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Black Lives Matter: Champaign-Urbana

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

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See us at Champaign-Urbana’s C-U Days 08/13/2016

Come visit our table at the local festival on Saturday 11AM-8PM to learn more about our organization.

We will also be selling official BLM-CU shirts with our chapter printed on them for $10. Your funds will go to local community resources, events, and activism. We appreciate your support!

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Black Lives Matter CU Drop Ins!

In collaboration with WEFT Champaign 90.1 FM Community Radio, BLMCU will produce a weekly drop in called the Black Lives Matter Mixtape about black lives, history, and futures. The Black Lives Matter Mixtape are played live via Morning Menus on WEFT 90.1 FM and can be accessed below via Soundcloud:

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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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.

Continue reading “Black Lives Matter Co-Founder, Opal Tometi Meets with Us”

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

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.

WCIA Channel 3 news team takes 15 minute peek on #HoodPolitics: When”Voting is not Enough”

Local channel 3 news team catches some footage on #HoodPolitics.

Source: Community organizers encourage activism

Why Black Lives Matter is More than a Hashtag

Want to learn a bit about the Black Lives Matter group and movement? Check out this NPR piece: Illinois Issues: Black Lives Matter — More Than A Hashtag by Ratchel Otwell

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

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BONUS! Post-Lecture Lunch Reception 1:30-3PM @  University YMCA (1001 S. Wright Street Champaign, IL 61820)

RSVP by Monday, Februrary 15th. Tickets available at University YMCA website or call 217-337-1500

For more information about Opal and this event: Press Release/PSA: Co-Founder of the National Black Lives Matter Movement Visits C-U

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