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NAM original coverage, youth media stories and ethnic media articles on religion and its impact on immigrant and minority communities. For more information on NAM's coverage of religion, contact Sandip Roy at sroy [at] newamericamedia [dot] org.

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Minnesota Mall Moves to Accommodate Muslims

Mshale, News Report, Mohamed Hassan, Dec 16, 2008

In the past, Muslims visiting Minnesota's Mall of America have had to pray in corners and alleyways, but this year leaders from the community were able to persuade the largest enclosed mall in the United States to set aside a room for prayers.

As Mexico Reels from Violence, Views on Crime and Punishment Harden

New America Media, News Analysis, Louis Nevaer, Dec 10, 2008

In Mexico, as drug-related violence escalates at an alarming rate, the traditionally Catholic belief in redemption that has shaped the countrys legal system is giving way to a harsher view. More and more people are now calling for a vengeful criminal justice system.


Berkeley Neighbors Take Issue with Thai Temple

New America Media, News Report//Video, Story/Photos: Viji Sundaram//Video: Jonathan Sanchez, Dec 04, 2008

Berkeley, the hotbed of diversity and left wing politics, finds itself in the middle of a cultural conflict between a Thai temple and its neighbors.

Mormon Polynesians Split on Prop 8

Silicon Valley Debug, Commentary, Jean Melesaine, Nov 20, 2008

Mormonism has made heavy inroads in the Polynesian community and in the recent battle over Proposition 8, the anti-gay message of the church caused painful rifts for author Jean Melesaine, who is queer, Polynesian--and raised Mormon.

Forgive Me Father, for I Voted for That One

New America Media, Blog, Rene Ciria-Cruz, Nov 16, 2008

Is it time to separate the church from its estate?

Blaming Gays for Fractured Families -- NAM Op-Vid

New America Media, Op Vid//Video, Ideas: Richard Rodriguez//Video: Cliff Parker, Nov 06, 2008

Growing numbers of women don't want to live with men and raise families. That's the basic threat to family structures and what has galvanized religious fundamentalists of all stripes to scapegoat gays.

Sikh Doctor

Turbans No Longer Banned at Medical College Exams

India West, News Report, Sunita Sohrabji, Oct 31, 2008

The Association of America Medical Colleges has announced that Sikhs can wear turbans to medical college admission tests and they would not be asked to remove them for inspection.

Protestors in Anti-Prop 8 Rally

Same-Sex Marriage Divides Small City

New America Media, News Report, Rupa Dev, Oct 27, 2008

After thousands of mostly Asian supporters of Proposition 8 descended on a California city, a diverse group of residents there staged a counter rally against Prop 8 and in support of same-sex rights.


After Miss. Immigration Raid, Pastor Tries To Calm Chaos

New America Media, News feature, Marcelo Ballv, Oct 17, 2008

Pastor Roberto Velez, like other clergy with a growing flock of undocumented immigrants, became de-facto leader of an emerging Hispanic community in Mississippi after immigration agents raided a local transformer plant.

Stick 'em Up, Mister

YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia, Audio, Donny Lumpkins and YO! Radio Crew, Sep 20, 2008

This week on YO!Radio -- teens face time for toy gun holdup, Snurf pill hook young people into new habit and marketers promote junk food to black teens.

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