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Gallery: ‘Blackout Tuesday’

Nancy Maxwell reads a poem at the

By Ana Luiza Jacome, Staff Photographer

July 8, 2020

"Blackout Tuesday " was created to show the effect the black community has on the economy.

Demonstrators hold ‘Defund the Police’ march in Carbondale

Protesters burn the American flag during a

By Kallie Cox, News Editor

June 30, 2020

“Making the decision to transition is asking for a life fraught with danger and pain,” Killman said. “Some of that pain might be physical, like the police brutality our sister Cat endured by CPD. But all too often, a deeper pain lurks beyond that. Cat’s identity, which all transgender women have to fight tooth and nail to maintain socially, was revoked from her by the Carbondale Police Department.”

Video shows Carbondale Police spraying protesters

Carbondale Police and Fire responded to the scene on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 at the railroad crossing at Route 13 and Main Street in Carbondale. At approximately 6 p.m. Carbondale Police responded to the railroad crossing in connection to an individual being struck by a train.

By Kallie Cox, News Editor

June 28, 2020

Video footage from witnesses shows Carbondale Police spraying protesters at Sunday’s “Queer Wrath March.” The altercation occurred at a grass field across from the Italian Village. 

Love done differently: Carbondale celebrates Pride amid the pandemic

Southern IL Pride Queen, Blanche Dubois, and King, Faim Lee Jewls, of 2019-2020 lead the drive-thru Pride parade, June 28, 2020, Carbondale, ILL.

By Ana Luiza Jacome, Staff Photographer

June 28, 2020

Due to COVID-19, this year's Pride festival was celebrated as a drive-thru march down Route 13 and South 51.

Gallery: Hope for Change – Anna, IL

Janet Gomez, 18, left, of Cobden, IL and Aveon Winfield, 21, right, of Grand Chain, IL participate in a Black Lives Matter demonstration in the town of Anna, Illinois, Thursday, June 4, 2020.

June 8, 2020

About 150 Black Lives Matter demonstrators marched through the town to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and in the hopes of bringing more awareness to the issue of race relations in the United States, and especially the town of Anna. The demonstration marked the first of its kind ever in this area of Southern Illinois. Since the turn of the 20th century, Anna, IL has carried the grim reputation of being a "sundown town" - a product of the Jim Crow era, which meant African Americans weren't allowed after dark. Over time, A-N-N-A became known as an acronym that stood for: "Ain't No [N-word] Allowed." Present day Anna is still viewed as one of the more racist towns in Southern Illinois, however there seem to be enough residents that would like to overcome this reality and allow for positive change to arrive and flourish.

‘This has been historic’- Carbondale community comes together to protest police brutality

Michael Coleman and Travis Washington, lead the Black Lives Matter march Friday, June 5, 2020 down South Illinois Ave.

By Kallie Cox, News Editor

June 5, 2020

Hundreds gathered at the Carbondale Civic Center on Friday to protest police brutality and demand justice for the death of George Floyd. 

‘What is it that America is failing to hear?’- Hundreds drive through downtown Springfield to protest police brutality

Shawn Gregory, Springfield's Ward 2 Alderman (left) and  Sunshine Clemons Black Lives Matter organizer (middle) give speeches right before Sunday's Solidarity Procession on May 31st, 2020 in Downtown Springfield, IL.

By Kallie Cox, News Editor

May 31, 2020

Hundreds of cars drove through the streets of downtown Springfield today to protest police brutality following the death of George Floyd.

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