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One Chicago, One Nation: Introducing Year Two

Winning the Future by Developing the Future

Asad Jafri Takes Center Stage

Green Reentry Program Seeking Furniture Donations

Upcoming Events

Class with Ustadh Usama Canon February 5 at the IMAN Office


February 9 Community Forum: Muslim RunCommunity Forum February 9 at the IMAN Office


February 25 Community Cafe: Healing Planet RockCommunity Cafe February 25 at Chicago Urban Art Society

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An IMAN Update

One Chicago, One Nation: Introducing Year Two



The second year of One Chicago, One Nation (OCON) is off to a spirited start. OCON launched in 2010 as a collaborative between One Nation, Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), IMAN, The Chicago Community Trust (CCT), and Link TV. It was developed with the goal of bridging the interfaith divide, while placing a particular focus on the Muslim tradition, given the rise of hate crimes following 9/11. The 2010 program model mobilized a network of Community Ambassadors from a broad spectrum of Chicago neighborhoods and from different religious and cultural backgrounds. These Ambassadors hosted interfaith community conversations across Chicagoland to bring community residents together and find common solutions to community problems. Read More

Winning the Future by Developing the Future

In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama talked about the U.S. “winning the future.” Through its organizing, direct services, and arts programming, IMAN has always endeavored to provide a holistic model for developing inner-city communities. We realized very early in this work that to do so required a sincere commitment to youth development and leadership cultivation, providing the resources for youth as the future leaders in their communities. At IMAN, we are committed to winning the future by developing the future. Read More

Asad Jafri Takes Center Stage

The U.S. State Department has appointed IMAN’s Director of Arts and Culture, Asad Jafri, to the Center Stage Artist Advisory Committee. Center Stage is an international exchange program that will bring performing artists from around the globe to tour throughout the U.S. in 2012. The program is an effort by the United States government, in partnership with the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), to demonstrate respect and understanding of cultures by bringing international performing artists to the U.S. so that Americans can grow in their appreciation and understanding of other nations, while providing opportunities to international performers. Read More

Take Action

Green Reentry Program Seeking Furniture Donations

As the brothers retrofitting IMAN's first transitional home for the Green Reentry Program complete construction of the house, we are looking for furniture to help make this house a home. If you have new or used furniture that you would like to donate, please contact Green Reentry Program Coordinator Ma'Alam Abdullah at maalam@imancentral.org or 773-434-4626. As with other gifts to IMAN, your donation is both tax-deductible and viewed as a trust between you and us.

Reppin a Movement
Hip Hop, Spirituality & The Politics of Change
featuring
Brother Ali, Cap D, Jacinda Bullie, Che "Rhymefest" Smith & Suad Abdul-Khabeer

University of Chicago International House
February 10, 3-5PM

In partnership with Chicago Votes and co-sponsored by Organization of Black Students, Muslim Students Association & The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago.