Monthly Archives: October 2006

Third Annual Unity March: This Is What Unity Looks Like!

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, October 7, 2006, a crowd of nearly 200 participants joined in the Third Annual Unity March. This year, we took the Unity March to the community. We went into the Garden Hills neighborhood, ground zero … Continue reading

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Bob’s Response to John Forman’s Editorial in the News-Gazette

October 7, 2006 Letter to the News Gazette I would like to request a correction to the Editorial N-G Publisher John Foreman wrote Sunday September 17, 2006. In his lengthy editorial Mr. Foreman was critical of the “usual suspects.” Mr. … Continue reading

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Driving While Muslim

I was returning a U-haul truck as my wife and daughter followed behind. I pulled into a gas station and began to fill the truck. My wife pulled in behind me, stopped, and waited for me to finish. My wife … Continue reading

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Impeachment by Jefferson’s Rules

Citizens of the State of Illinois are leading the way in the movement to impeach the President of the United States. The confluence of state and local movements will occur in Urbana-Champaign in mid-October when State Representative Karen Yarbrough (DMaywood) … Continue reading

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Some Pros and Cons of Making Decisions by Referenda

INTRODUCTION AND A DEFINITIONAL POINT Direct democracy has a natural appeal that transcends ideological schisms: both the left and the right frequently complain that institutional features of democracy thwart the will of the people, badly distorting public opinion in its … Continue reading

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Fair Elections? Impossible Under Winner Take All Rules

What we ultimately must confront is our exclusive reliance on winner-take-all elections. Winner-take-all elections, whether in single-member districts or for at-large positions, require winning candidates to attract a majority or substantial plurality of the vote. By definition, candidates representing political … Continue reading

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No Room for Neutrality in Net Neutrality

Imagine the Internet as being like cable television. To access websites of your choosing, you’ll have to pay extra to your Internet service provider (ISP). To put up your own website or blog, you’ll have to pay an additional surcharge … Continue reading

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Independent in Illinois

David Lee wanted to run for office as an Independent in the 44th state senate district. He found that to even get on the ballot, he would need to collect 6,995 valid signatures. He would need to file his petitions … Continue reading

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Torture Exposed in the Champaign County Jail

Many are now familiar with the infamous story of Sergeant Jon Burge in Chicago. In 2002, it was found that Sgt. Burge and his underlings had tortured over 150 Black men in Chicago jails. Burge had used a hand-cranked army … Continue reading

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Kids Art Space in the UCIMC

On October 21st, 2006 the Independent Media Center is proud to announce the Opening of the Kids Art Space, located in the north-east corner of the sunroom. The KAS features lockers, cubbies spaces, a myriad of art supplies, and a … Continue reading

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