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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

Strike for America, a talk by Micah Uetricht on the Chicago Teachers Union (Video/Photo)

Micah Uetricht addressed students on the Illinois Wesleyan campus on Thursday, April 18th, presenting on the political context of ongoing struggles of the Chicago Teachers Union and community allies to defend and improve public education in Chicago. Mr. Uetricht is a Chicago journalist covering the education movement and will have a book published by Verso … 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

Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo 2013 (Photos)

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

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

Grassroots Activists Oppose Fracking, Support Moratorium (VIDEO)

Over 130 people from all over Illinois gathered in Springfield yesterday, urging legislators to support a 2-year moratorium on the dirty drilling process known as fracking. The activists – and over 13 grassroots environmentalist groups – support moratorium bills SB 1418 and HB 3086, as an alternative to the pro-fracking, ALEC-influenced bill, HB 2615. [Visit … Continue reading

Kyle Ciani Leads Discussion on Gender Equality

Kyle Ciani, ISU Associate Professor in the Department of History and Affiliated Faculty with Women’s and Gender Studies, led a discussion Sunday afternoon on current trends in achieving gender equality in our society. The title of the talk and discussion, hosted by Bloomington-Normal Coalition for Peace and Justice, was “Bounded by the Binder Mentality: An … Continue reading

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