Author Archives: Laura Stengrim

Support our Troops! Provide Healthcare When They Get Home

In case you haven’t been keeping track, ately, the latest Department of Defense figures indicate that the U.S. is quickly approaching 2,500 soldier deaths and 18,000 casualties in Iraq. While anti-war activists have been vigilant about exposing the lies that … Continue reading

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The Challenges of Media Reform

More than 2,500 people converged in downtown St. Louis in mid-May for an historic meeting of citizens, journalists, activists, scholars, artists, policymakers, and media producers, all dedicated to solving a crisis that threatens the roots of American democracy: the media. … Continue reading

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The Rhetoric of Election 2004

Especially during presidential campaigns, and political debates, citizens often hear candidates and pundits claiming, with an air of dismissal, that “it’s merely rhetoric”—implying that statements are untrue, policies are unrealistic, goals are unattainable, arguers not trustworthy. The suggestion is that … Continue reading

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The Work Americans Won’t Do: How Latinos Bear the Brunt of Local, National, and Global Policy

“Food harvesters have always been treated he worst and paid the least inAm eri c a ,”Hu gh Phill i p s , the director of E l Cen tro, l oc a ted at 4 Bu ena Vista Co … Continue reading

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Living Peacefully in a Violent World

        in 2000, again in 2001 with Dennis Halliday, and also in 2003 with Voices in the Wilderness; she is one of the founders and coordinators of Voices in the Wilderness, a Chicago-based … Continue reading

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The FTAA, Globalization, and the Future of Democracy

      , the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) will lower environmental standards, force workers to compete across borders for the lowest wages, enable transnational corporations to slash health care benefits and eliminate generic … Continue reading

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FTAA Facts

The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) includes the 34 nations, besides Cuba, that make up the entire western hemisphere. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect in 1994 and serves as the basis for FTAA. … Continue reading

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When Civil Disobedience Becomes Bloody

  Carol Gilbert, Jackie Hudson, and Ardeth Platte are each currently serving time in prison for protesting the buildup to the United States’War on Iraq.Mary Lee Sargent only recently left Champaign-Urbana after a long career of feminist and gay … Continue reading

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April Brings Shower of Local Arts

April is a busy time for artists and art enthusiasts in Champaign and Urbana. The Octopus-sponsored Art Walk will take place the weekend of April 19 and 20. This is an opportunity for local artists, galleries, and businesses to be … Continue reading

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Open Cabaret: A New Venue for Creativity and Community

As they move their base of creative operations to a larger space, the facilitators of the Friday Night Open Cabaret are hoping to simultaneously expand the eventís presence in the community. Held every Friday night from 8 to 10pm at … Continue reading

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