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Ever wished you could learn basic design principles for making stuff like posters, zines, business cards, CD art, books, brochures, or newspapers?
The Public i is holding a series of layout workshops this Spring, with our very own Dave P!
All sessions are held at the Independent Media Center at 202 S. Broadway in Urbana and are open to anyone who's interested.
Some sessions are specifically about how to help out with layout for the Public i; others are about layout design in general and more tailored to participants' interests.
Current sessions include:
Thursday, February 11th, 6:30-7:30pm (Public i)
Saturday, February 13th from 3-5pm (Public i Feb. issue layout)
Thursday, February 18th, 6:30-7:30pm (Public i)
Saturday, February 20th, from 2-4pm (General Interest)
Thursday, February 25th, 6:30-7:30pm (Public i)
Saturday, February 27th, 2-4pm (General interest)
You can send an email to email@example.com if you have any questions.
Re-posted from SmilePolitely.com.
Above is a screenshot from http://timeline.chambana.net/, the Kiwane Carrington Timeline, a website which communicates a timeline of events and documents pertaining to the Kiwane Carrington incident. The website is a joint project of the U-C Independent Media Center and Smile Politely, and is being released to the public for the first time this morning. From the site's About page:
This site is intended to be a permanent home for documentation, articles, reporting, and discussion regarding the death of Kiwane Carrington and the investigation and events that followed.
Items are arranged in a timeline format for ease of use and linear clarity. You will notice that many documents are concentrated on and around October 9, 2009, when the incident occurred.
FULL SCHEDULE WITH HIGHLIGHTS
The IMC is pleased to announce our second annual IMC Film Fest! This celebration of the art of cinematography will once again highlight local and regional artists, giving them an opportunity to share their work and connect with other artists, community members, and organizations. We’ve received a record number of submissions and expect a big turn out this year!
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 5, 2010
Healthcare: Local and Global Perspectives
On Friday night, we will open the festival with a discussion on the healthcare system, touching on both local and global aspects of this complex and timely issue. The UCIMC has close ties the Gesundheit! Institute (http://www.patchadams.org/), a non-profit organization founded by Patch Adams in 1972. Several IMC members work closely with the project and we now have an AmeriCorps serving at the UCIMC who is working directly with Patch and Gesundheit! Don't miss the opportunity to view global healthcare systems from a new perspective:
"Clownin' in Kabul" (Directors Enzo Balestrieri & Stefano Moser, 2002) will show from 6:00pm - 6:55pm
I ♥(HEART) HAITI: An Informational Forum and Fundraiser
WHERE: Alice Cambpell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln, Urbana, IL
WHEN: Thursday, February 11th, 7:00-9:00 PM (6:30 PM doors)
WHO: UIUC Students, faculty, and community members
Before this Valentine’s Day weekend, C-U Haiti Relief will present an informational forum, performance, and fundraiser for earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. Speakers with intimate knowledge of the country will share their experiences and perspectives on current events. Students will be given information on ways to participate in relief efforts. The evening will close with a musical performance by a to-be-determined ensemble. Specific speaker and musician lineup is forthcoming.
The event is free and open to the public. There will be a $5 suggested donation for attendants (all proceeds will go directly to Haitian disaster recovery). A donation is by no means required for attendance. Non-monetary donations (e.g., clothing, medical supplies) are also accepted.
Please post a comment if event details are incorrect or if you have an event to add!
Queer Qualifications: Disclosing LGBT Involvement
Illini Union, Rm 323, 12-1pm
Knit & Craft Nite
St. Jude Catholic Worker's House, 6pm
With a response to the State's Attorney's refusal to press charges against Champaign police for the killing of Kiwane Carrington by Kerry Pimblott, a report on juvi "justice" statistics by Durl Kruse, a memorial to Honduran gay rights activist Walter Trochez, plus our first ever article in both English and Spanish about the DREAM Act.
Click here to read the full issue.
Join us for a fundraiser for the Public i and WRFU 104.5 Radio Free Urbana on Monday, Jan. 25, 6-9 pm, at the Clark Bar in Champaign.
From: Lawyers Against The War [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 7:11 AM
Subject: ICC Complaint Against Bush, Cheney et al
INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST BUSH, CHENEY, RUMSFELD, TENET, RICE AND GONZALES; INTERNATIONAL ARREST WARRANTS REQUESTED
Champaign, U.S.A./The Hague, Netherlands (19 Jan 2010). -- Professor Francis A. Boyle of the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, U.S.A. has filed a Complaint with the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (I.C.C.) in The Hague against U.S. citizens George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Condoleezza Rice, and Alberto Gonzales (the “Accused”) for their criminal policy and practice of “extraordinary rendition” perpetrated upon about 100 human beings. This term is really their euphemism for the enforced disappearance of persons and their consequent torture. This criminal policy and practice by the Accused constitute Crimes against Humanity in violation of the Rome Statute establishing the I.C.C.
