Monday, April 16, 2007

Stone Walling Muslims in the 50th?

From your Chicago Sun-Times:
The Chicago chapter of the Islamic Center of North America says Ald. Bernie Stone (50th) acted inappropriately last week when he stopped the painting of a peace mural by an internationally known artist and a group of 20 high school students.

Muralist Mohammed Ali was in Chicago through a program with the Arts Council of England, said Mahmood Khan, ICNA president. On Friday morning, he and the teens were painting a skyline and the word "salaam," which means "peace," on the side of ICNA's building in the 6200 block of North California when Stone drove up and shut down the project. ***

Khan said he's also concerned because of comments from Stone that implied the letter "m" in the mural looked like the World Trade Center towers crumbling after the 9/11 attacks.

"I said some of the people were complaining that's what it looks like," Stone said.

A commenter provided me with this YouTube excerpt of CNN's report on Mr. Ali's work in Great Britan, making public art with folks of all faiths to beautify and build unity in their communities:


Hugh said...

Shakedown, Stone Style

The above-linked Google video captures a real slice of life in Chicago. It is priceless. It is a rare view of how the City that Works works.

Watch and listen as Stone misrepresents himself to a citizen as the Mayor of Rogers Park, the Gatekeeper of All Permits, as if there is no City Hall downtown, as all permit approvals flow from the Lincoln Village Shopping Center.

With a close election coming up, Stone could not resist an opportunity for some last minute City-services-for-cash fund raising. Stone was outraged at a wall being painted in HIS ward without proper respect $.

So-Called Austin Mayor said...


Your link didn't work, so here is another:


Asim K said...

to see more info about the ICNA Chicago mural see:

the video is also there.


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