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Neighbors Reclaim Abandoned Property in IMAN Patnership

Developing Leaders: IMAN's Community Organizing Training

Third Biennial Arts and Culture Retreat

Celebration of Muslim Voices and Community Café Back-to-Back

Upcoming Events

Dandana: A Celebration of Muslim Voices & Community Café

Millennium Park, June 16 & South Shore Cultural Center, June 17
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Jummah, BBQ and the Book of Assistance with Ustadh Usama Canon

IMAN Office, June 24 - 25, 2011

Catch IMAN at ISNA

Rosemont Convention Center
Rosemont, IL, July 1 - 4, 2011

Community Life Forward 2011
Executive Director Rami Nashashibi and Staff Member Ndidi Okakpu Speaking

Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
Atlanta, GA,  July 1 - 3, 2011

Other News

Tribune Covers Fairfield Block Action Party and Anti-Foreclosure Work
The Chicago Tribune

Arab News Outlet Profiles IMAN and Executive Director
The National

Imam Suhaib Webb and the American Muslim Cultural Imperative
L.A. Times

UCCRO Redistricting Map Receives Positive Attention
Hispanically Speaking News

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An IMAN Update

Neighbors Reclaim Abandoned Property in IMAN Partnership

The graffitied windows in the home at 6210 S. Fairfield Avenue boast of a different kind of take-over than they did only a few short months ago. On Thursday, May 19, residents of the 6200 south block of Fairfield, elementary school officials, religious leaders, school children, neighborhood families, city and state representatives, and members from three non-profit organizations reclaimed the house on Fairfield and marked it as their own. Volunteers and residents held a barbeque on the front lawn, picked up trash around the house and down the block, began the process of building a fence and plotting a community garden in the backyard, and painted a mural on the home’s doors and windows. Read More

Developing Leaders: IMAN's Community Organizing Training

The weekend of May 21-22 was a long but productive one for leaders at IMAN. Just two days after celebrating the probable takeover of an abandoned home plaguing the block next to IMAN’s office, nearly 30 staff and leaders gathered for the first IMAN Community Organizing Training of 2011. The training brought out leaders from different Chicago communities, as well as a diversity of professions, backgrounds, and experiences. IMAN’s training is a unique blend of the traditional organizing methods pioneered in Chicago and the Prophetic principles of compassion, service, and justice. This first training was specifically aimed at equipping community members with the proper tools to move IMAN’s Muslim Run campaign forward. Read More

Third Biennial Arts and Culture Retreat

IMAN hosted its 3rd biennial Arts & Culture Retreat from Tuesday, April 26th to Thursday, April 28th in Lake Geneva, WI.  More than 80 participants from all over the country, Europe and Africa attended the Retreat this year.  They represented artistic disciplines and genres such as spoken word, poetry, hip hop, music, dance, filmmaking, visual art, and comedy. The scholars who attended the Retreat this year were Sh. Abdullah Adhami, Prof. Asifa Quraishi, and Imam Suhaib Webb.  Many of the attendees were returning participants from the previous Retreats, but there were also a significant number of new artists and scholars. Read More

Celebration of Muslim Voices & Community Café Back-to-Back

Takin' It to the Streets will be back in 2012 but we're still bringing you an exciting month of June. We return to Millennium Park on June 16 for the second annual Dandana: A Celebration of Muslim Voices. This year's line-up features Egyptian star Hakim and the Alim Qasimov Ensemble from Azerbaijan. Join us the next night for Community Café: A Celebration of Freedom dedicated to global freedom movements and celebrating revolutionary music. The show features Omar Offendum, Tiraline and Los Vicios de Papá at the South Shore Cultural Center.