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Illinoisans Say No to Fracking (PHOTOS)

Over 60 people protested Monday in Springfield against a legislative bill, HB 2615, that if passed will bring hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) to Illinois. Illinois People’s Action organized the grassroots rally and lobby action, joined by Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment (SAFE) and Food and Water Watch. [Read the opinion statement by Food and Water … Continue reading

IWU Students Rally to Defeat Keystone XL

Tens of thousands of people gathered Sunday in Washington, D.C. to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline and tell President Obama to take action on climate change. Solidarity rallies also occurred in numerous cities, large and small, across the nation. In BloNo, the IWU Sierra Club organized an indoor solidarity rally in the Hansen Student Center … Continue reading

Civil Liberties in the United States: FBI Targeting of Peace Activists

In an educational sponsored by the Bloomington-Normal Coalition for Peace and Justice (BNCPJ and the Bloomington-Normal branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), over 20 people heard Joe Iosbaker, a Chicago labor and peace activist, discuss FBI targeting of peace and international solidarity activists in recent years. In his talk, Mr. Iosbaker related the … Continue reading

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

With political leaders and the press whitewashing and appropriating his life and legacy, I think it worthwhile to post two videos on Martin Luther King, Jr. The first is MLK Jr.’s “Why I am Opposed to the War in Vietnam,” and the second is Cornell West’s recent speech on Obama’s decision to use MLK Jr.’s … Continue reading

IPA: Chamber on Santa’s Naughty List for Publishing Faulty Report on Fracking (Video/Photos)

Approximately 30 people, members of Illinois People’s Action (IPA) and supporters, visited the McLean County Chamber of Commerce on Monday to have their voice heard on the issue of fracking. Those in attendance, festive with holiday spirit and accompanied by a jolly Santa Claus and his elves, wanted to ask the Chamber to give local … Continue reading

IPA’s Accountability Meeting with Elected Officials: Ban Fracking (PICTURES / VIDEO)

Over 150 people attended a Saturday morning community meeting to oppose fracking in McLean County. Organized by Illinois People’s Action, the meeting had a two-fold purpose: educate the public and elected officials on the dangers of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas (“fracking”) and hold an accountability meeting with McLean County board members to seek … Continue reading

Good to Go For Winter Biking

In the following video, Mike McCurdy discusses winter biking preparation with community members. Hosted by Common Action Free School, the event was held in the basement of the Coffeehouse on November 3rd, 2012. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Unitarian-Universalist Church to Screen “Split Estate” (Video Trailer)

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington-Normal is hosting an educational event on fracking on Tuesday, October 9th, 7 pm. The church is located at 1613 E. Emerson, Bloomington. The church will screen “Split Estate,” an award winning documentary on the development of fracking in the Rocky Mountain States, and then lead a community discussion. This … Continue reading

Americans Fearful of Drone Technology

A recent survey found that over one third of Americans fear the use of drones on American soil, with personal privacy being the most common concern. Drones are light unmanned aircraft, currently used by the United States in its wars and occupations in the Middle East. Drones are often armed with missiles, and their use … Continue reading

Illinois People’s Action Mobilizes Community Against Fracking (Pictures/Video)

  Approximately 60 community members attended the proceedings of last Thursday’s McLean County Land Use Committee to demonstrate their opposition to fracking. In the last few months, representatives of Illinois People’s Action were alarmed by what they heard coming from the McLean County Land Use committee. Committee member George Wendt favors making it easier for … Continue reading

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