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Critical Mass and Common Action Free School Bring Out the Bikes

Bloomington-Normal had its second Critical Mass bike ride in as many months, Friday, June 29. About 35 cyclists rode together from downtown Bloomington to uptown Normal. Immediately following Critical Mass, the Common Action Free School hosted a class on “Do-It-Yourself Bike Fix-It” skills.  Free Schoolers, Trenton and Eric, led a group of nearly 50 people … Continue reading

Bike BloNo Hosts Night Ride

The bike advocacy group Bike BloNo hosted a social ride in Uptown Normal on Thursday evening, June 28th, that drew approximately 50 bicyclists. The goals of the ride were to raise awareness among motorists that bicycles use the roads at all times of day and among cyclists regarding bike safety. The event began at 8:30pm … Continue reading

SCOTUS Ruling on AZ SB1070

June 26, 2012 Latinos United for Change (L.U.C.), the Latino organizing arm of Illinois People’s Action, has been one of the only grassroots community organizations working on immigration issues in Central Illinois since 2008.  For the past year L.U.C. has been involved in a campaign with the McLean County Sheriff’s department in an effort to … Continue reading

NCHS Students Win Constitution Trail Extension

As a result of spring actions by the Normal Community High School Bike2School movement, the Normal Town Council voted earlier than expected to extend the Constitution Trail along the north side of Raab Road, from Airport Road to the high school. The extension is funded through an appropriation of $180,000 from the town’s allotment of … Continue reading

Introducing the BloNo Calendar

Social movement organizations in Bloomington-Normal are launching a new collaborative calendar, called the BloNo Calendar, where people can share their events and meetings. The calendar focuses on social movement activity in town and maintains independence from political parties. People can participate in the maintenance of the calendar in three ways. Submit an Event BloNo residents … Continue reading

Common Action Free School Builds Disc Golf Community

On Monday, June 11th, Common Action Free School hosts a class on the basics of disc golf. Marcus Mann, sports coach and disc golf player, will share throwing tips at P.J. Irvin park in Bloomington, after which participants will play a round in the community’s signature park. People will be gathering for the class at … Continue reading

Public Sector Workers Resist Austerity in Illinois

Last week public sector unions, organized under the We Are One coalition, successfully blocked a pension bill that would have sought to solve the state’s economic and fiscal crisis upon the backs of its employees. Dozens of unionists from Bloomington-Normal traveled to Springfield to lobby and rally against the pension reform, and hundreds from BloNo … Continue reading