Monthly Archives: February 2010

Panel on Local Food

JUST WHEN THE WINTER BLUES and economy woes had me in a headlock, I attended a panel on local foods on February 24 hosted by Champaign County Net and grew a new attitude: hope! I gave an audible affirmation when … Continue reading

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Fighting Back On Tasers

STOP TASING OUR BLACK CHILDREN IN KANKAKEE Junior High School.” This is the message being sent by eight parents of eight junior high students, aged 12–14, in four multi-million lawsuits in the U.S. Federal District Court, Central District of Illinois–Urbana … Continue reading

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Taking Back Our University

OVER THE PAST YEAR, it has become almost impossible to ignore the movement growing on college campuses both within and outside the United States. While diverse in their demands, seemingly independent local struggles converge around a common critique of the … Continue reading

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Howard Zinn (1922–2010)

HISTORIAN, AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST Howard Zinn died on January 27, 2010. He was 87. He was involved in social justice movements and the author of over twenty books including A People’s History of the United States. Reading A People’s History … Continue reading

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UI Campus Antiwar Network Hosts Conference

ON FEBRUARY 27 AND 28, the University of Illinois chapter of the Campus Antiwar Network (CAN) will be hosting the first national conference for the organization since it’s October 2008 Conference in Chicago. The Campus Antiwar Network is a collection … Continue reading

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New York/Champaign: Policing and Race

IN THE NEW YORK TIMES of February 2, columnist Bob Herbert discusses the 2009 statistics on NYPD stops and other police practices in that city. The data are for the first three quarters of that year, when 450,000 pedestrians and … Continue reading

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2010 Martin Luther King Essay Contest Winners

* The organizers of the 2010 MLK Essay Contest asked that the names of these young authors be withheld. Dear Barack Obama, My name is K___ and I am 18 years old. I go to the READY Program and I … Continue reading

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How Some U of I Faculty Members Will Deal With Furloughs

SUSAN DAVIS IS TAKING HER FIRST unpaid furlough day on February 15, along with other faculty and members of the Campus Faculty Association at the University of Illinois. “Since the University demands that we not do our jobs,” she says, … Continue reading

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WILL Changes FM Format, Cuts Jobs, and Eliminates Weather Department

ON FEBRUARY 11, 2010 Illinois Public Media General Manager Mark Leonard announced steps the organization’s leadership will take to address ongoing budget concerns and ensure that Illinois Public Media is sustainable in a new financial and technological environment. Changes include: … Continue reading

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Interview With Deborah Thomas Who Lives In The House Where Kiwane Carrington Was Killed

On December 8, State’s Attorney Julia Reitz released a 13- page report concluding that Kiwane Carrington had been shot “accidentally” by Champaign police officer Daniel Norbits. While dedicating only one paragraph to Norbits’ history, and failing to mention his involvement … Continue reading

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