Monthly Archives: September 2015

Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition Local #6546: Education First

Shawn Gilmore President, NTFC Local #6546 In the September issue of The Public i, I introduced the revamped Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition (NTFC Local #6546), the union that represents more than 500 non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty on the UIUC campus. I noted … Continue reading

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Culture, Liberation, and #BlackLivesMatter

During the early 70s, Amilcar Cabral wrote extensively on the theme of liberation and the collective persona of subjugated people expressed as culture. His libratory praxis offered a context to dialectically engage notions of freedom and strategies for its attainment. … Continue reading

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This Black Life Matters

Michael Brown was killed a year ago. They used to say, “It’s been a long, hot summer” but it’s been another long, hot, horror-filled year in the US; every single day another Michael Brown. This is someone I know. In … Continue reading

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Thank You, Mr. Walton

On June 23rd, longtime homeless man Bill Walton passed away at age 69. He spent many of his last days on the steps on the Independent Media Center. Upon thinking of the passing of Bill this week, one of Bill’s … Continue reading

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University at War with Itself

[T]he chancellor who hired the professor, then fired the professor by claiming he had never been hired in the first place; who resigned in the wake of an ethics scandal over her use of a personal email account (and destruction … Continue reading

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Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition Local #6546: Why a Union?

A little over a year ago, a majority of the non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty on the UIUC campus authorized the formation of a union, the first certified faculty union on our campus. You might not know it, though, as our union, … Continue reading

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Man Sentenced to Prison by Fired Former Judge Has Sentence Reduced

On August 13, Bidemi Ajobiewe, a Nigerian national who had been given six years in prison for an fatal accident on I-74 had his sentence reduced from six years in prison to 24 months of parole and time already served. … Continue reading

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Police Lying

Do Police Lie? The answer is that some police officers do indeed lie. The major conditions under which police lie are three: to frame a suspect, to protect themselves or fellow officers from detection or punishment of misdeed, and to … Continue reading

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First Class Justice vs. “the Cattle Call”

By a Courtwatcher Courtwatch is a group of citizens who volunteer to attend criminal proceedings by request of the defendant or a family member of a jailed defendant. We are there as witnesses to criminal justice in Champaign County, to … Continue reading

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Work Day: Lament for Darius Graves

The below poem was written by Ryan Collins for the project Lament for the Dead (http://www.lamentforthedead.org/), an online community poetry project which marks the death of every person killed by police this summer, and every police officer who loses life … Continue reading

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