Iraq war veterans plan
Winter Soldier hearing
This spring, Iraq Veterans Against
the War (IVAW) will reveal the
reality of the U.S. occupation
of Iraq and Afghanistan. In
what will be history's largest
gathering of U.S., veterans who
served in Iraq and Afghanistan,
as well as Iraqi and Afghan
survivors, eyewitnesses will
share their experiences in a
public investigation called Winter
Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan.
Winter Soldiers, according to
founding father Thomas Paine,
are those who stand up for
Sthe soul of their country, even
in its darkest hours. With this
spirit in mind, IVAW members
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are standing up to make their,
experiences available to all who !
are concerned about the direction
of our country.
Unfortunately, this is not the
first time America has needed
its Winter Soldiers, in 1971,
over one hundred members of
Vietnam Veterans Against the
War gathered in Detroit to tell the
truth to America. Atrocities like
the My Lai massacre had ignited
popular opposition to the war,
but political and military leaders
insisted that such crimes were
isolated exceptions. The members
of VVAW knew differently.
Over three days in January, these
soldiers testified on the systematic
brutality they had seen and visited
upon the people of Vietnam.
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ourselves faced with a new war.
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us, because ours is a story that
every American needs to hear.
Iraq Veterans Against the War
(IVAW) was founded by Iraq
s war veterans in July 2004 at the
annual convention of Veterans
for Peace (VFP) in Boston to
give a voice to the large number
of active duty service people and
veterans who are against this war,
but are under various pressures to
From its inception, IVAW has
Immediate withdrawal of all
occupying forces in;Iraq;
Reparations fori the
destruction and corporate
pillaging of Iraq so `that Iraqi
people can control their own lives.
and future; and
Full benefits, adequate
healthcare (including mental
IGUANA, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2008, PAGE 2
health), and other supports for
returning servicemen and women.
Today, IVAW members are in
48 states, Washington, D.C.,
Canada, and-on numerous bases
overseas, including Iraq. IVAW
has chapters around the country
and in Canada. IVAW members
educate the public about the
realities of the Iraq war by
speaking in communities and to
the media about their experiences.
Members also dialogue with
youth in classrooms about the
realities of military service. IVAW
supports all those resisting the
war, including Conscientious
Objectors and others facing
military prosecution for their
refusal to fight. IVAW advocates
for full funding for the Veterans
Administration, and full quality
health treatment (including mental
health) and benefits for veterans
when they return from duty.
(More at: www.ivaw.org)
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Defending the constitution
is real patriotism
My patriotism has been
questioned because of my work
for Peace and Justice; this
has caused me to think about
what patriotism means. To many,
it means to love one's country, but
what does that mean? Do I love
my country? Why? What makes
my country worth loving more
than any other country?
For me the answer is simple; it's
our Constitution that makes our
country worth loving. The rights
we are guaranteed make our
When I was in the Marine
Corps, I took an oath to defend
the Constitution against all
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take that oath very seriously; I
did not un-take that oath when I
got out of the Marine Corps.
As I look at what has happened
to my country over the last seven
years, I am blown away by how
much destruction has been done
to our Constitution and how little
outrage there is coming from
the public. If another country
were trying to take away our
rights, people would be fighting
mad. I can't figure out why
there is so much complacency
as our government subverts our
In World War II, the "Greatest
Generation" fought to save our
way of life. We fought against the
idea that any country has the right
to preemptively attack another
We fought against the ideas that
"might makes right," "the ends
justify the means," and some
people do not deserve human
rights. Now my country stands
for all these ideas. And to some,
that is patriotic.
My government has started an
illegal war with lies, and now
argues that torture is okay, spies
on the public illegally without
warrant, does away with due
process, and kidnaps people all
over the world.
Where are the checks and
balances? Our Supreme Court
protects these violations by ruling
that considerations in the name
of national security come before
the Constitution. Well, I've got
news for them. There can be no
national security without the
Many believe thatit's the
Republicans' fault, but you would
have to be more than blind not
to see that the Democrats are
partners in these crimes; they
control both the funding and the
agenda. They argue that they
don't have enough votes" to stop
a filibuster. What a total load of
crap. They control the agenda; if
they don't put funding for these
crimes on the agenda, no one can
filibuster or veto.
Our Constitution is being
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conspiracy of lies, deceit, and
What are we going to do about it?
I don't have all of the answers,
but I've got some.
1) If you are currently serving
in the military, it is your Duty,
Obligation and Responsibility
to disobey an unlawful order.
This war is in violation of
international treaties that the US
is party to. That makes any order
to deploy to or participate in
Iraq an illegal order that must be
disobeyed. We executed German
and Japanese soldiers in WWII
for obeying unlawful orders.
2) Under the "No Child Left
Behind" Act, every high school
is required to release students'
personal information to military
recruiters or lose federal funding.
The parents of children can sign
an "opt-out form" to keep their
personal information private.
Sign those forms. Demand that
the School Board notify parents
and students of this policy in
the Code of Student Conduct
book and mail the forms to the
parents at the beginning of every
3) I ama proud Marine and
there is good that can come
out of military service. The
problem is that presently there
are criminals in charge of the
military and they are not being
responsible with the lives of our
troops. As long as these criminals
are willing to expend the lives of
our military unnecessarily, it does
not make sense to give them our
children. Right now, the military
is not a good or a smart choice.
4) We, the people, are the
highest authority in the United
States of America.
The president and the men and
women'who serve in the US
Congress and on the Supreme
Court are our employees. It is our
job to control what they do in our
name and with our money. We
need to start doing our job.
5) We must not allow our federal
representatives to come to town
without our being
sure that they
know we want an
end to all of this.
No "business as
usual" for these
there to make
people who have been a party to
6) We must tell Speaker Pelosi
to take "subversion of the
Constitution" off of the table and
put "impeachment" on.
7) We must refuse to vote for
anyone who voted for this war or
voted to fund even one penny of
8) We must understand that
loyalty should be given to the
Constitution, not to a political
9) We must let our government
know that under-funding the
Veterans Administration is an
injustice to veterans and not
patriotic under any definition.
I am a patriotic citizen, but I will
never be so blindly patriotic that
I act like the patriotic German
citizens of WWII.
Scott Camil is a Vietnam Veteran
who testified in the Winter Soldier
investigation of 1971.
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New Jersey votes to
abolish the death penalty
On December 13, the New
Jersey State Legislature voted to
repeal that state's Death Penalty.
"This vote is a victory for law
enforcement officers, prosecutors,
crime victim's advocates and
taxpayers," states Mark Elliott,
Executive Director of Floridians
for Alternatives to the Death
The overwhelming and bipartisan
vote to repeal New Jersey's
Death Penalty came after study,
discussion and deliberation--and
after hundreds and hundreds of
hours of testimony from police,
prosecutors, murder victims'
family members and others.
