Author Archives: Kerry Pimblott

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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Odyssey Project

For the past four years, the Odyssey Project has offered a free-college accredited course in the humanities to workers and low-income men and women in Champaign County. Thanks to support from both the Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) and the University … Continue reading

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Taking Back Our University

OVER THE PAST YEAR, it has become almost impossible to ignore the movement growing on college campuses both within and outside the United States. While diverse in their demands, seemingly independent local struggles converge around a common critique of the … Continue reading

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State’s Attorney Files No Charges Against CPD

On December 8th, 2009, Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Reitz released her report on the death of Kiwane Carrington, a 15 year-old African-American, at the hands of Champaign police officers. Almost two months after the shooting, Reitz determined that while … Continue reading

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Tuition Waiver Proposals Scrapped In Face of Grad Student Protests

OVER THE PAST MONTH, graduate students at the University of Illinois have engaged in a concerted struggle to halt proposed changes to the campus tuition waiver policy. Under the current system, graduate employees working between 10 and 26 hours per … Continue reading

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The Struggle For Racial Equity In The Champaign County Criminal Justice System

On the morning of April 29, 1970, Edgar Hoults, a twenty-three year old African American man was shot and killed by a local police officer near his home in Urbana. Edgar, an employee of Follett’s Book Store, had been unable … Continue reading

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