Author Archives: Ricky Baldwin

Citizen Police Review Boards As Summer Ends: East 1, West 0

When Laurel Prussing ran for Mayor of Urbana in 2005, she promised to support an independent board to oversee the police, as did most City Council candidates. When the new Mayor and City Counci ltook office, they first provided for … Continue reading

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Major Agreement Signed With Tomato Pickers!

Just four days ahead of a formal nationwide boycott by tomato pickers and their allies, on April 9, 2007, fastfood giant McDonald’s Corporation signed a historic agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, the grassroots labor association of mostly immigrant … Continue reading

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Need a Reason to Vote? War and Impeachment

Urbana-Champaign may be “Impeach Bush Central”- and one of the very few places in the country where voters can have their say directly on both impeachment and war. Local voters will see a referendum on each of these questions on … Continue reading

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Who is Policing the Police?

“It’s the fox in charge of the henhouse,” noted one Urbana resident at a recent City Council meeting. He was expressing in the negative the most elementary principle of justice: you just can’t investigate yourself. The rule applies to government … Continue reading

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Can We Vote? Barriers to Full Participation Remain Rampant

Carol Ammons says the Champaign County Clerk’s office has rejected hundreds of voter registrations collected during a drive by her group, C-U Citizens for Peace and Justice, and the reasons for rejection seem hard to swallow. One local man allegedly … Continue reading

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News and Views from the UK

“It must be a very interesting time in the States at the moment,” remarked our server at dinner, “with November coming up.”My wife Catharine and I were enjoying a rare night out without children in her hometown of Wivenhoe, population … Continue reading

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U of I Board of Trustees: Who Are They?

       has once again postponed their decision on “honorably retiring” the controversial Chief Illiniwek mascot, scheduled for their March 11th meeting. Trustee Frances Carroll, the recent Blagojevich appointee who had proposed the mascot’s removal, … Continue reading

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New Freedom Riders Rally Supporters in Urbana and 100 Other Cities

     , a crowd of nearly 200 gathered in front of the Champaign County Courthouse in Urbana to welcome 45 bus riders from Chicago. The bus was part of “La Caravana de la Libertad para los … Continue reading

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Strike yields travel advisories at downtown Chicago hotel

 ’      any time soon, you may run across warnings about too-good-to-be-true rates at one hotel on Michigan Avenue overlooking Grant Park. Accommodations at the 580-room hotel are renting at winter prices – $99 a … Continue reading

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George Bush’s Father Trained the Man Who Killed My Father: An Interview with Jeremy Glick of September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows

Jeremy Glick, whose father was killed in the World Trade Center, has traveled around the U.S. speaking about peace as it relates to 9/11 and Iraq on behalf of “September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows,” a group of family members … Continue reading

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