Monthly Archives: April 2008

The (Cuban) Hip Hop Revolution

A NEW MOVEMENT HAS EMERGED IN CUBA, fueled by a stifling trade embargo and its deep-seated consequences—namely poverty and racialized inequalities. In response, Hip-hop Cubano has forged a new revolution. Armed with batas, congas and Cuba’s musical sensibilities, Raperos Cubanos … Continue reading

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A Grassroots School for Social Change

EVERY CITY/STATE/SOCIETY SHOULD HAVE at least one educational institution dedicated to the creative construction of new formulations of the social problems and solutions that perpetuate that social system. Only one school is dedicated to such a function and it is … Continue reading

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Violence & the LGBT Community

I RECENTLY CO-FACILITATED A WORKSHOP ON sexual and dating violence in the LGBT community at the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference. The workshop discussed the topic of sexual and dating violence in the LGBT community. The other … Continue reading

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In Memory of a Revolutionary Trade Unionist

BOB WAHLFELDT DIED ON MARCH 26, 2008. He was an important part of and an inspiration to much of the local activist community. The following is excerpted from comments about Bob made by Barbara Kessel and Gene Vanderport on October … Continue reading

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Jails, Hospitals, Hip-Hop

The one-person show, Jails, Hospitals, and Hip-Hop (JH3) by Danny Hoch was presented at spaces across the UIUC campus. Each performance was followed by a discussion with director, Alex Berg-Jacobson, Assistant Director, Keri Carpenter, and actor, Chris Silcox. One night … Continue reading

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Free Speech for Whom?

THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH is a controversial issue, particularly within education. Events last semester at UIUC portrayed the manipulative nature in which individuals in power can selectively interpret and enforce this right. While individuals in the dominant group … Continue reading

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Teaching and Learning Danville’s Prison

THREE YEARS AGO, I APPLIED FOR A JOB teaching a basic Western art history survey course, at a men’s prison in Danville, Illinois. It would be my first job out of graduate school and one that has since shaped my … Continue reading

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You Can’t Jail the Spirit: US Political Prisoners and POWs

COMPILED BY THE PRISON ACTIVIST RESOURCE CENTER. For other Political Prisoner/POW-related resources, go to our political prisoner page. The list is alphabetical. And as of February 2005, there are so many names that we have split off onto separate pages … Continue reading

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Three Cops Versus an Entire Community

Probable cause, probable cause You don’t have to break no laws They say probable cause —Brand Nubian, hip hop group NEARLY A YEAR AGO, on March 30, 2007, when a 17 year-old black youth was stopped in Douglass Park, pepper … Continue reading

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Pezzullo Interview On Fifth & Hill

Phaedra C. Pezzullo, is Assistant Professor of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. What are your thoughts on Fifth and Hill? It’s important to recognize that environmental racism or environmental pollution has been disproportionately placed in communities of color and … Continue reading

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