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Food For Life Forum: Research & Discussion Strengthens Campaign

Youth: New Hope For A Better Tomorrow

Community Café: Rebuild

Save the Date!

IMAN's 15th on December 15th
Details Coming Soon!

Streets 2013

IMAN is in the midst of planning a very special 15th Year Anniversary edition of Takin' It to the Streets for Summer 2013. While this means there won't be a Streets this summer (2012), the festival next summer will be well worth the wait.

In The News

IMAN's staff, Executive Director and work were featured on CBS Evening News on Tuesday, 20 March.  Click the photo below or this link to watch the CBS story.


Upcoming Events

Illinois Muslim Action Day
All this year IMAN has been working with the United Congress  to advocate for key Grassroots Human Rights issues in our state capital.  On Tuesday, April 17, we will join Muslims from all over Illinois to return to Springfield as part of CIOGC's statewide ACTION! day.  Bus will leave IMAN at 7am.  RSVP:

IMAN's Youth Director
Shamar Hemphill will be a panelist at a youth symposium: By The People For The People: Youth Creating Change on Friday, April 20 in LA.

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An IMAN Update

Food For Life Forum: Research & Discussion Strengthens Campaign

By Nefertiti Oji-Njideka - Member Muslm Run Steering Committee

Food 4 Life PanelOn Saturday, March 24, IMAN and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition teamed up to host a city-wide forum entitled,  “Food For Life, A Human Right: Food Justice, Corner Stores & Race Relations in the ‘Hood.”  Hosted in the UIC School of Public Health building, its attendees included South Side and West Side community residents, university researchers and students, business owners and community organizers.  The forum was an open invitation to discuss the complex issues that surround Muslim and predominantly immigrant-owned “food and liquor” and other corner stores in mostly inner-city Black neighborhoods. Read More

Habib, a 10-year old attendee, writes about his experience:
Once upon a time, there was a city named Chicago.  In Chicago there was many food deserts.  A food desert is a place without many supermarkets.
One day a boy named Habib went to learn about it. At the meeting they talked about food justice.  He learned there are many corner stores but not a lot of supermarkets.  He learned about how there is a network of corner stores and how you can help.  Some questions he thought were, “What role do corner stores play in the black communities?”
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Youth: New Hope For A Better Tomorrow

By Shamar Hemphill - Youth Director IMAN

Youth Session“It is critical for me to be at IMAN! This is the only place I can be myself and meet other youth across the city,” says Ameenah Ali, a returning leader and one of the participants in the IMAN Youth Literacy Program of 2012.  The goal of this program is precisely to provide an open and safe space to youth in the community where they can discover who they, share and connect with youth from other communities, and acquire the writing and technical skills to tell their own stories.  Read More

Community Café: Rebuild – Saturday, April 21

By Asad Jafri - Director Arts & Culture IMAN

MLK DayForeclosed homes and abandoned buildings on Chicago's South Side, war-torn and depopulated countryside in Sudan, and disaster-struck and destroyed ‘hoods of Haiti…  No safe spaces for young folk, people fighting all over the world for land, and families looking for a place just to call home…
It's time to reclaim spaces and rebuild places to transform our communities.  It’s time for Community Café: Rebuild. Read More