Their testimony was heard by a
special commission, appointed
to thoroughly study the pros and
cons of the Death Penalty a and
to recommend what measures
could be taken to fix the state's
Death Penalty statutes. The
commission was made up of
victims' rights advocates, county
prosecutors and other members of
law enforcement, a retired New
Jersey Supreme Court justice and
The study found that there was
no 'fix' for the Death Penalty. It
found that it is a deeply flawed
public policy. The commission
further found that the Death
Penalty squanders millions in
tax dollars, does not serve a
legitimate purpose such as crime
deterrence, delays healing for the
loved ones of murder victims arid,
despite many safeguards, carries
no guarantee against our worst
nightmare: "the execution of an
After reviewing testimony of
colossal costs (over $10 million
a year), lack of deterrence, risk
of executing innocents and
detrimental effects on murder
victims' families, the New Jersey
Legislature decided to shift the
valuable resources spent pursuing
executions over to programs for
the survivors of homicide victims
and support for law enforcement.
The same fatal flaws found in
New Jersey's system also plague
Florida's system, but to a much
greater degree. Florida spends
an estimated $51 million a year
extra for a Death/Penalty system
that has killed 64 prisoners in
almost 30 years. At the same time
we have exonerated at least 22
people off our Death Row due
to evidence of innocence. Says
FADP's Elliott, "At the same
time, due to lack of resources,
murder victim's families wait
for assistance, violent crimes go
unsolved and crime prevention
programs are cut back."
During the past three decades
Americans and their elected
officials have learned much about
the Death Penalty and- the more
they learn, the less they like it.
"Florida's leaders can show the
courage and common sense to
do what New Jersey did study
the.system and determine if
executing a few already locked
up prisoners is worth all the costs
to communities, taxpayers and
crime victims alike," says Elliott.
"Florida taxpayers deserve real
solutions to real problems like
violent crime. Our families have
the right to live in a safer, more
Floridians for Alternatives to
the Death Penalty (FADP.org)
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Iguana election picks
January 29th is the official
election day here in Florida, but
now with early voting you can
vote any day between now and
Saturday the 26th from 9am to
5pm at the Tower and Millhopper
branch libraries or the Election
office downtown at 12 SE 1st St.
Everyone in Florida will have
the option to vote yes or no on
the property tax initiative being
pushed by Gov. Charlie Crist
and the Republican gang that
run Tallahassee. This gives
tax breaks to businesses, those
with second, third and fourth
homes, and further starves local
governments which are trying
to provide services that have
been abandoned by the state
government when Jeb Bush
slashed our state budget under his
reign. It deserves to go down in
flames. No on Amendment 1.
Those registered Dems or Repubs
get to pick their horse that they'll
ride to the fall election some nine
months from now. For the latter,
that's quite a crew you got there
(heh, heh, heh). For the Dems,
they're all better than we've had
for a while, though not without
warts for sure. Dennis Kucinich
actually represents more of our
political views than the rest of
the pack, but of the 'big 3' who
have a chance to get or sway the
nomination, John Edwards is
the one with the most serious
economic reform platform.
Possibly because of this, he does
better than Clinton or Obama.in
polls where he's matched against
possible Republican nominees.
Or maybe it's just that he's a
southern white male. We're
for anything that will push the
current frontrunners, Clinton and,
Obama, to talk more deeply and
honestly about economic issues
that affect working people. When
Gore started to do this, towards
the end of his 2000 campaign, he
caught up with Bush and, well,
Gainesville city residents have at
least one commissioner race on
their ballot, the at large race for
Rick Bryant's old seat. Thomas
Hawkins is the easy pick here.
Additionally there are two district
races in the city. In the northwest
district 2 we favor Lauren
Poe for this, which will be a
tough race against a well heeled
realtor, Bonnie Mott, whom the
Sun endorsed. In the southwest
district 3 we are totally behind
The Kickstand aims for
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The Gainesville Community
Bicycle Project, The Kickstand,
aims to establish a non-profit
organization that will provide free
or inexpensive bicycle-related
services to all persons without
discrimination. Since we believe
that the bicycle represents the
most affordable, healthy, and
environmentally sound form of
transportation and recreation, we
seek to encourage people to learn
to maintain a bicycle themselves
and to use it in a responsible
manner. We will provide:
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knowledgeable volunteers and
quality tools. It is our belief that
by providing these services we
can help build neighborhood
involvement and create greater
paths for communication and
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Low Power to the People
WGOT 94.7 Low Power
FM is on the air
The Civic Media Center's radio
station is now on the air. It is
called WGOT, and it airs an
average of eight hours a day. With
a broadcast radius that covers
all of Gainesville and beyond,
WGOT finally has a community
radio station broadcasting Amy
Goodman's Democracy Now,
Pacifica Radio affiliate station
programming, and locally
produced content. Due to FCC
and congressional requirements,
it shares the signal with two other
local church groups, which is
why familiarity with the schedule
is so important.
The schedule breaks down as
follows. We broadcast from 1
to 4pm everyday so that NPR
listeners can have something to
tune in to after their noontime
program and before the evening
news. We also have nights
beginning at 7pm Monday,
Wednesday, and Friday, and our'
Saturday afternoon programming
extends to 8pm.
We have chosen to make
Democracy Now our flagship
program and air it twice a day,
from 1 to 2pm and 7 to 8pm on
weekdays. We believe that this is
the best program on radio due to
its clear and direct perspective,
the depth and breadth of its
content, the range of guests, and
Amy Goodman's compelling
interviews. It is the only program
that looks behind the curtain of
American democracy, foreign
policy, and international affairs.
We also air great programs
from the Pacifica Network. In
joining Pacifica we have access
to all the programs made by
all other network affiliates,
which means we get shows like
Building Bridges--a program
about Human Rights and Labor
issues-and Sierra Club Radio.
Most importantly, we air locally
made programs by the citizens
of Gainesville. Long-running
alternative literary magazine
Counter Poise has a program at
2pm on Monday and Saturday
and 8pm on Wednesdays. Our
program director, Fred, has a
news talk show called Stripped
at 8pm on Mondays. On the
weekends there are public
affairs shows like Controversy,
Sweatwater Presents and No
Gods No Monsters. We also have
music programs featuring genres
and styles you will not hear on
your regular Gainesville FM
dial, such as Musical Mosaic and
Backseat Vinyl Uncomfortable
from 10 to midnight on Monday.
We also have contemporary Hip-
hop and R&B on the Crates with
Kamau from 10 to midnight on
Wednesday and real, honest indie
rock on Licks from the Orange
from 10 to midnight on Friday.
This is just to name a few of our
exciting new shows.
Eight years after the FCC
bowed to the pressure of citizens
opposed to media deregulation
and. allowed the creation of Low
Power FM stations, WGOT,
the first station of its kind, goes
on the air. The Civic Media
Center is a member of the first
community group to successfully
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comply with the overwhelmingly
restrictive rules erected by
the congress and the FCC to
impede Low Power FM. Out of
thousands of applicants, the Civic
Media Center is part of the first
shared Low Power FM station,
the first new community station
in an urban area to go on the air
in decades. We are breaking new
This has been a very complex
technical and regulatory struggle,
and there are many people to
thank. Bill Bryson, Sheila Bishop,
Joe Courter, Charles Willett, Joan
Froede, Barry MacGrill, Nick
Schroeder, and Peter Tredish
all made serious commitments
of time and skills at various
times throughout the project.
Fred Sowder, Ed Porras, Adam
Reinhart, Steve Schell, and Kyle
MacGrill have been involved
Sfor years now and found really
creative ways of completing the
technical and organization issues
that confronted us in the final
stages over the last few months.
