Category Archives: UC-IMC

IMC Helps Pass Prison Phone Justice Bill in Illinois

State Representative Carol Ammons and Wandjell Harvey-Robinson attended the signing of HB6200 on August 22, 2016. The bill will cut in half the cost of phone calls from Illinois prisons. Thank you to Rep. Ammons and Wandjell for fighting for … Continue reading

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UCIMC Is Hiring For 2 Positions

The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (IMC) is seeking a full time Program Director to coordinate and develop programs, coordinate volunteers, outreach and fundraising for the organization and a part time Program Coordinator to serve as the IMC liaison to the City of Urbana … Continue reading

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City and IMC Announce $50,000 grant for creative placemaking from the NEA

Downtown Urbana is about to become a lot more creative – thanks to the vision of local youth, the City of Urbana, the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (IMC), and the National Endowment of the Arts. The NEA has announced awards … Continue reading

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Children With Incarcerated Parents Played Key Role in Phone Justice Victory!

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted recently to cap the rates of phone calls from prisons and jails after years of profiteering by telecommunications companies that have made millions off of those incarcerated and their families. In her comments before … 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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Securus Technologies: How a Carceral Conglomerate Makes Millions from Mass Incarceration

Miguel Saucedo grew up in the Latino neighborhood of Little Village in Chicago. Now almost 30, Miguel recalls as an eight year old taking a five-hour drive to visit his older brother who was incarcerated downstate at Menard Correctional Center. … Continue reading

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Urbana-Champaign Mini Maker Faire

Saturday, April 14 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. IMC, 202 S. Broadway, in downtown Urbana Free to the public! ucmakerfaire.com Make something! This event is sponsored by the Urbana Public Arts Commission

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Pages for Pennies Book Sale to Benefit Books to Prisoners

UC Books to Prisoners is holding its Fall Pages for Pennies Community Book Sale Friday September 30 through Sunday October 2nd.  Tens of thousands of high quality books from fiction to text books will be available.  Come early for the … Continue reading

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Ten Years of Indypendent Media: An Oral History of the Public i

The Public i commemorates ten years of publication by interviewing some of those who have worked on the newspaper along the way. Darrin Drda Darrin Drda is a former Champaign-Urbana resident who now lives in San Rafael, California with his … Continue reading

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The New Operation Wetback? Immigration and Mass Incarceration in the Obama Era

(This article first appeared in Counterpunch Online August 4, 2011) Last week Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) joined a demonstration in Washington D.C. to protest the refusal of President Obama to use his executive powers to halt the deportations of the … Continue reading

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