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This Month from the Archives

Established in 2000, the UCIMC was one of the earliest nodes in the Indymedia network, representing an anti-globalist and anti-corporate agenda. With the motto “don’t hate the media, be the media,” along with tools, training, and support, Indymedia encourages citizen … Continue reading

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Welcome to the IMC

Come in. I am writing to invite you deeper into the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center. I lead a lot of tours of the IMC. Some of you know more of the history than I do. The IMC has been around, … Continue reading

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Illiberal America: A Report Card

I never thought I would live to see the U.S. turn into the illiberal, authoritarian, populist, white-nationalist country it has already increasingly become in early 2019. Illiberalism Turns Liberal Democracy on its Head “Liberal democracy” is characterized in theory by … Continue reading

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Stream some Laughs: Four Political Comedies from Mexico, Spain, and Puerto Rico

Subtitles don’t bite. Turn them on, if you need, and check out a superb satire from Mexican director Luis Estrada, The Perfect Dictatorship (La Dictadura Perfecta, 2014), streaming on Netflix. Prepare to laugh and squirm. In this uncomfortably relevant and … Continue reading

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What Makes Jimmy Run?

The News-Gazette has a long history of extreme right-wing editorial columnists. In the 1940s and 1950s it was Eddie Jaquin. From the late 1980s until his downfall in the late 1990s it was John Hirschfeld, who was also the paper’s … Continue reading

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“Labor Hour” Now on WRFU, the Radio Station of the UCIMC

After 21 years at radio station WEFT, the World Labor Hour radio program has moved its weekly 2-hour program to radio station WRFU (104.5 FM/wrfu.net) in the IMC/downtown Urbana Post Office building. The World Labor Hour radio program (originally called … Continue reading

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Is WEFT a Sinking Ship

Is WEFT a Sinking Ship? By: Sandra Ahten Bio: Sandra Ahten is an artist and activist as well as a business owner and grandmother. Her primary community work is primarily around both prison issues and independent media. Disclaimer: Although I … Continue reading

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Get Your WEFT On!

by Lori Serb WEFT has been a terrestrial radio station since 1981. WEFT began webcasting in 2007. WEFT contributes to artist royalties through both of these avenues. A snapshot of recent programming includes a live set by electric blues guitarist … Continue reading

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Media Hoax Launched Against Monsanto by Sin Maíz No Hay Vida

Last Thursday, an intriguing press release from “Monsanto Global” was sent out to to the email inboxes of media organizations all over the world, including our own Independent Media Center. According to the press release, Monsanto had received approval from … Continue reading

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Jason Collins

“I’m a 34 year old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.” With these simple words, Jason Collins made history as the first actively playing out athlete in the NBA, NHL, MLB or NFL. The overwhelming reaction to Collins’ important … Continue reading

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Media Hate Fiesta for Venezuela Keeps on Keepen’ On

By Mark Weisbrot (This article was first published in Al Jazeera English on January 29, 2013) Last week there was a real media hate-fest for Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, with some of the more influential publications on both sides of … 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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Grassroots Radio Conference Coming to Urbana: Hundreds converging July 26-29 to chart the future of community radio.

From July 26-29, the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center will be hosting the Grassroots Radio Conference (GRC), an annual conference celebrating the vibrant and democratic medium of local, community-driven radio. Highlights include a Friday night keynote by New York Times best-selling … Continue reading

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Thank You Urbana-Champaign Sustainers and Readers

Thank You Urbana-Champaign Sustainers and Readers From the Editors and Facilitators of the Public i This is the 10th anniversary issue of the Public i and we want to thank all of those who have made this paper possible. These … Continue reading

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Bigger is Better! Help WRFU Erect Epic Radio Tower

It happened one weekend in November five years ago. Some 200 people swarmed the Independent Media Center. By the end, when the clouds gathered over Urbana, a radio station was born. The volunteers had traveled from across the country to … Continue reading

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Thousands of New Community Radio Stations on the Horizon with the Historic Passage of the Local Community Radio Act

Saturday, December 18, 2010, just days away from the end of Congress when all unresolved bills die, the Local Community Radio act passed the Senate, after a swift victory in the House the day before. This victory, which was the … Continue reading

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WILL Changes FM Format, Cuts Jobs, and Eliminates Weather Department

ON FEBRUARY 11, 2010 Illinois Public Media General Manager Mark Leonard announced steps the organization’s leadership will take to address ongoing budget concerns and ensure that Illinois Public Media is sustainable in a new financial and technological environment. Changes include: … Continue reading

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Makerspace Urbana Brings Tech Knowledge to UC-IMC

An unusual group for Urbana-Champaign has begun meeting at the IMC recently. They plan to forge a new model for creating and democratizing technology within the community. Urbana-Champaign has been fortunate to have community groups and workshops capable of teaching … Continue reading

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UC-IMC Celebrates 10 Years of Independent Media

NOVEMBER 30, 1999 (N30): WTO PROTESTS IN SEATTLE The “Battle in Seattle” took place when the World Trade Organization was targeted for protests by a wide range of organizations that included labor unions, anarchists, environmentalists, peace activists, and representatives from … Continue reading

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Livening Up the Airwaves

Carly Nix is passionate about community radio, and her enthusiasm shines through to anyone interacting with her. Nix, a Decatur native who graduated this past spring from Boston University with a B.A. in religion, is the Ameri- Corps News Media … Continue reading

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