Monthly Archives: September 2012

CU-Immigration Forum Holds Immigration Justice Month

  Several local religious congregations will be holding various faith-based and immigration-themed events throughout the month of October in what is sure to be an inspiring series of local community gatherings. The Allies of Faith is an interfaith coalition of … Continue reading

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Outstanding Documents Obtained in Police Brutality Case

After months of stalling, the city of Champaign has finally released documents about the incident on June 5, 2011 when a 20 year-old African American man, Brandon Ward, was choked in the back of a squad car by white officer … Continue reading

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Flex-n-Gate Disaster, Just the Latest Chapter in a Toxic Story

By Ricky Baldwin When news broke this summer that a toxic cloud of sulfuric acid at a local plant had sent eleven local workers to the hospital, horrific as the story was, many in the area were not all that … Continue reading

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GEO Holds Rally For Fair Contract

On Sept. 20, the Graduate Employees’ Union held a rally outside of Leavis Faculty Center where inside negotiations were taking place over a new contract.

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Champaign Housing Authority Considers Demolishing Third Black Neighborhood

A protest was held before the board meeting of the Housing Authority of Champaign County (HACC) on Thursday, August 23, 2012 by those questioning plans to demolish Bristol Place, a largely African American neighborhood on the North End in Champaign. … Continue reading

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My Experiences with Worker-Owned Businesses

Walter Matherly       (Bio–After six years working in Africa and Latin America for the International Division of The Borden Company in 1954, Walter Matherly got a graduate degree in Economics from Duke and began a career in economic … Continue reading

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The Fruits of Our Labor: Champaign’s Summer Youth Jobs Program

Jelani Saadiq is a senior at Piney Woods School in Mississippi. He participated in Champaign’s summer youth employment program this summer. This summer I was bamboozled; I thought that the summer employment program would be a boring 9am-1 pm job, … Continue reading

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Announcements for September

Campus YMCA Fall 2012 Lecture Series All lectures are on Fridays at 12:00pm.| University YMCA| 1001 South Wright Street | Champaign, IL Beyond the Rhetoric: Key Issues in the 2012 Elections.  The Fall 2012 Friday Forum Lecture Series will … Continue reading

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Coal Mine Proposed for Vermilion and Champaign County

Alice Englebretsen lives in Urbana and has been active in the local environmental and social issues for many years. She is currently Political Chair of the local Prairie Group of the Sierra Club, but is tracking the Sunrise Coal/Bulldog Mine … Continue reading

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Community Radio Broadcasters and Builders Converged at GRC 2012

Community radio broadcasters and builders converged at GRC 2012 Originally posted at Radio Survivor on July 31, 2012 by Paul Riismandel   Jennifer Waits and I attended the Grassroots Radio Conference this past weekend in Urbana, IL. These are my … Continue reading

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