Occupy217 website

An ad-hoc UCIMC group has just put up a local site for posting OCCUPY info & events for Champaign, Urbana, Central Illinois :



Seeking others interested in co-organizing!



Books To Prisoners Fall Book Sale

Books To Prisoners Presents: Fall 2011 Book Sale-Pages for Pennies

B2P Booksale




Friday September 30th: 4pm-8pm

Saturday September 31st: 8pm-5pm

Sunday October 1st: 10am-2pm



$0.75  for paperbacks

$1 for hard covers

***Sunday Special: Bag Sale (fill a bag for only $5)***



202 S. Broadway

Independent Media Center (Main Floor)


To learn more about the Books To Prisoners Program visit: www.books2prisoners.org




"The Dying Breed" Movie Premiere

On Saturday October 8 from 8pm-Midnight, come out and suport Champaign's own, Edward "G-Da-Man" Hicks, in his first film release debut! "The Dying Breed" is a story that deals with youth violence in the African American community, where kids killing kids is an everyday thing until someone has to make a stand. Charged up by some of the hottest Hip-Hop tracks by some of the tightest MC's of the Midwest, along with non-stop Martial Arts action, this film delivers a must see for all.



Contact Name: 
Gene Hicks
Phone Number: 
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Unity in the Community: Sowing Seeds of Empowerment

An art exhibit of photographs remembering Kiwane Carrington and the Unity March VII  by Patricia T. Rosario. The show will run from October 7 - 21. Opening reception on Friday, October 7, 6 - 8 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.

Contact Name: 
Patricia Rosario
Phone Number: 
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UC-IMC Remembering 9/11

IMC Film Festival This Weekend

The Third Annual Film Festival features local film and video by local artists. Come out to catch this year's festival to catch films like Revolting by Mike Boedicker, This is My Journey by Kate Brickman, Imperial Tourism by David Gracon, and Once Upon a Time in 1972 by Chris Lukeman. Friday night is documentary and will feature a film and discussion hosted by Aaron Ammons on the topic of felony convictions. All events are free to the public, thanks to the help of a grant from the Urbana Public Arts Commission.


JOBS: The Real Crisis and What We Can Do About It

Unlike the phony debt crisis, the jobs crisis is real.  It did not just happen, either, but results from very specific policies over many years.  Unemployment and underemployment are much higher than the official unemployment rate, simply because so many categories of people are not counted: students, workers who are laid off after a short time on a new job, workers who are laid off seasonally or from time to time, the long-term jobless, people who have never had a job, people who are barely employed at just a few hours a week, etc. 

(For more: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t15.htm)

Update in the Bill Walton Case

On Wednesday, August 3, two Urbana police officers approached "homeless" Bill Walton in the back foyer of the Urbana City Building, and asked Mr. Walton if he would come with them, pursuant to a court order issued July 22 that Walton be "medically" evaluated. Officers were ordered to drive Walton to the Danville Veteran's Hospital rather than Carle Clinic where Walton has been seen before. Walton complied without incident. On August 6, The News-Gazette's Jim Dey reported that Walton was visited by his Guardian Ad Litem, attorney Andrew Bequette, and Bequette was quoted by Dey that Bill "....doesn't want the public to know his business." (Which is the right of those being placed under permanent guardianship.) Therefore, the proceedings would be closed to the public. Ironically, the media, i.e. the almighty News-Gazette, would be allowed into the courtroom to carefully broadcast Bill's "business" county-wide.

Catherine Hogue, RIP

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Catherine Hogue, long-time Democratic member of the Champaign County board, and community activist, this morning.

I remember seeing Ms. Hogue at every year's Unity March until she fell ill. When I would say, "It's nice to see you see you," she would reply, "It's nice to be seen."

You can listen to a 2003 interview with Ms. Hogue here.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family.




Dunbar Residents Given 90 Days to Vacate Homes

UC2B Ground Breaking in Douglass Park

Mother Jones Spotted at Labor Day Parade in Urbana, Illinois

Many were at the Labor Day Parade in Urbana, Illinois, including Germaine Light who dressed up as Mother Jones and marched with the local chapter of Jobs With Justice.

The City of Champaign is Faltering Again!!!!

