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BNCPJ Peace Pumpkin Contest (Poll)

Bloomington-Normal Citizens for Peace and Justice (BNCPJ) is holding its 1st annual Peace Pumpkin Carving Contest. Below are the entries this year — the winner will win a pumpkin pie! Please vote for just one….pictures are below the poll. Corey Mattson’s Peace Sign Rachel Shively’s Peace Sign Advertisements

Vision 2020 to Host Panel on Transition Strategies (Flyer)

Vision 2020, a B-N Transition group, invites you to a public program: Transition Strategies Coming Alive in Bloomington-Normal. This will be held in the Bloomington Public Library community room on Tuesday, November 1st, at 7:00. A panel of Vision 2020 members will present some of the ways we are already creating sustainable, resilient, local community … Continue reading

Bloomington Shelves Payday Lender Rate Cap (Pictures)

Over 120 people jammed into Bloomington City Hall to show their support for an ordinance that would cap interest rates at 36% in the city limits, curbing the power of payday lenders and the banks that lend to them. Prior to the council meeting, 20 people from Occupy BloNo held a silent vigil in opposition … Continue reading

Occupying Wesleyan (Pictures)

Occupy BloNo demonstrated Saturday afternoon during the Illinois Wesleyan homecoming football game, spreading the word about the movement and its message of resistance against the power of the wealthy, banks and corporations. About 20 people displayed signs outside the stadium. After about 45 minutes, a Wesleyan security guard told the group that the university was … Continue reading

BNCPJ Holds Peace Pumpkin Carving Contest

BNCPJ is holding a pumpkin carving contest this year and giving a prize –a pumpkin pie will go to the best carved pumpkin using a peace theme Here are some ideas from the internet. Ane some instructions for those that like it simple: Contest rules: Carve and take a picture of your pumpkin Submit a … Continue reading

Mel Goodman, 60s-era CIA Whistleblower, Addresses 200 People at ISU (Pictures)

Mel Goodman, senior analyst at the Center for International Policy and ex-CIA whistleblower, spoke Wednesday evening to a crowd of 200 people at the Illinois State campus. The talk and discussion was co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Illinois State University Honors Society. Mel Goodman organized his talk around the questions of … Continue reading

Occupy BloNo on the March – 10.15.11

Over 100 people marched from Illinois State University to downtown Bloomington to protest the concentrated economic power held by the wealthiest 1%, the corporations, and the banks. The march was held in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street Movement and its International Day of Action. Students and community members participated, marching past the Illinois State … Continue reading

Occupy BloNo March! — Saturday, October 15

Occupy BloNo at ISU (Pictures/Video)

The Occupy BloNo movement organized actions on the Illinois State University campus for the entire day on Thursday, as part of the Occupy Colleges Student Solidarity Day taking place across the country. On Saturday, Occupy BloNo will be gathering prior at the ISU bridge and marching at 10 am to Bloomington, parallel to the homecoming … Continue reading

Take Back the Night (Pictures)

Approximately 100 people gathered together Wednesday evening to oppose gendered violence, meeting first in a safe space for testimonials and poetry, and then participating in a march through the Illinois State campus. Hosted by the Feminist Led Activist Movement to Empower (FLAME) and the Illinois State Women and Gender Studies Program, the Take Back the … Continue reading