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Cover Collage for Summer 2020 issue

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Support the Eastern Illinois Foodbank

With so many unemployed, the demands on our local food bank are greater than ever. The Editorial Collective of the Public i urges you to help those in need by donating to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, 2405 N. Shore Dr., … Continue reading

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GEO Open Letter Concerning Student Healthcare Access Passes 200 Signatures

On Wednesday, May 12, the Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) Local #6300 AFT/IFT/AFL-CIO representing graduate employees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign sent an open letter to university administrators with over 200 signatures. In addition to being signed by the … Continue reading

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Public Speaks Out About Use of Force by Urbana Police–Council Reviews Police Investigation

  On April 10, Urbana police responded to a call on East Colorado Avenue about an armed man and possible shot fired. Police arrived, frisked an uninvolved youth, and then focused on a man and woman they suspected were involved. … Continue reading

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COVID-19 testing is available at Frances Nelson

COVID-19 testing is available at Frances Nelson Health Center, 819 Bloomington Road, Champaign. Symptomatic patients can get tested at Frances Nelson from 7:30 am – 5:15 pm, Monday through Friday. For an appointment, call our COVID-19 Care Line at (217) … Continue reading

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The Fight of Our Lives: Info On Unionizing from UE

While employers are getting trillions of dollars in bailout money to offset the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, many workers are deemed essential and forced to continue working in unsafe conditions with little or no protection. Workers are fighting for … Continue reading

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Resources for Artists and Small Businesses

Financial Assistance During the COVID-19 Crisis: for small businesses, for Illinois artists TOC: State of Illinois: Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund — IDCEO, IDFPR Downstate Small Business Stabilization Grant Program — not available for Champaign-Urbana because of a HUD … Continue reading

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Free WiFi Hotspots and Low-Cost Internet Options in CU

In the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, internet access has become more critical than ever before. In keeping with social distancing orders, schools, meetings, basic communications, work, and many other societal functions have moved online for the foreseeable future. For … Continue reading

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Cover Image for March/April Issue

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Midwest Black Women Climate Justice Leaders

Last fall, I led a reading group on climate justice and learned about three leaders from the midwest who inspire me. They recognize that climate change is having the greatest impact on communities who have the least. And they share … Continue reading

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The Scramble for Libya: The New Normal in 21st Century War

In 2011, then-Vice President Joe Biden gloated to the press that US/NATO actions in Libya had modeled the new normal in warfare: an overpowering air and sea operation that accomplished the overthrow of an enemy government (Muammar Gaddafi’s) without sustaining … Continue reading

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It Happens Again: Noose Found in UIUC Dorm

Reprinted with permission from Drums!, a Black webspace, created by Black Students for Revolution. A noose was found hanging within the Allen Hall dorms at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Saturday night, continuing a long tradition of racist imagery at … Continue reading

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MEDICARE FOR ALL NOW! EVERYBODY IN and NOBODY OUT!

In Illinois and across the country momentum is building in support of implementing a Medicare for All Single-Payer health care system. This system would bypass profit-greedy corporate insurance companies and includes 100% free universal coverage for all. The U.S. has … Continue reading

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The Nelson Sisters: “On their Way Up”

Early African American settlers from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Missouri who relocated to the outskirts of Champaign County and became farmers and teamsters, ultimately moved to Champaign as early as 1863, built churches (Bethel A.M.E. and Salem Baptist) and railroads, became … Continue reading

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Epitome

              Epitome by Ashanti Barber I take a deep breath to calm myself because you are the example Of the ignorance and or anger of which this world has more than ample I inhale … Continue reading

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Open Scene Open Mic w/ DJ Silkee

Open Scene Open Mic w/ Host DJ Silkee Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6-8pm at IMC Join the Urbana Public Arts Program and Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center for the next installment of Open Scene Open Mic, a downtown showcase of poetry, spoken … Continue reading

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Move to Amend announcement

Democratic Revolution vs. Corporate Rule: It’s Up to Us! Monday, September 24th, 7-9PM 309 W Green St, Urbana – Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign Free & open to the public. Free childcare is available, please email us the ages of … Continue reading

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Good-Bye, and Hello, to the “Pocket Prairie”: Interview with Dave Monk—Edited (Print) Version

  Dave Monk established the “Pocket Prairie,” across the street from the WEFT 90.1 FM studios on Market Street in downtown Champaign, in the 1980s; due to development of the space, it has been relocated to the Second Street Detention … Continue reading

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Good-Bye, and Hello, to the “Pocket Prairie”: Interview with Dave Monk—Long Version

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Call For Artist to Design IMC’s New Outdoor Sign!

The IMC is now seeking proposals from artists to design and paint a new outdoor sign. We seek a diversity of applications by a variety of artists. The chosen design will serve as a main identifier for the public to … Continue reading

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