 comments

Link here for the Anti-Hate Page—
http://www.jacl.org/public_policy/antihatehome.htm
Link here for what do when you see or experience a hate crime—
http://www.jacl.org/public_policy/when.htm

“The Muslim Family Response to Hatred,” Kari Ansari

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 13:30 with 0 comments

"Last month, an annual fundraiser was held in Yorba Linda, Calif., to raise
money for combating homelessness and domestic abuse in the local
community. Sounds great, right? It's something that Christians, Jews and
other faith groups do frequently, except this event happened to have been
organized by Muslims.

Families who had given up a relaxing Sunday evening at home to attend
their community's chicken dinner fundraiser were forced to walk past an
angry mob that had gathered hours earlier in protest of their banquet.
Shouts of 'We don't want you here! Go back home!...' "

“Mistaken for Muslims, Sikhs hit by hate crimes”

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 13:29 with 0 comments

Download PDF above to read the article about this religious intolerance turned violent. Tragically, this hate crime is becoming more prevalent.

“Looking Through a Muslim Woman’s Eyes,” Shelley Reeves

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 13:28 with 0 comments

In Chapter 2 of the 2011-2012 I Write the Future Anthology, you’ll find Shelley’s poem, written to share the challenges her sister faces as a Muslim woman. Be sure to read the poem and Shelley’s writer’s statement.

Call to Write— Keeley Kaukimoce from Beat Freaks

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 13:27 with 0 comments

One of the freedoms that Americans cherish is freedom of religion. How can we live our religion and faith in ways that are loving and tolerant of those who do not share our religious beliefs? Download the PDF above to read what hip hop dancer, Kelley Kaukimoce, a practicing Christian, has to say. What do you think?

PBS Faces of America and Calls to Write: Sam Quinones

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 13:25 with 0 comments

About Faces of America

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