Matt's Law

This fall, Matthew Wilhelm was killed by a driver, Jennifer Stark, who was downloading ringtones onto her cellphone. Because of gaps in Illinois law, it was only possible to charge Stark with improper lane usage. Now the Wilhelm family, the Champaign County State's Attorney, and cycling advocates are working to introduce new legislation to make it possible to charge distracted drivers with more serious offenses.

Sergeant Myers in Court Monday 3pm for Taser Torture

Sergeant Myers, accused of tasing inmates in the Champaign County jail is in court Monday, November 20 at 3pm in Courtroom A. We will be a demonstration at 2pm outside the court house. This story is particularly relevant given the recent footage of 23 year old Iranian-American student Mostafa Tabatabainejad being tased 5 times by UCLA campus police in the library. For more information read below or see my article in the public i. Tasers are torture! BD Torture Exposed In The Champaign County Jail By Brian Dolinar

The Oaxacan People’s Insurrection for Dignity

By Korinta Maldonado Editors Note: Learn more at the Oaxaca Teach-in at the IMC (Elm & Broadway in Urbana), Thursday, Nov. 16th at 7 pm.

What You Got To Go Through To File A Police Complaint In Champaign.

By Brian Dolinar Following on the heels of a similar proposition in Urbana, the Champaign police department is currently considering a citizen police review board. Just the mention of such an oversight has provoked reprisals from the Mayor, the News-Gazette, and their local law-and-order constituents.

Students Find it Frustrating to Vote Today

I spent election day observing five campus polling places. There is a long history of students being turned away at the polls so I decided to be a watchdog to guard against such behavior. As a poll watcher, this is what I saw ...

Elections are today

Tuesday is the General Election with races for U.S. Representative, State, and County offices. There are also referenda - on war & impeachment of Bush and Cheney, and Township tax rate (in Champaign only). Polls are open 6am - 7pm. Find your polling place and view a sample ballot here: Happy voting!

Channel X: The New Math

Here's hoping it all adds up to nothing.
The New Math

Tim Johnson's Campaign Contributors

Over the last several years, Tim Johnson has collected some interesting campaign contributions. One of his largest single contributors was AT&T, which gave him $29500. By an interesting coincidence, he voted for the COPE (communications) act, and against the Net Neutrality provision. Another big corporate contributor was Exelon ($30000), which owns the nuclear reactor in Braidwood. Unfortunately, the plant was leaking a radioactive compound called tritium into the soil, and Exelon's now being sued by 11 families and the Illinois attorney general.

Anti-war protest on campus gets TV coverage

(Champaign) On Saturday October 28 the Anti-War Anti-Racism Effort (AWARE) and the Arab Student Association (ASA) cosponsored a spirited afternoon protest against war, racism and occupation – and both news channels 3 and 15 gave it good coverage. The action, which began at 1:00 on the north end of the UIUC Quad, was part of a national day of anti-war protest coordinated by the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) coalition.

Community Court Watch Report: Another Cop Gets Off

Community Court Watch Report: Another Cop Gets Off By Brian Dolinar Community Court Watch has been following the case against former Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Garrett for several months. Garrett was facing four felony counts for, among other things, approaching Ty Kellums, boyfriend of his estranged wife, while in uniform and threatening him with the words, “I’m a cop. Watch your back.”

NYC Indymedia journalist Brad Will shot dead by government forces in Oaxaca

NYC Indymedia journalist Brad Will shot dead by government forces in Oaxaca reposted from NYC IMC by ML Confirmed by La Jornada (Mexico) and Radio APPO Oaxaca, NYC indymedia journalist shot in chest today Oct. 27th: A shooting occurred today in Oaxaca City, Mexico, leaving New York City Indymedia journalist Bradley Will dead after being shot in the chest. He died before reaching the hospital, according to La Jornada. A photographer from the newspaper Milenio Diario, who was at Will's side, was shot in the foot and reported injured, his status unknown.

Space Available at the UC-IMC

The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (UCIMC) is located in the historic Post Office building in the heart of downtown Urbana. We offer a several of spaces that can accommodate a wide variety of events at affordable rates for hourly, daily and weekly events. We also have a number of studio and office spaces available. As a non-profit organization, the UCIMC offers these spaces at affordable rates for your use. 

The UCIMC offers spaces for public and private gatherings ranging from as few as 10 to as many as 600 attendees. Amenities include a stage, professional lighting and sound equipment, tables, chairs and free wireless internet. Smaller meeting/breakout spaces are also available, as well as a public access computer lab. 

Contact us for a tour today: or 217-344-8820.

Kids Art Space Opening at the IMC

On Saturday October 21 2006, from 12-3pm, the Independent Media Center of Urbana-Champaign (uc-imc), will be celebrating the opening of the Kids Art Space, located in the north-east corner in the main area on the main floor.

