Author Archives: Brian Dolinar

About Brian Dolinar

Brian Dolinar has been a community journalist since 2004.

CU Takes Part in National March for Trayvon Martin

Approximately 150 people in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois took part in the national march called by the NAACP for a federal civil rights case against George Zimmerman who last week was acquitted for stalking and murdering 17 year-old African American youth Trayvon … Continue reading

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Rosa Parks Turns 100

Born February 4, 1913, Rosa Parks would have been 100 years old this year. A statue of Parks was recently unveiled in the U.S. Congress, the first black woman to be so honored. A in a new book titled The … Continue reading

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“What’s in a Name? Two C-U Buildings Named After African American Women”

As a new building on campus is being named after Maudelle Bousfield, the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Illinois, a public housing complex named after Joann Dorsey, black community activist in Champaign during the 1960s, … Continue reading

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Changes to Police Contract Come from “The Work of the Citizen”

Two out of three proposals presented two years ago by the grassroots organization, Champaign-Urbana Citizens for Peace and Justice (CUCPJ), were included in the police union contract approved by Champaign city council on Tuesday night, December 4, 2012. In April … Continue reading

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Michelle Alexander, Author of “The New Jim Crow” Giving Talk at UIUC

Lecture: Prof. Michelle Alexander, JD         Author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness 6:00 pm Illini Rooms B & C Illini Union

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Unity March Goes from Jail to Jail

The ninth annual Unity March, held by CU Citizens for Peace and Justice (CUCPJ), took place on October 20, 2012. This year’s march brought attention to the current proposal before the county board to expand the jail system. Champaign County … Continue reading

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Why Does Sheriff of Small Midwestern College Town Need a Drone?

Many have heard of the unmanned aerial vehicles, or “drones,” that the U.S. government has been flying over Pakistan and Afghanistan dropping bombs aimed at suspected militants and all too often killing innocent civilians. Increasingly, smaller versions of these planes … 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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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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Scott Walker protest in Springfield

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Honorary Catherine Hogue Way

On May 8, 2012, a section of East Park Street, between Second Street and Third Street, in Champaign was dedicated to Catherine Hogue, black woman activist and long time County Board member. A sign now stands at the intersection in … Continue reading

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Black Youth Beaten by Champaign Police

It has been two years since Kiwane Carrington was killed by a Champaign police officer, but 18-year-old black youth, Calvin Miller, is still afraid of the police. So when a Champaign cop attempted to pull him over for no apparent … Continue reading

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Acceptance Speech by Danielle Chynoweth for Woman of the Year Award 2011

On October 13, 2011, UC-IMC co-founder Danielle Chynoweth was presented with the Woman of the Year Award at an event organized by the News-Gazette. To a packed room of more than 300 people, she gave the speech that appears below. … Continue reading

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Occupy CU Rallies Held Locally

In solidarity with the Occupy Wall St. movement in New York, local events have been held in Champaign-Urbana. On October 8, the annual Unity March was organized by Jobs With Justice, CU Citizens for Peace and Justice, and a newly-formed … Continue reading

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“Secure Communities” Program Adopted by Sheriff Wreaking Havoc in Local Immigrant Community

The “Secure Communities” program being adopted in local counties across the United States has already caused much controversy in its short history. The implementation of Secure Communities by Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh has brought great distraught to several families … 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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Ironworkers at Labor Day Parade Pose for a Photo with the Latest Public i

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Urbana Labor Day Marchers Stand with Wisconsin Workers

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Mother Jones Spotted at Labor Day Parade

Many were at the Labor Day Parade in Urbana, Illinois, including Germaine Light who dressed up as Mother Jones and marched with the local chapter of Jobs With Justice.

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Soon To Be Displaced Residents Protest Outside of Housing Authority

As Ed Bland arrived at work on Wednesday morning, July 27, 2011, he was greeted by a group of protesters. Residents at two public housing units, Dunbar Court and Joann Dorsey Homes, stood outside of the offices of the Champaign … Continue reading

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