Silicon Valley Solidarity Run for Boston on Monday Evening

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Picture 3Members of Silicon Valley’s running community are gathering in Mountain View on Monday, April 22, to run in solidarity with victims of the Boston Marathon bombings last Monday. A local running store is hosting the event, and will be taking orders for t-shirts as part of a fundraiser for The One Fund Boston.

The “Runners for Boston Solidarity Run” will take place at 6:30 p.m. along the Stevens Creek Trail. Anyone interested in participating in the four-mile fun run/walk is encouraged to meet before 6:30 p.m., by the Burger King in the Mountain View Shopping Center, 177 W. El Camino Real. [Read more…]

The One Fund Boston Launches to Help Bombing Victims

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Picture 2Within hours of the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday, government officials and business people conferred together to create The One Fund Boston, to raise money to help approximately 180 victims of the attack. By Friday the new nonprofit had raised $10 million.

“I am humbled by the outpouring of support by the business community and individuals who are united in their desire to help; The One Fund Boston will act as a central fund to receive much needed financial support,” Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said in a press release. “At moments like this, we are one state, one city, and one people.”

According to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, support from the business community was immediate.

“Within an hour, I had calls from business leaders and local philanthropists who, like me, were heartbroken by the impact this hideous tragedy has had on individuals, their families, and friends. And they want to do everything they can to help these people physically and psychologically in the future,” the mayor said. [Read more…]

‘Unprovoked Violence is Incompatible with Islam’

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truthislam_1With at least one news report of a Muslim woman being physically and verbally attacked in Boston after the Boston Marathon bombings—and as the news media continues to speculate as to the motivations of the two brothers from Chechnya suspected of planting the bombs—it’s important to remember that acts of terror are aligned with the political leanings of a few, and not with the religious beliefs of more than one billion Muslims worldwide. That is one of the main points in a new book about Islam by San Jose pastor and author Ben Daniel.

In Daniel’s new book, The Search for Truth About Islam; A Christian Pastor Separates Fact From Fiction, he devotes an entire chapter to what he says is the, “mythic narrative that equates Islam with all that is violent, oppressive, repressive, and vile.”

He told an audience at a book reading in San Mateo on April 6,  that the chances of a randomly selected Muslim being a terrorist are “less than shuffling a deck of cards and dealing a straight flush.” While it’s possible, he said, the odds are extremely long.

Terrorism is related to political and nationalistic leanings, he said, and not religious beliefs. In the book he writes, “(I)t would be impossible to overstate the extent to which religious violence lies outside the mainstream of Islam.” From his own research, he found that Muslims from all over the world, “insist that unprovoked violence is incompatible with Islam.” [Read more…]

26 Acts of Kindness Posts Address for Letters to Boston

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From the 26 Acts of Kindness Facebook page.

Just hours after two bomb explosions rocked the Boston Marathon finish line today, killing at least two and injuring dozens of others, the 26 Acts of Kindness Facebook page posted an address where people can send notes of support and encouragement to victims and the Boston community.

The page was launched within days of the Newtown shooting massacre in December 2012, to honor the 26 children and adults killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The movement—to perform 26 acts of kindness in honor of each victim—grew organically through social media after NBC News anchor Ann Curry tweeted the initial idea.

Within a short period of time after the news of today’s Boston blasts broke, the 26 Acts of Kindness page posted a photo of candles and asked for a moment of silence for the victims. About an hour later it posted this:

“The Boston community is in need of signs of love and support, and that’s what we are all about. Please consider sending a card or hand written letter showing you care. These letters will be reviewed to make sure they are appropriate and then forwarded to the Boston community to pass out to whomever wants them. Do not send any donations at this time, this page is not authorized to collect on their behalf. We only want to show support and love through words and kind acts.

26 Acts of Kindness
PO Box 185083
Hamden, CT 06518

Together we can stand up for one another and spread love, not hate.”

Anyone looking for information about a Boston Marathon runner is encouraged to visit  Google Person Finder. Another  source for information is the official Boston Marathon website. There is also a hotline for inquiries about individuals: 1-617-635-4500.

Are you going to send a letter? Tell us about it.