Foreclosure Crisis in Marquette Park Prompts Innovative IMAN, JCUA and SWOP Partnership

The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA), the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) and the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) have joined forces in light of the devastating impact foreclosures are having on Chicago neighborhoods.

“I am very excited about this Jewish-Muslim partnership to take on some of the devastation caused by the foreclosure crisis,” said JCUA’s Asaf Bar-Tura. “This crisis is not just harming families–it is destroying communities. As the great Jeff Bartow says, ‘Neighborhoods are a fact. Community is an achievement.’”

IMAN’s Alia Bilal writes:

“This initiative is one that not only has the potential for Chicago Muslims, Jews, and Christians to come together to redefine and revolutionize the idea of space, but that also seeks to take a firm stand to restore the dignity of and justice for a community that holds such historic and intrinsic value to all of our communities.”

[Read the rest of the story on IMAN's website]

IMAN’s Ndidi Amatullah Okakpu was present at a meeting about the newly formed IMAN-JCUA-SWOP partnership. In the below video, Okakpu talks about what foreclosures do to communities.

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