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Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

Affiliated Projects

Champaign-Urbana Citizens For Peace and Justice

CUCPJ is a grass roots organization that brings together individuals from all backgrounds to address issues of racism, excessive policing, and inequities in the court system.



CourtWatch is a volunteer staffed program that aims to support defendants and their families by attending court hearings and attorney conferences.  The goal of CourtWatch is to monitor the court’s due process and educate ourselves, defendants, and the community about the legal process in Champaign County.


The Bike Project

The Bike Project is a 501c3 non-profit organization and a group of volunteers who aim to help each other learn about bikes and expand the biking community in central Illinois, namely Champaign-Urbana. We accept donations of bicycles and bike parts that assist others in repairing, building, and purchasing their bikes. We will NOT fix your bike FOR YOU, but we will help you fix your bike yourself.


Reading Reduces Recidivism: Books To Prison Libraries

The 3Rs (Reading Reduces Recidivism) Project is a statewide effort to build the library resources available to adult prisoners in the 27 prisons in the state of Illinois.


School For Designing A Society

The School for Designing a Society, established in 1991, is a project of teachers, performers, artists, and activists. It is an ongoing experiment in making temporary living environments where the question “What would I consider a desirable society?” is given serious playful thoughtful discussion, and taken as an input to creative projects. Rather than orienting participants to find a comfy spot in the current social system, this School offers tools, time, ambiance and company in which people can imagine and design a system they would prefer.