Monthly Archives: August 2013

Champaign-Urbana Rallies for Immigration Reform

On Saturday, August 31, 2013, a rally organized by the local Immigration Forum took place at West Side Park in Champaign. Some 300 people attended in the 90 degree heat. The rally was aimed at swinging the vote of Rodney … Continue reading

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Brazilians marching on the street: what´s behind 20 cents

By Walênia Silva: Walênia Silva is an adjunt professor at the Music School at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, in Brazil. Dr. Silva completed her PhD. at the College of Education at UIUC. Last June, Brazilians decided to march in … Continue reading

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Treyvon Rally in Douglass Park

On Sunday, July 14, a rally was held for Treyvon Martin. The rally also corresponded with the birthday of Kiwane Carrington, who in 2009 was killed by a Champaign police officer.

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Vehicle for Hire

The twin cities of Urbana-Champaign both have ordinances which contain language that discriminates against citizens with a felony conviction. In Urbana, the Vehicle for Hire (VFH) ordinance section 26-43, under “qualifications of an applicant” reads: (a) No license shall be … Continue reading

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How Privatization Destroyed Award-Winning Suicide Prevention Program in Champaign County Jail

Several years ago, while working at our local Books to Prisoners, I met a volunteer who had formerly worked as a mental health counselor in the local jail. This was just after there had been three jail suicides within a … Continue reading

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Sunlight Has Begun to Shine on the Urbana Free Library

Public scrutiny of the book weeding controversy at the Urbana Free Library last month has shed light on the leadership of the beloved institution. The Executive Director, Deb Lissak, who had pressured the staff to perform the weeding of books … Continue reading

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