Monthly Archives: October 2011

Hard Up for Work

By Ricky Baldwin Mary is laid off from her job in food service at the University of Illinois four times a year for a total of four and a half months. During this time, she does not count as unemployed. … Continue reading

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Speak Cafe

There aren’t many avenues where the oppressed can speak their truth to power and feel completely safe from ridicule, ostracizing, and threat. Speak Café fills that void in Champaign-Urbana, being a positive place where all people of all ages can … Continue reading

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Credit as a Cover for Cutbacks Over the Past Thirty Years

By Michael Brün Two facts are important for understanding our current economic situation and how we got here. The first is that the finance industry has grown from comprising less than one tenth of our economy in the 80s to … Continue reading

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Student Debt Will Death of the Students to Come

Tuition and Student Debt: The Future of Universities Hangs in the Balance Jasmine Wright Student Debt is a hot topic this season because of the failing economy and remarkably high unemployment rate. The question on most students’ minds is, “is … Continue reading

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Consumer Debt’s Central Role in Finance-led Capitalism and Class Warfare-An Organizing Opportunity

“For at least five thousand years, popular movements have tended to center on struggles over debt—this was true long before capitalism even existed. There is a reason for this. Debt is the most efficient means ever created to take relations … Continue reading

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What Has 9/11 Done to the United States?

In the October 2001 issue of the Public i, I examined elements of US policy that might have contributed to the 9/11 attack terrorist act that violated the human rights of the people killed and injured. Here I want to … Continue reading

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Sweet Corn Festival Brings Major Disappointment

At a time when our community has been so significantly impacted by the death of a young African-American man at the hands of the Champaign Police, we continue to be mourning and healing. I teach courses on race, gender and … Continue reading

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Update on the Case of “Homeless” Bill Walton

On Wednesday, August 3, 2011, two Urbana police officers approached “homeless” Bill Walton in the foyer of the Urbana City Building and asked him if he would come with them, pursuant to a court order that Walton be “medically” evaluated. … Continue reading

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Emails Leaked at IMC Web Site Detailing the Internal Struggles of the Champaign Police Department

Operating for more than a decade, the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center website has become known as a local source for exposing police misconduct. For perhaps the first time at any IMC site, somebody from behind the “blue line” leaked information … Continue reading

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National Public Lands Day: Local Opportunity

The East Central Illinois Master Naturalist (ECIMN) program is fostering National Public Lands Day (NPLD), which will take place on September 24, 2011. Coordinated nationally by the National Environmental Education Foundation, NPLD is an event held annually on the last … Continue reading

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