In This Issue
IMAN in Media
"[IMAN] bought it last August... [and] hired a group of workers, including Levie Jackson, to rehab 6210 S. Fairfield Ave. through its reentry program for returning prisoners," writes The Chicago Reporter in a story titled, Reclaiming the avenue. Read More
IMAN's Executive Director, Rami Nashashibi, and Chicago Reporter's Angela Caputo were interviewed on WBEZ's Afternoon Shift to talk about the Green ReEntry work and Caputo's recent aricle, Reclaiming the avenue. Listen to the entire story
Ramadan Reflections: Every Wednesday during Ramadan from 6 to 8:15 PM, IMAN’s Scholar-in-Residence, Ubaydullah Evans, will be leading an interactive class and discussion at IMAN on the spiritual & social dimensions of this blessed month. Each class will be followed immediately by a healthy iftar–breaking of the fast–supplied by a local purveyor of healthy foods.
Ramadan Refresh the ‘Hood Challenge: IMAN is partnering with the Lupe Fiasco Foundation on the Ramadan Refresh the ‘Hood Challenge, a month-long effort to bring subsidized fresh produce to our Muslim Run partner stores every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00 to 7:30 PM. This Challenge is part of IMAN’s Muslim Run campaign dealing with race relations and access to fresh and wholesome food in the inner-city.
Each One Teach One: These monthly sessions are geared for young people to have a space of peace, develop relevant skills in a fun way, and get to know youth from other communities. Follow up with Shamar Hemphill for more info.
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An IMAN Update
By IMAN Staff
The seven month training and development program for this year’s Green ReEntry cohort came to a successful close on Wednesday, May 14, when all five members of the group joined together one last time, dressed to the nines in their new suits and with family, to celebrate their accomplishments. "The moment really exceeded my expectations,” said Levie Ibrahim Jackson who was the team leader of the Green ReEntry crew and who joined the program only months after his release from a 13-year prison sentence. Ibrahim attended the graduation with his mother. “It made her proud to see what I accomplished," he said. Read More
By Shamar Hemphill - Youth & Organizing Director IMAN
Over the last few years, IMAN’s Community Café has become a unique and powerful site where art and organizing come together to inspire and empower audiences on a regular basis. The May edition, Community Café: ReEntry, did not disappoint on either account. The Egyptian producer, composer, arranger and pianist Fathy Salama, who is the Arab World’s Only Grammy and BBC Awards Winner, and his band headlined the night with a set that layered their traditional Arabic and Jazz influences to create an eclectic soundscape. In the same manner, IMAN brought together music and stories from its Green ReEntry leaders and organizing partners to highlight this unique and effective solution to the problems of recidivism and unemployment faced by those re-entering society. Read More
By IMAN Staff
On Monday, May 12, IMAN was one of over 1,000 venues to host a dinner and discussion as part of the Chicago Community Trust’s (CCT) “On the Table” initiative. On the Table was an event commemorating the 99th anniversary of CCT’s incredible service and philanthropy in Chicago and an effort to engage thousands of people across the Chicagoland area in a discussion about the future of their city. IMAN’s dinner and discussion focused on what it would take to transform neighborhoods such as the Marquette Park area into vibrant, healthy communities in light of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy in the area. Read More