Monthly Archives: January 2008

Update From Kenya IMC

FIVE DAYS AGO, ON THE 27th OF DECEMBER, I stood in a queue for six hours—from 5.30 AM to 11.30 AM, waiting for my turn to cast a vote in my country Kenya’s presidential, parliamentary and civic elections. When the … Continue reading

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Water and Environmental Justice in Palestine

JERUSALEM, BORDERS, SECURITY, VIOLENCE and the fate of Palestinian refugees: these are the issues most often mentioned when the mainstream media discusses the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Indeed, President Bush has specifically mentioned these issues as he tries to restart talks aimed … Continue reading

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From the Abolition of the Slave Trade to the Exploitation of Black Women

ON JANUARY 18, 1808, A FEDERAL LAW ended the trans- Atlantic importation of slaves intp the United States. So, as a woman descended from a motherline of Black women, I am compelled to bear witness to this bicentennial of the … Continue reading

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Environmental Justice an Overview

TOXIC TOURS IN THE CHAMPAIGN community have placed a local focus on the site of the former coal to gas plant on the corner of 5th and Hill. Under this quiet grassy surface and beneath the white building with peeling … Continue reading

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IBEW Local 601 Absolved of Discrimination

IN ITS JUNE/JULY 2007 ISSUE, the Public i published an article on a lawsuit that Henry Bell III brought against the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 601, the headquarters of which are in Champaign. Bell, an African American … Continue reading

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February 5th Primary for State’s Attorney

ALFRED D. IVY, III, DEMOCRAT 1. What are your qualifications and why did you decide to run for the office? Greetings Champaign County, My name is Alfred D. Ivy, III and I am running for State’s Attorney of Champaign County … Continue reading

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The Demonstration at the School of the Americas

I WAS ONE OF OVER 25,000 WHO participated recently in the demonstration at the gates of Fort Benning, in Columbus, Georgia, where the School of the Americas (SOA) is located. The annual demonstrations, this year on Saturday–Sunday, November 17–18, are … Continue reading

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Patrick Thompson Returns to Court Again

NEARLY 3 AND A HALF YEARS after felony criminal charges were filed against Patrick Thompson, the founder of Visionaries Educating Youth and Adults (VEYA), the case is again scheduled for a third jury trial in late January or early February. … Continue reading

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Against Toxicity and Secrecy: Digging Up the Legacy of the 5th and Hill Site

Off-site Migration of the “Toxic Blob” To see the vacant lot at 5th and Hill streets today, you would never know that a coal-to-natural gas plant once stood on the site. You would never know that this plant once dumped … Continue reading

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