UCIMC

WRFU Birthday Extravaganza Nov. 13 & 14

You are invited!

Friday, Nov. 13th & Saturday, Nov. 14th

at the Independent Media Center

WRFU BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA

Celebrating the 4th anniversary of Radio Free Urbana

Community radio by and for the people

Friday
The Show                    10pm-12am
Watch the making of a live episode of The Show with Ray Morales*

Saturday

Audio Skill Shares      11am-2pm
Learn how to make great radio!  All ages, all skill levels

Potluck Dinner            6pm-8pm
Meet-and-greet for radio lovers & past and current members, unveiling of photo gallery, audio scrapbook listening party, and group history of WRFU

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May 3-14: Pete Seeger Events Provoke Memory of 1958 Concert

A series of May Day events is taking place May 3 to May 14 celebrating the life of legendary folk singer, banjo player, and political activist Pete Seeger, who passed away in January. After a flyer for the event was circulated, my friend Barbara Kessel emailed me about her recollection of Pete Seeger’s 1958 visit to the University of Illinois when he was banned from performing on campus during the red scare. The incident is a reminder of how widespread the blacklist was, even reaching this Midwestern college town. As the civil rights movement was gaining momentum and “the sixties” were just around the corner, Barbara recalled a “new world” opened up to her that night.  

Bob McChesney speaks at the IMC on the history and future of the internet

Dr. Robert M. McChesney, Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, spoke to a crowd of people at the IMC Tuesday night. (Click on the whole story to view video).

UCIMC Seeking Applicants for Full Time Operations Director Position

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR JOB OPENING
Full time with benefits.
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 1, 2013 to chyn@ucimc.org

Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center
202 S. Broadway Ave. Urbana 61801

www.ucimc.org • (217) 344-8820

Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (UCIMC), a local grassroots organization committed to using media production and distribution as tools for promoting social and economic justice in the Champaign County area, seeks a permanent, full-time Operations Director.

We are seeking a person with a commitment to social justice, strong customer service and communication skills, with an attention to detail. 

Home Wireless Network Keeps the Snoops Away

by Kate Murphy

LIKE most people, Kim Thomas has a broadband connection at home that she uses to check email, surf the Internet and stream music and video.

But unlike most people, Ms. Thomas, 56, a program director for a charitable foundation in Portland, Ore., has no monthly bill. All she did was buy a router and rooftop antenna , which not only granted her free access but also made her part owner of the infrastructure that delivers the signal. Total cost: about $150.

Ms. Thomas is a participant in the Personal Telco Project, one of a growing number of community wireless mesh networks in the United States and abroad. These alternative networks, built and maintained by their users, are emerging at a time when Internet service providers are limited in number (some argue monopolistic) and are accused of cooperating with government snoops.

ILL POETS SOCIETY vol II: The Aaron Ammons Project

Dr. Raymond Morales is teaming up with prolific poet Aaron Ammons aka Brother A-Dub to produce a 19 track Spoken Word album featuring some of the best performers from S.P.E.A.K. Café and beyond.

Darrell Cannon, Survivor of Police Torture and Wrongful Conviction, Speaks at the IMC and University YMCA

Darrell Cannon, survivor of police torture, wrongful conviction, and 24 years in prison spoke to large crowds at the Independent Media Center and University YMCA today. Mr. Cannon was tortured by Chicago police in 1983 and then again though nine years of solitary confinement in Tamms prison. He fought continuously for his innocence, finally succeeding in 2008. His civil suit against the City of Chicago is still pending.

Mr. Cannon shared the horrific details of his torture, pausing to tap his cheek for strength and comfort. He was captured by three Chicago police detectives who cracked his front teeth with the barrel of a shotgun - they shoved it in his mouth and pretended to fire. They hung him by handcuffs, wrenching his shoulders. After each of these events he refused to confess to the murder they accused him of. Then they shocked his genitals with a taser electroshock stun gun. He finally confessed. It was this forced confession, without proof or witnesses, that was used to put him away for life.

What Is a nüz/böx? One Way to Join the Movement for Hyperlocal Media

What is a nüz/böx?

First, it’s spelled with an X, a Z, two ümlaüts and a slash/. Even the name calls your attention. The pronunciation of nüz/böx is intentionally ambiguous. How do you pronounce it?

Pronunciation, like many aspects of a nüz/böx, is something the curator(s) – which is you if you decide you want to do it – give(s) form and direction to. A nüz/böx is purposely designed along minimalist lines, of concept, architecture, labor, and materials. It’s easy to do.

In simple terms, a nüz/böx is a hyperlocal, off-the-grid nexus of news, media and arts hosted by one or more households. There’s just one so far in the whole world, but I think it has wide appeal. Your neighborhood can have one …or more! I intentionally designed it to be a flexible concept, but can see networks of people joining together to put nüz/böxes along streets around town

This Year’s Best-Kept Secret: The Next Generation of Community Radio

Thanks to the Prometheus Radio Project from our community, too. WRFU-LP 104.5 was one of the first projects Petri and his crew worked with, leading to the station going on the air in November 2005.

by Amy Goodman

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