Monthly Archives: October 2009

GEO Update

DESPITE HAVING WORKED for over two months under the terms of an expired contract, the Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) continues to seek a negotiated agreement over the terms of their new contract with the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. … Continue reading

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The Really, REALLY Free Market Comes to C-U

IMAGINE STUMBLING INTO THE PARK to find what looks like a festival, picnic, yard sale, or all of the above. Hungry and low on funds, you ask a kindly merchant, “How much for this food?” They reply, “It’s free. Everything … Continue reading

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Community Protests “Chief Illiniwek”

THE AIR WAS COLD AND THE SKY GREY as students huddled together around the Alma Mater in anticipation of the march to Assembly Hall for the Not Our Mascot Rally on Friday. According to the iResist Web Site, Chief Illiniwek … Continue reading

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Free Trade & the Economic Crisis in Nicaragua

THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS that began at the end of 2008 has hit Nicaragua hard. Over a dozen maquilas, factories, that import all the primary materials, export all the products, and comprise the primary source of employment in Nicaragua, have … Continue reading

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Coup and Human Rights in Honduras: An Issue That Must Not Be Ignored

IT WAS AN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING and my phone was urgently ringing. I usually do not receive calls so early. The call came with a shocking message: “Coup d’état!” I remember throwing the cell phone with anger, awe and great … Continue reading

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A Conference With Mexico City’s Youth

EARLY LAST MONTH I JOINED over 1,300 UN delegates, NGO workers, and policy makers from around the world who descended on Mexico City to attend the 62nd annual UN Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organizations (DPI/NGO) Conference. The title of this … Continue reading

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Statement From CU Citizens for Peace and Justice

On Friday October 9, 2009, two unarmed 15 year-olds, Kiwane Carrington and another youth, were accosted by Champaign officers—including the Chief of Police—at the place where Kiwane stayed. Kiwane was shot and killed. The other was arrested, at first for … Continue reading

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Cycle of Greed

Gateway through people on the street even though they paid their rent They won’t even let us live in a tent You can’t just look the other way Your silence gives consent! These brothers are sleeping in the park That … Continue reading

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Unity March Highlights “Don’t Care” Attitude Toward the Poor

DESPITE THE DREARY DAY, about 75 people came out for the sixth annual Unity March on October 3, 2009. The event is a unique coming together of black, brown, and white people from both the campus and the community. This … Continue reading

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Power Without Accountability?

IN FOLLOWING THE NEWS coverage and comments made regarding the murder of Kiwane Carrington-Williams, I am disturbed to see how many people are quick to jump to the defense of an officer who took the life of a 15 year … Continue reading

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