Attached is a memo sent to Police Dept employees.  They just don't get it at the City Building.  We need someone to come over and speak with all the officers with full assurances that what they say will be confidential.  Let them find out the truth.  NOTHING will change in until Deputy Chief Murphy is asked to leave..........nothing!!!!






10 Years of Indypendent Media: An Oral History of the Public i


The Public i commemorates ten years of publication by interviewing some of those who have worked on the newspaper along the way.

You can pick up copies of the August issue locally or read it online at our new web site here.

Darrin Drda

Darrin Drda is a former Champaign-Urbana resident who now lives in San Rafael, California with his wife, Annabelle. He is the author of the forthcoming book The Four Global Truths: Awakening to the Peril and Promise of Our Times (www.thefourglobaltruths.com).

Chief Finney "Retiring" From Champaign Police Dept. Jan. 20, 2012


The city has announced that Champaign Police Chief R.T. Finney will be retiring from the department as of Jan. 20, 2012.

Finney's credibility has been significantly undermined  since being one of two officers present on Oct. 9, 2009 when Kiwane Carrington, a black 15 year-old, was shot and killed by a police bullet.

However City Manager Steve Carter may spin this news, it must be acknowledged that Finney's retiring comes after sustained community pressure over the past two years. This resulted in the election of a new Mayor and has now led to Finney's not-so-graceful exit.


SPEAK Cafe is Back!

Thursday Sept 1, 2011
Doors open at 6:30pm, set from 7-9pm
Krannert ART Museum located at 500 E. Peabody on campus. take 4th St. south to Peabody, hang a left and half way down the block on the left hand side is the Art Museum
Theme: "SEIZE THE TIME" (The title of a book by Black Panther Bobby Seale)



The End Is Near

by Chris Evans

[Author's Note:  the assumptions and speculations contained in this article are not to be considered actually accurate]

Coming soon: 2011 Indy Media & Arts Lab

Coming soon at the UC-IMC ...

The 3rd annual Indy Media & Arts Lab

August 1 - 12, 2011

The Indy Media & Arts lab is a low-cost media & arts-focused summer camp aimed at empowering youths to utilize their talents to explore various outlets of self-expression in a safe, nurturing environment. Classes will include African painting, community gardening, music production, comic strip making, robotics, and more!

Registration is currently closed, but sign up here to get on our waiting list!

Urbana Holds Public Meeting on Racial Profiling Statistics

City council chambers were full at a combined meeting of the Urbana Human Relations Commission (HRC) and Civilian Police Review Board (CPRB) on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. to address racial profiling numbers collected by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The meeting was the result of a chorus of voices asking for a public conversation about racial profiling in Urbana.

Recent traffic stop information for 2010 was just compiled and released. This is information collected by officers, including racial information, during routine traffic stops and turned over to IDOT. The “racial disparity index,” or ratio, for Urbana police rose from 1.56 in 2009 to 1.7 in 2010, the highest in the twin cities. In contrast, the number in Champaign was 1.48; Champaign County Sheriff’s Office was 1.29; UIPD was 1.5. If no disparity was found to exist, the number would be 1.0.

Employment at the UC-IMC

UC-IMC Fiscal Manager

General Description:
The UC-IMC Fiscal Manager is responsible for keeping accurate and current records of all the fiscal and financial needs, activities and programs of the IMC.

To apply:
Send a resume to jandurl@comcast.net or call the IMC at 217-344-8820.


  • an understanding of and commitment to the IMC and social justice work
  • mature judgment, strong organization and communication skills
  • proficiency with office software and technology, Quickbooks experience/ knowledge required
  • ability to multi-task and work with a variety of people in a diverse environment
  • familiar with state and federal payroll and sales tax codes governing non profit organizations
  • grant experience helpful

Duties and Responsibilities:

Statement in Support of Pelican Bay Hunger Strike By Former Illinois Prisoner Gregory Koger


Since July 1st 2011, hundreds of prisoners in California’s Pelican Bay State Prison Security Housing Unit (SHU), joined by thousands more in over a third of California’s state prisons and in other prisons across the country, have been on an indefinite hunger strike demanding an end to the horrendous conditions they face languishing for years (some for decades) in isolation and sensory deprivation - conditions that violate international standards against torture. These courageous brothers have joined together to demand an end to the widespread, systematic policies of torture and human rights abuses that affect prisoners not just in Pelican Bay or California but are integral to the functioning of the world’s largest system of mass incarceration.

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