Now that those pressures have
taken a back seat, it is time for
you to get involved. First of all
we need your financial support.
We started this project because of
an overwhelming demand from
the community to have real radio
that responds to the citizens.
We have done our part. You
can do yours by sending checks
made out to WGOT to the Civic
Media Center's address 1021 W.
University Avenue in Gainesville,
32601. Also, look for upcoming
events to benefit WGOT by
listening to the station and by
visiting our website WGOT.org.
Also, we need programs. We have
a dedicated crew of programmers
turning out great programs every
week. We are aware though that
we have not yet heard from many
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of you, and we want to hear your
voice on the radio just as much as
we like to hear our own. We will
give you the airwaves, and we
will even train you to make the
programming you want to make.
If you'd like to get involved you
can contact us at wgot947@gmail.
Get involved any way that you
can; this is your radio station.
Low Power to the People!
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Acrosstown Repertory Theatre Grassroots,
cross-cultural theater at 619 S. Main St. (Baird
Ctr). Info: 375-1321; www.acrosstown.org..
Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless
and Hungry Meets 3rd Wednesdays, St Francis
House, 9 am; www.acchh.org, 378-0460.
Alachua County Labor Party Just Health Care
committee works on universal health care; P.O.
Box 12051, Gainesville 32602; 375-2832.
Alachua County NAACP Meets 4th Thursdays,
1105 NW 5th Ave. Info: Michael Bowie, 392-
9196, ext. 21.
All-African People's Revolutionary Party Pan-
African socialist party working for African libera-
tion worldwide. 352-514-7364 email poorvida@
American Civil Liberties Union ACLU defends
Bill of Rights; board meetings open to public, 3rd
Wednesdays, 7 pm, SFCC Downtown boardroom.
Info: 378-6763; PO Box 1534, Gainesville 32602.
Amnesty International Gainesville chapter of
worldwide human rights movement; UFAmnes-
Animal Activists of Alachua Raising awareness
of animal exploitation semi-monthly meetings;
Asian Student Union Umbrella organization
including Chinese, Filipino, Korean & Vietnamese
student groups; contact 392-1665 x 325
Black Student Union Organization of African-
American students at UF: 392-1665, ext 321.
Books for Prisoners Meets Mondays, 7 pm, at
Books, Inc; PO Box 12164, Gainesville 32602;
Bridges Across Borders Fla-based internnlnal
collaboration of activists, artists, students &
educators supporting cultural diversity & global
Campus Am. Civil Liberties Union Defends
personal freedoms & civil rights. Info: cacle@
Campus Counterpoise Collective-based club
dedicated to alternative media & perspectives;
Central Labor Council of North Central
Florida Representing the working people of affili-
ated unions in 13 No. Central. Fla counties. Info:
Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syn-
drome Support Network 352-281-8244.
Community Coalition for Older Adults Area
citizens helping solve problems for Alachua
County's population of older adults. Info: http://
groups.yahoo.com/group/CCOAGroup or Sr.
Services at 264-6700.
Civic Media Center Reading room & library
of the non-corporate press, 1021 W. Univ. Ave;
2-8 pm, Mon-Th., 2-6 Fri & Sat. Info: 373-
Code Pink: Women for Peace Women-led
grassroots peace & social justice movement uti-
lizing creative protest, non-violent direct action,
and community involvement; contact jacque@
Communist Party USA, North Fla Section
Marxist-Leninist party of the working class
founded 1919; info: email@example.com.
Community Coalition Against War & Terror-
ism Gainesville's umbrella peace group. Meets
at Wilhelmina Johnson Center, 321 NW 10th St,
6 pm on the 4th Thursday of each month. 377-
Conservation Trust for Florida, Inc. A non-
profit land trust working to protect Florida's
rural landscapes, wildlife corridors, and natural
areas. P.O..Box 134, Micanopy, FL 32667, 352-
CopyNight Gainesville Monthly social meetup
for people interested in copyright reform. All
ages. Artists, lawyers, technologists especially
welcome. www.copynight.org, gainesville@
Critical Resistance Working on issues of pris-
ons & prisoner rights; www.criticalresistance.
-org or call 338-1140.
P.O. Box 13761, Gainesville, 32604
Cultural Arts Coalition Promoting educational
and cultural activities in Gainesville's African-
American community for over 15 years. Contact
Nkwanda Jah, 372-0216.
Democratic Party Center of Alachua County
Open 12-3, M-Th. and 12-6 Friday at 901 NW
8th Ave., Suite A-3 (blue door) 373-1730.
Democracy for America Howard Dean-in-
spired PAC for progressive politics, networking.
The Dignity project Inc. Non-profit that
provides the economically disadvantaged with.
vehicles and computers. Low cost vehicles
available for purchase also. 371-6792
Edible Plant Project Local collective to create
a revolution through edible and food-producing
plants. www.edibleplantproject.org 665-2094.
Call if this includes misinformation or inaccurate phone numbers: 378-5655.
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Environmental Action Group www.grove.ufl.
Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice State-
wide organization; PO Box 336, Graham, FL
32042; fcpj.org; 352-468-3295.
Florida Defenders of the Environment Restore
the Ocklawaha and preserve Florida's other
natural resources; 378-8465, www.fladefenders.
Florida Free Culture UF student group promot-
ing cultural participation, public interest intellec-
tual property policy. http://uf.freeculture.org
Fla School of Traditional Midwifery Clearing-
house for information, activities & educational
programs. Info: 338-0766.
Food Not Bombs Direct action group to redis-
tribute food to hungry. Food prep. Saturdays
12-2pm, serves food at 2:30, downtown plaza
Frontrunners Active group for gays, lesbians
& friends; meet for run/walk Sundays &
Wednesdays (call for time), Thomas Center.
Gainesville Area AIDS Project Dedicated to
funding social events for people infected and
affected by HIV/AIDS; events, drop-in center:
Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to the
Death Penalty Meets 1st Tuesday of month at
St. Augustine's Hurley House, 6 pm; execution
vigil info: 376-1077; general info: 378-1690, PO
Box 13024, Gainesville 32604.
Gainesville Community Alliance Socially
oriented group for gays, lesbians, bis & friends.
Info: 373-3557; www.gcaonline.org.
Gainesville-Cuba Friendship Network Local
group opposing embargo & promoting normal-
ized relations with Cuba; info: 386-418-3791.
Gainesville Women's Liberation Founded
1968. Redstockings Women's Liberation Project
Archives for Action Catalog available from:
Archives Distribution Project, P.O. Box 2625,
G'ville, 32602. www.redstockings.org
Gator Freethought an atheist, agnostic &
freethinking student association, http://www.
Gator Gay-Straight Alliance Anti-discrimina-
tion organization at www.gatorgsa.org.
Gator NAACP To inform youth on problems
affecting blacks & minorities, and develop
intelligent & militant youth leadership; naacp@
Gay Switchboard Referral line Mon/Wed/Fri,
3-7 pm, Saturday 12-4 pm. Info: 377-8915.
GI Rights Hotline Advising military
personnel & recruits on service-related issues:
Graduate Assistants United Represents all UF
grad assistants. Fighting for improved working
conditions, community involvement, and aca-
demic freedom. 238 Norman Hall, 392-0274.
