UIUC Workers Picket, Announce Strike Intent

Press Advisory
For Immediate Release 4-3-11

Workers and supporters picketing at UIUC, give notice of intent to strike

Building and Food Service workers at UIUC will picket again Monday and Tuesday morning with local allies among students, faculty, and community members, in hopes of demonstrating their seriousness about striking the university if a new Collective Bargaining Agreement cannot be reached in ongoing negotiations.  On Friday the service workers' union, Local 73 of SEIU, gave legal notice of the workers' intent to strike a if a new agreement cannot be reached within 14 calendar days. 

Both pickets will begin at 7:30am in front of the Florida Avenue Residence Hall (F.A.R.), 1001 College Court just off Lincoln Avenue near Florida in Urbana.

Midwest Zine Fest - April 30, May 1, 2011

Celebrate the 125th May Day in Urbana at Mid-West Zine Fest!

The Radical Librarians are pleased to announce the first annual Midwest Zine Festival. It will be April 30th- May 1st, 2011 at the Independent Media Center in Urbana, IL. The Midwest Zine Festival will be a gathering of zine-makers, authors, speakers, musicians and other rad people for the purpose of celebrating zines and zine-culture.

The festival will include interactive events, food, speakers, music and plenty of zines. The festival is open to the public and admission is free. Organizers are now taking registrations from artists, zine-makers, activists, authors or groups interested in having a table, presenting talks, or purposing interactive events as part of the festival.

Find out more at http://midwestzinefest.ucimc.org

Conflict of Interest on Champaign School Board: Contracts go to Chalifoux's Husband

Why are our School District's tax dollars going to support her husband and business associates?

Not surprisingly the News-Gazette has endorsed one of their own, incumbent Kristine Chalifoux, to serve on Champaign's Unit 4 School Board for a second term. The Unit 4 Candidate has made a substantial profit from School District funds over the four years she has held her position.

If voters compare her views before she announced her candidacy back in 2005,

and in 2006,

The IMC Weekly for the week of Monday, March 28th

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From the Punk Underground to the Library Stacks: Girls, Zines, and Their Travels

Janice Radway, Walter Dill Scott Professor of Communication Studies, Northwestern University, will present "From the Punk Underground to the Library Stacks: Girls, Zines, and Their Travels" on Tuesday, March 29, 4:00pm, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana.

In the 1990s, girls around the world created underground publications known as "zines." First as fans responding to the music of girl bands like Bikini Kill, Bratmobile and Huggy Bear, they later participated in a dynamic social movement known as Riot Grrrl.  When Riot Grrrl zines were taken up by mainstream magazines like Sassy, a younger cohort of girls took up the form.  Now, these underground zines appear in libary stacks, art works, classrooms, academic articles and books.  Why and how did this happen?

This presentation is free and open to the public.

The IMC Weekly for the weeks of March 14th and March 21st

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Ex-Cop Lisa Staples Back in Court on Second DUI

On Monday, March 14, 2011, former Champaign police detective Lisa Staples returned to court for a second DUI. She nearly killed two 17-year-old girls on December 19, 2010 when she struck their car at high speeds. According to four additional charges filed in court, Staples also lied when applying for a new driver’s license and Illinois state ID card just two days after her license was taken away.

In the initial report by Mary Schenk in the News-Gazette, Sheriff Dan Walsh was interviewed. Giving a minimum of the details, Walsh said that Staples had apparently rear-ended a small SUV on a country road near Bondville. Walsh provided irrelevant information about an Ameren gas line that was damaged. What Walsh did not say, and Schenk failed to follow up on, was that there was much more damage done that night.

Donate to Japanese Earthquake Relief!

On Friday, March 11, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's main island close to Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures. The quake, which was the strongest one ever to hit Japan, and the resulting tsunamis killed at least 1000 people. Today, there was also an explosion in a nuclear power plant which was damaged by the earthquake. The damaged plant has already exposed people to radiation. Please donate to the Red Cross relief effort. Give $10 by texting REDCROSS to 90999. Your donation will go to support relief efforts for the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific. To give more, go to this Red Cross donation Web site. 

Solidarity Rally Turns into Spontaneous Temporary Occupation

On Friday, March 11, 2011, approximately 300 people joined a nationwide student walkout and rally on the quad at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. What was unique about this rally was the number of many new faces of people who did not typically show up for rallies on campus. They have clearly been inspired by the mass protests in Wisconsin and rapidly spreading throughout the Midwest in Indiana and Ohio.

The rally was part of a nationwide call for student walkouts in solidarity with union workers in Wisconsin. On Wednesday, Republican lawmakers rammed through legislation undermining the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions in the state capitol in Wisconsin where there have been ongoing demonstrations for three weeks. On Friday morning, Governor Scott Walker signed the bill into action.

Boycott of Chick-fil-A Organized By EQCU

Local LGBTQ activist group Equality Champaign-Urbana has announced a boycott of the Chick-fil-A restaurant franchise. This action is in coordination with the LGBT law group OUTlaw as well as other University of Illinois student groups who are working to keep the fast food chain's contract from being renewed at the UIUC. Indiana University South Bend, Florida Gulf Coast University, Duke University and the University of North Texas are also working to either remove the franchise or keep it from coming to their school.

Recently the restaurant came under fire from the LGBTQ community when it was revealed that they have donated food and money to a number of anti-LGBTQ groups including Focus on the Family, the National Organization for Marriage, Exodus International and the Pennsylvania Family Institute. Chick-fil-A has also said that same-sex couples are not welcome at the company's marriage institute.

Equality Champaign-Urbana believes that it is neccesary to boycott Chick-fil-A because they finance inequality. It is wrong to pay for our own discrimination or anyone else's.

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