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Teaching Rights, Protecting Families

Health Clinic Milestone: One Year with our Medical Director

eL Seed: Art at the Intersection

Board Member Honored at Annual Monarch Awards

Upcoming Events

A Celebration With Soul

A Celebration with Soul: 2011 End of Year Dinner

December 11, 2011 | 5:30PM
Harold Washington Library Center
Individual Tickets: $100
Table for Ten: $1,000

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In the Media

IMAN Arts and Culture Director Asad Jafri spent much of November traveling through Pakistan with the F.E.W. Collective. Here is a collection of media from his trip:

Breakin’ it with qawwali: Lal meri pat, hip-hop style
The Express Tribune with the International Herald Tribune

US hip hop troupe praises Pakistan’s rich music

Hip Hop: A Culture of Interpretations
The Express Tribune with the International Herald Tribune

U.S. tries ‘hip hop’ diplomacy in Pakistan
The Globe and Mail

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An IMAN Update

Teaching Rights, Protecting Families

Teaching Rights, Protecting FamiliesOver the past decade, IMAN has remained engaged in the struggle for the fair treatment of immigrants by being both an active organizer and an ally in movements for comprehensive reform of America’s broken immigration system. In partnership with the Immigrant Youth Justice League (IYJL), Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), we started the month of November returning to the issue in the most practical way possible: A Know Your Rights Workshop. On Saturday, November 5, we welcomed over 40 undocumented Latino and Arab residents to our office for a three hour training that provided resources and information, dispelled myths about dealing with law enforcement, and gave participants a better understanding of what could be done in their personal situations. Read More

Health Clinic Milestone: One Year with Our Medical Director

Dr. Altaf at WorkOne year ago, the IMAN Health Clinic took a large step forward in its commitment to sustainability and an increased level and quality of service when it hired Dr. Altaf Kaiseruddin to serve as its first full-time Medical Director. This hiring came with the generous support of Islamic Relief USA and represented both IMAN’s and Islamic Relief’s commitment to working in inner-city Chicago’s most underserved areas to broaden the scope of and conversation around healthcare access in the United States. We’re using this one-year anniversary to reflect on Dr. Kaiseruddin’s first year and some of the concrete goals the Clinic has achieved since November of 2010. Read More

eL Seed: Art at the Intersection

eL Seed at Community Cafe in FebruaryIMAN’s 2011 End of Year Dinner, being held on Sunday, December 11th, will feature an Art Exhibition of Arabic calligraphy and street art by the artist eL Seed. A longtime supporter of IMAN, eL Seed has previously painted live at IMAN events such as Takin’ It to the Streets (2010) and Community Café (2011).

At IMAN, our work with the arts grows out of our deep grassroots engagement. We locate our work at the intersection of many worlds: Spirituality and activism, art and policy, urban and suburban, traditional and modern, high end and street art, Muslim and non-Muslim, East and West, etc. We also believe that art, which explores our realities and is true to our experiences, is one of the best and most beautiful ways of achieving these reconciliations.

Accordingly, eL Seed and his art have a special connection to IMAN’s work, since they are nourished by myriad paths of experience and multiple sources of inspiration. Read More

Board Member Honored at Annual Monarch Awards

Clyde El-Amin, an IMAN Board member, was one of the 2011 honorees at the 29th Annual Monarch Awards Gala. The annual event, called "A Tribute to Black Men", is sponsored by the Monarch Awards Foundation of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Xi Nu Omega Chapter and honors a select group of Chicago area African American men for outstanding leadership in their professions and commitment in their communities. The 2011 awardees were identified in 10 fields of endeavor including the Arts, Religion, Business, Education, Communication, and Public Service. As is the annual gala’s tradition, an outstanding African American male youth is also honored and eight students were awarded scholarships. Clyde El-Amin, former president of Kennedy-King College and Olive-Harvey College, was recognized for achievements in and contributions to education. Among some of the other men honored were Quench Restaurant Founder and CEO Quentin Love, Sports Analyst and Philanthropist Kendall Gill, Rainbow PUSH National Spokesman Jonathan Jackson, and Television Commentator Garrard McClendon, Ph.D. Around 1,000 supporters of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Monarch Awards Foundation attended the event on November 5, 2011 at the Chicago Hyatt Regency Hotel.