Green Party Meeting times & places vary.386-
Greening UF Advocating campus sustainability
through waste reduction & recycling; 273-1174;
Habitat for Humanity Building low-income
homes in Alachua County; Sat. work days. Info:
Harvest of Hope Foundation Distributes emer-
gency and educational financial aid to migrant
farmworkers and their families across the country.
Philip Kellerman, 352-372-1312 or www.harvest-
Hemlock Society Local chapter of right-to-die
organization; info: 373-9732.
Human Rights Awareness on Campus wolf7@
Human Rights Council of N.C. Fla Not-for-
profit educational organization dedicated to
fighting bigotry & anti-gay propaganda. Info:
Humanist Society of Gainesville Monthly
discussion group on variety of topics. Info: 373-
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
Gainesville General Membership Branch.
Call Jaime 372-2705.
Interweave Gay/les/bi & allies educational &
support group, based at Unitarian Fellowship.
Gator Linux Users Meets to support "open
software," a free alternative to proprietary ap-
plications imposed by the Microsoft monopoly.
Visit www.gatorlug.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 373-0023.
Mahogany Revue Regional black newspaper:
"Mama Raga!" Lesbian identified newsletter at
PO Box 141674, G'ville, FL 32614. mama_r-aga_
email@example.com or www.mamaraga.com.
Matagalpa Sister City Project Info: Robin,
Mind Over Matter Economic development,
community organizing & revitalization; 392-
1655, ext 292.
Nakba 48 Advocacy group for Palestinian
National Lawyers Guild-Gainesville Lawyers,
law students and legal workers fighting for social
justice. P.O. Box 2063, Gainesville, FL 32602,
National Organization for Women
Lori at 377-
Available from Commercial News Providers"
Friends of Air
this network of progressive radio talk-show
hosts, political commentators and entertainers.
Blog, stream, listen live and become an 'Air
American' at www.airamerica.com. Also on
XM Satellite Channel 167. Join the mailing list:
North Florida Homeschoolers Association
Pax Christi Local chapter of national Catholic
peace & justice movement; supports local
Catholic Worker House. 271-6941
Peace Alliance. Advocating the principles of
non-violence through education and conflict
resolution in the community and nationally.
Meets 3rd Mondays at the 2nd St: Bakery 7
p.m. Brian 256-8202.
Pride Community Center of North Central
Florida new location at 3131 NW 13th St.
I resources for the gay/lesbian community.
Rural Women's Health Project Local health
education organization developing materials
for migrant & rural women on health, AIDS &
empowerment. Info: 372-1095.
Sierra Club Meets first Thursdays, 7:30 pm
at UF Entomology & Nematology Building,
Room 1035. Info: 371-1991.
Solar City meets Thursdays at noon at Books,
Inc. to discuss alternative energy.
Students Against War Meets Tuesdays 7pm
on campus in the amphitheater by Reitz
Union email: UFTakingAStand@yahoo.com
Check out our facebook group page.
Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)
meet Mondays at 6:30 pm at Civic Media Cen-
Students Making Trade Fair uffairtrade@
Students Organizing for Justice & Action
Student led coalition at UF supporting goals
& practice of affirmative action: listserv at
Students for a Human Society Dedicated to
fostering improvement of the human condition as
a central theme in student life. www.studentsfo-
Sustainable Alachua County For more info,
U FPride Student Union A group of gay,
lesbian, bi and straight students & non-students,
faculty and staff. Info: 392-1665, ext. 310; 310
E JWRU, Gainesville FL 32611; http://sg.ufl.
United Nations Association Info: 378-1560.
United Way Information & Referral Links
people with questions to resources with answers,
using community database: 332-4636; www.
Vegetarian Events A non-profit educational
organization in Alachua County. Info: 386-454-
Veterans for Peace Meet monthly. Info: 375-
2563 or PO Box 142562, Gvl, FL 32614; www.
Virgil Hawkins Pre-Law Society whiterozl4@'
Volunteers for International Student Affairs
(VISA) Umbrella organization of international
students & ethnic minorities at UF. 392-1665
Vox: Voices for Planned Parenthood Local
chapter dedicated to educating the community
about threats to reproductive & sexual rights and
mobilizing them in support of reproductive free-
dom..firstname.lastname@example.org; www.ufvox.org -
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27 Doug Clifford Sundays,
I9-10 am; WSKY-97.3's
one hour of lefty talk per week.
For the Bible Tells Me So is Hipp
film, runs 25th-31st.
English as 2nd Language class
every Sunday, 3 pm, Civic
Media Center; info, 373-0010.
3 The Diving Bell and the
Butterfly is Hipp film, runs
Women's First Sunday Brunch
at Crone's Cradle Conserve (near,
Citra), 10 am-3 pm: info: 352-
No More, Sweet City Action,
Suffrajetts. & Dollyants at 1982.
28 Anti-war protests in
Melrose, Mons, 5-6 pm,
corner of State Rds 26 & 21.
SDS meets at CMC, Mons, 6 pm.
Alt. Radio: Dave Zirin on
WUFT-FM, 6:30 pm.
Occupation 101 is CMC film,
4 Fla Free Speech Forum:
Cynthia Barnett, "Florida's
Vanishing Waters"; 6:30 pm,
Prog. Caucus meets, 1st & 3rd
Mondays, 8 pm, Presby St. Ctr;
No End in Sight is CMC film,
8 pm. .
-Jacksonville's public radio station
has gone talk during the day it's
located at 89.9 on the FM dial.
Weekday schedule: 10 am-12: Diane Rehm
(interview & call-in); noon-1 pm: Terry Gross,
Fresh Air: 1-2 pm: Day to Day host Alex Chad-
wick; 2-4 pm: Talk of the Nation. Terry Gross's
Fresh Air repeats at 7 pm.
SCheck out This American Life,
Saturdays 2 pm, Sundays 1 pm
WUFT-FM (89.1) now broad-
ver FM on the casts Fresh Air, noon, Mon-Fri;
imittees meeting; also Alternative Radio now airs
fl.edu: see pg 8. at 6:30 pm on Mondays.
(If you didn't already)
Col. Ann Wright, author of
Dissent: Voices of Conscience,
speaks at UF Reitz Union
Arredondo Room, 7 pm; co-
sponsored by Internat'l Ctr,
Political Sci Dept, Students
Against War, & Vets for Peace.
S Anti-war sign-holding
at 34th St & Archer Rd,
4-6 pm. _
School Board meets Ist & 3rd
Tues, 7 pm, 620 E. Univ. Ave.
It's All Good DVD documen-
tary of development and
performance of post-9/11 play,
g pm, Civic Media Center.
22 County Farmers' Mkt
on N 441 by Hwy Patrol
Tues/ Thurs/Sat, 8 am-noon.
Anti-war sign-holding at Univ.
& 13th, 4-6 pm.
School Board meets 1st & 3rd
Tues, 7 pm, 620 E. Univ. Ave.
