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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
The Show 10pm-12am
Watch the making of a live episode of The Show with Ray Morales*
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
by Jay Walljasper
Rev. Kenneth Gunn’s ministry at Chicago’s Bread of Life Church encompasses both the Bible and bicycles. He organized a bike club that regularly rides from the South Side church to Lake Michigan and along the Lakefront Trail. In his spare time, Gunn repairs donated bikes that he gives to kids in the predominantly African-American neighborhood.
Mr. Chris Alix and Mr. James Quisenberry August 14, 2013
Champaign County Board
1776 E. Washington St.
Urbana, IL 61802
On February 20th of this year, several members of the Lierman Neighborhood Action Committee met with you and Mr. Kalmanoff, the Champaign County Board’s consultant on jail-related issues. Our aim was to add the concerns of residents living in closest proximity to the jail to the mix of voices bringing information and ideas to the County.
In 2009, Urbana considered and then put aside what was called a "Chronic criminal nuisance ordinance." A News-Gazette article about it noted that the ordinance was never really killed off as much as discussion about it was suspended.
There has been no mention of it lately.
While never enacted, Urbana's proposed law was designed to displace alledgedly criminal occupants from properties of "problem" landlords. One of the criticisms at the time was the disproportionate impact such an ordianance would have on minorities and women.
Jay Walljasper spent considerable time in Urbana as a youth.
by Jay Walljasper
At one point in my life, my neighbors and I were fighting battles on two fronts to protect our community. Our modest Kingfield neighborhood in Minneapolis was threatened on one side by the widening of a freeway, which would rip out scores of homes, and on the other side by the widening of an avenue, which would escalate traffic speeds on an already dangerous road.
I remember a dizzying round of strategy sessions, protest rallies, public meetings, more strategy sessions, and, eventually, victory parties, which wound up redirecting my life and work in gratifying ways Until that point, I rarely thought about opportunities for improving people’s lives by boosting public life and revitalizing public spaces.
A twenty-three year-old African-American man came to a CUCPJ meeting July 13 to tell us the horrors of his encounter with the Champaign Police.
The Odyssey Project, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council in partnership with the Clemente Course in the Humanities, has opened the application window for the 2013-14 session of classes beginning next fall.
The Odyssey Project is a free college-level introduction to the humanities, founded on the conviction that engagement with the humanities can offer individuals a way out of poverty by fostering habits of sustained reflection, critical thinking, and skilled communication.
Classes are offered in literature, philosophy, history, art history, and critical thinking and writing, taught by faculty members from top institutions including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In partnership with the Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities, students may receive up to fourteen units of college credit over two years.
Courses in Champaign is held at the Douglass Library. Since its inception, more than 500 students have graduated from the program.
“We found that in virtually every county in the country, police have wasted taxpayer money enforcing marijuana laws in a racially biased manner...”
by Ian Urbina
WASHINGTON — Black Americans were nearly four times as likely than whites to be arrested on charges of marijuana possession in 2010, even though the two groups used the drug at similar rates, according to new federal data.
This disparity had grown steadily from a decade before, and in some states, including Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois, blacks were around eight times as likely to be arrested.
During the same period, public attitudes toward marijuana softened and a number of states decriminalized its use. But about half of all drug arrests in 2011 were on marijuana-related charges, roughly the same portion as in 2010.
Advocates for the legalization of marijuana have criticized the Obama administration for having vocally opposed state legalization efforts and for taking a more aggressive approach than the Bush administration in closing medical marijuana dispensaries and prosecuting their owners in some states, especially Montana and California.