No Great Bodily Harm: Another Continuance For Sgt. Myers

No Great Bodily Harm: Another Continuance For Sgt. Myers No major developments occurred on January 3, 2007 in the prosecution of Sgt. William Alan Myers, 14 year veteran of the Sheriff’s office, currently charged with using a Taser on an inmate who was fully restrained and hooded. Sgt. Myers’ attorney Tony Novak was granted a continuance until February 2, 2007.

Patrick Thompson’s Motion For Retrial This Week

Patrick Thompson’s Motion For Retrial This Week Community Court Watch calls everyone to the courtroom: Thursday, January 4th at 9 a.m. in courtroom A Patrick Thompson is one of the videographers that created the controversial documentary, Citizen’s Watch in 2004. In July, Thompson was found guilty of home invasion and sexual abuse, charges we believe to be retaliation for his political activism. Thompson is facing 6-30 years in prison. This for an alleged crime for which there are no witnesses and no physical evidence.

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.

GEO Solidarity Counts: University Repays Thousands it Owes Graduate Employees

University Repays Thousands it Owes Graduate Employees by Graduate Employees' Organaziation

Free Speech Under Attack at UIUC

please forward widely... FREE SPEECH UNDER ATTACK AT UIUC RSO threatened by university library staff for distributing anti-war material (see details below) WHAT CAN YOU DO? -We need your support in order to help expand the amount of space available for registered student organizations (RSOs), campus unions, and Champaign-Urbana community members to table on campus. -We wish to see the upper level of the Undergraduate Library Atrium Plaza made available for tabling and distributing literature and information.

GEO holds Rally for a Living Wage

GEO Holds Rally for a Living Wage Costs of Natural Gas on the rise Costs of Electricity on the rise UIUC administrators’ salaries on the rise Graduate Employee wages frozen! Turn up the heat on Frozen Wages!!! The University of Illinois Graduate Employees' Organization (GEO) held its "Rally for a Living Wage" at the University of Illinois Alma Mater at noon on Wednesday, December 6. The rally encouraged a living wage as part of a timely conclusion to ongoing contract negotiations between the GEO and university administrators, who will meet again on December 13.
Lead negotiator for GEO, Christopher Simeone, speaks before the crowd gathered in front of the UIUC Alma Mater on Dec. 6th, 2006

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

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. We often assume that these incidents of police brutality only occur in big cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. Yet the discovery of these abuses in Champaign-Urbana, a sleepy Midwestern college town in downstate Illinois, is a sign that they are going on all over the country. As violence escalates overseas, with the United States tightening its imperial grip in the Middle East, we see a corresponding rise in violence at home. Like Sgt. Burge who learned his torture techniques in Vietnam, the use of hoods to torture individuals was discovered in Champaign County jails not long after the Abu Ghraib scandal broke in the media.

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.

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