Early Voting open now
through Saturday, 1/26 at
Millhopper & Tower Rd branch
libraries & downtown elections
NW 34th St; wv\
released film on
from Iraqi point
town library. 7-
Veterans for P(
pin: call 375-25,
Last Letter Hon
Airmen, 6:30 pn
10 Women in Black vigil 11 Alt. Radio: Mundher al- 12 Alachua County 13 Democr
every Sunday, 4-5 pm, Adahmi, "Operation Iraqi; Commission meets 2nd Comm.
NW 43rd St & 16th Blvd; men Freedom": 6:30 pm, WUFT-FM. & 4th Tuesdays, 9 am: citizens County Commis
are welcome, signs are not. Humanists meet: 7:30 pm, comment, 9:30 am. Students Again!
The Votive Pit showing at Tim SFCC downtown, conf. room. Anti-war sign-holding 2nd & 2nd & 4th Wedn
& Terry's, 5 pm. Haiti doc & talk at CMC, 8 pm. 4th Tues, Univ. & 13th, 4-6 pm. Reitz Union Am
Bella is Hipp film, runs A.R: Ron Margulies, 1 Anti-war sign-holding, 20 "Captive
.15th-21st. "Turkey, Armenia & the 34th & Archer, 4-6 pm. Yvonne
Sweetwater Unitarian Univer- Kurds"; 6:30 pm, WUFT-FM. School Board meets Ist & 3rd her evolution fro
salists meet at Civic Media Ctr, Operation Homecoming is CMC Tues. 7 pm, 620 E. Univ. Ave. victim to Muslin
10:30 am, 1st & 3rd Suns. film, 8 pmi: author Joe Haldeman "Why the '80s Matter: Nicara- Rion Ballroom.
(who appears in film) will lead gua" video & discussion of ee w.
discussion afterwards on film's Contra war & Reagan era ee www.gaines
topic of Iraq vets' letters to home. corruption: CMC, 8 pm. f io on iven
24 Honeydipper (new John "Why Muslims Are 26 Alachua County Coni- Schedulei
SSayles film on origins of 25 Good for America" mission meets, see 12th. I East End
rock 'n' roll) is Hipp film, runs Islam on Campus presentation. Anti-war sign-holding at Univ. NE 8th Ave.
22nd-28th. UF Rion Ballroom, 6-8 pm. & 13th, 4-6 pm. Ghost Mice & o
A.R: Naomi Klein, "Shock Alachua County Labor Party at Civic Media
Doctrine"; 6:30 pm. WUFT-FM. meets: 6:30 pm. 618 NW 13th SAW m s. 6
What a Way to Go: Life at the Ave: info. 375-2832.
End of Empire is CMC film "Why the '80s Matter: Af- Veterans fo
2IGUANA Deadline for next overview of current environmen- ghanistan" video & discussion 7 pm: call 3'
issue is Mar 2nd: call 378- tal & economic crises, 8 p. of US aid to Islamic fundamen- ocan.
tat & economic crises, 8 p8nro.
5655 with events, advertise- Humanists meet: 7:30 pin talists & blowback: CMC, 8 pm.
cents, group updates & info. SFCC downtown. conf. room. a Aircher. n-6 po .
4 at 34th & Archer. 4-6 pn
air: multiple con
23 Free col
3 in HIV i
NW 13th St, 9 a
Wed; also at Pri
NW 6th St, 4-7
Thurs; info: 377
every Wed, Dto
Reitz Union An
Tuesdays. 6 pm
at CMC. 7-9:3(
ood clinic, 914
de Ctr. 1107
pm on Ist & 3rd
vn Plaza. 4-7 pm.
eating. 6 pm at
of view; 8 pm.
nce. Books Inc.
il in at down-
ace meets. 7
i3 fbr location.
eets. 7 pm.
;ion mtg room.
t War meets
esdays. 6 pm,
usic in G'ville.
hers in concert
enter. 9 pm.
24 Solar City meets at Books
S Inc, noon on Thursdays.
CMC Vols meeting, 5:30 prm.
CCAWT meets 6 pm, W.
Johnson Ctr. 321 NW 10th St.
Gvl Area NOW meets on
"Primaries & Abortion Rights
Coalition": 6:30 pm, Pride Ctr,
3131 NE 13th St.
UF College Democrats meet
e\ ery Thursday, 7 pim:
ul'collegedemocraits1 gmai I.com.
Open Poetry at 'MC, 9:30 pm.
every Thursday night.
31 CMC Volunteers meet,
DJ Nora plays world beat music
at Lightning Salvage. Thursdays.
Open Poetry every Thurs at
(MC, 9:30 pm: Gvl's longest-
running poetry jam, open to all:
informal & welcoming to both
readers & listeners.
7 CMC Volunteers meet,
Open Poetry at CMC, 9:30 pm.
Sierra Club gen'l meeting, topic
TBA,.at UF Entomology Bldg
1035, 7:30 pm; info. 481-2048.'
It's All Good film showing at
Coffee Culture, 2020 NW 13th
St, 8 pll.
14 CMC Volunteers meet.
5:30 pm. r
Little Rock 9 radio documen-
tary, WUFT'-FM. 6:30 pm.
The Votive Pit showing at
Coffee Culture, 8 prm.
"21 CMC Volunteers meet.
WGOT low-power FM meets
1st & 3rd Thurs at CMC, 7 pim.
Ghost Mice, Can Kickers, &
GLO at WaNyward Council.
Open Poetry at CMC. 9:30 pim.
8 CM Volunteers meet,
2-8 e\verl Thursda\. 5:30 pm.
CCAWT meets 6 pin. WJ (tr.
Gvl Area NOW meets: relation-
'ships & marriage CR: Pride Ctr.
6:30 pm. food & child care
provided; info, 380-9934.
SPeace meets. 6 CMC Volunteers meet.
5-2563 for U 5:30 pmi.
Open Poetry at ('M( 9:30 pm.
15 Guitar master Sam Pacetti
Sand the Aaron O'Rourke
Trio in concert at the Thomas
Center, henefitting theC(ivic Media
(enter, 8 pm; see pg 24.
Sweet Honey.in the Rock at CPA.
22 7th Annual Compassion for
2, Animal Symposium at
campus Holiday Inn: many speakers
& panels, runs 22nd-24th; more
info. ('has Chiodo. 386-459-4341 or
\\ \\ .\ege\ ents.net.
Joe Lally (of Fl-gazi) in concert at
( omnmon (rounds.
25 Critical Mass Bike Ride, 5
25 pmi from Plaza ol Americas;
endpoint at KiCkstand Collective,
722 S. Main St, for concert with
Gainesville Liberation Orchestra.
Books for Prisoners book-packing
parties at Wayward Council. 807 W.
lUniversity Ave). 6-9 pm: for info.
"The Word is Spoken" at Tim &
Terry's. Fridays, 8-10 pm: spoken
word open mike.
Experimental Film & Video Fest
at WARl'haus, 818 NW 1st Ave:
Feb Fla Art Film Festival
Feb 1at Acrosstown
Repertory Theatre. runs Fri-Sun.
The Votive Pit McShane collabora-
tion showing dark side of education
system, Wavyward Council. 8 pm.
Michael Claytor, Deep and Holy
Sea, Northernness. & Bombadil at
8The Votive Pit McShane film
collaboration showing dark side
of education system, Civic Media
Center. 8 pm.
