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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

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

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

Dear Representatives: Fracking is Unsafe

Bill Rau, local environmentalist and Illinois People’s Action activist, sent the following letter on April 17th to Illinois state legislators, explaining the unsafe fracking practices codified in House Bill 2615 (HB2615). With his permission, I’ve printed the letter in its entirety in this post, with embedded videos and photos. Dear Representatives: On March 29th, I … Continue reading

Sowing Struggle: From Below and to the Left

On a speaking tour organized by the Mexico Solidarity Network, Luz Rivera Martinez was at IWU Wednesday to give an inspirational presentation on the work and philosophy of her community organization in Tlaxcala, Mexico, one affiliate out of twenty-five in the Consejo Nacional Urbano Campesino (CNUC) / National Urban and Rural Council. An adherent of … Continue reading

Drone Warfare is Terrorism (Photos / Video)

Peace activists traveled Saturday to Chicago to protest drone warfare in a rally and march, part of a national wave of actions to stop the terror and indiscriminate killing inflicted by U.S. drone strikes in the Middle East. The action, organized by the Chicago Anti-War Committee, specifically targeted Boeing Corporation for their continued production of … Continue reading

Questions Raised by Bloomington’s Choice for New Interim Police Chief

Bloomington City Manager David Hales’ recent decision to hire R.T. Finney as the new interim Bloomington police chief should raise some serious questions given Finney’s checkered history as head of police in Champaign, Illinois. Chief R.T. Finney was involved in numerous controversies in Champaign, the most serious being his close involvement in the police shooting … Continue reading

Critical Mass, Critical Needs

Viewpoint by Corey Mattson. Opinions don’t represent BloNo Critical Mass as a whole. BloNo Critical Mass kicked off the spring riding season on March 29th with a free-spirited social ride down Main Street, the street which is the subject of much-needed bicycle and pedestrians improvements. Critical Mass is a fun, bike-celebratory ride each last Friday … Continue reading

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