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3 years ago  ::  Dec 01, 2011 - 3:31PM #1
BDboy
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Wanted to share a heart warming story with all of you. Good read for the holiday spirit...

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Bangladeshi immigrant to get peacemaker award
Deborah Fleck

Published: 30 November 2011 10:32 PM




Rais Bhuiyan is an immigrant from Bangladesh whose life changed 10 years ago. While he was working at a gas station in Dallas, a man came in, asked where he was from and then shot him.


He survived the hate crime but two others — Vasudev Patel, 49, a Hindu from India, and Waqar Hasan, 46, a native of Pakistan — were killed on different days at the hands of the same person — Mark Stroman. A white supremacist angry about 9/11, Stroman was executed for his crimes, but Bhuiyan campaigned against his death. He forgave Stroman.


Since then, Bhuiyan has been committed to breaking the cycle of hate and violence by advocating forgiveness. He founded World Without Hate, a nonprofit group that teaches people how to heal and respond nonviolently in times of crisis.


For this commitment, Bhuiyan will receive the 2011 Peacemaker of the Year Award on Thursday at the Dallas Peace Center’s 25th annual Peacemaker Awards Dinner. Also being honored are Roger Kallenberg, with the Lifetime Achievement Award; the South Dallas Cultural Center, with the Peacemaking Organization of the Year Award; and BJ Austin of KERA, with the Media Peacemaker of the Year Award. Visit dallaspeacecenter.org......

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3 years ago  ::  Dec 01, 2011 - 4:13PM #2
mytmouse57
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A couple of years ago, a relative of one of the men who was killed came to speak at the tiny community college in my tiny Wyoming town. 


My wife and I attended. It was fantastic. 

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3 years ago  ::  Dec 01, 2011 - 4:15PM #3
TemplarS
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Well, this is nice.


The problem is, you and I get it, and we can appreciate Mr.  Bhuiyan.


But until guys like Mr. Stroman get it, its rather futile.


 

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3 years ago  ::  Dec 01, 2011 - 7:56PM #4
Wanderingal
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There was a PBS documentary about this group. Itwas re-run during the recent 10th anniversary programs.


It may have been a Frontline special.


It was fabulous and very very moving.


 

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3 years ago  ::  Dec 02, 2011 - 5:14PM #5
mytmouse57
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Dec 1, 2011 -- 4:15PM, TemplarS wrote:


Well, this is nice.


The problem is, you and I get it, and we can appreciate Mr.  Bhuiyan.


But until guys like Mr. Stroman get it, its rather futile.


 




Hatred is a disease, much like substace abuse, perhaps.


And, as with substance abuse, the person suffering has to want to change before anything can really be done.

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3 years ago  ::  Dec 12, 2011 - 1:46AM #6
rangerken
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