2010 One Chicago, One Nation – OVERVIEW


One Chicago, One Nation was designed by One Nation, The Chicago Community Trust, Link TV, Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) to bring together Chicagoans of diverse faiths and cultures, with an emphasis on the Muslim community, to get to know one another by addressing local needs.

Launched in January 2010, One Chicago, One Nation sparked a year-long effort by hundreds of Chicagoland residents to create common action for the common good via three major initiatives:


One Chicago, One Nation Film Contest

In the spring of 2010, over 150 people submitted films to a national contest that encouraged filmmakers to share personal stories, based in or about Chicago, that illustrated diverse groups of people working together to address community concerns. Winners were chosen in five categories: Documentary, Comedy, Drama, Under 60 seconds, and Animation/Spoken Word/Music Video. The Grand Prize was $20,000 and each category winner received $5,000. Filmmaker Anida Yoeu Ali won the Grand Prize as well as the Spoken Word category, with her film 1700% Project: Mistaken for Muslim.


One Chicago, One Nation Community Ambassadors

Through the spring and summer of 2010, One Chicago, One Nation Community Ambassadors received training in leadership skills, community service, and dialogue facilitation.  Using the skills they gained during their training, they organized Community Conversations – interfaith dialogues that used winning films from the One Chicago, One Nation film contest to spark collaborative interfaith social action projects. Community Ambassadors also had the opportunity to apply for funding for their interfaith and cross-cultural project ideas through $10,000 One Chicago, One Nation Community Solutions Grants.

85 Chicagoans were trained as Community Ambassadors with the aim of building understanding and collaboration between people from different faith and cultural backgrounds.  2010 Community Ambassadors represented 9 different faith traditions, hailed from the city of Chicago and its suburbs, ranged in age from 17 to 80, and spoke 20 different languages.


One Chicago, One Nation Public Events in Chicago

In the summer of 2010, One Chicago, One Nation held several events highlighting the work of the Community Ambassadors and raising awareness about interfaith cooperation in Chicago. Mayor Daley’s office hosted an interfaith prayer breakfast for Chicago faith leaders with the purpose of introducing them to One Chicago, One Nation.  All program partners hosted an awards celebration for the winners of the One Chicago, One Nation film contest at Millennium Park and invited Community Ambassadors to enjoy a concert at the Pritzker Pavilion. Program partners also hosted an Induction Ceremony for 2010 Community Ambassadors at Marquette Park during IMAN’s bi-annual urban arts festival, Takin’ It to the Streets.


One Chicago, One Nation Community Solutions Grants

In late 2010, One Chicago, One Nation distributed $100,000 in grants to 13 projects that addressed critical local needs.  Each grantee intentionally brought together diverse religious and cultural populations in Chicagoland.  Community Solution Grants were sponsored by The Chicago Community Trust, and winners included several 2010 Community Ambassadors.