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BloNo Critical Mass Takes to the Streets

Organized by the Direct Democracy Project, bicyclists rode down the Main Street corridor to assert their right to be on the street and promote bicycle safety on the road. In recent weeks, bicycle advocates have been pushing for bike lanes on the Main Street corridor and more bike infrastructure in town. About 25 people participated … Continue reading

Illinois Workers Fight For Security and Dignity in Retirement (Pictures)

The We Are One Coalition, made up of public-sector workers in numerous Illinois unions, are in a struggle to save worker pensions. Unionists from Bloomington-Normal, mostly from AFSCME and the Illinois Education Association, traveled on Thursday to Springfield to participate in a 400-strong rally and lobbying effort to stop any bill not accepted by public … Continue reading

What are Lawn Removal Parties?

Recently Vision 2020 sponsored and assisted Heather Evert in removing part of her lawn and replacing it with richer soil, compost and native plants.  How does this fit into our vision? Vision 2020 Bloomington-Normal is part of the Transition Initiative, an international movement preparing for the impacts of climate change and peak oil by promoting … Continue reading

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Protesting the Rule of the 1% (Video)

Compiled by Corey Mattson. Protesters throughout central Illinois traveled to Chicago to oppose the agenda of NATO, which met in Chicago the weekend of May 18-20. The largest protest on May 20th, numbering in the tens of thousands, brought national attention to the institution’s role in promoting the 1%’s military dominance over the world’s population. … Continue reading

BloNo Anti-War Activists Protest NATO

Local activists, opposed to the current military and economic policies of the 1%, converge upon Chicago to protest NATO. Bust up NATO! Take the Amtrak train, leaving Normal at 7:31 am.

Ride of Silence (Video)

Over 160 cyclists in Bloomington-Normal took part in the annual Ride of Silence, a national bike event honoring cyclists killed by motorists on U.S. roadways. Scott Richardson, an organizer of the action, said that this year’s ride was the largest ever, bolstered by the momentum of growing public support for more bike lanes on city … Continue reading

Students Take Part in First Annual National Bike to School Day

Students and faculty all across the country dusted off their bikes and put on their helmets for the first annual National Bike to School Day on May 9th, 2012. National Bike to School Day, a day which promotes student-powered transportation, has empowered thousands of students across the country to go green—while having fun—on the way … Continue reading

Labor Journalist Brings Message of International Solidarity (Video)

Carl Finamore, delegate to the San Francisco Labor Council (AFL-CIO) and former president of the Air Transport Employees Local 1781, visited Bloomington-Normal and shared his experiences as a witness to the Egyptian uprising. Carl visited Egypt in 2011 in solidarity with the revolution, and returned in 2012 to witness its unfolding. During his stay, Finamore … Continue reading

May 1, 2012 Rally/March for Immigrant and Worker Rights

Bloomington, IL – May 1, 2012 Members of Latinos United for Change organized a Rally and March for immigrant and worker rights on May 1, 2012. L.U.C. was joined by several community groups in an effort to make McLean County more, immigrant friendly. Over 100 community members congregated outside the McLean Count Museum of History … Continue reading