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Postal Workers Rally in Bloomington and Across the Nation (Pictures/Video)

Over 70 postal workers and their community allies rallied in Bloomington on Tuesday, pushing for the continuation of six-day mail service and legislative action to fix the financial condition of the U.S. Postal Service. Organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers, Local 522 and the American Postal Workers, Local 228, the rally coincided with … Continue reading

The People Vs. the Loan Sharks in Bloomington (Pictures)

BLOOMINGTON – Over 150 people converged on Bloomington City Hall, in the midst of a cold and steady rain, to protest the high interest charged by payday lenders and demand a 36 interest rate cap on payday loans. Illinois People’s Action led the exuberant rally prior to a council work session considering the issue. Protesters … Continue reading

Rally Against the Loan Sharks, Mon., 9/26, 5 pm (Resources)

There will be a large rally of hundreds of people, organized by Illinois People’s Action, to convince the Bloomington City Council that interest rates on loans should be capped at 36% within city limits. The rally starts at 5 pm, Monday, September 26, in front of Bloomington City Hall (109 E. Olive, Bloomington, IL). The … Continue reading

End Profiling in Bloomington-Normal Now!

Submitted by Kelby Cumpston The following story was written by Michelle Cooks (Managing Director of Feed the Need in W. Bloomington). On Thursday, September 8th 2011, a black male driving a 1999 Lincoln Towncar was stopped by Normal Police on Main Street. The driver was not speeding or driving erratically. He had not been drinking … Continue reading

People’s Priorities Discussion (VIDEO)

On Sunday, September 11th, Bloomington-Citizens for Peace and Justice hosted a forum on People’s Priorities, discussing what our taxpayer money should be funding instead of war. 40 people attended the forum and participated in the discussion that followed. Video of the panelist presentations can found be found below, organized as follows: Terra Brockman of the … Continue reading

September 11 Tragedy in Latin America

Very few things in American history can shadow the events of September 11, tragedies in our history resonate impactful similarities; the attack on Pearl Harbor, the assassination of JFK, the great depression. September 11, 2001, will forever be synonymous with the fall of the World Trade Center twin towers in New York City. Nonetheless, other … Continue reading

Bloomington Teachers Rally at Board Meeting

BLOOMINGTON – Approximately 150 Bloomington teachers, represented by the Bloomington Education Association, held a rally in support of their bargaining team in contract negotiations with District 87 administrators. A few dozen stayed for the school board meeting, where BEA president Rich Baldwin addressed the board and advocated for progress in contract negotiations.

Palestine Solidarity Panel Discussion (VIDEO)

On Saturday afternoon, September 10th, over 50 people attended a Common Action Free School panel discussion on Palestine solidarity and the upcoming UN vote to grant statehood to Palestine. The event took place at the Market Street Market community space. On the panel, Issam Nassar first provided historical context of the Palestinian struggle, Rana Kunkar … Continue reading

Fund Our Communities – Cut the Military!

Are you tired of endless war and occupations? Are you sick of billions of dollars wasted on destruction, when that money could have been spent on real social needs? Bloomington-Normal Citizens for Peace and Justice is launching a new campaign to defund the war and fund our communities. People are creating new campaigns to end … Continue reading

Solidarity with Palestine

Why should BloNo concern ourselves with the Palestinian struggle for justice?  I’ll tell you:  If you didn’t already know, Israel is an apartheid state.   Apartheid causes suffering, and we should all do whatever we can to decrease suffering.  “But why is it our concern,” you may ask?  You might say, “I don’t have anything to … Continue reading