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Green Reentry: From House to Home

Community Café: Just Food

MLK Day at IMAN

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IMAN's 15th on December 15th
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In The News

IMAN on WVON Radio
On Jan. 19, IMAN's Executive Director and Imam Omar from Masjid Al-Fatir had a lively discussion about Muslim Run, and the challenges and opportunities presented by the many Arab-owned corner stores in African American neighborhoods in Chicago.

Rafi Peterson Presenting

Director of Arts & Culture Presents @ Conferences
Asad Jafri and IMAN Leader Amer Ahmed co-presented a workshop on Art and Social Change, specifically IMAN's approach and recent work in Pakistan, during the South Asian Awareness Network's MOSAIC conference. They also delivered a youth leadership and Hip Hop workshop at Access, a premiere Arab American community organizations in the nation.

IMAN Board Member at American Islamic College
On January 24, Laila Muhammad delivered a lecture titled "Civil Rights: A Shared Human Experience."

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Green Reentry: From House to Home

projectREACH icebreaker at the Organizing Training“We want to change how society views formerly-incarcerated individuals,” says Dr. Rolanda West. Speaking of a training program for the brothers reentering the Chicago Lawn community through IMAN’s Green Reentry Project, she adds that “it aims to teach the social, emotional, spiritual, leadership and, eventually, economic skills necessary to make a successful reentry into the community.”  The formation of a functional and empowering social identity is the key, according to her, to making such individuals pillars and leaders of the communities they are returning to. Read More


Community Café: Just Food

Community Cafe: Just FoodIt’s been a while since we’ve had a Community Café folks.  But, worry not, this is all because we’ve been busy planning and IMAN’s Department of Arts and Culture has a lot in store for 2012 and beyond.  First on our list is the February 25th Community Café: Just Food.  That’s right, along the lines of our work on food justice through the Muslim Run: Campaign for Health, Wellness, and Healing, as well as building off last year’s events such as Community Café: Healing Planet Rock and Healthy Eats, Conscious Beats, we are dedicating this Community Café to a basic human right – access to fresh, healthy food for all people regardless of where in our city or world they live.  This issue is real on a daily basis for many people – whether it’s dealing with the food deserts on Chicago’s South and West Sides or famine in Somalia.  Community Café hopes to address some of the issues people are dealing with as well as highlight IMAN’s own local work on food justice. Read More


MLK Day at IMAN

MLK DayOver the years, IMAN has celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by keeping its doors open and hosting or participating in local events honoring and making relevant Dr. King’s struggles.  The Marquette Park area, in which IMAN is located, was the site of one of Dr. King’s historic stands against racial discrimination in housing and the diversity that makes up this area today is a result of that principled confrontation.  Yet, there has not always been recognition or celebration of this historic connection in our local area.  IMAN is attempting to ensure that the legacy of Dr. King’s struggle is kept alive in the Marquette Park area, not only with memorials and celebrations, but, most importantly, with efforts to translate his legacy into meaningful inspiration and effective action for marginalized communities in the face of our current struggles, locally and nationally. Read More