Monthly Archives: October 2010

Right-wing Upsurge in US: Less than Meets the Eye?

Is America in the grip of a right-wing backlash that will hit the November elections like a hurricane? This narrative is gathering steam. It is fed not only by the minority partisan right-wing media but also its majority “liberal” counterpart, … Continue reading

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Just Say No to “Gay Marriage”

Those who accept evil without protesting against it are really cooperating with it. —Martin Luther King, Jr. Many people in the United States, it seems, may not have been exposed to, and so don’t realize, the quality of hatred often … Continue reading

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A Secretive and Destructive Affair: The Academy, The Foundation, and The University

On September 5 and 11, Jim Dey devoted two very favorable News-Gazette columns to the Academy on Capitalism and Limited Government Foundation. On September 5, the News-Gazette also published an editorial contending that the Academy was a “blessing” for the … Continue reading

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CU Challenges FBI Over Raids on Peace Activists

On Monday, September 27, several anti-war protesters and civil rights advocates from our community decided to appear at the FBI quarters in west Champaign to register their protest and dismay upon learning of the actions of the FBI in raiding … Continue reading

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Ten Years at the U-C IMC

Like most “beginning” stories, the tale of the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center starts out modestly—and, like all these stories, this initial modesty is ironic, given all that we know about the future success of the project. So the UCIMC started … Continue reading

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UIUC Denies Tuition Waivers to Fine Arts Grad Students

Last November the Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) of UIUC went on strike over a single issue: tuition waivers. After two days of marching in the cold and drizzling rain, the union’s bargaining team was able to secure the coverage of … Continue reading

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Civil Suit Alleges Chief Finney Killed Kiwane Carrington

This story was a collaboration between UC-IMC and Smile Politely. It and a copy of the nine-page civil suit were released on their web sites simultaneously at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13. By 4 p.m. the City of Champaign … Continue reading

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Football Game Flyover on 9-11 Promotes War

A recent internet-driven furor in response to my letter protesting an outburst of militarism at a University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) football game on September 11th has prompted the following reflections on freedom of speech, militarism and war, and the responsibilities … Continue reading

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Unity March Honors the Memory of Kiwane Carrington

Several hundred people came out to the Unity March on October 9, 2010, marking a year to the day since Kiwane Carrington was killed by a Champaign police officer. In the face of recent news reports about supposed racial attacks, … Continue reading

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Cruelty to the Mentally Ill

Do you know what goes on behind locked doors at the Champaign County Satellite Jail? You would probably be surprised to find out. For people with serious mental illnesses, the jail policies for dealing with these people amount to cruelty. … Continue reading

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Building Community Consciousness Around Domestic Violence

October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and the Women’s Resources Center—in collaboration with a variety of campus and community organizations*—has worked to both raise awareness of the realities of domestic abuse and to educate the community … Continue reading

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