Green Party Gubernatorial Candidate Rich Whitney Speaks in Urbana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- October 17, 2006 GREEN PARTY GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE RICH WHITNEY SPEAKS IN URBANA Contact: Kostas Yfantis, Candidate for County Board District 7, 217-840-6780, Joe Futrelle, Candidate for County Board District 8, 217-328-7853, Tom Abram, Candidate for 103rd State Representative, 217-417-7118, Eric Uskali, UIUC Campus Greens President, Dave Sacks, Whitney for Governor, 773-557-9411,
Green Party Gubernatorial Candidate Rich Whitney Speaks at UIUC

Torture Exposed In The Champaign County Jail

Torture Exposed In The Champaign County Jail By Brian Dolinar Many are now familiar with the infamous story of Sergeant Jon Burge in Chicago. In 2002, it was found that Sgt. Burge and his underlings had tortured over 150 Black men in Chicago jails. Burge had used a hand-cranked army field phone to deliver electric shocks to criminal suspects.

No Room for Neutrality on Net Neutrality

On October 25, 2006, the IMC will host a public forum on Network Neutrality. Here's some background: No Room for Neutrality on Net Neutrality Victor Pickard & Sascha D. Meinrath

Thompson Hearing Yields Documents

Thompson Hearing Yields Documents October 13, 2006 by Chris Evans URBANA- Patrick Thompson, local activist and founder of V.E.Y.A., returned to court yesterday to settle a brief dispute over some documents lawyers for Thompson had subpoenaed with regard to Thompson's 4-month incarceration in 2004 at the Champaign County Jail.

Say NO to Sweatshop Tomatoes!

The Chipotle restaurant chain calls its product “Food With Integrity”. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), an organization of mostly immigrant farmworkers in Florida’s fields says, “Really? Then let’s talk about the SWEATSHOP TOMATOES IN YOUR BURRITOS!” A busload of farmworkers will be in Champaign and Urbana this Tuesday, October 17, and they are making the most of their time here. They’ll be giving classroom presentations throughout the day Tuesday, meeting with activists at lunch and in the early afternoon, and then picketing a popular Mexican food chain on campus.

Third Annual Unity March: This Is What Unity Looks Like

Third Annual Unity March: This Is What Unity Looks Like By Brian Dolinar On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, October 7, 2006, a colorful crowd of nearly 200 participants joined in the Third Annual Unity March. This year, we took the Unity March to the community. We went into the Garden Hills neighborhood, ground zero for the effects of racism and poverty in Champaign.
Unity marchers cross the tracks

New Opensource Drupal-based Software Runs UC IMC Website

New Opensource Drupal-based Software Runs UC IMC Website Welcome to the new UC IMC Drupal-powered website! Working with Drupal permits the website to be more easily maintained and updated than our previous open-source site software allowed. Among its features are a new, more user-friendly interface. Sign up for an account through the "User login" form near the top of the right column. This allows users to easily edit and update stories, as well as preventing anyone else from falsely posting under your user name.

Community Mobilization Saturday, Oct. 7

COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION SATURDAY An excellent oppurtunity to " connect the dots " in the community ( ie. gather and unify everyone who is fed-up with the current situation and who want change ! ). We should try to set aside the time to do these series of rallies / marches for the purpose of outreach to fight back against the common enemy. The Debs dinner in Terre Haute is not until 7pm, so there is plenty of time to turn-out until at least 3pm. UNITY MARCH ; NOON - 2PM Meet at the used car parking lot on the north-west corner of Bradley and Prospect ( behind Jiffy-Lube ).

The Local Media Bias

The Local Media Bias by Martel Miller 21 Sep 2006 Local media, the newspaper and television stations here in our community refuse to publish fairly. Our local media has numerous articles and television stories about juvenile misbehavior. While legally, these stories involve minors, which the general public is rightfully barred from hearing about, our local media becomes very selective when they do decide to run stories of our local youth.

More Media Bias and Slander, Disinformation etc

Current rating: 0 by David Johnson Email: unionyes (nospam) (unverified!) Phone: 356-8247 22 Sep 2006 Last Sunday's News Gazette editorial featured an attack a longtime union and anti-war activist! The Publishing Editor of the News Gazette ( John Foreman ) wrote a THREE column opinion piece ( last Sunday 9 / 17 / 06 ) attacking all who criticized Bush's war as the " bash America first crowd " and specifically attacked FW. Bob Wahlfeldt was called a " draftee potato peeler in Virginia for the duration of WW -2 ".

(Still) The Most Radical Thing Ever

by Darrin Drda Email: d_drda (nospam) (verified) 13 Sep 2006 To love ones’ enemies is extremely subversive, not just emotionally, but politically – perhaps now more than ever. As everyone knows, September 11th marked the 5th anniversary of the infamous attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. As it turns out, it was also the 2nd Monday of the month, which in the context of my local meditation group means that it’s the one session of the month set aside for Loving-kindness meditation, also known as "metta" practice, which I typically lead.

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