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For the Love of Pete Hootenanny

BLOOMINGTON – Fans of Pete Seeger’s music will celebrate his 92nd birthday in Bloomington with a sing-a-long, a “hootenanny” of riffs and social justice. “For the Love of Pete Hootenanny” will be held Wednesday, May 4th, 7 pm, in the Fifer Courtroom of the McLean County Museum of History. Since Pete Seeger will not actually … Continue reading

AFTRA Union Rallies in East Peoria

On April 27th, approximately 200 people rallied in support of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) in a community rally at the WEEK/WHOI studios in East Peoria. Granite Broadcasting demands that language be included in the union contract that allows for outsourcing of news outside the state, thereby ending truly local news … Continue reading

Workers’ Memorial Day to be Honored in Bloomington

Edited statement of Mike Matejka: Early Thursday morning, April 28th, workers in Bloomington-Normal will gather to honor those who have fallen on the job and to call for greater health and safety measures. Workers across the country mark April 28th as the anniversary of the OSHA law, passed as needed protection in the workplace. Bloomington-Normal’s … Continue reading

Common Action Free School

5/27 Common Action Free School concluded their discussion series on Africa/Middle East with a very engaging, and well-attended, conversation on Palestine. For more events of the Common Action Free School, see the events page at their website. (Previous post)

Media Union Members Will Rally in Peoria

By Michael Perillo PEORIA – On Wednesday, April 27th, union members of American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) plan to hold a community rally at the WEEK/WHOI studios in East Peoria. This rally is in response to the recent proposal by its parent company, Granite Broadcasting, which is in a labor dispute with … Continue reading

Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Haymarket

BLOOMINGTON – Citizens of Bloomington-Normal will be traveling to Chicago for this week’s labor festivities around the 125th anniversary of the Haymarket incident, culminating in the May 1st rededication and restoration of the Haymarket Monument in Forest Home cemetery. The 125th Haymarket anniversary will draw labor unionists from around the world, and has acquired even … Continue reading

Check out the Common Action Free School

This afternoon, Sunday, April 24th, the Common Action Free School is hosting a talk on Palestine as part of their ongoing discussion series on Africa and the Middle East. The discussion will be initiated at 5:30 pm by Dr. Reecia Orzeck, a geographer from the University of Vermont. If you are interested in attending, send … Continue reading

Launching Just BloNo

Just BloNo is a space for progressive activists to get the word out about their activities in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois (BloNo). The media in BloNo is monopolized by one corporate news organization, which consistently ignores important news items simply because of its corporate orientation. Just BloNo sidesteps the corporate media, allowing for concerned citizens to report … Continue reading