On Tuesday morning, Jan. 19, Champaign-Urbana Citizens for Peace and Justice delivered an online petition with 377 signatures to State’s Attorney Julia Rietz asking her to drop the charges on Jeshaun Manning-Carter, the 15 year old who was with Kiwane Carrington when he was killed by Champaign police. A hard copy of the petition with another 60 signatures was also presented. Jeshaun is being prosecuting on felony charges of resisting arrest.
A juvenile hearing was held at 2 p.m. with about 15-20 supporters showing up at the Champaign County Courthouse, although they were not permitted in the courtroom as is routine in juvenile cases. State’s Attorney Rietz appeared in court and local African American attorney Alfred Ivy represented the defendant. Attorney Ivy asked Judge Heidi Ladd for a continuance, saying that he and the State’s Attorney were working toward a resolution. Rietz had no objection, stating that according to Principal Richard Kelly of the READY Program where Jeshaun goes to school, he was attending class and doing well. Yet despite this good record, Rietz was still unwilling to drop the charges.
Filmmakers are invited to submit their works by filling out the attached Submission Sheet (attached in word and in pdf format) and following those instructions. As well, the IMC Film Festival is open to all – free of admission charges! SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS NOW FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2010, 5 p.m.
Here is the link to the IMC Film Fest 2010 website:http://production.ucimc.org/node/17105
And you can check out films from last year's event at: http://production.ucimc.org/filmfest2009.
January 14th, 2009 (Urbana, IL) – This year on Martin Luther King, Jr Day the local AmeriCorps program at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center is launching an art supply drive for the Martin Luther King Jr. Elemtary School's art program in Urbana. The art drive will kick off on January 19th and run for several weeks with drop off locations throughout the Urbana-Champaign community. January 19th, 2010 is celebrated as the AmeriCorps National Day of Service which is happening all across the country.
We ask that those in the community who support art education consider donating art supplies in the following weeks. Items that we encourage are: construction paper, pencils, safety scissors, crayons, markers, glue sticks, colored pencils, and colored printer paper. All safe, children-friendly materials are welcome!
In order for communities to survive and thrive in a world full of
technology, they need to build a new model of tech support. This model
should focus on democratizing technology - on disseminating, copying
and distributing tech knowledge among everyday computer users.
This model may start with a central location to help users with their
computers, but cannot end with that single source of
knowledge. Communities must develop a "critical mass" of tech
knowledge among community members in order to control their own lives
in a technology-dependent world.
The IMC Computer Help Desk is up to this challenge. The
Urbana-Champaign community has had a deficit of realistic personal
computer support options since Prairienet faded away.
When a user calls, emails or walks in to the IMC Computer Help Desk
they will not be talked down to or misled. Further, the IMC Computer
Help Desk will not perform any repair or maintenance for
anyone. Instead, the support technicians at the Help Desk will help
users solve their own problems. The Help Desk can help fix almost any
CU Citizens for Peace and Justice is launching a petition drive to demand that State's Attorney Julia Rietz drop all charges against Jeshaun Manning-Carter.
The best friend of Kiwane Carrington, Jeshaun was with him on Oct. 9 when he was killed.
He is currently being prosecuted with felony charges of resisting a "peace" officer.
His next court hearing is Jan. 19 at 2pm in Courtroom C.
Until then you can sign the petition here:
You can also call State's Attorney Julia Rietz at 384-3733.
Tell her the best thing to do for this youth is to drop the charges against him - not send him to juvenile detention or reform school.
On November 3, 2009, several people spoke before Champaign city council about the police killing of Kiwane Carrington and demanded that Police Chief R.T. Finney, who was at the scene, be fired. After public comments, City Manager Steve Carter responded by saying that he had conducted his own investigation, talking to the state police and State’s Attorney Julia Rietz, and concluded that Finney had done nothing wrong. “He is an excellent police chief,” Carter said.
On December 4, 2009, Cheyenne-Arapaho artist Edgar Heap of Birds gave a talk at the YMCA on the University of Illinois campus for the closing of his “Beyond the Chief” art exhibit. He spoke publicly for the first time about the State’s Attorney’s failure to fully prosecute a former student who was caught stealing two of his art works.
The “Beyond the Chief” exhibit opened in early 2009 and consists of twelve panels that were installed along Nevada Street on campus. Several of the metal sign panels were bent in separate incidents. In April, two of them were stolen. Of the dozen panels, a total of seven were vandalized. These incidents were clearly part of a reaction to the University’s retirement of its racist mascot in February 2007.
> To: Schweighart_Jerry
> From: Stephen Kaufman <stephenk[at]uiuc.edu>
> Subject: Chief Finney
Dear Mayor Schweighart and Members of the Champaign City Council,
Champaign Police Chief Finney is free to to be on any side of any debate. However, when Finney is on duty as a public police officer, his wearing a U of I chief logo demonstrates a profound disregard and ignorance of issues of race that have confronted the CU community for two decades. Moreover, it rightly raises the question,whether Finney is fit to lead the Champaign Police Department and how his attitudes on race contributed to the killing of Kiwane Carrington.
The African American community provided extraordinary leadership and was instrumental in bringing the Illinois mascot issue to its conclusion. The local NAACP led the national NAACP to unanimously vote to end the use of Native Americans as sports mascots. Finney's persistence in wearing the chief logo speaks loudly to his lack of the concerns of all communities for racial equity.
