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Inner City Muslim Action Network - Community Health Center

Today, IMAN provides a holistic set of services and activities for diverse low-income residents of Chicago Lawn (" Marquette Park") and neighboring communities of Gage Park, West Englewood, Ashburn, and West Lawn. Although inspired by Muslim principles, we sought from the beginning to reach out to all ethnic, cultural, and religious groups. We embrace our traditions as universal: we engage others and ourselves in work for the "common good." That work concerns issues of equity, human rights, and justice, particularly for people of color in marginalized communities . IMAN's organizing/civic engagement work has focused on mobilizing diverse sectors of the Muslim community along side the communities we serve around two issues: criminal justice reform and immigration rights. Given the large number of detainees, prisoners and gang members who identify as Muslim, IMAN plays an important role in organizing our Muslim constituents to work for systemic change. IMAN also has a credible voice for Latino day laborers and others affected by unfair deportation laws and outright denial of human rights. Ultimately, IMAN seeks to effect systemic change in the administration of justice through grassroots campaigns that engage Muslims and other diverse communities. We also want to ensure human rights, social justice and equity for all people. Guided by the Islamic tradition, IMAN serves all ethnic, cultural and religious groups. Our tradition is rooted in the values of compassion, service and social justice. Because these ideals are universal, our mission is expansive: we engage others and ourselves in work for the common good. That work concerns social justice for people in marginalized communities . As a member of the emerging United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations, we are part of a broad-based multicultural and multi-religious movement for justice, equity and human dignity. Our constituents are African American, Mexican and Palestinian residents of Chicago Lawn and nearby communities. Our proposal to the Trust is for general support for our organizing activities. IMAN's organizing/civic engagement work has focused on mobilizing diverse sectors of the Muslim community along side the communities we serve around two issues: criminal justice reform and immigration rights. Given the large number of detainees, prisoners and gang members who identify as Muslim, IMAN plays an important role in organizing our Muslim constituents to work for systemic change. IMAN also has a credible voice for Latino day laborers and others affected by unfair deportation laws and outright denial of human rights. Ultimately, IMAN seeks to effect systemic change in the administration of justice through grassroots campaigns that engage Muslims and other diverse communities. We also want to ensure human rights, social justice and equity for all people. IMAN believes that successful campaigns for systemic change are not monolithic. Our role as an organizing agent is to connect people affected by the issue and those outside the circle of impact. We also believe that as marginalized communities, we will never breach social divides if we continue to organize along ethnic, racial or cultural divides. At the root of these beliefs are the convictions that each individual is part of a common human family, and because compassion, service and social justice are universal ideals, IMAN's mission extends to all people.



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