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Brian Dolinar - Tue Oct 20, 2015 02:35

James Kilgore will talk about his new book, "Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People's Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time." It will be Thursday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. at the Independent Media Center (202 S. Broadway, Urbana)

Copies will be available for $15.

This event will also be a fundraiser for First Followers, a new re-entry program at AME Bethel in Champaign.

“An excellent, much-needed introduction to the racial, political, and economic dimensions of mass incarceration.” —Michelle Alexander

Both field guide and primer, Understanding Mass Incarceration is an essential resource for those engaged in criminal justice activism as well as those new to the subject.

Sponsored by: GEO Solidarity Committee, Jobs With Justice, UCIMC, Build Programs Not Jails, and First Followers.

latrelle.bright - Fri Nov 06, 2015 21:25

Champaign Urbana for Bernie Sanders hosts the Bernie Sanders Debate Watch on Saturday, November 14th from 7:00pm - 9:30pm in the Stage Room at the IMC.

This event is free and open to the public.

Date and Time: 
November 14, 2015 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Contact Name: 
Nick Gordon
Phone Number: 
Email Address:
latrelle.bright - Sat Oct 24, 2015 15:25

Opening Reception

This is a series dedicated to my hometown, Changping, usually called the garden of Beijing; a suburb of eighteen districts. During the summer 2013, I went along the Changping metro line tracks. As proof of the compelling ambition and overwhelming speed of the development of the country, Changping metro line took only one year to complete, and became the fourteenth line in Beijing.

China has recently exhibited a resurrection of the industrial revolution. A booming capitalist economy has shaken the old system of wealth, as rapid technological developments cannot wait to replace traditional living habits and the decline of ethical standards tolls the death of parting days. My series is not meant to be simply an elegy for a loss of naturalism in modern society. China’s changes are even more fundamental and drastic. Socialism and its countless variations leave this land with an undeniable legacy, and an unbearable spiritual debt. However, this series is not merely a judgment of a certain scheme that tries to benefit the people but ultimately results in the exact opposite. It’s an epitome and allegory for the dilemma of the country.

Date and Time: 
November 7, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Contact Name: 
Travis Hocutt

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Brian Dolinar - Thu Oct 22, 2015 00:05
The FCC will make a historic vote Thursday 9:30am Central TZ to lower the cost of phone calls from jails and prisons. Please join us in watching the FCC hearing online. You can follow it on Twitter at the hashtag #PhoneJustice.
For more, you can listen to an NPR story featuring Miguel Saucedo, who has a brother incarcerated in Illinois, and is a PHD student at the University of Illinois. You can read this story in Truthout with a video by Annette Taylor, who works with Ripple Effect in Champaign.

Thanks to the CU activist community for following this story, which the IMC has covered locally since 2004-5 when we renegotiated the phone contract for the Champaign County Jail.

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latrelle.bright - Wed Oct 21, 2015 14:42

Application Deadline Extended!

Independent Media Center Seeks Part-time Operations Manager

The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (IMC) is seeking a part-time Operations Manager.

Founded in 2000, the IMC is a grassroots organization committed to using media, arts, and technology to promote social and economic justice. We own the downtown Urbana post office building where we operate a performance venue, art gallery and studios, community radio station, media training facility, and community media space. Our projects include Makerspace Urbana, Books to Prisoners, the Public i Newspaper, WRFU 104.5 FM. The center is powered by hundreds of volunteers who come together in a do-it-yourself spirit to create media and art to transform our community and world.

Position is 20 hours a week. $12/hr. Benefits: 10 paid holidays.

Please send a letter of interest, resume, and three references (2 related to previous employment) to

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latrelle.bright - Fri Sep 25, 2015 21:34

Join us for Peace Jam!, music for a world without violence!

Peace Jam is a kick-off for Domestic Violence Awareness Month featuring live music, performances, art, and a resource fair aimed at speaking out against abuse within relationships and coming together as a community to support survivors and end domestic violence. Join us for as we kick of a month-long series of events and programs aimed at ending abuse within relationships. This event is open to all ages. 

Wednesday, October 7


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latrelle.bright - Thu Sep 24, 2015 14:49

Campus Faculty Association hosts the Steven Salaita Book Talk

Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

202 South Broadway, Urbana, IL

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

7:00pm - 9:00pm

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latrelle.bright - Fri Sep 18, 2015 15:44

Roy Zimmerman brings the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Social Justice. His funny songs about fracking, torture, creationism, same-sex marriage, guns, marijuana, abstinence, ignorance, war and greed have be heard on Showtime, HBO and NPR, and he's shared stages with Bill Maher, Robin Williams, Ellen Degeneres, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin.

...a latter-day Tom Lehrer." - Los Angeles Times

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thocutt - Thu Sep 17, 2015 15:37
The IMC Gallery is excited to announce Renegades: Storytelling in Two Dimensions. The exhibition, Co-Curated by UCIMC Artist in Residence Travis Hocut, and Comics Scholar Carol Tilley will feature a wide array of works by three local Comics Artists: Damian Duffy, Nina Paley, and Grant Thomas.
Show Duration September 18th - October 1st
Closing Reception October 1st 6-8pm

For More Information about the Artists:
Damian Duffy:
Nina Paley:

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thocutt - Tue Aug 18, 2015 01:22

The IMC Gallery is excited to collaborate with the Arts of Life to present a group show curated by artist Tim Stone, of the Chicago Studio. The Arts of Life is a studio based community for adults with developmental disabilities.

Intrigued reflects both the maker and viewer in their approach to artwork.  During the creative process, artists experience fascination, maybe even fixation, on a particular idea or image.  After hours of making and re-making, their idea becomes a reality of paper, paint, collage, and canvas.  Once completed, they often hope to share that feeling with viewers through their art; to inspire that same curiosity.  

Works selected for this show represent a wide variety of creative practices and styles.  Its makers are part of an artist collective that promotes the exchange of skills and concepts. The Arts of Life creates a space where the unique identity of each member is integrated and included in the whole.

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