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Meet Jonathan Brooks.

      Although Pastah J now resides in the North Lawndale community he was a long time resident of the West Englewood community on the south side of Chicago. As someone who has been connected to this south side community his entire life he truly understands the sense of pride and resilience that comes from being raised here. Like many of the young people in both of these communities he felt as if "escapism" was his only recourse in life if he wanted to have what Jesus calls the "abundant life" in John 10:10. However, as he soon found out, Christ never wanted us to flee where he has placed us looking for somewhere better, he actually wants us to engage it and love it so that we desire for everyone in our community what we desire for ourselves.

      To this end, you can find Pastah J hanging on the porch with his neighbors in either one of these amazing communities. He may be enjoying a warm latte at the Kusanya Cafe in  Englewood or the Green Tomato Cafe in Lawndale.  Hanging out at Powell's Barber Shop in Englewood or Principle Barbers in Lawndale. Volunteering with the Resident Association of Greater Englewood or with the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council. These are all opportunities, to "be the change he wants to see in the world" as often quoted by Dr. King.

Reclaiming our own narrative! #englewoodrising

Reclaiming our own narrative! #englewoodrising

Protesting the shooting of unarmed African Americans in our community.

Protesting the shooting of unarmed African Americans in our community.

One Lawndale Unity Service

One Lawndale Unity Service

Hanging out at the Kusanya Cafe

Hanging out at the Kusanya Cafe

Pastah J at R.A.G.E "So Fresh Saturdays"

Pastah J at R.A.G.E "So Fresh Saturdays"

Presenting Pastor's Choice Award at 10th Annual Route 66 Classic Car Show!

Presenting Pastor's Choice Award at 10th Annual Route 66 Classic Car Show!

Getting a haircut at Powell's Barber Shop

Getting a haircut at Powell's Barber Shop

Prayer for Chicago Police Officers and Educators

Prayer for Chicago Police Officers and Educators

Lawndale Community Church Outdoor Service

Lawndale Community Church Outdoor Service

Reclaiming our own narrative! #englewoodrising  One Lawndale Unity Service  Pastah J at R.A.G.E "So

Reclaiming our own narrative! #englewoodrising One Lawndale Unity Service Pastah J at R.A.G.E "So

1,000 mile march, sponsored by the Inner City Muslim Action Network, which was commemorating Dr. King's infamous march through the south side of Chicago. It was an honor for us to March alongside Canaan's own Mrs. Pat Devine-Reed one of the legacy marchers who was a part of the original March with Dr. King 50 years ago!

Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.) Village meeting being held at Canaan Community

Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.) Village meeting being held at Canaan Community

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Reclaiming our own narrative! #englewoodrising

Protesting the shooting of unarmed African Americans in our community.

One Lawndale Unity Service 

Hanging out at the Kusanya Cafe 

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Pastah J at R.A.G.E "So Fresh Saturdays"

Presenting Pastor's Choice Award at 10th Annual Route 66 Classic Car Show!

Getting a haircut at Powell's Barber Shop

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Prayer for Chicago Police Officers and Educators

Lawndale Community Church Outdoor Service 

1,000 mile march, sponsored by the Inner City Muslim Action Network

      Below are links to a few community organizations and spaces  that share in his view of both Englewood and North Lawndale as places to invest and no longer escape.

RESIDENT ASSOCIATION OF GREATER ENGLEWOOD

KUSANYA CAFE

FIREHOUSE COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER

GREEN TOMATO CAFE

NORTH LAWNDALE COMMUNITY COORDINATING COUNCIL

IMAGINE ENGLEWOOD IF...

ENGLEWOOD 5K

7TH DISTRICT POLICE CAPS OFFICE

TEAMWORK ENGLEWOOD

I AM ABLE 

LAWNDALE 5K

10th DISTRICT POLICE CAPS OFFICE

POWELL'S BARBER SHOP

THINK OUTSIDE DA BLOCK

PRINCIPLE BARBERS

BOXING OUT NEGATIVITY

GROWING HOME, INC. (Wood Street Farm)

FARM ON OGDEN

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