Monthly Archives: March 2007

Access to Abortion and EC for Teens in Illinois

Obtaining proper reproductive healthcare and education about sexuality and sexual health is essential to keeping teens in our area healthy. In Illinois, teens are lucky to have some access to contraceptives, abortion services and other reproductive care. However, activist groups … Continue reading

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Women Just Die Every Day

“Women have no leaders who have been assassinated. Women just die every day.“ I spent four hours discussing the feminist movement of the 60s and 70s with local activist Barbara Kessel, who was part of the first women’s studies departments … Continue reading

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James Connolly

Born Seamas O’Conghaile on June 5th 1868, Connolly is one of the single most important persons in the history of Ireland in the last 100 years. Born and raised in Edinburgh Scotland to Irish immigrant parents, he joined the British … Continue reading

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Globalizing Solidarity: Report Back from the World Social Forum in Nairobi

INDYMEDIA IN AFRICA This January, Urbana IMC members Jason Turner and I traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to join dozens of independent journalists from Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Germany and the Prometheus Radio Project from Philadelphia. We built two … Continue reading

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Native Women’s Resurgence at UIUC

Ask your friends and family to name any American Indian women. It is likely that Sacagawea and Pocahontas will be the only ones they know. Why is it that these two Native women have acquired mythical status in American history … Continue reading

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An Honored Tradition

Recently, University of Illinois Board of Trustees chairman Lawrence Eppley announced that as of February 21st 2007, the U of I team mascot called ‘chief illiniwek” would cease to perform at half-time events. To anyone who is unaware of the … Continue reading

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Guard Your Girls From Gardasil: What every woman and parent should know before considering the HPV vaccine.

Recently, the media has been saturated with ads promoting Gardasil, the Human Papillomavirus vaccine created by Merck. The overwhelming tone of this campaign is that cervical cancer is a growing epidemic and that the best preventative measure is to inoculate … Continue reading

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Vagina Monologues in China

THE POLITICAL AND THE CULTURAL I have, for many years, been interested in how a single political ideology or a set of political institutions will vary when they are implemented in different cultural contexts. For example, in 1988 I published … Continue reading

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Sgt. Myers Given Probation: Torture of Inmates Goes Unpunished by State’s Attorney

Former Sergeant William Alan Myers pleaded guilty to charges of felony disorderly conduct and misdemeanor aggravated battery on Monday, October 26. Charges of felony obstruction of justice and felony aggravated battery were dropped. He received two years probation, a $500 … Continue reading

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A Response to Champaign Authorities Who Dispute Need for a Citizen Police Review Board

In a recent News Gazette article by Mike Monson, dated January 21, 2007 and entitled, Cities Taking Different Tacks on Police Review Issue, City Councilman, Michael La Due is quoted as saying that he would “want to see compelling evidence … Continue reading

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