Monthly Archives: June 2006

Learning from Students who STAND to Stop Genocide in Darfur

Between 2003 and 2005, , in the Darfur region of Sudan, the government and Janjaweed militias burned and destroyed hundreds of rural villages, raped and assaulted thousands of women and girls, murdered over a hundred thousand people and caused the … Continue reading

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Support our Troops! Provide Healthcare When They Get Home

In case you haven’t been keeping track, ately, the latest Department of Defense figures indicate that the U.S. is quickly approaching 2,500 soldier deaths and 18,000 casualties in Iraq. While anti-war activists have been vigilant about exposing the lies that … Continue reading

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Peoria Citizens Score Public Health Victory –And Call for Our Help

When my family moved to Peoria from Urbana more than 8 years ago, we suffered some culture shock. We’d left a fairly progressive community and a wide circle of activist friends to move to a city where the culture was … Continue reading

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Stigma from the Inside Out

There are levels of severity to mental illness in addition to its different manifestations. In this article I will attempt to convey what I have seen stigma do to people after they have been diagnosed. I have chosen bipolar disorder … Continue reading

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Reducing Stigma Through Peer Support Group

The phone rang at midnight, and Sten Johensen answered it, with a good idea of who it might be.At the other end of the line, a familiar voice was frantic and crying. “They w o n ’t give me my … Continue reading

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Testimony to the Adequate Health Care Task Force

I had the opportunity to address Illinois’ Ade – quate Health Care Task Force on February 15, 2006, when they visited the 15th Congres – sional District. My remarks were received with boisterous applause. Here’s the text of my testimony: … Continue reading

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Healthcare Justice for Illinois

After over a decade in which it was considered a third rail of politics, and despite all the lobbying on the part of insurance and pharmaceutical industries, health care reform is again making political waves as we realize that our … Continue reading

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Five Deaths at County Jail

With the death of Quentin Larry on May 28, now five inmates have died in the Champaign County Jail over a three year period. Individuals should not die in police custody – even if they are drug addicts. Citizens must … Continue reading

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Police Stage Attacks on Garden Hills

Police have long been regarded by many in the African American community as an occupying army. The recent use of overwhelming force by police in Garden Hills, a predominantly working class African A m e r i c a n … Continue reading

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Is Justice Blind?

There is a growing disparity in America between those who receive health care, and those who do not. Nowhere is this disparity more apparent than here in Champaign, Illinois. There is a young lady here in Champaign, 21 years of … Continue reading

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