Monthly Archives: January 2011

Open Invitation to the Follow-up Meeting of the eBlack C-U Campus-Community Symposium

The eBlack CU Symposium was a great success, with over 180 people attending or all part of the event. The full record of the Symposium is available online for anyone to access at: We need to do more to … Continue reading

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Reflections on the GEO Strike a Year Later

Students and workers are celebrating the first anniversary of the successful strike by the Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) and Local 6300 (AFT/IFT/AFL-CIO), the union that represents over 2,500 graduate assistants and teaching assistants at the University of Illinois at Urbana … Continue reading

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IMC Barnraising Space (de)Construction

$15,000 GRANT AWARDED TO RENOVATE THE URBANA-CHAMPAIGN INDEPENDENT MEDIA CENTER February 5, 2011 8:00AM – February 6, 2011 5:00PM February 19, 2011 8:00AM – February 20, 2011 5:00PM The UCIMC and faculty partners in the University of Illinois School of … Continue reading

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Racial Disparities Reflect Laws and Policies

In her recently published book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander connects the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow to the mass incarceration of African-American males. “The American penal system … Continue reading

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Disciplinary Actions Against Champaign Officers

Despite being public bodies serving a public good, most police departments operate as secret societies. The push for police accountability includes making their practices more transparent. I recently obtained all disciplinary actions taken against Champaign police officers. Contrary to what … Continue reading

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Clear Bad Baggage

Clear bad baggage Accept. Forgive without circumvention Quiet all. A sanctity of blackness. Telling. Strong. Stronger. Braver. This poem is a product of the Poetry for the People workshop featuring local poet, Ruth  Nicole Brown. For more information on upcoming … Continue reading

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Everybody Wins

You know when I see someone in the street or in a class dressed in that greenish camouflage / and sometimes the cap I feel anger and resentment and guilt because it’s not their fault / just like it’s not … Continue reading

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Illinois Civil Unions: A Step forward, But Still Only A Step

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” —Lao-tzu, Chinese philosopher (604 BC–531 BC) On December 1, 2010, the Illinois Senate passed SB 1716 (the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act), just a day after … Continue reading

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Marriage vs. Civil Unions in the State of Illinois

It’s important we distinguish between the civil unions and marriage. Though many religious institutions in the area provide same-sex couples with recognition before God and their friends and neighbors, a civil union is anything but marriage. Despite what anti-gay activists … Continue reading

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Local Youth Talk Gay Marriage

On November 30, 2010, the Illinois Senate passed SB 1716, “Illinois Religious Freedom and Protection and Civil Union Act.” This law will grant legal recognition of same-sex couples. Governor Quinn has pledged to sign the bill into law in early … Continue reading

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A Great Literacy Campaign for African America in the 21st Century

SOME BACKGROUND The crisis in public education has been likened toa modern day Civil Rights crisis and a human rights tragedy. At center is the debate over educating ex-slaves. Big business insiders in seats of educational authority, like Arnie Duncan … Continue reading

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Long Fight for a Wind Turbine Comes to a Head

Changing how electricity is generated is a crucial piece of solving the climate change puzzle. Current methods of electricity generation produce 40% of C02 emissions in the US, and on campus generation accounts for 68% of the UIUC carbon. In … Continue reading

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Volunteers Bring Open WiFi Network to Detroit

On December 8, volunteers Brian Duggan and Chris Ritzo of CuWin (Community Wireless) and the UCIMC Tech working group traveled to Detroit, MI to help build a community mesh wireless network. In four days, Duggan and Ritzo and members of … Continue reading

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Sheriffs Deputy Fired For DUI

It has been confirmed that Travis Burr was dismissed from his position as investigator with the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office. Burr was charged with a DUI after being involved in a three-car accident, details about which have yet to become … Continue reading

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Thousands of New Community Radio Stations on the Horizon with the Historic Passage of the Local Community Radio Act

Saturday, December 18, 2010, just days away from the end of Congress when all unresolved bills die, the Local Community Radio act passed the Senate, after a swift victory in the House the day before. This victory, which was the … Continue reading

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Water and Environmental Justice in Palestine

JERUSALEM, BORDERS, SECURITY, VIOLENCE and the fate of Palestinian refugees: these are the issues most often mentioned when the mainstream media discusses the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Indeed, President Bush has specifically mentioned these issues as he tries to restart talks aimed … Continue reading

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