Black Lives Matter: Champaign-Urbana

Engaging in collective action against anti-Black racism in Champaign-Urbana


February 2016

Racial Taboo Screening 03/03/2016

Racial Taboo Screening hosted by Evelyn Reynolds

When: Thursday, March 3rd

Where: Parkland College (2400 W. Bradley Ave, Champaign, Illinois 61821)

Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM


Courthouse Protest: Matt Rush Must Go!

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Friday morning, February 26th, over 60 protesters gathered to take stage at the Champaign County Courthouse after hearing that no charges were filed against Matt Rush who has a track record of using excessive force and abusing his power as a police officer. There was also call for Illinois State’s Attorney, Julia Rietz to be removed for the decision to not prosecute Rush. The march was vocal with expressive chants demanding the two out of their positions and  heart-aching stories were shared, specifically those of local activist, Martel and his son, Calvin Miller’s experiences with the Champaign County’s police force.

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Petition to Prosecute Officer Matt Rush for Brutalizing Black Residents

To Sign and Voice:Prosecute Officer Matt Rush for Brutalizing Black Residents



Black Lives Matter Co-Founder, Opal Tometi Meets with Us

On Friday 19th, Opal Tometi met and spoke with the Champaign-Urbana Black Lives Matter chapter at the University YMCA to discuss police brutality, city budgets overspending police departments, and root causes within racial injustice.

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University YMCA hosts social justice forum as part of yearlong theme

[article and photo credit of Mike Helenthal]

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“University YMCA hosts social justice forum as part of yearlong theme” by Mike Helenthal


“Matt Rush is a danger to this community and its citizens. Yet he is still working and existing in our lives, against the wishes of our police chief and council. Wasted funds on his violence against our people will only continue!”

[Content Warning: graphic image of police brutality]

Arbitration Overrules Police Accountability in Champaign, Nation– by Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Reclaiming OUR Narrative: How History Can Inform Policy, the Change, and The Future.

Part of the “Breaking Down Racism” lecture series, hosted by University of Illinois Diversity and Social Justice Education.

Lecturer: Pete Haviland-Eduah, National Policy and Communications Director for Million Hoodies Movement for Justice

When: Friday, February 26

Where: University YMCA-UIUC (1001 S. Wright St. Champaign, Illinois 61820)

Time: 12:00PM

Please join us at the YMCA Friday Forum! CU is welcoming‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬ co-founder Opal Tometi.

When: Friday, February 19th

Where: Allen Hall (1005 W Gregory Dr, Urbana, Illinois 61801)

Time: 12:00 PM


Still haven’t heard of Mother Nature? Where have you been?

Check out this Huffington Post article written by Rasheena Fountain, to read how this twosome, Klevah and T.R.U.T.H., take an activist approach to their music.

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