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Anti-fracking Movement Pushes for Moratorium (Photos / Video)

As a sit-in against fracking continues at the Illinois state capitol, movement activists held a press conference Wednesday afternoon in front of the governor’s office and led a public meeting with Mary Morrissey, representative for attorney general Lisa Madigan. For excellent, detailed coverage of the afternoon, read Jeff Biggers’ “Live at Historic Vote in Illinois: … Continue reading

Springfield’s March on Monsanto (Photos)

SPRINGFIELD – About 100 people gathered Saturday afternoon in front of the Illinois state capitol building to protest Monsanto. Protesters call for legislation, such as Illinois SB 1666, that would require labeling of genetically engineered food (GE food) and give people the right to know what food on supermarket shelves is GE, which Monsanto opposes. … Continue reading

Occupy the Capitol (Fractivist Resources)

To directly access upcoming actions against fracking in Illinois, scroll down to the first section below. If you would like to add a resource, please include it in a comment to this post and it will be added. A sit-in at the Illinois state capitol – demanding to talk with Governor Quinn on the issue … Continue reading

Gasland Part II Premieres in BloNo: Fighting Fracking with Art and Science (Photos / Video)

As Illinois legislators and political insiders threaten to green-light fracking for gas and oil in Illinois, a grassroots anti-fracking movement continued to gather momentum in central and southern Illinois. The environmental coalition – led in downstate Illinois by Illinois People’s Action (IPA) and Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment (SAFE) – got a shot in … Continue reading

Ride of Silence 2013

BloNo bicyclists took part in the annual Ride of Silence, a national bike event promoting commuter safety and honoring cyclists killed on U.S. roadways.

Gasland Part II to Premiere May 20th at the Normal Theater

On Monday, May 20, Director Josh Fox will be present at the Normal Theater for his national premiere of Gasland II, a sequel to his first film which informed millions of Americans of the dangers posed by gas extraction process known as fracking. Doors open at 6:30 pm, with a start-time of 7 pm. Josh … Continue reading

IPA Mobilizes Community for Humane Immigration Reform

Last Wednesday, May 1st, about two hundred people marched in downtown Bloomington calling for humane immigration reform. Illinois People’s Action (IPA), a faith-based community organization dedicated to the struggle for immigrant rights (among other issues), organized the march. The action began at 5:30 PM with an ecumenical service in front of the Bloomington Center for … Continue reading

Migration is Beautiful: Scenes of Mayday 2013