Category Archives: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

SEIU Holds 3-Day Strike on U of I Campus

After 9 months of negotiating at UIUC, Building Service and Food Service Workers pulled off an enormously successful strike with 97 percent of the workforce walking off the job and 2/3 picketing over the three days. Garbage overflowed, food was … Continue reading

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Service Employees Fight Back at UIUC

“The … administration has followed a reverse policy of hiring incompetent leadership at the highest prices. If it were up to the university no hourly person would make much more than minimum wage. How are we going to support your … Continue reading

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The New Jim Crow Comes to Champaign-Urbana

If there was one constant during my six-and-a-half years in prison (apart from bad food), it was being surrounded by thousands of  mostly African-American and Latino men doing sentences like twenty, thirty or forty years for drug-related crimes. One friend … Continue reading

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Building a Solidarity Union

How do you build a solidarity-oriented union? Our Graduate Employees Organization has found that looking beyond the campus and using our voice, funds, and organizing skills to help community causes has made us one of the strongest locals in east-central … Continue reading

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Graduate Employee Tuition Waivers, Protecting Public Education, and Boxed Coffee

      As I write this, the Graduate Employees Organization, or GEO, at the University of Illinois is engaged in an effort to protect access to quality public higher education here in Champaign-Urbana. The GEO is a union that … Continue reading

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“Black Cultural Politics in a Color Blind Nation” Lecture by Tricia Rose

“Black Cultural Politics in a Color Blind Nation” Lecture by Tricia Rose (Africana Studies, Brown University) Date: November 1, 2012 Time: 4:00 p.m. Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum Co-Sponsored by IPRH and the Spurlock Museum. David R. Roediger, Kendrick C. … Continue reading

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GEO Holds Rally For Fair Contract

On Sept. 20, the Graduate Employees’ Union held a rally outside of Leavis Faculty Center where inside negotiations were taking place over a new contract.

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UIUC Conference: The Problem of the Twenty-First Century: Race and Racism in and Beyond the United States

THE PROBLEM OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: RACE AND RACISM IN AND BEYOND THE UNITED STATES Transnational Studies and Race/Class/Gender Workshop University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign September 7-8, 2012 Keynote Speaker, Howard Winant, Howard Winant is author of Racial Formation in the … Continue reading

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Wherefore Cultural Centers at UIUC? A New Way Forward

On February 20, 1969, J.W. Peltason, the first Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana (UIUC) and the Faculty Senate began the process to establish the Black Cultural Program-commonly referred to as the Black Cultural Center. Three major factors … Continue reading

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Pre-1968 Foundations of African American Recruitment at the U of I

(767 words)   Pre-1968 Foundations of African American Student Recruitment at the U of I (edited)   Joseph H. Smith   Joseph H. Smith served the U of I as an administrator and English professor from 1964 to 1994.  He … Continue reading

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