by Hazel Gomez
IMAN leaders joined over 1,200 Muslims on Thursday, April 22, for Illinois Muslim Action Day in Springfield to advocate for issues that are important to our communities. Organized by the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC), the event provided a great way for Muslims to be involved in the Illinois political system. To ensure an impact on the state legislators, leaders were equipped to discuss issues that affect a wide range of communities, beyond just the Muslim community. They promoted, for example, policies regarding home foreclosure prevention and counseling, equitable access to healthy food in inner-city communities, and educational and nutritional activities in Illinois schools.
It was important for IMAN to participate in this Illinois Muslim Action Day with CIOGC because the event served as a platform for Muslim organizations across Chicago to stand united and promote social change.