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Dallas Morning News 10/3/19 - After Amber Guyger verdict, how far have we come since a Dallas cop killed Santos Rodriguez in 1973?

dmn santos commentaryCommentary by Robert Wilonsky Oct 3, 2019

"Dallas cannot run from its past," activist Hadi Jawad told me Wednesday. Especially when it chases us into the present.

From the commentary:

"A 30-year-old Dallas police officer shoots an unarmed innocent of color. The officer, who has been on the force for just a few years and has already been involved in one prior shooting, is charged with murder. The officer's defense team seeks first a change of venue; then, later, offers "mistake of fact" as a defense, insisting the shooting was an accident.

In the days after, a Dallas Morning News editorial says that while "obviously the public is horrified and sickened by this shooting ... remaining calm and letting justice take its course [is] imperative." A news story also appears in this newspaper beneath the headline "Officer with a Gun Holds Awesome Power," which says at the time of the shooting, the officer's life was not in danger and that "there was no reason for anything at all ever to have happened."

There is a week-long trial, during which there is sworn testimony revealing ugly truths about the Dallas Police Department, resulting in promises of reviews and reforms, changes and consequences. There is much hand-wringing in the media, too, about protests and demonstrations that never materialize. It takes the jury just five hours to find the officer guilty of murder. The next day, the officer is given what activists believe to be a sentence far too light and lenient.

All of this took place 46 years ago.

'But Dallas cannot run from its past,' activist Hadi Jawad told me Wednesday. No, we cannot. Especially when it chases us into the present."

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Dallas Morning News 7/14/19 - Reported on the Dallas protest against religious violence in India

DMN July 2019 coverage of protest against religious violence in India

From the article:

"Members of the North Texas Indian Muslim community protested Sunday against recent attacks against Muslims and other religious minorities in India.

The gathering of about 200 people at Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas chanted, 'We are Tabrez! Justice for Tabrez!' in reaction to the June 17 fatal beating of Tabrez Ansari, which was captured on a video that has been widely circulated."

The report included a comment from our new Executive Director, Hadi Jawad:

"'This is the foundation of our democracy,' said Hadi Jawad, the executive president of the Dallas Peace and Justice Center. 'You call, and you say to the member of Congress, to the senator, that you want India to be in the spotlight ... that you demand Indian leaders are held accountable.'"

You can read the entire story here:




Green Source DFW 6/7/19 - Pushback continues for anti-protest bill on gov's desk

greensource push back newsBy Julie Ryan June 7, 2019

It’s public pushback to a shocking legislative turnaround at the Capitol at the end of May.

From the article:

"The 64th Texas Legislature’s efforts to criminalize public protest is all over — but the shouting. And the signing.

As of May 27, House Bill 3557, the “Critical Infrastructure Protection Act 3, appears to be a done deal.

But there was shouting last Saturday in Dealey Plaza in Dallas as about a dozen demonstrators urged Governor Abbott— “Do NOT Sign HB 3557 into LAW!” A rally is planned in Austin June 15.

It’s public pushback to a shocking legislative turnaround at the Capitol at the end of May.

On June 1, Dallas activists shared the same concerns about HB 3557 voiced by thousands of Texans in calls, emails, public testimony and protests at the legislature since the bill’s introduction by Rep. Chris Paddie (R-Sherman) in March."

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Fox4News 3/16/19 - Reported on the Vigil held for victims of the NZ mosque attacks

Fox4News reports on the vigil held for the victims of the NZ tragedy

From the article:

"DALLAS - More than 100 people gathered at Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas Saturday afternoon to condemn the attacks in New Zealand.

The peaceful 'We Are All Muslims Today' gathering was put on by the Dallas Peace & Justice Center.


'Being connected is one of the deepest human needs, and in times of grief and times of mourning, human beings gather and that's what we're going here today,' said Hadi Jawad, co-chair of the Dallas Peace & Justice Center.


Patricia Murphy said it's extremely important for people to care about what's happening to others, even if it affects those you've never met who are living in another country. 'It's getting to be a worldwide problem,' Murphy said. 'Hate is spreading everywhere and there's no reason for it. People should be thinking about what's in common, and the commonality is love.'"

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Dallas Morning News 12/3/18 - Reporting the Hadi Jawad will be honored at the 2018 Peacemaker Awards Banquet

dmn news reporting that hadi jawad will be honored at the 2018 peacemaker awards banquet

From the article:

"The Dallas Peace and Justice Center says Hadi Jawad has been making a positive impact on the community for decades as a role model for constructive, peaceful action. The Pakistsani-born Muslim immigrant has led anti-war, anti-death penalty and anti-police brutality efforts and works to empower youth with advocacy and leadership skills. He also is a dedicated letter-to-the-editor writer.

For these efforts in creating a more peaceful planet, the center will present Jawad with its 2018 Peacemaker of the Year Award at a banquet Thursday at the DoubleTree Campbell Center, 8250 N. Central Expressway in Dallas. The center will also honor Julio Acosta and the Rev. Neil G. Cazares-Thomas, Justice Seekers of the Year; Green Source DFW, Media Accountability Award; Force for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (FIRE), Peacemaker Organization of the Year; and Jan Sanders, Lifetime Peacemaker Award. The organization will also honor in memoriam Dawson Tunnel, George Crawford and Isabelle Collora."

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Dallas Examiner 12/18/17 - Published our statement on the declaration of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel

examiner posting of jerusalem news release




Morning News 12/18/17 - at the SGI Buddhist center toasting ICAN

Rev. C. Curry/Special Contributor. Don Dillard, president of the Dallas Peace & Justice Center (third from left), offered a toast following a commemorative celebration honoring the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons for winning the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. The celebration was Dec. 10 at the SGI-USA Dallas Buddhist Center.

DMN Community Section - ICAN toast



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