CU Citizens for Peace and Justice held a press conference Monday, December 7, 2009 at the Independent Media Center to address the ongoing debate over the police shooting of Kiwane Carrington. The press conference pre-empted the release of the report by the State’s Attorney which was announced to come out on Tuesday, the following day. Those who spoke said the investigation is already contaminated and the decision whether or not to charge the police is a foregone conclusion.
A panel comprised of both members of the Kiwane Carrington family and CU Citizens for Peace and Justice, addressed the media cameras. Rhonda Williams, Kiwane’s aunt, said she was appalled that Officer Daniel Norbits, who shot Carrington, was back on the job. “It was a slap in the face,” she said, “and a pat on the back.”
Longtime community activist Terry Townsend pointed out how information about the shooting has been kept from the public. As he put it, “We have been unable to construct a theory of what happened because they have not released the information."
CU Citizens for Peace and Justice held a press conference Monday, December 7, 2009 at the Independent Media Center to address the ongoing debate over the police shooting of Kiwane Carrington.
Below is video of the press conference.
One of the biggest drug kingpins from the 1980s, “Freeway” Rick Ross, spoke on Thursday night, Dec. 3, 2009, at the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club in Champaign. Ross appeared for the first time with a Chicago educational group called Hip Hop Detoxx, led by Enoch Muhammad and featuring MCs Phenomenon and Awthentik. The event was organized by CU Citizens for Peace and Justice in the wake of the police shooting of Kiwane Carrington. Ross was released from a federal prison just nine weeks ago. He delivered a powerful message of redemption to a gymnasium full of people from all ages.
Back in 1999, several local unions donated money to send 18 people from Urbana-Champaign to attend the historic “Battle in Seattle” where massive protests shut down meetings of the WTO. They came back and founded UC-IMC on Sept. 24, 2000. Come help us to document and reflect on the 10-year history of the Indymedia movement.
There will be a full day of events on Saturday, Dec. 5.
Community Media Workshops, 2-5 p.m.
-Improvisational Acting with Zoo Improv (2-3 p.m.)
-Video Shooting and Editing
-Soundboard Training for Live Concerts
-Books to Prisoners Pack-a-thon
-Painting class with Cameroonian painter and anthropologist Betsam Benjamin
-Open Source Software – Linux Install Fest
Panel With IMC Activists, 5-8 p.m.
November issue of Public i out!
With stories on the "Battle in Seattle by Dave Johnson, Low Power Radio by Danielle Chynoweth, and 10 years of Indymedia by Brian Dolinar.
Also included is a wrap up of the GEO strike by Rich Potter.
Gary and Jamie Storm report back on their trip to Palestine.
The following is video footage from a "National Day of Outrage" held by CU Citizens for Peace and Justice in coordination with the National Action Network.
There are clips from Nick Green, Dr. Lou Turner, Durl Kruse, Carol Ammons, Aaron Ammons, and Seon Williams.
On Monday, November 23, 2009, Urbana-Champaign participated in a “National Day of Outrage” held by Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network to call attention to the national epidemic of violence in urban communities. Champaign-Urbana Citizens for Peace and Justice organized a rally to take place on the same time as events in more than 20 other cities across the country.
The rally, which took place at the Champaign County courthouse, was specifically to address the police killing of Kiwane on October 9, 2009. The report by the state police is currently in the hands of State’s Attorney Julia Rietz who is expected to release her decision on whether to prosecute the police involved any day now.
Two banners were dropped on the University of Illinois campus by a group of anonymous activists in the early morning of November 20th in solidarity with the UC occupations and the UC strike. This banner drop follows a three day strike in the UC college system, national and international solidarity actions with UC, and the recent local success of the Graduate Employee’s Organization in obtaining a fair contract.
One banner, hung off the English building, reads “Education is NOT for Sale. Support the UC strike.” The International Students Movement's statement “Education is not for sale” speaks to both the UC strike and the continuation of the fight against the privatization of public education in an attempt to make college more accessible. Another banner that briefly hung off the Alma Mater, alluding to cuts in the state budget and the continued pay disparity between administrators and other workers at the university, read “Chop from the Top. Solidarity with UC.”
After two days of picketing in stormy weather, the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) emerged victorious. The GEO called a strike on Monday, November 16, after contract negotiations broke down over the issue of tuition waivers for out-of-state graduate students. Their strike is an example of how sheer people power can push back against the growing corporatization of public education.
In recent years, the University of Illinois has been racked with several scandals, most notably the “clout-gate” scandal in which well-connected students gained admission while more qualified students were turned away. As a result, the president, chancellor, and almost all of the Boart of Trustees were forced to step down. The so-called “global campus” was shut down, but only after incurring millions of dollars in debt. A proposed Academy of Capitalism and Limited Government Fund was opposed by faculty for its lack of oversight. A decade after it was founded, the research park on south campus has become home to multinational corporations like Caterpillar and the stealth military contractor SAIC with little benefit to the university.