Monthly Archives: October 2004

Voice of the People: What do YOU think about the relationship between C-U police and the community at large?

Zach Miller, Candidate for Champaign County Board District 9, Urbana: You know, in my neighborhood we d o n ’t really see the police that much. I think that there may be some class issues at work there…. [I]n an … Continue reading

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Abuse of Power

Acting upon their sincere concern for the community, Martell Miller and Patrick Thompson, founders of Visionaries Educating Youth and Adults (VEYA), have courageously taken the necessary steps toward change. Using a very popular piece of technology, a video camcorder, these … Continue reading

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From Profile to Prison: Criminalization of a Community

While news of police mistreatment in African-American communities is nothing new in the post-Rodney King era, what is new is the nation-wide organizing against it. From Los Angeles to New York, Chicago to Champaign—grass roots organizations have come together to … Continue reading

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The Story Behind the Story: The Lord Mayor of Urbana

Ben Grosser’s article discusses the larger implications of introducing at-large seats in Urbana’s city council elections. It raises serious issues. However, there is also a subtext to this story, the intriguing circumstances leading to this proposal so ardently supported by … Continue reading

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The Facts Against At-Large Electoral Systems

On November 2, Urbana voters will face this question on the ballot: “Shall the City of Urbana restrict the number of aldermen to a total of nine,with one alderman representing each of seven wards, plus an additional two aldermen to … Continue reading

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Food Not Bombs Serve Up Local Justice

Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condi – tion of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can … Continue reading

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