Monthly Archives: July 2010

In Defense of Mumia Abu Jamal From the Campaign To End The Death Penalty

The Campaign to End the Death Penalty (CEDP) is appalled by the news that several individuals of leading anti-death penalty organizations have signed a confidential memorandum stating that the “involvement of Mumia Abu-Jamal endangers the U.S. coalition for abolition of … Continue reading

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eBlack Project: Online and In The Community

The history of African-Americans in Champaign-Urbana has gone virtual! A new project, called eBlackChampaign- Urbana, is working to bring together the documentation of this important history online to find new ways to celebrate, remember and use it into the present … Continue reading

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Odyssey Project

For the past four years, the Odyssey Project has offered a free-college accredited course in the humanities to workers and low-income men and women in Champaign County. Thanks to support from both the Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) and the University … Continue reading

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Valedictorian Speech From The Odyssey Project

Good Afternoon Friends, Family and Faculty. Thank you for taking time to celebrate with the 2010 Graduating class of the Odyssey Project. About 2-years ago I saw the Odyssey Program advertised in the News Gazette paper and I thought WOW, … Continue reading

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Human Services in Hard Times: State Budget Deficits Threaten the Most Vulnerable Among Us

Government-funded human services are defined in specific terms in relation to statelevel administrative structures and the state’s annual budget. These services do not technically include significant portions of the budget devoted to health care and education. Human services—thus narrowly defined— … Continue reading

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Urbana Neighborhood Connections, Inc.

On January 19 of this year, Neighborhood Connections Center, Inc opened its doors as a community learning center for African American young people. It is located at 1401 E. Main Street in Urbana. The Center is the creation of Janice … Continue reading

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