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Bikers Prepare for the Winter Riding Season (Pictures)

A Bike BloNo night ride attracted almost 40 people on November 1st, bringing together a diverse group of bicycling enthusiasts to promote biking safety at night. The ride was organized to promote public awareness that bicyclists are on city streets both day and night, and in all seasons. According to event organizer, Mike McCurdy, this … Continue reading

Illinois People’s Action Mobilizes Community Against Fracking (Pictures/Video)

  Approximately 60 community members attended the proceedings of last Thursday’s McLean County Land Use Committee to demonstrate their opposition to fracking. In the last few months, representatives of Illinois People’s Action were alarmed by what they heard coming from the McLean County Land Use committee. Committee member George Wendt favors making it easier for … Continue reading

Community Opposes Ryan Budget

Over 50 people protested the austerity budget proposed by Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, who appeared Friday afternoon at a fundraiser for Mitt Romney at the Marriott Conference Center in Normal. Some of the groups present included the Alliance for Retired Americans, Illinois People’s Action, MoveOn, and Occupy Peoria. Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon spoke against some … Continue reading

Bike BloNo Plans Next Steps

Bike BloNo held its first local gathering Thursday evening to discuss advocacy for bike infrastructure in Bloomington-Normal. After a presentation that included a recap of bike movement events this year, participants chose to discuss either bike lanes or the establishment of a bike co-op. Much progress was made in both areas. Currently, Bike BloNo communicates … Continue reading

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

BloNo Critical Mass Takes to the Streets

Organized by the Direct Democracy Project, bicyclists rode down the Main Street corridor to assert their right to be on the street and promote bicycle safety on the road. In recent weeks, bicycle advocates have been pushing for bike lanes on the Main Street corridor and more bike infrastructure in town. About 25 people participated … Continue reading

Illinois Workers Fight For Security and Dignity in Retirement (Pictures)

The We Are One Coalition, made up of public-sector workers in numerous Illinois unions, are in a struggle to save worker pensions. Unionists from Bloomington-Normal, mostly from AFSCME and the Illinois Education Association, traveled on Thursday to Springfield to participate in a 400-strong rally and lobbying effort to stop any bill not accepted by public … Continue reading

Labor Journalist Brings Message of International Solidarity (Video)

Carl Finamore, delegate to the San Francisco Labor Council (AFL-CIO) and former president of the Air Transport Employees Local 1781, visited Bloomington-Normal and shared his experiences as a witness to the Egyptian uprising. Carl visited Egypt in 2011 in solidarity with the revolution, and returned in 2012 to witness its unfolding. During his stay, Finamore … Continue reading

Scenes from May Day Immigrant Rights Rally and March

Scenes of the May Day march to the Sheriff Emery’s office, demanding he use his lawful powers to stop enforcing ICE detainment warrants that have torn mothers and fathers from their children and otherwise wreaked havoc in the community. Photographs by Rachel Shively

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