Over the past three years, Jes Scheinpflug, in her roles as Outreach Coordinator and Director of Communications, has worked tirelessly to advance the mission of Open Communities and has made many important contributions to our work. A little over a year ago, Jes began pursuing her Master of Social Work.
The ambiance of inclusivity and energy at our Open House on May 26 was palpable. What a testament to the Welcoming Community we’ve worked so hard together to foster over the decades! Whether you’re a long-time supporter, new partner, client or elected official, thank you for your support. Thank you
The fair housing advocacy group Open Communities says it has reached a settlement with developers in Evanston to make an eight-story apartment building accessible to people with disabilities. The agreement announced Friday settles a disability-related housing discrimination lawsuit brought by Open Communities against developers Focus Development, Inc. and Booth Hansen,
Open Communities was founded more than four decades ago on a powerful vision: to establish an inclusive society on the North Shore, free of discrimination, and with equal access to fair housing and other opportunities for all. The organizationâ€™s focus was solely on housing until 2012 when Open Communities expanded
An estimated 350-400 people gathered in Evanston on December 15 to show their solidarity with our Muslim neighbors throughout Chicagoâ€™s northern suburbs. Organized by Lesley Williams, an Evanstonian, and co-sponsored by about a dozen local organizations, the event began with a blessing from Tahera Ahmad, the Associate Chaplain and Director
By Marissa Page Hundreds of Evanston and Chicago residents, community organizers and religious leaders gathered at Evanstonâ€™s Fountain Square for an anti-Islamophobia demonstration Tuesday evening, a few hours before the fifth Republican primary debate. Recent statements from Republican presidential candidates such as Donald Trump, who called for a ban on
By Alexis Oâ€™Connor Over 200 supporters gathered in Evanston Fountain Square to express solidarity with Muslim-Americans on Tuesday, Dec. 15. The event coincided with the airing of the fifth GOP debate. Numerous speakers expressed their frustration with Islamophobic rhetoric in election campaigns and its effects on America. Lesley Williams, the
Several groups will march together against Islamophobia on the night of the GOP debate. By Tim Moran EVANSTON, IL – As the Republican primary debate takes place Tuesday night in Las Vegas, anti-hate groups plan to gather at Evanstonâ€™s Fountain Square to stand united against Islamophobia and recent comments made
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