By Leah Shefsky
On Thursday, May 19 a diverse group of individuals and community partners stood in front of a boarded up house in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the city’s Southwest Side. This house had been the site of countless crimes since it was foreclosed on 18 months ago.
In the middle of the block, across the street from an elementary school, 6210 S. Fairfield Ave. is unavoidable.
Through its Jewish-Muslim Community Building Initiative (JMCBI), the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs gathered with its community partners, the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) and the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP), and dozens of neighborhood residents, not only as a symbol of unity but as a way of making it clear that collectively we can and will stand up and reclaim our community. Read the rest of this entry »