Local Interest

Peace Jam

Join us for Peace Jam!, music for a world without violence!

Peace Jam is a kick-off for Domestic Violence Awareness Month featuring live music, performances, art, and a resource fair aimed at speaking out against abuse within relationships and coming together as a community to support survivors and end domestic violence. Join us for as we kick of a month-long series of events and programs aimed at ending abuse within relationships. This event is open to all ages. 

Wednesday, October 7


Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom

Campus Faculty Association hosts the Steven Salaita Book Talk

Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

202 South Broadway, Urbana, IL

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

7:00pm - 9:00pm

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The Faucet's on Fire! An evening with Roy Zimmerman

Roy Zimmerman brings the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Social Justice. His funny songs about fracking, torture, creationism, same-sex marriage, guns, marijuana, abstinence, ignorance, war and greed have be heard on Showtime, HBO and NPR, and he's shared stages with Bill Maher, Robin Williams, Ellen Degeneres, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin.

...a latter-day Tom Lehrer." - Los Angeles Times

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Renegades: Storytelling in Two Dimensions

The IMC Gallery is excited to announce Renegades: Storytelling in Two Dimensions. The exhibition, Co-Curated by UCIMC Artist in Residence Travis Hocut, and Comics Scholar Carol Tilley will feature a wide array of works by three local Comics Artists: Damian Duffy, Nina Paley, and Grant Thomas.
Show Duration September 18th - October 1st
Closing Reception October 1st 6-8pm

For More Information about the Artists:
Damian Duffy: http://damianduffy.net/
Nina Paley: http://blog.ninapaley.com/

Art Exhibit: Intrigued at the IMC

The IMC Gallery is excited to collaborate with the Arts of Life to present a group show curated by artist Tim Stone, of the Chicago Studio. The Arts of Life is a studio based community for adults with developmental disabilities.

Intrigued reflects both the maker and viewer in their approach to artwork.  During the creative process, artists experience fascination, maybe even fixation, on a particular idea or image.  After hours of making and re-making, their idea becomes a reality of paper, paint, collage, and canvas.  Once completed, they often hope to share that feeling with viewers through their art; to inspire that same curiosity.  

Works selected for this show represent a wide variety of creative practices and styles.  Its makers are part of an artist collective that promotes the exchange of skills and concepts. The Arts of Life creates a space where the unique identity of each member is integrated and included in the whole.

July 18: Artist and Writer Talks at the IMC: Jason Patterson & Brian Dolinar








Exploring African American History, In Illinois & Throughout The United States

DUI Judge Richard Klaus Fired

By Belden Fields of The Public i

In June, Champaign Country Associate Judge Richard Klaus was removed from his position by fellow Judges in the Sixth Judicial Circuit. This is the first time in 37 years that these judges have removed a colleague. The reason given was that attorneys and the public in the county had lost confidence in him. Indeed, the Champaign County Bar Association had urged that he not be considered for retention after observing ten years of his performance on the bench. To compound matters, County Chief Judge Difanis, a professed good friend of Klaus, had included him on the list for reconsideration even before the Bar Association had had a chance to offer its recommendations. For that, he was rebuked by the 6th District Chief Justice, Dan Flannell.

Do Police Need An MRAP? An Analysis of SWAT Raids in CU

Since Ferguson, and more recently Baltimore, the searing images of police wearing riot gear, carrying high-powered rifles, and riding in armored trucks, have made police militarization a national issue. Not only is this a trend in big cities, but also in small towns like Champaign-Urbana where police have recently acquired a Mine-Resistant Armor-Protected (MRAP) vehicle fresh from the wars in the Middle East.  

IMC Seeking Full-time Program Director - applications due June 3

The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (IMC) is seeking a full time Program Director to coordinate volunteers, outreach, program development, and fundraising for the organization.  The Program Director is supported by a part time Operations Manager who manages the finances and facilities of the IMC.


Getting to the Heart of the Issue: The Proposal for a $32 Million Jail

Shasta Knox, a.k.a. “Klevah” [pictured right] ,an emcee at the center of a burgeoning hip hop movement in Urbana-Champaign, performed at a public forum about the broken criminal justice system. “It spoke directly to my heart,” she told me afterwards, “to see so many people passionate about something that affected me personally for most of my life.”

She revealed that when she was young her own mother was incarcerated. The years in prison did nothing to address her mother’s problems. “So much time that is wasted,” she said, “and families can literally be destroyed by this.”

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