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MLK Day 2014 Marks Big Stride for Marquette Park

Taking Housing Solutions To Governor Quinn

IMAN Youth: Superstars & Digital Media Masters

IMAN @ Events

Executive Director, Rami Nashashibi, will be a keynote speaker at Niagara Foundation’s annual Abrahamic Traditions Dinner on Thursday, February 7 @ 6:30p: More info and registration here.

IMAN and U Chicago MSA are partnering with Ta'leef Collective to present Prison Blues, a new documentary from Mustafa Davis, on Friday, February 21 @ 7p. A panel discussion, including IMAN leaders Rafi Peterson and Dr. Rolanada West, will follow. More info here.

Join us at 1 PM on Friday, February 21 at the IMAN Youth and Arts Wellness Center for a jum'ah khutbah by Usama Canon.

IMAN in Media

IMAN and its work were the main subject of a January Toronto Star story, titled The marriage of faith and activism in inner-city Chicago.

Jobs @ IMAN

1. Executive Administrator: Responsible for performing administrative duties for the Executive Director and Deputy Director 2. Nurse Practitioner: Responsible for providing primary health care to patients of the IMAN Health Clinic. Manages a caseload of patients. Read More and Apply here

Volunteer @ IMAN

Youth Mentor: IMAN’s Youth and Organizing Department is looking for volunteers to mentor elementary school youth, Monday-Friday from 3:30-5:45pm. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one day a week. Contact Shamar Hemphill (shamar@imancentral.org) or Farhana Arif (farhana@imancentral.org). Read More and Apply here

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An IMAN Update

MLK Day 2014 Marks Big Stride for Marquette Park

By Alia Bilal - Executive Associate IMAN

MLK MemorialEvery year, IMAN commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by honoring the larger civil rights legacy of working for social justice and racial equity, particularly in neighborhoods like the one in which IMAN is based. This year, on Monday, January 20, IMAN marked the day by officially launching a community-wide and historic initiative to create an MLK Memorial Project in Marquette Park, and by holding a free community luncheon in its new and partially rehabilitated IMAN Youth and Arts Wellness Center. The MLK Memorial Project will be a two-year effort to construct a memorial that commemorates Dr. King’s march through Chicago’s Marquette Park on August 5, 1966.  The Memorial will also celebrate the struggles and commitment of diverse local communities that have, since that day, continued to work together toward realizing a dignified quality of life for all community residents. Read More

Taking Housing Solutions To Governor Quinn

By Rami Nashashibi - Exective Director IMAN

United PowerOn Sunday, January 19, IMAN mobilized close to two dozen of its key leaders and organizers to be part of a larger direct action organized by United Power for Action and Justice. Packing Ascension Church in Oak Park, organizers put forth three major policy-related asks to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, who was also in attendance. IMAN joined the action as a member organization of the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) and in order to continue its long time organizing commitment to confront the issue of foreclosures in low-income neighborhoods such as the one IMAN is situated in.  One of the three policy-related asks that day centered on the housing crisis in our Marquette Park neighborhood. Over the years, IMAN has invested a tremendous amount of time and resources in confronting the consequences of this issue and proposing creative, viable and community-based solutions to it. Read More

IMAN Youth: Superstars & Digital Media Masters

By Shamar Hemphill - Youth Director IMAN

Youth Programming As a part of IMAN’s larger goal of developing creative, empowered and rooted youth leaders, our youth development programs are key contributors to nurturing and sustaining the dynamism of young people within our work.  Our aim is to help empower youth by enabling them to foster relationships outside of both school and home, and learn skills that will help them impact social justice issues that affect young people across Chicago and the nation.  In 2014, IMAN is expanding its youth leadership programming by working in partnership with Fairfield Elementary Academy. Read More