February 3, 2016
Youth Programs Director Gihad Ali was invited to speak to Universal School students in Bridgeview, where 160 sophomores, juniors and seniors were briefed on the topic of Islamophobia. Islamophobia is an unfounded fear or dislike of Islam and Muslims. Ms. Ali offered a political analysis as to why Islamophobia is on the rise, and explained that there is an entire industry behind Islamophobia.
January 27, 2016
The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) collaborated with the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM) to offer a Public Information Officer (PIO) Media Training Course. CIOGC staff and several members of the community filled the class capacity on January 27, 2016.
January 20, 2016
A Day of Solidarity’ event organized by the Islamic Center of Wheaton (ICW) was successful in bringing together the community. The cafeteria was abuzz with the chatter ofp people – all there for the same purpose: to stand in support of ICW, who recently encountered a grave injustice of a cyber attack. CIOGC Programs Manager was a part of the panel who spoke at the event.
January 13, 2016
We look forward to continuing our work together in partnership for the common good,” emailed Lydia Talbot, Executive Director of Different Drummers, after CIOGC Executive Director, Ms. Tabassum Haleem, spoke on the show on Sunday, January 10, alongside Reverend Deborah Rundlett, Transitional Executive Presbyter from the Presbytery of Chicago.
January 20 2016
The Interfaith Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast has been hosted each year by the City of Chicago Mayor. Each year, CIOGC has enthusiastically participated in this tribute to the great African American civil rights leader. However this year, in solidarity with African American community leaders who were boycotting the event to protest ongoing injustices against the African American community, CIOGC made the decision not to attend the Breakfast.
December 30, 2015
In a powerful gathering at Chicago Temple First United Methodist Church on December 30, Reverend Jesse Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and social activist, organized a press conference in solidarity with American Muslims in the face of the injustices and discrimination that they are facing.