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IWU Students Rally to Defeat Keystone XL

Tens of thousands of people gathered Sunday in Washington, D.C. to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline and tell President Obama to take action on climate change. Solidarity rallies also occurred in numerous cities, large and small, across the nation. In BloNo, the IWU Sierra Club organized an indoor solidarity rally in the Hansen Student Center … Continue reading

Illinois People’s Action takes on Immigration Reform

February 9, 2013 – Illinois People’s Action officially launched its immigration reform campaign from the halls of the McLean County Museum of History in downtown Bloomington, IL. The event featured several guest speakers from a variety of community organizations, as well as personal testimony of immigrants and their family members who are organizing to fix a broken immigration … Continue reading

Civil Liberties in the United States: FBI Targeting of Peace Activists

In an educational sponsored by the Bloomington-Normal Coalition for Peace and Justice (BNCPJ and the Bloomington-Normal branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), over 20 people heard Joe Iosbaker, a Chicago labor and peace activist, discuss FBI targeting of peace and international solidarity activists in recent years. In his talk, Mr. Iosbaker related the … Continue reading

Community Forum: Are Released Prisoners Citizens or Criminals?

On January 28th, the League of Women Voters (LWV) sponsored a community forum on the hurdles and injustices experienced by ex-felons as they attempt to transition from prison life to re-entry into society. The event, attended by over 70 people, was co-sponsored by the Citizens for Justice Options, a voter committee of the LWV, and … Continue reading

Just BloNo 2012: Photos and Reflections

2012 was, as throughout the United States, a year of deepening social movement activity in BloNo. Last year saw the growth of several social movements in the U.S., beginning with the Wisconsin labor revolt and ending with the Occupy encampments in hundreds of cities and towns. While the Occupy movement diminished somewhat in strength this … Continue reading

IPA: Chamber on Santa’s Naughty List for Publishing Faulty Report on Fracking (Video/Photos)

Approximately 30 people, members of Illinois People’s Action (IPA) and supporters, visited the McLean County Chamber of Commerce on Monday to have their voice heard on the issue of fracking. Those in attendance, festive with holiday spirit and accompanied by a jolly Santa Claus and his elves, wanted to ask the Chamber to give local … Continue reading

Illinois People’s Action – Lobbies for Drivers Licenses

November 28, 2012- Illinois Peoples Action – IPA took over 70 leaders to Springfield on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 to lobby for drivers licenses for aspiring citizen in the state of Illinois. IPA is part of a statewide coalition called the “Highway Safety Coalition” that is trying to get legislation passed that would grant drivers … Continue reading

Art Exhibit Reflects on the Realities of War (Photos)

IWU Amnesty International, the IWU International Studies Team, and the Bloomington-Normal Coalition for Peace and Justice (BNCPJ) have collaborated in bringing an anti-war art exhibit, Windows and Mirrors, to the Illinois Wesleyan campus. Over 40 people attended an opening reception for the exhibit on November 27th, which also featured a multimedia presentation and an Afghan … Continue reading

IPA Organizes Meeting with State Sen. Bill Brady on Fracking (PICTURES)

Tuesday morning, activists with Illinois People’s Action delivered to State Senator Bill Brady a giant letter asking him to meet with IPA and support a ban on fracking in Illinois. The letter had been signed by many concerned residents of central Illinois in an IPA Ban Fracking Accountability meeting. As a result of the action, … Continue reading

IPA’s Accountability Meeting with Elected Officials: Ban Fracking (PICTURES / VIDEO)

Over 150 people attended a Saturday morning community meeting to oppose fracking in McLean County. Organized by Illinois People’s Action, the meeting had a two-fold purpose: educate the public and elected officials on the dangers of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas (“fracking”) and hold an accountability meeting with McLean County board members to seek … Continue reading

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