Champaign City Manager Holds a Not Very Newsy Press Conference on Police Violence

The below report is by Belden Fields, writer for the Public i, newspaper of the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center.

Black Youth Beaten by Champaign Police

It has been two years since Kiwane Carrington was killed by a Champaign police officer, but 18-year-old black youth, Calvin Miller, is still afraid of the police. So when a Champaign cop attempted to pull him over for no apparent reason, he panicked. He only wanted to get home that night.

When Calvin appeared in court for arraignment on Monday afternoon, he walked into the courtroom with crutches. His right ankle was sprained, maybe fractured. His right eye was swollen shut. He also had bump on the right side of his forehead. Other people noticeably stared at him.

Called before Judge Richard Klaus, Calvin was told that he was being charged with resisting a “peace” officer. He had “exited a fleeing vehicle” and “lunged” toward Champaign police officer Matt Rush. He was also being charged for criminal damage to property, less than $300, when the vehicle he was driving ran into the porch steps of a house. The story Calvin told me after the hearing was significantly different.

UCIMC Co-founder Danielle Chynoweth Awarded Woman of the Year

Today, UCIMC co-founder Danielle Chynoweth was awarded Woman of the Year in Champaign-Urbana, at an award ceremony organized by the News Gazette. To a packed room of over 300, Danielle gave a speech highlighting what she attributes her success to - the ability to see what is not there yet - and talked about the role of the Independent Media Center in our community. She said:

"I was one citizen going to where the silences are and advocating for new possibilities, but I wondered how to develop an infrastructure that would enable many people to do the same. So a group of twelve gathered in my living room 11 years ago to conceive of an independent media center that would provide the tools and training to surface many unheard voices in our community – to provide a forum to talk about problems and seek solutions together."

Unity March/Occupy 217 Photo Gallery

The annual Unity March took place on Saturday, Oct. 8, a march that this year was organized by Jobs With Justice, CU Citizens for Peace and Justice, and a newly-formed organization Occupy 217. The march began in front of the WEFT radio station in downtown Champaign and ended at Chase Bank. A photo gallery of the march appears below.

After receiving $98 million in bailout money, Chase cut 14,000 jobs.

A group of demonstrators walked into the Chase bank for a temporary occupation.

An advertisement invited visitors, "Get Your Cash Back."

UC-IMC General Membership Meeting, Oct. 9,

Woman's Dance Night!


Somewhere outside of a bar scene, just women, open space, open expression, no class, no rules, no right or wrong. All movement is right!

Join us at the IMC on Tuesday night from 8-9:30pm

Contact Name: 
Jan Kalmar
Phone Number:
Email Address:

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:




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