Month: October 2016

Black Lives Matter Champaign-Urbana to Host Community Rally Against Sales Tax

Saturday, October 29th at 1pm in Douglass Park in Champaign, BLM-CU will be hosting a community rally against the sales tax and against anti-Black racism in C-U.

BLM-CU’s Facebook event can be found here.



Last Chance for a Yard Sign!

We have a limited supply of yarn signs left so get them while they last! You can visit us at the Urbana Farmer’s Market every Saturday or fill out the form below and one will be delivered to your doorstep. Yard signs are free. Donations are not necessary but always appreciated.

Sign Up to Receive a “No New Tax for Jails” Yard Sign


Yard Signs and Printed Materials Available!

We’ve got yard signs! If you’d like to adorn your yard or window with one please contact us or visit us at the Market at the Square (at Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana) every Saturday until election day. They are free or if you’d like, by a donation amount of your choosing.

We also have several printable materials you can use to share information about the sales tax with your friends and neighbors. See our resources page here.


Is the Sales Tax a Jail Tax? BPNJ to Host Public Forum Oct. 5th

There have been many questions about the “Public Facilities” sales tax referendum that will be on the ballot in our county this November. To help dissect this controversial ballot measure, Build Programs Not Jails will be hosting an educational panel and discussion.

Wednesday, October 5th at 6:45pm in the Champaign Public Library, Robeson Room A

Panel members include impacted community members, volunteer activists that work with incarcerated individuals, and people familiar with the referendum history. Urbana Alderman and long-time activist, Aaron Ammons, will moderate the panel that explains the details of the referendum, lays out possible alternative paths for solving the county’s facilities issues, and outlines the case for opposing the sales tax referendum. A dialog with the audience will follow the panel.

Light food and refreshments will be available.

Facebook event: