Planners Network at UIUC (PN)

Planners Network at UIUC (PN)

A national association of progressive planners, Planners Network is comprised of professionals, students, academics, and activists engaged in physical, social, economic, and environmental planning in urban and rural areas. The UIUC PN Chapter is a non-hierarchical collective of students and faculty from an array of academic disciplines, with an established track record of local involvement.

Engaging in your community is not easy, and many don't know where to start or how to navigate all the obstacles. We can help and support you in developing the network, passion, and skills to be the most effective community agent you can be.

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Vision

Planning should be a tool for allocating resources and developing the environment towards eliminating wealth and power inequalities, rather than as a tool perpetuating and justifying our contemporary and unequal status quo. We are committed to opposing racial, economic, and environmental injustice and discrimination. Planning should be used to facilitate access to adequate services and a healthy environment.

Working Groups

Come join a collective of teams that, by building partnerships with community organizations, enable you to use planning to be an agent for progress in your community.

 

Past Working Groups:

Bristol Place: The City of Champaign recently approved a plan to demolish this low-income neighborhood and redevelop it under eminent domain. Currently, residents are in the process of being forced to move, and PN wants to focus student engagement efforts this semester towards supporting mobility choices of current residents by better understanding the supply of affordable housing in Champaign and Urbana.

CU Citizens Criminal Justice Watchdog Group: After briefly stopping a new local jail being built last year (a decision that was reversed this summer), we are working to continue to help monitor the population demographics in the existing two jails as a way to hold the County Board accountable to their social service budgetary decisions last year.

We are providing monthly snap-shots of the current jail population including race, gender and charges to the Champaign County Board. Current concerns surround racial inequity in jailed population, lack of mental health provision, comprehensive pre-trial services, and militarization of police (new MRAP tank). Student engagement would involve attending Champaign County Board meetings, volunteer group meetings, and any research/action items assigned as part of that involvement (TBD).

CU Immigration Forum:

The Champaign-Urbana Immigration Forum is a group of immigrants, students, clergy, service providers, labor union representatives, residents and community organizations concerned about the progress and plight of immigrants in the Champaign County community (Central Illinois).

The C-U Immigration Forum meets regularly (on the second Tuesday of each month) to discuss immigration-related issues and events in our community and works to:

·celebrate the diversity and culture that immigrants contribute to our community;

·educate the public about issues that affect local immigrant communities;

·advocate for the rights of immigrants and encourage their full participation in civic, cultural, social and political life in our community; and

·promote permanent and positive changes that will improve the quality of life for immigrants in our community

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