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Community Café: REACHing Beyond...

The War of Nutrition: Youth Taking Action

Equal Voice Online National Convention 2012

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

Arts & Culture Director Wins Award
Asad Jafri has been awarded the Best Hip-Hop and Civic Engagement Remix Award for 2012 by Words, Beats & Life Inc.

Exective Director at the 2012 US-Islamic World Forum in Qatar
Rami Nashashibi was a panelist in the plenary session on Social Change. 2011 Noble Peace Laureate Tawakkol Karman was a co-panelist.

Upcoming Events

UIC Youth Advocacy Conference
Learn how YOU can help influence food trends in your community.
Chicago area youth, ages 14-18
Sat. June 9, 9 AM - 2 PM
1601 W. Taylor St.
YouthSHIFTChicago@gmail.com

IMAN Organizing Training
Grounded in the prophetic principles of compassion, service and justice, and informed by successful local and global organizing traditions.
Sat. June 30, 9 AM - 4 PM
Sun. July 1, 9 AM - 4 PM

5401 S. Cornell Ave.
organize@imancentral.org

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An IMAN Update

Community Café: REACHing Beyond...

By Inshirah Aleem - Leader DC Project REACH

CC: REACH Beyond...IMAN’s Community Café has been transcending barriers throughout different communities for almost a decade.  It is a movement that touches the soul and ignites the mind.  People come to Community Café to enjoy the music and arts, receive a message, and leave enlightened after experiencing a spiritual bond with the artists and each other.  It is a bond that exists across religious, racial, ethnic and cultural differences; a bond that flourishes because the arts touch the soul, the tie that binds us all.  D.C. welcomes that spiritual energy and is starving for such human connection. Read More

The War of Nutrition: Youth Taking Action

By Shamar Hemphill - Youth Director IMAN

SHIFT Youth“This conference has taught me a lot about nutrition and how food plays a large role in my development overall ,and I want to become more active in the Muslim Run Campaign,” says Miriam, an IMAN youth leader and participant in IMAN’s current youth literacy program.  Over the past two months, IMAN and its youth leaders have been deeply engaged in conversations around food justice with a host of other organizations around the city.   Miriam was speaking after one of the two SHIFT (Shaping our Health by Influencing Food Trends) conferences held recently by the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  These youth advocacy conferences deal with the direct impact of large corporations that market unhealthy foods in low-income communities, especially targeting the youth in these communities.  Read More

Equal Voice Online National Convention 2012

By Alia Bilal - Executive Associate IMAN

EV Online ConventionOn Sunday, May 20, IMAN leaders joined over fifteen thousand families across the country for the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s first ever Equal Voice Online National Convention, a dynamic and interactive forum that utilized social media and texting to reach American families all over the globe. The convention brought together working families and community organizations to vote on the issues that they felt were most important to their daily lives. Over 5,000 families voted, and education, healthcare, and jobs emerged as the three top priorities for American families. The convention was broadcasted live from Alabama, Texas, and Washington State, and viewing parties were held in 30 states. Read More