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President Reagan's image of the welfare queen still reigns.

Posted by [email protected] on June 14, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Presidents have come and gone and served their terms, but President Reagan's image of the welfare queen still reigns.

Despite welfare being gone for 15 years leading Republican candidates have brought the lady back to attack the president on his policies, and aid them in slashing programs of the like by calling him the food-stamp president.

Kaaryn, Gustafson author of 'Cheating Welfare: Public Assistance and the Criminalization of Poverty' in a CNN report says it's a symbol that won't die.

“This image of the lazy African-American woman who refuses to get a job and keeps having kids is pretty enduring. It's always been a good way to distract the public from any meaningful conversations about poverty and inequality.”

The only queen that black women are typically associated derived by Reagan in untruth and agenda keeps surfacing, leaving many to wonder will this leading lady lie swing votes in the upcoming election.

“It's one of those persistent symbols that comes up every election cycle,” said Gustafson.

Only time will tell, the effect this queen will have on the election.

Do you think Champaign County should spend money on a new jail?

Posted by [email protected] on February 4, 2012 at 5:00 AM

Do you think Champaign County should spend money on a new jail?

Local social justice groups ask for your support in saying NO to a new jail; and YES to first funding community-based prevention programs.


“We need to invest in people, if our community is improving less people will go to jail."- Tanya Parker

Champaign Park District is Closing Spaulding Pool

Posted by [email protected] on February 4, 2012 at 4:50 AM

Champaign Park District is Closing Spaulding Pool near Franklin Middle School due to low attendance. What do you think the Park District should do to improve the whole park area?

How can we improve law enforcement?

Posted by [email protected] on February 4, 2012 at 4:20 AM

How can we improve law enforcement?


Posted by [email protected] on November 5, 2011 at 3:25 PM

On November 10 at 10:30 am Timothy Hill's court sentencing will be held in Champaign County traffic court.  He is facing a sentencing deal of 180 days  (6 months)+ 18 months probation + a fine for driving on a suspended license. 

Who is Timothy Hill?  A single father, that wants the best education for his son. He has managed to maintain a comfortable home for his son. And, he understands the importance of his son attending daycare everyday. 


The Champaign Court Trap - Mr. Hill pleas, "I understand that I am not perfect and have made a couple of mistakes in my life, but I have not had any moving violations in over 10 years and as sole provider of my son I must question is my sentencing reasonable justice considering several issues."  When Hill went to court on Thur. Nov. 3rd, he learned from his Public Defender that States Attorney is pressing to push for more than the minimum of 30 days jail time based on "my pass criminal activity" of which was a bogus charged of burglary; a theft of under $200, that happened over 5 years ago.  At the time, Hill (a first-time offender) was coerced into taking a plea for a more severe charge of burglary, which turned the misdemeanor into a felony.  Hill admits, "I was young, scared and did not understand the law.  I had already accepted the plea and then later found out that this was unfair."  Hill tried to get the court to change his plea, with no success.  After missing a court date a warrant was issued for his arrest.  Hill was in jail for 4 mnths.  He received a sentence of 4 yrs probation with a 5-year prison time back up.  


While on probation his girlfriend at the time was sent to long-term treatment to care for her drug addiction.  When she entered the treatment center she found out that she was pregnant with Hill's child.  The excitement of a child to come and care for his future wife, Hill made periodic visits to see his future wife and to his surprise this action led him to a probation violation due to an unrequested no-contact order issued by the court in place between Hill and his future wife, and between Hill and his own Father.  The reason given to Hill's family was that drug addicts don't need to be hanging around each other.   This probation violation's end result was Hill serving a 5-yr. prison sentence and getting out on a 4-year probation.


The States Attorney is now using his Traffic Court case to double penalize Timothy for his "criminal past"?



"What about my son?  If I serve 6 mths, I will lose my home and everything.  Not to mention the affect of my absence from my child's life as a single father."



1. Write, Call or EMAIL State's Attorney Julia Rietz before NOV. 10th Tell Julia Rietz that you Favor an ALTERNATIVE TO JAIL TIME FOR TIMOTHY HILL.

2. Vote Alfred Ivy for State's Attorney.


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The Toughest Job of All? Finding Work with a Felony Conviction

Posted by [email protected] on October 15, 2011 at 7:35 PM

By James K.

Nationally the unemployment rate continues to hover above 9%, nearly double that for African-Americans.  This makes it hard for anyone to get a job.  But as if it's not bad enough for everyone, some people have it even worse.  I'm talking about those who have felony convictions, especially those who are on parole.  In the past many thought of such people as outcasts-the marginalized troublemakers of society.  Times have changed.  There are more than thirteen million people in the U.S. walking around with felony convictions.  We have something like five million people on parole and probation.  We can't keep this many people at the margins forever.  Read more in the Oct. 2011 issue of Unity in Action Magazine.