Legal Defense Fund

Date: February 4, 2005

The Hindu American Foundation (“HAF”) announces the start of the HAF Legal Defense and Education Fund Drive. Through the month of March, HAF asks Hindus across the U.S. and from around the world to contribute generously to enable its work at this critical juncture in Hindu American history.

The goal of the HAF Legal Defense and Education Fund Drive is to raise $200,000 by the end of March 2006 to meet mounting expenses due to HAF's legal efforts in ensuring a fair and balanced portrayal of Hinduism in public school textbooks up for adoption in the State of California. The current textbooks accomplish little more than to perpetuate negative stereotypes and promote prejudice against Hindu Americans, despite California law prohibiting the adoption of any textbook that reflects adversely upon persons because of creed or ancestry. The final outcome of this effort is very much in doubt at this time as opponents to the Hindu effort have vast resources and influence.

HAF seeks to raise $1 million by the end of 2006 to be prepared for future legal battles involving textbooks in other states and to continue HAF's strong track record in taking a Hindu American voice to the Supreme Court and the U.S. Congress in matters involving religious liberty and human rights and to the media in presenting fair and balanced coverage of Hinduism.

HAF has retained a law firm in California to represent the Foundation, and by extension, the Hindu American community at-large in interactions with the California State Board of Education. Proceeds from this drive will be used to support this effort, and all future HAF projects and initiatives seeking to improve textbooks and educate fellow citizens about Hinduism, its practitioners and their concerns and aspirations.

Nothing less than the future of Hindu American children is at stake. Contribute generously. Contribute now.