Wednesday, May 03, 2006

The new Muslim-American community activist

A Chicago Tribune spotlight on Rami Nashashibi, founder and director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN)

Muslim confronts needs of city:
Activist sees poverty, gangs as top threats to urban brethren--and he won't stand for it

He is one of Muslim America's rising young activists, yet he is reserved in his comments on caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, the Mideast conflict and the war in Iraq.

Instead, Rami Nashashibi speaks out against Muslim-owned liquor stores, protests on behalf of Latino workers and denounces mistreatment of blacks by the criminal justice system. On Monday he joined Mexicans, Koreans and Poles in a massive march for immigrant rights.

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