Jazz every Friday/Saturday outdoors
at Maude's :Cafe. nexLto Hippo-
drome. Fridays & Sats, 10.pm-1 am.
16 Farm to Family Music:
wv ww. farmitofam ilymnisic.com.
Umoja Orchestra in concert at
S"Solutions to Violence" work-
2 shop on "Divisions". 10-11:30
am, 1521 NW 34th St.
29 Citical Mass eer- last M ar 1
Friday: meet-up, 5 pm. UF-
campus. Plaza.of the Americas. G'ville Peace Forum at Civic Media
Ctr, 2 pm: representatives from
... ,i groups &/or individuals always
,, ,. ,welcome.
S"Solutions to Violence" w ork-
7 shop on "War". 10- 11: 30 am.
1521 NW34th St.
Singer-satirist Roy Zimmerman at
2nd St Bakery for CMC, 8 pm.
26t Labor Party long-range
Planning meeting at ACEA
Union Hall, 9 am; info: 375-2832.
Great Air Potato Roundup see
G'ville Sun for details.
"Solutions to Violence" workshop
on "Charity", 10-11:30 am at
Westminster Presbyterian Church,
1521 NW 34th St, sponsored by
G'ville Interfaith Peace C(enter.
Food Not Bombs food prep, noon-2
pm; info: email@example.com.
UF For Obama meet-up: Anderson
2 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire -
check G'ville Sun for details.
Holistic Heath Fair at United
Church of G'ville, 1625 NW 5th Ave,
10 am-5 pm.
G'ville Peace Forum at Civic Media
Ctr, 2 pm: individuals always
9"Solutions to Violence" work-
shop on "Fellowship"'. 10-1 1:30
am, 1521 NW 34th St.
Film-makers report from inside
the Iraqi resistance
If you are like me you are very
saddened by the fact that corporate
media does not serve the public
interest. What we get is propaganda
and spin designed to promote the
corporate agenda. In this day and
time, the citizens are forced to do
their own research in order to get
news and information that the media
and government keep hidden.
Wednesday night, January the 30th,
at 8PM the CMC will show the
documentary Meeting Resistance.
Six of us went to Tampa to see
Meeting Resistance. If you want to
hear from those people in Iraq who
make up the anti occupation forces,
then this is the film for you.
Film-makers Molly Bingham and
Steve Conners spent 10 months,
from July 2003 to May 2004,
interviewing members of the Iraqi
These citizens of Iraq are Sunni,
Shia, old and young, poor and rich,
supporters of Saddam and victims
of Saddam. They will all tell you
what made them decide to join the
resistance and fight the occupation. I
will give you a hint, it's not because
"they hate freedom" as we are told.
Meeting Resistance shows
Wednesday, Jan. 30th, 8 pm at
the Civic Media Center, 1021
W. University Ave., 373-0010.
It is rare that we get such an
unfettered look at the other point of
.In the end all you have to do is put
yourself in their shoes and ask what
would you do if we were occupied by
a foreign army? I know that I would
be part of the resistance.
"By sticking rigorously to the idea
of presenting the viewpoints of
resistance fighters in their own
words, and allowing viewers to draw
their own conclusions, Meeting
Resistance proves to be one of the
most eye-opening films on the war."
-Peter Martin, Cinematical
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Voices of Conscience"
Talk and Book Signing by
Col. Ann Wright, (RET.)
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
-Arredondo Room, 4th Floor Reitz Union
Free and Open to the Public
On March 19, 2003, the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Ann Wright cabled a
letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin Powell, stating that without the
authorization of the UN Security Council, the invasion and occupation of that
country would be a disaster. Since then, she has not stopped writing and
speaking out for peace. Her book is about government officials who believed
their oath of office required them to protest against the war in Iraq,
even if it meant the end of their careers.
Ann Wright grew up in Bentonville, Arkansas, and attended the University of
Arkansas, where she received a master's and a law degree. She also has a master's
degree in national security affairs from the U.S. Naval War College. After college, she
spent thirteen years in the U.S. Army and sixteen additional years in the Army
Reserves, retiring as a Colonel. She is airborne-qualified.
In 1987, Col. Wright joined the Foreign Service and served as Deputy Ambassador in
Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan, and Mongolia. She received the State
Department's Award for Heroism for her actions during the evacuation of 2,500
people from the civil war in Sierra Leone. She was on the first State Department
team to go to Afghanistan to reopen the Embassy there in December 2001. Her other
overseas assignments include Somalia, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada, Micronesia, and
Nicaragua. She has fasted for a month, picketed at Guantanamo, served as a juror
in impeachment hearings, and has been arrested numerous times in peaceful,
nonviolent protests, particularly against the war on Iraq. She lives in Honolulu.
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"9-11 Truth"-political silver
bullet or morass of bullshit?
There is a growing undercurrent of
dissatisfaction with the official story
presented about the events of Sept.
11, 2001. At times, among certain
people, it has become a divide, even
a hostile divide. Cottage industries,
internet "experts," and swirls of
information have created a vortex of
speculative websites and taken the
genuine need for investigation off
into a fantasy realm of competing
theories, pronouncements and
conjecture often going off the deep
end into absurdity.
We know for sure that the full story
is not out, that there are questions
that need to be investigated. We
know the deaths on that day have
been breathtakingly used by the
Bush administration to launch wars,
profiteering, and attacks on our civil
liberties and right to organize. Was
there foreknowledge of the attacks,
and the plot allowed to unfold? This
we can believe, because we've seen
it before with the first World Trade
Center attack in the 90's and with
the Oklahoma City bombing, both
infiltrated but not stopped. Was it an
"inside job" with remote controlled
planes, pre-planted explosives, and
a vast conspiiacy of silence among
the conspirators? Unlikely. We
already know this government is
capable of lying, of planning and
executing coups and electoral fraud
here and abroad, and funding and
facilitating proxy wars. But much
of it is by now pretty transparent--
from the Reptblican mob action in
Florida to shut down the vote count,
to the Downing Street memo, to the
retaliation against Valerie Plame to
punish her husband for speaking out
against the official story on Saddam
seeking uranium from Niger.
Much as Cointelpro, the FBI's
counterintelligence program of
the '60's and 70's, sought to sow
disputes within the left, and in many
cases succeeded in their mission,
the current and growing "911
Truth" tendency has the progressive
movement divided over speculations
and competing theories, rather than
united around fighting against the
concrete things the government has
been forced to admit.
We have encountered many
people for whom 9-11 conspiracy
speculations take priority in their
politics. We have been told we
are gullible, 'aren't really radical,'
or that we're 'apologists' for the
regime if we don't enthusiastically
accept the latest assertions about
empty planes, a missile hitting the
Pentagon, controlled demolition of
the towers, or the collapse of the
infamous WTC building 7. Indeed,
there seems to be an index--the
vaster the conspiracy you will accept,
the more 'in the know' you are, and
the less vulnerable you are to the
For some, the '9-11 inside job' idea
has become the silver bullet that will
fix the American political scene.
If only this 9-11 conspiracy were
$15 advance, $18 at the
from Iris Books and
Benefits the Civic
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Saturday, March 8, 8 pm
at the 2nd Street Bakery,
1511 NW 2nd St.
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revealed, the thinking goes, suddenly
Everyone would understand how
rotten our system is and move to
undo it. Or, as an ad placed in this
issue claims (on this page) the silver
bullet of 9-.11 truth is a necessary
precondition to ending the war.
