swapping fruit for booze

I’m excited about this article for 2 reasons:

  1. Addressing the problem of muslims selling booze and cigarettes in predominantly poor neighborhoods, committing haram and harming their community.
  2. Working to shrink the food desert problem in bring access to healthy, fresh produce to places where it’s scarce.

Nashashibi and other activists are backing a bill to create an Illinois Fresh Food Fund, a proposed grant or loan program that would support grocers in neighborhoods that lack easy access to healthy foods. According to the bill, more than half a million Chicagoans — mostly African-American — live in underserved neighborhoods when it comes to proper nutrition.

The campaign offers a solution for a problem that has unfolded in urban neighborhoods across the country for years. Arab Muslims in Chicago are only the latest wave of immigrants to break into business by acquiring affordable real estate and liquor licenses, sometimes leading to tensions in the neighborhoods. For the same reason, Korean merchants in Los Angeles became the target of their black neighbors during the Los Angeles riot in 1992.

Of course, if you want to have your excitement kicked right out of you, just read the comments section on the article.  Bah humbug.


4 thoughts on “swapping fruit for booze

  1. oh, you would have LOVED Takin’ it to the Streets, Umm S….they had great lectures about food deserts. You were there with me in spirit.

  2. Yaay! It makes me so happy that muslims are actually thinking about these things. If you remember any of the names of organizers or groups, could you email them to me? I have connections with a government agency that works with neighborhood and faith groups to address nutrition and hunger issues and they’re always looking for interested groups to work with.

  3. If you go to the http://www.streets2010.com you can find the names of the speakers that were there and their organizations to, I think.

    You would have been enthralled with the ideas these people had. Just incredible. They want to make and urban community garden in a large area of Marquette Park. They are waiting on just one stupid a**hole to okay the plan. If you call Chicago Parks Commission you can voice your displeasure at the hold-up. That’s just one grass roots effort you can help with, but there are so many more.

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