Tim Johnson's Stacked Hearing against NCAA

December 15, 2006 - Parkland College, Champaign, IL They called it a"congressional field hearing" to examine Tim Johnson's and disgraced House Speaker Dennis Hastert's “Protection of University Governance Act of 2006” (HR 5289). It ended up being a stacked Republican attempt to shame the NCAA for pushing us closer to ending the use of a racist mascot at UIUC. However, Bernard Franklin of the NCAA held his ground and received support from Professor Steven Kaufman and Democratic congressman, Danny K Davis (IL). Not one American Indian was present as an official witness despite ample representation available at UIUC's Native American House and American Indian Studies program. (See the below interview of Professor Debbie Reese for more on this subject). The hearing was heavily policed and no one was allowed entrance who openly wore t-shirts with anti-racism messages. Police at the entrance made people remove their shirts or turn them inside-out - while crowd members with mascot emblems and "chief" written on their shirts passed right through with open arms. This attempt to silence dissent was reinforced by Republican Chairman of the committee, Howard McKeon (CA) when he began the session by saying, "We will not have any response from the audience.. Please if you would just not respond to anything that is being said." Visit: http://iresist.org/ for mp3 audio files of the entire hearing.
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nonsensical

As I understand it, his anti-NCAA bill couldn't make it out of Competitiveness Committee -- that is, the GOP ideological purity-test chokehold committee -- even when it was Republicans running the joint. I can't imagine how he thinks it's going to go any farther now, after the Great Voter Revolt of 2006. Might as well face it, guy's. The Chief's history, and the sooner you get through denial, the quicker we can get to work on the inevitable change. @%<

Pocahontas and the Chief

Here's a special book about Pocahontas and Chief Illiniwek just for Tim Johnson! (The image gallery is up at http://www.ucimc.org/image/tid/65).























































Our Favorite Mall Walker

It walks like a congressman, it talks like a congressman, and it panders like a congressman. Tim is just doing what sticks in the memory of angry rural voters of Champaign County. It has worked for 30 years of his political life, and it's sad Dr. Gill couldn't get a glove on him. Looking at our congressman at Lincoln Square, it appears he could use some health care. If the Chief goes down as it looks like Athletic Director Ron Guenther has decided it will, Tim will get great mileage out of riding the local outrage wave.

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