This is a dreamer's quick fix which
evades the work we need to do to
convince our fellow citizens about
the pretexts used to justify the war
and the real reasons for it. These
are pretexts and reasons which have
already been'admitted publicly, or
exposed and documented. If half the
I energy put into '9-11 Truth' websites,
email lists and conferences were
put into the impeachment of Dick
Cheney, he'd be impeached by now-
-based on what the government has
But let's suppose, for a moment, that
the wildest 9-11 speculations and
most elaborate Conspiracies could
be proven with an avalanche of
reliable data and testimony. These.
revelations could just as easily boost
cynicism as outrage. Most people
now agree that Kennedy wasn't .
assassinated by a lone gunman-but
that didn't translate into a robust
progressive movement based on
the assassination. Indeed, despite a
mountain of evidence, the facts are
still disputed 45 years later. When
Oliver Stone's movie "JFK" came
out, it was attacked for not having
evidence on its side--even though
the evidence mostly points to the
scenario 'JFK' presented. Short
of a confession, some things will
never be neatly established, and they
therefore form a flimsy base upon
which to organize a movement.
However, unlike the copious
documentation and witness accounts
many years on the assassination of
Kennedy, the bulk of 9-11 scenarios
rest on one thinly supported point
of data, or rely on abstruse technical
explanations that are in dispute. It
would be great if there were some
easy way to sort the.wheat from
the chaff, but there seems to be an
endless capacity to produce chaff in
Perhaps someone can winnow it.
There will be a conference on the
weekend of Jan. 25-27 in Santa
Cruz, California, "Publicizing Truths
with Consequences," -- independent
media power and the corporate coup
has a broad coalition of groups co-
sponsoring and guests including
David Ray Griffin, Colleen Rowley,
Naomi Klein, Ed Asner, Ray
McGovern, and Cynthia McKinney.
This should be a pretty important
gathering, if it can stay focused and
grounded in reality.
The conference organizers say:
"Vde do not lack brilliant voices,
great stories, or mounting evidence
of illicitforces run wild. What
we do lack is a coherent vision of
what we face and ways to quickly
communicate it to the public with
galvanizing power.... Despite our
unprecedented array of talents, truths
and new tech resources, conditions
*continue to worsen at a truly surreal
rate. Many say our democracy will
not survive the decade. Others have
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January 21, 2008-The Gaza
Strip is rapidly becoming one of
the worst humanitarian disasters
in the world. Israel has cordoned
off the entire area, home to some
1.4 million Palestinians, blocking
commercial goods, food, fuel
and even humanitarian aid. At least
36 people have been killed in Israeli
strikes since Tuesday and many
more wounded. Hamas, which took
control of Gaza in June, has launched
about 200 rockets into southern Israel
in the same period in retaliation,
injuring more than 10 people. Israel
announced the draconian closure and
collective punishment Thursday in
order to halt the rocket attacks, begun
on Tuesday, when 18 Palestinians,
including the son of a Hamas leader,
were killed by Israeli forces.
This is not another typical spat
between Israelis and Palestinians.
This is the final, collective
strangulation of the Palestinians
in Gaza. The decision to block
shipments of food by the United
Nations Relief and Works Agency
means that two-thirds of the
Palestinians who rely on relief aid
will no longer be able to eat when
U.N. stockpiles in Gaza run out.
Reports from inside Gaza speak
of gasoline stations out of fuel,
hospitals that lack basic medicine
and a shortage of clean water. Whole
neighborhoods were plunged into
darkness when Israel cut off its
supply of fuel to Gaza's only power
plant. The level of malnutrition in
Gaza is now equal to that in the
poorest sub-Saharan nations.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
uses words like war to describe the
fight to subdue and control Gaza. But
it is not war. The Palestinians have
little more than old pipes fashioned
into primitive rocket launchers,
AK-47s and human bombs with
which t6 counter the assault by one
of the best-equipped militaries in
the world. Palestinian resistance is
largely symbolic. The rocket attacks
are paltry, especially when pitted
against Israeli jet fighters; attack
helicopters, unmanned drones and
the mechanized units that make
regular incursions into Gaza. A total
of 12 Israelis have been killed over
the past six years in rocket attacks.
Suicide bombings, which once
rocked Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, have
diminished, and the last one inside
Israel that was claimed by Hamas
took place in 2005. Since the current
uprising began in September 2000,
1,033 Israelis and 4,437 Palestinians
have died in the violence, according
to the Israeli human rights
organization B'Tselem. B'Tselem
noted in a December 2007 report that
the dead included 119 Israeli children
and 971 Palestinian children.
The failure on the part of Israel
to grasp that this kind of brutal
force is deeply counterproductive
is perhaps understandable given
the demonization of Arabs, and
especially Palestinians, in Israeli
society. The failure of Washington to
intervene--especially after President
Bush's hollow words about peace
days before the new fighting began-
-is baffling. Collective abuse is the
most potent recruiting tool in the
hands of radicals, as we saw after
the indiscriminate Israeli bombing
of Lebanon and the American
occupation of Iraq. The death of
innocents and collective humiliation
are used to justify callous acts of
indiscriminate violence and revenge.
world, and in particular the American
government and the European
Parliament, to censure Israel's actions;
and, inlight of recent attempts to
revivthe diplomatiprocess, t nd
-all attacks on civilians, including the
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It is how our own radicals, in the
wake of 9/11, lured us into the wars
in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Israel has been attempting to isolate
and punish Gaza since June when
Hamas took control after days of
street fighting against its political
rival Fatah. Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas, a
Fatah leader, dissolved the unity
government. His party, ousted
from Gaza, has been displaced to
the Israeli-controlled West Bank.
The isolation of Hamas has been
accompanied by a delicate dance
between Israel and Fatah. Israel
hopes to turn Fatah into a Vichy-
style government to administer the
Palestinian territories on its behalf,
a move that has sapped support for
Fatah among Palestinians and across
the Arab world. Hamas' stature rises
with each act of resistance.
I knew the Hamas leader Dr.
Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi, who was
assassinated by Israel in April of
2004. Rantissi took over Hamas after
its founder, Sheik Ahmed Yassin,
was assassinated by the Israelis in
March of that year. Rantissi was
born in what is now Israel and driven
from his home in 1948 during the
war that established the Jewish state.
He, along with more than 700,000
other Palestinian refugees, grew up
in squalid camps. As a small boy he
watched the Israeli army enter and
occupy the camp of Khan Younis
in 1956 when Israel invaded Gaza.
The Israeli soldiers lined up dozens
of men and boys, including some
of Rantissi's relatives, and executed
them. The memory of the executions
marked his life. It fed his lifelong
refusal to trust Israel and stoked
the rage and collective humiliation
that drove him into the arms of
the Muslim Brotherhood and later
Hamas. He was not alone. Several of
those who founded the most militant
Palestinian organizations witnessed
the executions in Gaza carried out
by Israel in 1956 that left hundreds
Rantissi was a militant. But he was
also brilliant. He studied pediatric
medicine and genetics at Egypt's
Alexandria University and graduated
first in his class. He was articulate
and well read and never used in my
presence the crude, racist taunts
attributed to him by his Israeli
enemies. He reminded me that
Hamas did not target Israeli civilians
until Feb. 25, 1994, when Dr. Baruch
Goldstein, dressed in his Israeli
army uniform, entered a room in the
Cave of the Patriarchs, which served
as a mosque, and opened fire on
Palestinian worshipers. Goldstein
killed 29 unarmed people and
wounded 150. Goldstein was rushed
by the survivors and beaten to death.
