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Community Café: Healing Planet Rock

Community Forum: Muslim Run Picking Up Steam

One Chicago, One Nation: Month One of the CA Program

Reppin' A Movement: Hip-Hop, Spirituality and the Poltics of Change

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Community Café: Healing Planet Rock

On Friday, February 25th, IMAN held its first Community Café of 2011 at the Chicago Urban Arts Society in the Pilsen neighborhood. The event was hosted by Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, author of “Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet,” who enlightened the audience and performers alike throughout the night on the significance of being conscious about the environment. The night started off with a spoken-word piece by IMAN volunteer Tabina Bajwa, followed by the first musical performance of the night, jazz/hip-hop group Zzaje. Their sound led smoothly into a performance by Seasunz + J. Bless, a duo that recently released a green hip-hop album. Read More

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Community Forum: Muslim Run Picking Up Steam

With our key Muslim Run campaign leaders lined-up against the walls, February’s community forum began. After briefing the crowd on exactly what the campaign means and its importance to the community, we almost immediately transitioned into work! Generally, community forums bring together leaders to get feedback on IMAN’s projects, but the goal of this forum was to gain such feedback and create concrete plans for the direction in which to move this campaign. Read More

One Chicago, One Nation: Community Ambassadors Kickoff Projects

Following their February 5, 2011 orientation, at Inner-City Muslim Action Network’s 63rd Street office in Chicago Lawn, 21 Community Ambassador (CA) interns jumped headfirst into their responsibilities as community leaders. CAs in the community development track went to work drafting personal advocacy letters urging political leaders to support interfaith civic action as a tool to foster collaboration and community building. CAs focused on the issue of health &wellness researched Mari Gallagher’s work on food deserts and have started planning ways to educate residents living in these veggie-deprived neighborhoods. CA’s in the arts & culture track directed their energies toward planning and publicizing IMAN’s February Community Café concert in anticipation of a large interfaith attendance. Read More

Reppin' A Movement: Hip-Hop, Spirituality and the Politics of Change

I had recently attended a Wu Tang Clan concert in February where Rhymefest featuring Zzaje was one of the opening acts. So I was very excited when I saw Rhymefest's name on the panel for “Reppin a Movement: Hip Hop, Spirituality & the Politics of Change". The full panel consisted of Rhymefest (hip hop educator), Brother Ali (hip hop artist), Cap D (IMAN Board Member, lawyer and EmCee), and Jacinda Bullie (Co-Executive Director of Kumba Lynx). The moderator for the event was Dr. Rami Nashashibi (Executive Director of IMAN). Read More