IMAN deepened its relationship with members of the Congressional Black Caucus this past month through several engagements with US Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL 2nd District) and others. Executive Director Rami Nashashibi was invited to a Congressional Dinner hosted by Rep. Kelly, where he shared IMAN’s work and vision with legislators from across the country. The following morning, Nashashibi stood with Rep. Kelly at a major press conference during which she outlined her crucial “Urban Progress” initiative to combat increasing gun violence plaguing urban centers throughout the nation. IMAN was specifically mentioned as a model for holistic solutions to violence.
Kelly and several other members of the US House of Representatives—including Danny Davis (D-IL 7th District), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX 18th District), Yvette Clarke (D-NY 9th District), and US Senate hopeful Tammy Duckworth (D-IL 8th District)—toured IMAN later that day, in order to witness firsthand how the organization fosters health, wellness and healing on Chicago’s Southwest Side. The esteemed guests visited the current Green ReEntry renovation project, as well as the MLK Living Memorial construction space.
This historic engagement propels IMAN toward a critical national organizing effort, wherein community organizations from across the country will be mobilized for a massive action in Washington D.C. this fall centered around powerful criminal justice reform. For more information, contact Organizing Director Shamar Hemphill.