Monthly Archives: June 2007

The Anti-War “Die-In”

On Saturday, May the 26th, a group of high school students took dramatic action to address American complacency and political inaction with regards to the war in Iraq. In a visual form of protest meant to bring home the reality … Continue reading

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Legalizing the Oldest Profession

Now that I have your attention, let me clarify that I’m referring to midwifery, the practice of helping women throughout the childbearing cycle by offering support, advice, and special birthing techniques. On June 30th, you can help this age-old profession … Continue reading

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Hunger Awareness Day 2007

For the past 6 years, the first Tuesday in June has marked the observance of Hunger Awareness Day—a nationwide initiative to inform the general public about hunger issues affecting far too many of our friends and neighbors. While we’re all … Continue reading

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Illinois Covered = Health Security – Health Care Reform For ALL

As the General Assembly is now in overtime, health care reform and education funding continue to be two of the major issues yet to be decided. Will members (primarily the Democrats) of the General Assembly have the “Profiles of Courage” … Continue reading

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Another View of Amnesty for Illegal Workers

It is beyond dispute that undocumented immigration disproportionately impacts low-wage, mostly African American workers. The debate ought to be about what the solution is. Certainly, black Americans should view with suspicion the right wing’s newfound interest in their economic plight. … Continue reading

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The Persistence of Racial Conflict in American Labor Unions: The Case of Henry Bell

On January 20, 2006, Henry W. Bell III, a 41-year-old African-American journeyman electrician, resident of Champaign, and member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 601, filed a civil lawsuit against his union. Bell’s allegations of racial discrimination against … Continue reading

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An Injury to One is an Injury to All

A few days ago I celebrated my 82nd birthday. Today I am speaking about one of the groups I am proud to be a part of and that will shortly celebrate its 102nd year. This group about to turn 102 … Continue reading

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IMC Reporter Kicked Out of Press Conference

There was a press conference called by Champaign Police Chief R.T. Finney on Friday, June 8, 2007 at 1 p.m. This was a chance for Finney to explain to the press, and to the public, what happened the previous night … Continue reading

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Now We Celebrate War

King Ahab once greeted the prophet Elijah with the title “the troubler of Israel.” Elijah rightly responded to King Ahab by calling him “the troubler of Israel”—the one who had abandoned all the values and deeply held beliefs of the … Continue reading

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Pick a tax, and you pick who pays directly, and also who pays indirectly when the cost of the tax is passed along to others in the current of buying and selling. Pick a program on which to spend tax … Continue reading

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