LOCAL LINKS/Community, Culture, and Coordination


Human Relations Commissions of Bloomington (http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=263) and Normal (https://www.normal.org/index.aspx?NID=594) -- The primary responsibility of the commissions is to eliminate unlawful discrimination within the Cities of Bloomington and Normal. The commissions also serve as catalysts to resolve conflicts within the community, through the use of mediation and conciliation.

Labyrinth Outreach Services To Women (http://www.labyrinthoutreach.org) – A non-profit group that helps ex-offenders adjust to the community after jail or prison.

McLean County Museum of History (http://www.mchistory.org) – Exhibits and information about the diversity of cultures that shaped and have influenced McLean County.


District 87 (http://www.district87.org/pages/Bloomington_School_District_87) – Bloomington schools’ homepage, with Talking Tips for Parents and Teachers  for School Violence (in English and Spanish).

Unit 5 Anti-Bullying (http://www.unit5.org/domain/1224) – Resources for Normal students to report bullying, with cyberbullying a special focus.


100 Black Men of Central Illinois (http://100bmci.org) – Mentoring, scholarship guidance, and health and wellness resources particularly for young African-Americans.

Bloomington-Normal Black History Project (http://www.idaillinois.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/MCL) – A collection of photographs, portraits, booklets, articles, and photocopies related to club organizations and churches of the local African-American community over the 19th and 20th centuries.

Bloomington-Normal NAACP (http://bnnaacp.org) – Resources, issues, and advocacy for the African-American community.


Conexiones Latinas (http://conexionesmc.org) – Information about and education for McLean County’s Latino community.


McLean County India Association (http://ourmcia.org) – Resources, outreach, and information for McLean County’s Indian residents, students, and workers.


Illinois State University LGBT/Queer Studies and Services Institute (http://lgbtq.illinoisstate.edu) – Devoted to “equity and social justice” for the campus LGBT community.

Illinois Wesleyan University LGBT Student Life (https://www.iwu.edu/lgbt/bn.html) – A comprehensive clearinghouse of resources for the LGBT community.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (http://www.pflagbn.com) – Support for families of LGBT individuals.

Prairie Pride Coalition (http://www.ppc-il.org) – Advocacy for Central Illinois’ LGBT community.


Hindu Temple of Bloomington-Normal (http://ourhindutemple.org) – Worship and resources for the Hindu community.

Islamic Center of Bloomington-Normal (http://www.bloomingtonmosque.com/icbn/index.php) – Worship and resources for the Islamic community.

Moses Montefiore Temple (http://www.mosesmontefioretemple.org) – Worship and resources for the Jewish community.




NIOTBN'S 20TH: A Community Celebrates (June 2016):

NIOTBN 2.0: The Relaunch (December 2014)

BREAKING BARRIERS: A Police/Community Dialogue (2015)

A VIGIL FOR CHARLESTOWN: Tragedy and Trust (2015)

ICE CREAM WITH A COP: Community Contact on a Cone (2015)

THE LIGHT: A Community Gathering to Commemorate The Victims of Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas (2016)

THE MURAL: Art and Humanity In A Corner of the Community (2016)

AGAINST ALL ODDS: A Dialogue on Discrimination and Direction (2017)

AN INTERFAITH SERVICE: Twin Cities Churches Come Together In Support of Community and Justice (2017)

LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS: Not In Our Town Visits Our Town (2017)

OPEN HOUSE: Twin Cities Faith and Outreach

DREAMS REALIZED: NIOTBN and Martin Luther King Jr.