Apr. 17: Public Meeting with Jail Consultant

On Wednesday, April 17, there will be a meeting with Dr. Alan Kalmanoff at 6:15 p.m. at the Urbana Free Library (210 W. Green St.).

Dr. Kalmanoff is the Director of the Institute for Law and Public Policy (ILPP), the firm hired by Champaign County to conduct a needs assessment regarding the county jail and related criminal justice issues. Dr. Kalmanoff has been interviewing people and gathering data for his assessment since November. This meeting will be an opportunity to hear some of his findings and to present your concerns to him in person. Come and be heard!

For more information contact: briandolinar@gmail.com or carolammons@gmail.com

“What’s in a Name? Two C-U Buildings Named After African American Women”

As a new building on campus is being named after Maudelle Bousfield, the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Illinois, a public housing complex named after Joann Dorsey, black community activist in Champaign during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, has been torn down. One woman came from the black upper-class, the other from the working-class, yet they both should be recognized for their contributions.

Pioneer Educator, Maudelle Bousfield    

The Negative Impact of the War on Drugs in Our Community

These two community dialogues will address what even the Obama administration has admitted is a failed War on Drugs. It is also part of our local campaign to oppose a proposal for an expansion of the local jail, which is full of victims of the Drug War.

Thursday, Feb. 28, Levis Faculty Center (919 W. Illinois St., Urbana)

Friday night, March 1, Salem Baptist Church (500 E. Park St., Champaign)

5:30-8:30 p.m. both nights

Keynote Speakers:

Neill Franklin, former narcotics officer and executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).

Clifford Thornton, anti-Drug War activist and co-founder of Efficacy.

Organized by Citizens with Conviction (CWC), and Champaign-Urbana Citizens for Peace and Justice (CUCPJ).

Co-sponsors: Salem Baptist Church, Urbana Human Relations Committee, MAS (Muslim American Society), UC Friends Meeting, ACLU, Breakfast Club, GEO, Planners Network, Educations Justice Project, U of I Department of African American Studies.

 

POC Zine Project, Tour Stop at UC-IMC featured in Colorlines

POC Zine Project tour at UC-IMC

The POC Zine Project curates a traveling POC zine exhibition, has established an archive, cultivates digital platforms that share POC zines and provides grants, tools and events for zinesters.

The tour stopped in Urbana last year, along with 14 other cities. Hosted by the UC-IMC Librarians group, the POC Zine Project brought it's awesomeness to central Illinois.

Read more: http://colorlines.com/archives/2013/01/nia_zine_piece.html

WRFU Now Reaches the Whole Community, Invites New DJs

Have something to say? An issue or kind of music you are passionate about? Thanks WRFU's new tower, now you can reach all of Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy through WRFU 104.5 FM, a community radio station located in the Independent Media Center in downtown Urbana. The next free training will be held on Tuesday, January 8th at 6 PM. Contact rfu@lists.chambana.net or 344-8820 to sign up.

WRFU 104.5 FM Signal Down as Tower Goes Up!

WRFU 104.5 FM will be down the next couple of days. We are installing a new tower next to the UC-IMC building which will greatly increase our signal when it is all finished (hopefully Wednesday Nov 28 at the latest.)

We appreciate all our listeners and hope you will bear with us as we fulfill our long-term goals of making WRFU 104.5 FM an important part of the Urbana-Champaign community and surrounding areas.

There is a video being worked on documenting the progress and ultimate installation of our new tower. If you have taken photos or video recorded the installation process and would like to have your footage included in a video to be shown on Urbana Public Television, please contact Dane Spudic at danespudic@gmail.com

In November 2005, WRFU 104.5 FM's original antenna was installed on the roof the UC-IMC building. That antenna is coming down today to be cleaned and installed on the tower.

Here's a photo-video that documented the process of installing the original antenna back in November 2005 (about 20 seconds into the photo-video the UC-IMC building as it used to look 7 years ago comes into view):

Why Does Sheriff of Small Midwestern College Town Need a Drone?


Most have heard about the unmanned aerial vehicles, or “drones,” that the U.S. government has been flying over Pakistan and Afghanistan dropping bombs aimed at suspected militants and all too often killing innocent civilians. Increasingly, smaller versions of these planes are being purchased by police agencies, border control, and homeland security to use domestically. Rather than carrying weapons, they are outfitted with cameras allowing them to become an all-seeing eye in the sky.

Studio/Office Space Available

An office lease is a big commitment. The cost of your studio/office space lease affects your bottom line and can interfere with your creativity.  Let the IMC help you with that.  The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center has the perfect studio/office for your project.  Located in the heart of downtown Urbana, we sit at the center of activity and access.  Spaces are available as low as $265.00 per month.  Contact our staff at 217-344-8820 ask for Carol.

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