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One Chicago, One Nation Ends with Celebratory Reception

Discussing Healthy Communities in Englewood

IMAN Celebrates Muslim Voices and Movements for Freedom

How Residents are Countering Violence in Chicago Lawn

IMAN at ISNA

Visit IMAN's booth in the main lobby at the ISNA Convention and be sure to attend these panels featuring IMAN Staff

Food, Health and Environment: The Responsibility of Muslims
4:45-6:15 PM Session 1B Room 30
Friday July 1, 2011
With Alia Bilal

For the Racism, Classism Discussion: Eradicating The ‘Isms’
3:45-5:15 PM Session 8A Hall A
Saturday July 2, 2011
With Zaid Shakir, Rami Nashashibi, Najah Bazzy

AMSE Panel: Healthy Living through Leadership and Collaboration
5:30 -7:00 PM Session 9D Room 30
Saturday, July 2, 2011
With Rehan Jalali, Linda Choudhry Rashid, Nadiah Mohajir, Altaf Kaiseruddin

College Life: How to Start College Right
10:00 – 11:30 AM Parallel Session 3 Room 21
Sunday, July 3, 2011
With Iman Sediqe, Mohanned El-Natour, Alia Bilal, Gemali Ibrahim

Social Services in the Muslim Community
11:45-1:00 PM Session 14F Room 34
Sunday, July 3, 2011
With Asma Hanif, Johari Abdul Malik, Shyam K. Sriram, Shamar Hemphill

Community Life Forward 2011

Executive Director Rami Nashashibi and Staff Member Ndidi Okakpu Speaking

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

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An IMAN Update

One Chicago, One Nation Ends with Celebratory Reception

On June 16th, in Millennium Park, One Chicago, One Nation (OCON) celebrated the success of Community Ambassadors (CAs) who have worked in collaboration with Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), since the beginning of the year. The OCON initiative started in 2010 as a partnership between One Nation, Chicago Community Trust (CCT), IMAN, IFYC, and Link TV. Since the start of 2011, this year’s cohort of interfaith leaders has sought to mobilize faith communities in Chicago to come together for the common good. The gala began in Millennium Park’s Choral Room with delicious hors d’oeuvres and mingling. The room was filled with the laughs and chatter of CAs and alumni from Year One. Also in attendance were One Nation staff, representatives from CCT, City of Chicago officials, and staff of IMAN and IFYC. Read More

Discussing Healthy Communities in Englewood

The Englewood Healthy Community Forum was held Saturday, June 18th, in the Great Hall of Kennedy King College, as a collaboration between community-based organizations in Englewood, the Englewood Neighborhood Health Clinic, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN). More than 150 community residents attended the forum and either provided feedback for legislators on changes they perceive as critical to the health and wellness of their community or learned more about the current and potential food options available in their neighborhood. The program was interactive from beginning to end, with a legislative panel session that included both local and state policy makers, in addition to a solutions panel that featured local grocery and convenient store managers and Dr. Rami Nashashibi, IMAN’s Executive Director, who spoke to the importance of the Fresh Food Fund allocation and the work of the Muslim Run campaign. Read More

IMAN Celebrates Muslim Voices and Movements for Freedom

Chicago was alive with the sound of Muslim voices from across the globe on June 16th and 17th, with back-to-back IMAN Arts & Culture events. Dandana – A Celebration of Muslim Voices took place at Millennium Park on Thursday, and Community Café – A Celebration of Freedom was held at the South Shore Cultural Center on Friday. Chicagoans filled Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion for Dandana, with young and old alike rising to their feet to see performances by Egypt’s famed pop star Hakim, as well as The Alim Qasimov Ensemble, renowned musicians from Azerbaijan. Following the instrumental stylings of The Alim Qasimov Ensemble, the park came to life with Hakim’s arabesque beats and vibrant vocals. The sounds of the pop legend and his band filled the evening well into the night when his performance came to a close and the crowd dispersed. Read More

How Residents are Countering Violence in Chicago Lawn

"Violence is as American as apple pie," stated Southwest Organizing Project’s Street Outreach/Ceasefire Director and IMAN board member, Rafi Peterson, at an Anti-Violence forum held on Wednesday, June 22nd. The meeting was held at IMAN and was attended by a mixture of community leaders, residents affected by violence and representatives of different organizations and religious traditions. Young people are being struck by gunfire at an alarming rate in this neighborhood of Chicago. Many times a prayer vigil/march is held to show collective support for the family, but follow up and proactive response has been consistently lacking. The emphasis for this forum was youth violence. Read More