Monthly Archives: October 2004

Come Over to My House! Performing and Politick-ing of House Theater

On Friday, Oct. 15 through Sunday Oct. 17, you are invited to come over to our house – 122 N. Franklin, Urbana for House Theater! There will be 5 performances; Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 5 and 9pm, and Sunday … Continue reading

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Muzzing Al-Jazeera in Iraq

Al-Jazeera, sometimes called “the BBC of the Middle East,” was launched in November 1996 and offered the Arab world an alternative to government-controlled news stations. The network’s attempt to cover multiple viewpoints has drawn criticism from a variety of sources. … Continue reading

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Zachary Miller

Author’s Note: I wrote this on the day after my release from NYC jail, while sitting on a bench in an airport in Denmark and waiting for the rest of the CU Wireless crew to fly in from Chicago. We … Continue reading

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Notes from 100 Central Street

Sometime into my 43rd hour in the custody of the New York Police Department, I started to cry. “I just don’t see how we can stop this,” I pleaded with my cellmates through my tears. “I feel this country and … Continue reading

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Sarah Kanouse, Zoe Ginsburg, Colleen Cook and Arun Bahlla

Zoe Ginsburg, a 16 year old Urbana resident and student at University High School, was held for 37 hours before being released at 5:30 AM on Thursday morning. When she asked an officer what she was being charged with, the … Continue reading

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Little ‘Gitmo’: Activists Held in Captivity during the Republican National Convention

Media Center were arrested in a mass round-up of peaceful demonstrators just one block from the site of the former World Trade Center in New York City. The arrest led to a two and a half day ordeal for the … Continue reading

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Voice of the People: What do YOU think about the relationship between C-U police and the community at large?

Zach Miller, Candidate for Champaign County Board District 9, Urbana: You know, in my neighborhood we d o n ’t really see the police that much. I think that there may be some class issues at work there…. [I]n an … Continue reading

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Abuse of Power

Acting upon their sincere concern for the community, Martell Miller and Patrick Thompson, founders of Visionaries Educating Youth and Adults (VEYA), have courageously taken the necessary steps toward change. Using a very popular piece of technology, a video camcorder, these … Continue reading

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From Profile to Prison: Criminalization of a Community

While news of police mistreatment in African-American communities is nothing new in the post-Rodney King era, what is new is the nation-wide organizing against it. From Los Angeles to New York, Chicago to Champaign—grass roots organizations have come together to … Continue reading

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The Story Behind the Story: The Lord Mayor of Urbana

Ben Grosser’s article discusses the larger implications of introducing at-large seats in Urbana’s city council elections. It raises serious issues. However, there is also a subtext to this story, the intriguing circumstances leading to this proposal so ardently supported by … Continue reading

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The Facts Against At-Large Electoral Systems

On November 2, Urbana voters will face this question on the ballot: “Shall the City of Urbana restrict the number of aldermen to a total of nine,with one alderman representing each of seven wards, plus an additional two aldermen to … Continue reading

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Food Not Bombs Serve Up Local Justice

Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condi – tion of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can … Continue reading

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Response to Opes Dei Article

The following is excerpted from John G u e g u e n ’s full letter due to space con – straints. The full letter may be view at h t t p : / / w w w. u … Continue reading

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Really Untold News: The Recent Global Assault on Independent Media

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.” (Napoleon) “ We are not afraid to entrust the American peo – ple with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and com – petitive values. For a nation … Continue reading

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