"When Israel stops killing Palestinian
civilians we will stop killing Israeli
civilians," he told me. "Look at the
numbers. It is we who suffer most.
But it is only by striking back, by
making Israel feel what we feel, that
we will have any hope of protecting
The drive to remove Hamas from
power will not be accomplished
by force. Force and collective
punishment create more Rantissis.
They create more outrage, more
generations of embittered young men
and women who will dedicate their
lives to avenging the humiliation,
perhaps years later, they endured and
witnessed as children. The assault on
Gaza, far from shortening the clash
between the Israelis and Palestinians,
ensures that it will continue for
generations. If Israel keeps up this
attempt to physically subdue Gaza
we will see Hamas-directed suicide
bombings begin again. This is what
resistance groups that do not have
tanks, jets, heavy artillery and attack
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helicopters do when they want to
fight back and create maximum
terror. Israeli hawks such as Ephraim
Halevy (a former head of Mossad),
Giora Eiland (who was national
security adviser to Ariel Sharon)
and Shaul Mofaz (a former defense
minister) are all calling for some
form of dialogue with Hamas. They
get it. But without American pressure
Prime Minister Olmert will not bend.
Israel, despite its airstrikes and
bloody incursions, has been unable
to halt the rocket fire from Gaza
or free Cpl. Gilad Shalit, an Israeli
soldier captured in the summer of
2006. Continued collective abuse
and starvation will not break Hamas,
which was formed, in large part,
in response to Israel's misguided
policies and mounting repression.
There will, in fact, never be Israeli-
Palestinian stability or a viable
peace accord now without Hamas'
agreement. And the refusal of the
Bush administration to iritercede, to
move Israel toward the only solution
that can assure mutual stability, is
tragic not only for the Palestinians
but ultimately Israel.
And so it goes on. The cycle of
violence that began decades ago,
that turned a young Palestinian
refugee with promise and talent into
a militant and finally a martyr, is
turning small boys today into new
versions of what went before them.
Olmert, Bush's vaunted partner
for peace, has vowed to strike
at Palestinian militants "without
compromise, without concessions
and without mercy," proof that he
and the rest of his government have
learned nothing. It is also proof that
.we, as the only country with the
power to intervene, have become
accessories to murder.
This article first appeared at
Chris Hedges is the former Middle
East bureau chief for The New York
Times and author most recently of
"American Fascists: The Christian
Right and the War on America."
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A Record to Build On
Burger King attempts to roll
back farmworker victories
Nov. 29, 2007-The migrant farm
workers who harvest tomatoes in
South Florida have one of the nations
most backbreaking jobs. For 10 to
12 hours a day,they pick tomatoes by
hand, earning a piece-rate of about
45 cents for every 32-pound bucket.
During a typical day each migrant
picks, carries and unloads two tons
of tomatoes. For their efforts...many
of them are about to get a 40 percent
Floridas tomato growers have long
faced pressure to reduce operating
costs; one way to do that is to keep
migrant wages as low as possible.
Although some of the pressure has
come from increased competition
with Mexican growers, most of it has
been forcefully applied by the largest
purchaser of Florida tomatoes:
American fast food chains that want
millions of pounds of cheap tomatoes
as a garnish for their hamburgers,
tacos and salads.
In 2005, Florida tomato pickers
gained their first significant pay
raise since the late 1970s when Taco
Bell ended a consumer boycott by
agreeing to pay an extra penny per
pound for its tomatoes, with the
extra cent going directly to the farm
workers: Last April, McDonalds
agreed to a similar arrangement,
increasing the wages of its tomato
pickers to about 77 cents per bucket.
But Burger King, whose headquarters
are in Florida, has adamantly refused
to pay the extra penny and its refusal
has encouraged tomato growers to
cancel the deals already struck with
Taco Bell and McDonalds. This
month the Florida Tomato Growers
Exchange, representing 90 percent
of the states growers, announced
that it will not allow any of its
members to collect the extra penny
for farm workers. Reggie Brown,
the executive vice president of the
group, described the surcharge for
poor migrants as pretty much near
Migrant farm laborers have long been
among Americas most impoverished
workers. Perhaps 80 percent of
the migrants in Florida are illegal
immigrants and thus especially
vulnerable to'abuse. During the past
decade, the United States Justice
Department has prosecuted half a
dozen cases of slavery among farm
workers in Florida. Migrants have
been driven into debt, forced to
work for nothing and kept in chained
trailers at night. The Coalition of
Immokalee Workers a farm worker
alliance based in Immokalee, Fla. has
done a heroic job improving the lives
of migrants in the state, investigating
slavery cases and negotiating the
penny-per-pound surcharge with fast
Now the Florida Tomato Growers
Exchange has threatened a fine
of $100,000 for any grower who
accepts an extra penny per pound
for migrant wages. The organization
claims that such a surcharge would
violate federal and state laws related
to antitrust, labor and racketeering.
It has not explained how that extra
penny would break those laws; nor
has it explained why other surcharges
routinely imposed by the growers
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The prominent role that Burger King
has played in rescinding the pay raise
offers a spectacle of yuletide greed
worthy of Charles Dickens. Burger
King has justified its behavior by
claiming that it has no control over
the labor practices of its suppliers.
Florida growers have a right to run
their businesses how they see fit, a
Burger King spokesman told The St.
Yet the company has adopted a
far more activist approach when
the issue is the well-being of
livestock. In March, Burger King
announced strict new rules on how
its meatpacking suppliers should
treat chickens and hogs. As for
human rights abuses, Burger King
has suggested that if the poor farm
workers of southern Florida need
more money, they should apply for
jobs at its restaurants.
Three private equity firms Bain
Capital, the Texas Pacific Group and
Goldman Sachs Capital Partners
control most of Burger Kings stock.
Last year, the chief executive of
Goldman Sachs, Lloyd C. Blankfein,
earned the largest annual bonus in
Wall Street history, and this year
he stands to receive an even larger
one. Goldman Sachs has served
its investors well lately, avoiding
the subprime mortgage meltdown
and, according to Business Week,
doubling the value of its Burger King
investment within three years.
Telling Burger King to pay an extra
penny for tomatoes and provide a
decent wage to migrant workers
would hardly bankrupt the company.
Indeed, it would cost Burger King
only $250,000 a year. At Goldman
Sachs, that sort of money shouldnt
be too hard to find. In 2006, the
bonuses of the top 12 Goldman
Sachs executives exceeded $200
million more than twice as much
money as all of the roughly 10,000
tomato pickers in southern Florida
earned that year. Now Mr. Blankfein
should find a way to share some of
his company's good fortune with the
workers at the bottom of the food
Eric Schlosser is the author of Fast
Food Nation and Reefer Madness.
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