Welcome to CUP (CU Progressives)

We support progressive organizations in East Central Illinois. See the Quick Links menu at the top of the page to go to the major sections of the site: Calendar, Directory, and Facebook. Send suggestions to cup61820@gmail.com.

CUP Update for the Covid-19 Era

Since 2017, this CUP (CU Progressives) organization has provided various kinds of support to the progressive community in Champaign-Urbana. Like many organizations, we have paused many of our activities during the initial months of the pandemic. We are now getting things back together.  Part of that process is to evaluate our services in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Which do we want to continue?  Which are not as feasible? What will we do differently?  See this page for what we decided.


Good Morning! It’s been awhile since the last post. Hope you are safe and well!

Here are a couple of the events during *The Week Ahead*:

Defund the Police Explained Webinar Tuesday 7/7/2020 7pm

Join us for a webinar to hear LaTanya Watkins, from Southsiders for Organized Unity and Liberation (SOUL Chicago), explain “defunding the police.” Hear about the movement and what steps we can take to push for racial justice.




Campaign season is gearing up. In Champaign County, even though we are not able to knock on doors, that does not mean that we cannot disseminate candidates’ campaign literature at voters’ doors. So we need volunteers to do just that. Here is the message from the Champaign County Democrats, followed by the sign up Genius to volunteer:

Join the Champaign County Democrats as we drop off literature about our candidates to voters Saturday, July 11th. No contact required! We will drop off lit for as many of our candidates as possible in Champaign County! We’ll be packaging lit with appropriate safety precautions and wearing PPE. Signing up for a shift is REQUIRED, as will be limiting the number of people in the space at any given time. Sign up for a time to pick up lit packs and a list; packs can be dropped at doors when you are able, through the weekend.



Democratize This! How We Make the World We Want Webinar Series Sunday 7/13/2020 4-6pm EDT
Living in Contradiction: Public Webinar #2 with Safiya Noble and Andrew C. Smith


Register here: https://www.democratizethis.net/events/living-in-contradiction-public-webinar-2-with-safiya-noble-and-andrew-c-smith
Sundays 4-6pm EDT

While this webinar is a series you can also sign up for individuals webinars.