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In The News
Project Restore Co-Founder Presented in Denmark
Board Member Nominated for Golden Horseshoe Award
Staff Member Awarded at Muslim Journal Dinner
A Webinar on Manning Marable's Malcolm X
From all the staff, leaders and volunteers at IMAN, we hope and pray for you a happy and successful New Year! Thank you for continuing to support the work of IMAN with your energy, resources and prayers.
An IMAN Update
"I feel like we’re gonna change the world," said Giovanni "Abdul-Majeed" Little, a projectREACH youth leader, after attending an organizing training conducted by IMAN last month in the nation’s capital. Another attendee, Shamsuddin al-Haddad said simply that “the workshop was a success." Then, reflecting on what comes after, al-Haddad said: "Now we are tasked with having that same amount of commitment in carrying out the actual activities that will engage the youth we’re trying to reach."
projectREACH, a local effort focused on Muslim youth from the Washington D.C. inner-city, has grown out of IMAN’s D.C. initiative. IMAN has always envisioned that Muslims in other urban centers would draw on its model for dynamic civic engagement in their communities and the larger society. As several Muslim communities expressed persistent interest in bringing IMAN to their cities, we launched the D.C. initiative to study the challenges and opportunities that other urban centers could bring. Read More
2011 has arguably been the most progressive and successful year of IMAN’s ongoing Muslim Run Campaign for Health, Wellness and Healing. In contrast to the big-business based solutions to food desserts that would see massive grocery corporations open their smaller, less staffed and less stocked storefronts in the very same places that their premium stores abandoned, Muslim Run is promoting a vision that still values local ownership and small businesses. We believe that if this campaign can demonstrate the ability to mobilize an entire community to work with storeowners to produce a store model that is dignified, beautified and respectful, we can reduce and eliminate the need for any chain grocers in low-income communities across the city and country. Read More
Making the best of Chicago’s famed winter season, IMAN’s 2011 End of Year Dinner: “A Celebration with Soul” was aptly held at the Harold Washington Library’s Winter Garden. The beautiful venue as well as the décor and art contributed by IMAN staff and artist eL Seed set the stage for an event with high ambitions. Throughout its fourteen year history, IMAN has regularly taken time to produce similar events highlighting our work, bringing our communities together, and of course raising some money for the work we do.Read More
IMAN is seeking experienced employees for several new positions. The Communications Director, Finance Director and Arts and Culture Program Associate will help push forward the objectives of IMAN's organizing and advocacy work, arts and culture programming, and direct services during this exciting time. We hope the experience of each of these positions will be transformative for both the employee and the community. They are each imperative to our work and can contribute greatly to our capacity to remain an efficient organization with supportive administrative structures that allow it to remain grounded in its work. Read More and Apply Online